Scam of the day – July 14, 2015 – More Adobe Flash problems and other security patches

As I wrote about previously, the recent hacking of the spyware company Hacking Team has exposed two new serious Adobe Flash vulnerabilities  that are already being exploited by hackers and identity thieves.  Anyone who uses Adobe Flash is in danger.  With its history of its vulnerabilities having been exploited by hackers for years, now may be a good time for people to consider disabling Adobe Flash and using other video software programs.  Some alternatives include LightSpark, Unity Web Player, GNU Gnash, and Silverlight.  Silverlight can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft website.

Below I will provide you with the latest security advisory from Adobe Flash although it should be emphasized that as I write today’s Scam of the Day there are no security patches yet available for the latest two discovered vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash.  However, there are security patches available for other problems with Adobe Flash that you should install if you are still using this program.  Also below you will find a link to the latest security update from the Department of Homeland Security with many critical security patches.

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Here is the link to the latest security advisory from Adobe:  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/07/11/Adobe-Flash-ActionScript-3-opaqueBackground-Use-After-Free

Here is the link to the latest security update alert from the Department of Homeland Security:  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-194

 

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 – November 16, 2014 – Latest software security patches

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 Google Chrome, Adobe and  Microsoft.  The Adobe flaw is particularly troublesome in that it can be exploited by hackers to take over your entire computer.

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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/2014/11/11/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/11/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-314

 

Scam of the day – June 17, 2014 – Important Google and Adobe 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 provide critical security updates for a number of important software programs which we all use, such as Adobe, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox which if not used will put you in serious jeopardy of identity theft and being hacked.

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Here is the link to the latest security updates as issued by both the  Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-167

 

Scam of the day – December 18, 2013 – Latest critical security patches

As I regularly do on Scamicide, today I am providing you with information about the latest security patches and updates for many important software programs that you use including Google Chrome, Adobe, Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.  The list that I provide you is one that is compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.  It is of critical importance that you download and update the software programs that you use when new security patches and updates become available because the scam artists and identity thieves are constantly working to identify vulnerabilities in these programs that they exploit to your detriment.  Delaying the downloading of these important security patches and updates can have dire consequences.  But just as it is important to install these security patches and updates, many people are wary when they receive notices about downloading such patches and updates because they are wary that the security patch or update that they are installing may be malware that they are being tricked into downloading by a scammer or identity thief.  Fortunately, you can rely on the safety of the security patches and updates provided here by Scamicide.  Make sure you check Scamicide every day not only to become informed about the latest scams and identity theft schemes as well as how to avoid them, but also to find the latest security patches and updates.

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Here is a link to the latest Cyber Security Bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security containing links to important security patches and updates:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-350