Scam of the day – May 14, 2017 – Important security updates

Constant updating of the software we all use with the latest security patches and updates is a critical part of avoiding scams and identity theft threats. as we have seen with the massive ransomware attack of Friday. Whenever new security updates and patches are issued, we provide access to these so that you can update your software to provide better security on your computers, smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.  Updating your software with the latest security patches and updates as soon as possible is important because identity thieves and scammers are always finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in the software that we all use.  Delay in updating your software could lead to disastrous results.  However, it is also important to be sure that you are downloading legitimate patches and updates rather than being tricked by an identity thief or scammer into downloading malware under the guise of downloading a security patch or update.  This has been a particular busy week for security updates including updates for Microsoft, Mozilla, Google Chrome and, of course, Adobe Flash.

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Here are links to these important security patches.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/4022344.aspx

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/05/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/05/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/09/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

As I have indicated previously many times, it may well be time for you to consider replacing Adobe Flash to avoid future problems with this useful, but outdated and vulnerable software.

Some alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash include  GNU Gnash, and Silverlight.  Silverlight can be downloaded free directly from the Microsoft at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

while GNU Gnash can be downloaded free at this link: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

 

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