Scam of the day – April 12, 2017 – Adobe Flash software update

If today’s Scam of the day seems familiar, it is because I have been writing for years about problems with Adobe Flash software, most recently just a month ago.  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.  According to security company, Symantec in 2015 80% of the newly discovered software vulnerabilities which can be exploited by malware created by cybercriminals involved Adobe Flash.

It appears that just as companies retire certain programs when it is 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.    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.

Microsoft now blocks Adobe Flash by default in its Edge browser due to security concerns.  Microsoft also blocks outdated versions of Adobe Flash from running in Internet Explorer on Windows 7.  If you use Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012R2, this will not affect you because these systems automatically install Adobe Flash security patches.  In addition, to Microsoft both Google, Apple and Mozilla have  indicated that are blocking Adobe Flash.

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If you are going to continue to use Adobe Flash, it is imperative that you update your software.  Here is a link to the latest Adobe Flash updates:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/04/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

However, it may well be time for you to replace Adobe Flash to avoid future problems.

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 – March 18, 2017 – Adobe Flash security patch

Adobe has just issued a new critical update  for its popular Adobe Flash software.  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.  According to security company, Symantec in 2015 80% of the newly discovered software vulnerabilities which can be exploited by malware created by cybercriminals involved Adobe Flash.

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.    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.

Microsoft now blocks Adobe Flash by default in its Edge browser due to security concerns.  Microsoft also blocks outdated versions of Adobe Flash from running in Internet Explorer on Windows 7.  If you use Windows 8.1, Windows 10 or Windows Server 2012R2, this will not affect you because these systems automatically install Adobe Flash security patches.  In addition, to Microsoft both Google, Apple and Mozilla have  indicated that are blocking Adobe Flash.

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Here is a link to the latest Adobe Flash updates:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/03/14/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

However, it may well be time for you to replace Adobe Flash to avoid problems.

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