Scam of the day – December 17, 2016 – 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.  These new updates from the Department of Homeland Security includes critical updates for Microsoft products, Mozilla Firefox  Adobe software including Adobe Flash and Apple products.  The Adobe Flash security patch is particularly important because, once again, new vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash have been discovered that are already being exploited by cybercriminals to take control of your devices using Adobe Flash.  I suggest you check out previous Scams of the day by putting the words “Adobe Flash” in the section entitled “Search the website” for detailed steps you can take to find an alternative to the continuously dangerous Adobe Flash.

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Here are the links to a list of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-347

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/13/Microsoft-Releases-December-2016-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/12/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/14/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – April 24, 2014 – Latest security updates

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.  Today’s software updates are particular extensive and includes updates for important software such as Adobe and Java as well as critical updates just released for Apple devices, such as Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods.

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Here are links to the latest releases from the Department of Homeland Security with links to these important security update: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-111 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/04/23/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates-Mac-OS-X-and-iOS

Scam of the day – January 24, 2014 – Latest security updates

Today, as I regularly do, I am providing you with links to the latest security software updates for many of the programs that we all use.  Of particular importance are the updates to Adobe and Google Chrome software, both of which have often been targets of hackers and identity thieves so it is very important when new security updates become available that you download them and install them on your various electronic devices.  Scammers and identity thieves rely on people not promptly patching the security of their software and exploit these vulnerabilities.  Some people, however, are reluctant to install updates because they are not sure that the updates they install are not in and of themselves malware from scammers and identity thieves sent to trick therm into downloading the malware under the guise of installing legitimate seucirty patches which is why I provide links provided, in turn, by the Department of Homeland Security that you can trust.

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Here is the link to the latest security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security with links to important security patches:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-020

 

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 17, 2013 – Important list of security updates

The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team regularly compiles a list of vulnerable computer software and the security patches necessary to correct these vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities are ranked High, Medium and Low.  Obviously the vulnerabilities ranked high pose the greatest threat to your security.  Below you will find a link to the latest Vulnerability summary which includes patches for the latest exposed flaws in Adobe software which are quite significant and which, deservedly, have been the subject of a number of recent Scams of the day as these vulnerabilities pose a significant threat to you of identity theft.  I urge you to not only install the new security patches, but to go to the Scamicide Archives and read all of the recent Adobe Scams of the day to determine if you want to continue to use Adobe products.  You may wish to consider alternatives which I suggest in the Scams of the day.

It is always important to update your software with the latest security patches and updates because identity thieves exploit these vulnerabilities and count on you not to be timely in downloading important security patches.  Remember, the good guys are always at least a month behind the bad guys in identifying these vulnerabilities so it is important to remedy the problem as soon as possible.  Make sure you read Scamicide every day to keep track of the latest security patches and updates.

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Here is  a link to the Department of Homeland Security’s latest Vulnerability Summary with links to security patches for many different software programs. https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-287