Scam of the day – August 10, 2017 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

As shown by the recent massive WannaCry  and Petya ransomware attacks that took advantage of computer users that had not patched their Windows operating system with available 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.  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.  These new critical updates from the Department of Homeland Security are for software of Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla and Google Chrome.

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Here are the links to a list of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Microsoft-Releases-August-2017-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/03/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome-OS

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