Scam of the day – February 1, 2015 – Important security patches for Apple OS X, Safari, iOS, Apple TV and Adobe Flash Player

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.  Today’s updates are critical updates from Apple for OS X, Safari, iOS and Apple TV users.  In particular, one of vulnerabilities if left unpatched could enable a remote attacker to take complete control of the victim’s system. Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.  In addition, today’s security updates provides new security patches for the popular Adobe Flash Player which is a constant target of hackers.  Although it has just been a couple of weeks since I last provided you with Adobe Flash Player security updates, there are new security patches you should install now.

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Here is a  link to the necessary  Apple updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security:  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/01/27/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates-OS-X-Safari-iOS-and-Apple-TV

Here is a link to the security updates for the Adobe Flash Player: http://helpx.adobe.com/security.html

Scam of the day – November 18, 2013 – Latest Adobe developments

For more than a month I have been warning you and updating you about the hacking of Adobe and the theft of both personal information on more than 38 million of its customers as well as source code for for its Adobe Acrobat, Cold Fusion and ColdFusion Builder programs.  The danger posed by the theft of the source code cannot be overestimated as it can be expected to lead to exploitation of flaws in the code of these programs, some of which are used in the development of many of the websites we all frequent that can lead to identity theft for millions more people.  Facebook and a number of other companies are so concerned that they are now requiring members who use the same password for Facebook as they do for Adobe to change their passwords.  Identity thieves rely on many people using the same passwords for multiple sites and once a password has been compromised, as has happened with the Adobe hacking, identity thieves use that password at other sites to gain access to information that can make the person whose information has been stolen a victim of identity theft.  Adobe has been quite active in trying to update its security for its products since the time of the hacking and has just released security updates for its Adobe Flash Player as well as its ColdFusion software.  If you use either of those programs, you should download and install these updates as soon as possible.

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Here are the links to the latest Adobe security updates for the Adobe Flash Player and the Adobe ColdFusion software.  If you use either or both of these programs you should install them immediately.  It is vital that you install security patches and updates for all of the software programs you use as soon as they are available.  Identity thieves and hackers rely on people procrastinating installing these security patches.  It is also important to use different passwords for each of your online accounts so that if, as happened here, your information is stolen by one company with which you do business being hacked, your entire online life is not jeopardized.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/11/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Adobe-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/11/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Update-Adobe-ColdFusion

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