Scam of the day – April 5, 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 security patches for Adobe Flash which is always a target of identity thieves as well as updates for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others.

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

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-082

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/01/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/03/31/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates-Firefox-Firefox-ESR-and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/03/26/Cisco-Releases-Semiannual-IOS-Software-Security-Advisory-Bundled

Scam of the day – February 24, 2015 – Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s website hacked

Jamie Oliver is a popular celebrity chef whose website, jamieoliver.com was hacked by unknown hackers who infected his website with malware that enabled the hackers to take control of the computers of many of the ten million monthly visitors to his website since December until a few days ago when the problem was identified and fixed.  The hacking was discovered by the security firm Malware Bytes, the makers of excellent security software, which I use myself.  This particular hacking injected the malware into the website itself, so visitors did not even have to click on links within the website to risk becoming infected.  The particular malware enabled the hackers to take over the victims’ computers to utilize them for the sending of spam or phishing communications as well as to steal personal information from the victims’ computers to use to steal the identity of the victim.  It should be emphasized that the problem has been corrected, however this type of attack brings up many questions about how do we stay safe when surfing the Internet.

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The first thing to do if you have gone to the Jamie Oliver website since the beginning of December is to have a security scan of your computer or other electronic device done with updated anti-virus and anti-malware security software.  The hackers in this particular case exploited a vulnerability in the Adobe Flash Player which was patched in January of 2015.  You can find links to the patch in the Scamicide security updates found in some Scams of the Day for January.  Adobe Flash has long been a favorite of hackers and it is critical, as I have advised you many times, to keep the software you used up to date with the latest security patches which is why I provide you with links to those patches as they become available.  The hackers also exploited vulnerabilities in Java software and Microsoft’s Silverlight.   Java is another software program popular with not just the public, but also with hackers so you should always be sure to maintain your Java software up to date with the latest security patches.

Scam of the day – February 7, 2015 – Latest security updates from 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 and Adobe Flash Player.   Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.

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Here are the links to the Department of Homeland Security software updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-033 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/02/05/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/02/05/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome

Scam of the day – January 18, 2015 – Adobe, Mozilla and Microsoft 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.  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 Adobe relating to the Flash Player, Mozilla Firefox vulnerabilities and eight vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, which are essential for maintaining your online security.

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Here are links to the necessary updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/01/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/01/13/Microsoft-Releases-January-2015-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/01/14/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates-Firefox-Firefox-ESR-SeaMonkey-and

Scam of the day – December 12, 2014 – Latest 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.  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.  That is why we provide links to the necessary patches and updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security and the companies directly.  Today’s updates includes many important updates and security patches to prevent serious problems including important security updates for Adobe Flash and Cold Fusion, Microsoft Window and Internet Explorer, Google, and  Apple Safari.

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

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/12/09/VMware-Releases-Updates-vCAC

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/12/09/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Reader-and-Acrobat

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/12/09/Microsoft-Releases-December-2014-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/12/08/ISC-Releases-Security-Updates-BIND

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-342

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/12/04/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates-Safari

Scam of the day – December 2, 2014 – Latest security updates issued by 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.  That is why we provide links to the necessary patches and updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security and the companies directly.  Today’s updates includes many important updates and security patches to prevent serious problems including important security updates for Adobe Flash.

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Here are the links to the latest Department of Homeland Security software updates and security patches: https: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-335

Scam of the day – September 16, 2014 – 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.  That is why we provide links to the necessary patches and updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security and the companies directly.  Today’s updates include important security patches for Adobe software including the Adobe Flash Player, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates as issued by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-258

Scam of the day – February 12, 2014 – Latest Security patches for Adobe and others

Regular readers of Scamicide, which I hope you all are, know the importance of keeping your software updated with the latest security patches.  Some people are wary, however when they learn of new security patches because they do not know whether they can trust the source of the security patches and updates to be legitimate.  This is why I provide you with latest security patches and updates when they are made available through the United States Department of Homeland Security.  Today’s latest patches include security patches for Adobe Flash which is a software program popular not just with the general public, but also with identity thieves and scammers, which is why it is particularly important to update your Adobe Flash as soon as possible to avoid leaving your computer and other electronic device1s vulnerable to being exploited by identity thieves and scammers.

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Here is a link to the latest security patches as provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-041