Scam of the day – December 12, 2013 – New Adobe security patches

Frequently over the last few months I have been warning you about the major data breach at Adobe and the repercussions that could be felt by more than the 38 million customers of Adobe because of not only the theft of personal data of Adobe customers, but also the theft of the source code for Adobe software used by many companies and governmental agencies for website development.  The size of the potential threat to people using website where vulnerabilities in the Adobe software can be expected to be exploited by the hackers cannot be overestimated.  Adobe has been diligently working to develop new patches to prevent such threats from becoming a reality, but these patches are only good to you if you download them and install them on your devices.  It is for this reason that I regularly provide you with the latest information about new security patches as well as links to the necessary patches.

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Here are links to the latest sets of security patches for the Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/12/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Adobe-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/12/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Update-Adobe-Shockwave-Player

If you still use these software programs, I urge you to install these security patches immediately.

Scam of the day – October 5, 2013 – Adobe data breach

Adobe makes software used by millions of consumers.  Recently Adobe announced that it had been hacked and personal information belonging to 2.9 million of its customers was stolen.  The stolen information included names, encrypted credit card numbers, and expiration dates as well as information pertaining to individual orders.  In response, Adobe is resetting passwords for affected customers.  If your user ID and password were compromised by the hacking, you will be receiving an email from Adobe with information about changing your password.  It is important if you use the same password on other websites, as many people do, that you also change your passwords there as well.  It is a good idea to have a different password at each website you go to.  Adobe is also offering customers whose credit or debit card information was stolen a free credit monitoring service for one year.

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If, as many people, you use Adobe products, you should be on high alert to the possibility of identity theft.  Keep close tabs on all of your accounts particularly those debit cards or credit cards that you may have used at Adobe.  I will keep you informed as further developments occur.