| By Susan Bradley |
It’s an all-too-common occurrence: As soon as Internet Explorer gets patched, another zero-day exploit is discovered.
If you’d like to give IE more protection from hackers, Microsoft has a little-known, free tool — EMET 2.0 — you should take a look at.
A professional tool that non-pros can use, too
Targeted at IT professionals, Microsoft’s recently released Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 2.0 (info page) is designed to reduce vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and older applications. But version 2 adds a nicely designed graphical-user interface (see Figure 1) that lets even non-pros benefit from its antihacking features.
EMET is unusual because it does not require changing application code to make it work. With other security technologies, such as Data Execution Prevention, developers must recompile their apps to add support for the enhanced protection. EMET works with existing code, making it ideal for protecting legacy software.
The only drawback to EMET 2.0 is that it requires .NET 2.0. That’s not a problem for Windows 7 systems, but if you’re on Windows XP, you may need to download .Net 2.0 — and maintain it via future patches.
Figure 1. EMET’s clean, simple interface makes adding enhanced security to legacy apps relatively easy.