If you use Internet Explorer as your browser then you’re at risk from the latest system vulnerability.

This warning is even worse if you’re still running Windows XP.

Microsoft published a security advisory warning that a vulnerability in all versions of Internet Explorer (6 through 11) could let hackers gain full user permissions over your computer, allowing them to install programs, view and delete data, and much more simply by visiting a website.

The security firm that discovered the issue has reported there’s evidence of an active threat for this.

If you currently use Internet Explorer your options are limited. Either, don’t use your browser until a patch comes through from Microsoft, or change your browser to Chrome, Firefox or a similar third-party browser.

If you are still running Windows XP, then we strongly recommend you change your browser immediately to Chrome or Firefox, because these are still supported on that system. But since Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, there will be no update to patch this security flaw and you will continue to be at risk.