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It seems that it doesn't really matter what I tell all my clients and web users I meet, they still use Internet Explorer (especially 6), as they think that because they have Windows, it is THE best browser.
Well, I hope this will teach them a lesson.
A great (and grand) new flaw was discovered in Internet Explorer (IE) that affects ALL VERSIONS (5,6,7 and even the brand new beta 8).
This flaw gives the "malicious" people out there the possibility of stealing any account (or for that matter credit card and any other information) data.
The trick is quite ingenious. The user is made to access a simple website, and that's it. The bad-man would have taken control of the users machine and get any data that they might have stored on that computer.
The silver lining so far is that hackers seem to be interested more in online game accounts and passwords for those games, that they can later sell on the "black market". Still, you can imagine that many users (maybe even you) use IE and when asked to "save this password" you click yes, and that's it.
So essentially any data stored in well known places, that is potentially small (pieces of text - user names and passwords, credit card details, and so on) could be very easily be stolen.
There are 2 funny facts about this all deal.
The first one is that NO OTHER browser exhibits this flaw, and secondly, Microsoft has been working on a patch that it seems will take wile to finalize, and has proposed to set your IE browser to the highest security setting possible.
For those of you that don't know what that is, it means that every time you visit a website you are asked if you really really absolutely want to go there, and some other alerts like that.
Another interesting thing is that this "fix" doesn't guaranty you will be protected, as it will mostly block sites already known as exploiting this flaw (it's a little bit more complicated, but I won't go into more details), so new sites using that same "technology" (with a little bit of tweaking) will still be able to turn your machine against you.

In conclusion, I strongly urge you to switch to a different browser. ANY browsers.
I suggest Firefox but you can also try Google Chrome , Opera or even Safari from Apple.
You can always revert back to IE, once the issue is resolved.
It's finally up to yo what you do, but remember: "Internet Explorer is that thing that you use to download Firefox".