There's a major Internet bug called Poodle that has security experts, website operators and browser developers scrambling. It's a serious problem in an older encryption called SSL 3.0.
At its most basic, Poodle lets hackers snoop on encrypted information, which includes things like online passwords, financial information, secure emails and more. You can see how that would be a problem.
Poodle came to light a few weeks ago and is a "zero-day" exploit. That means it's an unnoticed problem built into a program and anyone could have stumbled on it. It's not known how long hackers might have been taking advantage of it.
Many websites have turned off SSL 3.0 at this point, but the major browsers haven't. Until today, that included every version of Internet Explorer.
Fortunately, Microsoft has released a one-click fix that should do the trick. I've also got a workaround for other browsers.