Microsoft Releases Stopgap POODLE Exploit Protection for Internet Explorer

Many of you may have gotten notifications from your banks regarding this new exploit.

First there was Heartbleed, then Shellshock and now there's POODLE. The name might sound silly, but it's actually an acronym for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption. It might sound confusing, but the danger is simple: This exploit lets hackers steal information on "encrypted" connections.

This is an important bug to fix right now. Hackers can and will exploit this if you don't fix the bug as soon as possible. The site provides step-by-step instructions on how to inoculate your browser from possible attackers.

To find out if your browser is affected, visit this site:

Although it is also currently affected, we recommend using Google Chrome browser, but if you use Internet Explorer, here is specific information regarding Microsoft's browser: