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 20, 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 important security patches for Google Chrome, Oracle, Adobe Flash, Adobe ColdFusion, Flex, and Microsoft Windows.  The Adobe Flash vulnerability had been exploited by Russian hackers to obtain information from the computers of other governments.

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

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/15/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/15/Oracle-Releases-April-2015-Security-Advisory

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/15/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player-ColdFusion-and-Flex

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/14/Microsoft-Releases-April-2015-Security-Bulletin

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 – 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

Scam of the day – March 15, 2013 – Important Adobe Flash Player Updates

Adobe, which makes the flash Player used by many of us on our computers and portable devices has just issued new security updates to correct vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers to install malware on your computer or portable device that would enable the hacker to steal all of the information from your computer as well as control your computer and make it part of a botnet, a network of computers taken over by hackers that use your computer to spread malware.  It is important to install these latest software security updates as soon as possible.  As I have often said, hackers are constantly working to detect and exploit security flaws in the software we use.  Software developers are working just as hard to plug up vulnerabilities as they are discovered.  Therefore it is critical to your personal security to install updates as soon as they are available.

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Here is a link to the security bulletin of Adobe which will provide you with all the assistance you need to download the proper security update for your particular computer or portable device.

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb13-09.html