Recently a high severity vulnerability was discovered in the Firefox 2.0 web browser program.
The discovered vulnerability allows a hacker to steal the stored cookies information and other data though Firefox's add-on files. Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser software, says that they are working on releasing a fix for this vulnerability issue. The patch should be available this week with the Firefox 2.0.012 update according to Mozilla.
What does this mean to Firefox users?
Currently the recently discovered vulnerability effects the Firefox browser that has add-on or flat files. The add-on files are usually plug-ins that assist the Firefox software in certain extra functions. Many software applications have add-on files that users can implement or install to give an application an additional function or set of new functions. Many of the more popular Firefox add-ons or extensions can be found in our Top Firefox Extensions article.
What can Firefox users do now to guard themselves?
If you don't have it already:
Then it is recommended that Firefox users download any updates or patches when available from the Mozilla website. It may be a good idea to disable any extensions that you do not use until the vulnerability patch is released for your Firefox web browser. It is no guarantee that users will be safe by disabling extensions until the vulnerability patch is released and installed. It is always a good practice to be mindful of your internet activity and look out for any suspicious behavior of your computer.
PC Tip: It is a good practice to keep all software up-to-date by downloading the latest version and any available fixes or patches. When a piece of software becomes out-of-date hackers have the time and ability to develop ways to attack the program. Keeping software up-to-date gives you the upper hand in keeping a secure and clean running system.