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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, April 28, 2014

Protect against Web browser vulnerabilities

Two vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take complete control of your computer, according to Microsoft and Google.

All versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and older versions of Google Chrome (prior to 34.0.1847.131) are affected.

Until Microsoft releases a patch, all users of Internet Explorer are advised to use the Mozilla Firefox or another browser. Do not use Internet Explorer on your personal computers until a patch is available. 

The Google Chrome vulnerability may ask users to visit or will redirect their link to another website. Google Chrome users are advised to update their Chrome browser to the latest version.

Read more about the Internet Explorer vulnerability advisory and the Google Chrome vulnerability advisory.

Visit UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message and what to do if you’ve received a suspicious message or fallen victim to one.

Follow these tips for online safety:

  • Don’t click on links sent to you by individuals you’re not familiar with.
  • Never divulge your password to anyone, and pay close attention to the web address of any website requesting you to log in.
  • Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Apple, Amazon, bank, UT Direct, etc.) in particular those providing access to funds or confidential information.
  • Contact the OIT Helpdesk at 2-2208 if you are unsure about an email asking for personal information.
  • Send a copy of the message to the Information Security Office at


Editor: Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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