Scam of the day – May 14, 2016 – Yet another Adobe Flash critical update

For the third consecutive month, Adobe is issuing a security patch for its popular Adobe Flash software to protect you from the threat of a recently discovered zero day security flaw.  A zero day security flaw is a software vulnerability that had previously not been known and is used by cybercriminals to take advantage of the fact that there are no security software programs or patches that will prevent this flaw from being exploited by the cybercriminals.   I have been warning you for years about flaws in Adobe Flash that have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  Problems with Adobe Flash are nothing new.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.  Despite security patch after security patch, new problems keep coming up.  It appears that just as companies retire certain programs when it is just too difficult to patch them, this may well be the time for Adobe to retire Flash and if it doesn’t, you should consider retiring it yourself and replacing it with another plugin that performs the same function, but is safer.

If you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, you do not need to download the newly issued security patch because these browsers automatically download the necessary Adobe Flash security patch on to your computer.  However, other browsers such as the popular Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 9 do not automatically install these security patches.  In any event, Adobe Flash has already been proven to be so vulnerable to successful attacks by hackers that installing new security patches as quickly as they are issued is little more than putting a Band-aid on the Titanic if I can mix my metaphors.

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Here is the link to the latest Adobe Flash update as issued by the Department of Homeland Security which I urge you to download as soon as possible. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/12/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

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/

Scam of the day – May 13, 2016 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security and more

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 include critical updates for the Mozilla Firefox browser, Google Chrome as well as numerous Microsoft programs.  Also, WordPress, the software used to construct millions of websites has issued a critical security update. Finally, Adobe has issued critical updates for Adobe Flash for those of you who are still using this software.  As I have recommended for quite some time, I think you would be better off disabling Adobe Flash and using alternative software programs due to the fact that vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash continually are exploited by hackers and identity thieves.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-130

Here is the link to information about WordPress updates:  https://wordpress.org/news/2016/05/wordpress-4-5-2/

Here is a link to the latest Microsoft updates: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-may.aspx

Here is a link to the latest Adobe updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/10/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

Here is a link to the latest Google Chrome updates: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2016/05/stable-channel-update.html

 

Scam of the day update – April 12, 2016 – Adobe Flash update

In April 9th’s Scam of the day, I explained to you about the extreme danger of ransomware posed by further use of Adobe Flash software without updating the software with the latest security updates. Today new updates were issued in addition to those I provided in April 9th’s Scam of the day.  Here is a link from the Department of Homeland Security to new Adobe Flash security updates just issued today.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/12/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Creative-Cloud-Desktop-Application

I should emphasize, however, that my advice is to replace Adobe Flash with other comparable software to avoid further danger.

Scam of the day – March 23, 2016 – Latest software security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

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 include critical updates for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple and Adobe Flash.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security:  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-081 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/03/21/Apple-Releases-Multiple-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – March 13, 2016 – Adobe Flash software update

I have been writing about the security flaws in Adobe Flash for years and finally in July of 2015 I advised everyone to disable Adobe Flash and use other video software.   Unfortunately, some popular websites including HBO and Spotify still require the use of Adobe Flash.  In 2015, Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox browser  blocked Adobe Flash from use on Firefox as a security protection to Firefox users.  That came just a day after Facebook’s head of security went on record saying that Adobe should stop making Flash because it is too flawed.  Flaws in Adobe Flash have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  Problems with Adobe Flash are nothing new.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.  Despite security patch after security patch, new problems keep coming up.  It appears that just as companies retire certain programs when it is just too difficult to patch them, this may well be the time for Adobe to retire Flash and if it doesn’t, you should consider retiring it yourself and replacing it with another plugin that performs the same function, but is safer.

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Some alternative plugins you may wish to consider 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/

Meanwhile, for those of you who still wish to use Adobe Flash, you should make sure that you update your Adobe Flash software whenever new security patches are issued, which Adobe has just done.  Here is a link to the new security update as indicated by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/03/10/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

Scam of the day – July 16, 2015 – Adobe Flash update issued, but is it too late?

This is the third day in a row that the Scam of the day has involved Adobe Flash, but this is such an important topic and the new developments have been happening so rapidly, it warrants the coverage.  Adobe Flash is a hugely popular plug-in used for watching videos on your computer or smartphone.  Over the years it has also proven to be fertile grounds for hackers who have numerous times exploited vulnerabilities in it to hack into and take over the computers and smartphones of individuals, businesses and government agencies.  Shortly after Adobe released a new security patch following the discovery of yet another vulnerability by security company FireEye which reported its discovery to Adobe to give them the opportunity to develop a patch, we learned about two more Adobe Flash vulnerabilities by way of the information  made public when the spyware company The Hacking Team became a victim of a very public hacking.  The Hacking Team had been exploiting the Adobe Flash vulnerabilities for its own end.  Now, Adobe has come up with a patch for the latest Adobe Flash vulnerabilities to become known, but for many of us, this is too little and too late.  As I urged you yesterday, I think you should uninstall Adobe Flash and switch to a different video viewing plug-in.  There is little reason to believe that future vulnerabilities will not be discovered in  Adobe Flash and exploited by hackers and other criminals.  Exploit kits, which are packets of computer code that exploit these vulnerabilities are being sold by criminals to other criminals to enable them to hack the computers and smartphones of unsuspecting victims.  A sad commentary on the effectiveness of these Exploit kits is that many of them are still being used against vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash for which patches have already been developed and made available, but people, companies and government agencies have been lax in installing the patches to protect themselves.

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If you are still interested in using Adobe Flash, here is a link to the latest security patch to remedy the most recently discovered vulnerabilities.  https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-18.html

However, my advice still is to uninstall Adobe Flash and install a different plug-in for video viewing.

Another important lesson is to make sure that you update all of your software as soon as security patches and updates become available.  Delaying in doing so puts you at much greater risk of being hacked and identity theft.  Here at Scamicide, we will continue to provide you with the latest security patches and updates as they become available.

Scam of the day – July 1, 2015 – Critical Adobe Flash update

Adobe Flash software is a highly used video software program so it should be of little surprise that it is highly scrutinized for vulnerabilities by hackers who exploit these vulnerabilities to gain access to their targets computers.  Unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash software were exploited by Russian hackers who hacked into the White House and State Department computer systems.  Recently, the security firm FireEye found attempts to attack aerospace, defense, construction, technology and telecom companies by exploiting a flaw in Adobe Flash uncovered by FireEye.  FireEye promptly notified Adobe which promptly created a patch for the problem.  A link to the patch can be found below.

The problem is that hackers are now distributing kits on black market websites that enable other hackers to exploit this vulnerability on computers that have not been updated and all too often individuals and companies fail to update their software in a timely basis.  Already this flaw is being exploited by hackers as a way of getting victims to download Ransomware on to their computers.  As I have written about many times before, Ransomware encrypts and locks your computer data.  The hacker then threatens to destroy the data unless a ransom is paid immediately.

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Businesses, government agencies and individual computer users must make it a priority to install the latest security patches and updates as soon as they become available.  Time after time, companies, government agencies and individual computer users have become victims of devastating computer hacks that they could have easily avoided had they promptly updated their software with the latest security patches and updates as soon as they became available.  Don’t make this mistake.  Here at Scamicide we regularly provide you the links to the latest security patches.

Here is the link to the latest Adobe Flash security update:  https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-14.html

Scam of the day – June 17, 2015 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

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.  Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.  Today’s updates include critical updates for Adobe Flash, Microsoft Windows 7 and Internet Explorer.

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Here are links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-166

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/06/16/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Multiple-Products

Scam of the day – June 9, 2015 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

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.  Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.  Today’s updates include critical updates for the Apple iPhone.

Also, just issued is a critical security update for Adobe Flash.

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Here is a link to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-152

Here is the link for the Adobe Flash update:

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-11.html

Scam of the day – April 30, 2015 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

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.  Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.  Today’s updates include important security patches for Apple tv, WordPress (which is used by many people for the creation of websites), Mozilla Firefox,  Adobe Flash,

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Here are the links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-103

https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/wordpress-4-1-2/

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/21/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Update-Firefox

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-110