Posts Tagged: ‘apple security patch’

Scam of the day – October 23, 2014 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

October 23, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

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 Microsoft Windows,  Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, iPhones and Apple TV.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates as issued by the Department of Homeland Security:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/22/Microsoft-Releases-Advisory-Unpatched-Windows-Vulnerability

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-293

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-286

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/20/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates-iOS-and-Apple-TV

Scam of the day – October 2, 2014 – Important update on Bash bug

October 2, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

On September 27th I warned you about the revelation that there was a bug called Shellshock in the Bash command-line interpreter on many operating systems including Linux, Unix and Apple’s OSX that had just been discovered after more than twenty years.  This bug is simple to exploit and tremendously dangerous since when exploited by hackers, permits the hacker to take over the computers using the infected operating systems.   The Federal Financial Institution Examinations Council (FFIEC) has warned the banking industry that it should take immediate steps to protect itself from this major threat.  Hackers have been busy trying to take advantage of this security flaw by attacking servers using affected operating systems while security experts have been equally as busy trying to create new patches.   A series of security patches have been released just in the last couple of days. It is also important to know that, as individual computer users, your firewall should protect you unless a hacker tricks you through phishing into clicking on a link and download malware to exploit the flaw.

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For all of us, this is a reminder to never click on a link in an email, text message or social media posting unless you are absolutely sure that it is legitimate.  Too often, what appear to be legitimate communications with emails are phishing scams with malware attached.

Here are links provided by the Department of Homeland Security which in turn have links to the latest security patches issued by Apple and others to deal with this problem.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/09/24/Bourne-Again-Shell-Bash-Remote-Code-Execution-Vulnerability

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/09/30/Apple-Releases-OS-X-bash-Update-10

Scam of the day – August 23, 2014 – Important Safari security update

August 23, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

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 update provides is a critical update for the Apple Safari web browser.

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Here is the link to the latest security updates as issued by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/08/14/Apple-Releases-Security-Update-Safari

Scam of the day – March 18, 2014 – Latest critical security updates

March 17, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

As regular followers of Scamicide know, 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 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 list of software updates includes critical updates from Ubuntu, Adobe, Apple and Google.  The Adobe and Apple patches are of particular importance to your security.

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Here are the links to the latest software security updates and patches as provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/13/Ubuntu-Releases-Security-Update

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Update-Shockwave-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/12/Security-Updates-Released-iOS-devices-and-Apple-TV

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/12/Security-Updates-Available-Adobe-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/12/Security-Update-Chrome-OS

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/03/12/Google-Releases-Chrome-Update

Scam of the day – March 22, 2013 – Important iPhone and iPod security updates and more

March 22, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

As I constantly remind you, it is tremendously important to keep your security software up to date with the latest patches and improvements.  Identity thieves and scammers take advantage of the fact that many people either delay or don’t bother at all to install security software updates on their computers and end up becoming victims of identity theft and scams.  But it is not just your computer that you must update as to security software.  All of your portable devices should have the most current security software installed and kept up to date.  Recently Apple released new security software for its iPhones and iPods.  If you have any of these devices, you should update your security software immediately to avoid identity thieves from exploiting recently discovered vulnerabilities.

Also attached below is a long list of security patches and updates for other commonly used programs that have just been released and gathered by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Here is a link you can trust to a release from Apple that provides you with information and links necessary to update your security software on your appropriate Apple devices:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5704

Here is the link to the list of latest security patches as compiled by the Department of Homeland Security for many other software programs.  You should check the list out and update all applicable software that you use: http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-077

Scam of the day – March 17, 2013 – Safari 6.0.3 and OS X Mountain Lion security updates

March 17, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

As I constantly remind people, it is critical to keep your software programs updated with all of the latest security updates.  Some people have their software automatically updated, but others wait until they learn of the latest security patches and some don’t get around at all to updating their software security.  That is a big mistake.  Identity thieves take advantage of vulnerabilities in popular software programs that they discover and then exploit, often before the vulnerabilities are discovered, but even after the vulnerabilities have been dealt with by the software companies in computers of people who fail to update their software programs as soon as possible.  Safari is a web browser created by Apple that is included with Macs.  Recently Apple became aware of security flaws in the software and took steps to patch those flaws.  But those patches are only helpful if you use them.  Apple has also issued updates to its security for its OS X Mountain Lion desk top operating system.  Failure to update your software could easily result in your becoming a victim of identity theft.  At one time hackers and identity thieves focused their attention on PC users, but as Macs have increased in popularity with the public, so have they increased in popularity with identity thieves who are now exploiting security vulnerabilities in Macs and their software.

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Here is a link to an Apple update with information about the latest security patches and links to installing updated security patches.  If you use Safari, do not delay updating your software’s security.  Here is the link to updating your Safari program.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5671

Here is a link to updating your OSX Mountain Lion program.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5672

Scam of the day – March 3, 2013 – Apple security updates

March 3, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

It is imperative to keep yourself up to date with the latest software security patches.  Security software developers are always a bit behind the developers of new viruses, but once the security software developers have found how to counteract these viruses, it is very important to install these security patches as soon as possible.  Identity thieves take advantage of the fact that many people delay or don’t even bother to install security patches and therefore are even more vulnerable to identity theft that occurs when you unwittingly download tainted software or click on tainted links.  Java, as I have described many times, has been a favorite target for hackers and identity thieves who have exploited vulnerabilities with Java software to make people victims of identity theft.

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Here is a link to the latest Apple patch to protect yourself from the most recently discovered Java vulnerabilities for Apple computers.  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5666

You can trust this link to provide you with the information you need to protect yourself if you are an Apple user who also uses Java software.  With so many hackings tied to Java, you also may wish to consider disabling Java unless you absolutely need it.