Scam of the day – October 12, 2016 – Latest updates from 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 include critical new updates to Adobe Flash and ten Microsoft updates. I have been warning you for years about flaws in Adobe Flash that have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  Problems with Adobe Flash are nothing new.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.  Despite security patch after security patch, new problems keep coming up.  It appears that just as companies retire certain programs when it is just too difficult to patch them, this may well be the time for Adobe to retire Flash and if it doesn’t, you should consider retiring it yourself and replacing it with another plugin that performs the same function, but is safer.

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Here are the links to  lists of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-284 and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/10/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/10/11/Microsoft-Releases-Security-Updates

Some alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash include  GNU Gnash, and Silverlight.  Silverlight can be downloaded free directly from the Microsoft at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/ while GNU Gnash can be downloaded free at this link: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

Scam of the day – October 4, 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 include critical new updates to Apple’s iOS 10 about which I wrote a few days ago.

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Here are the links to  lists of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-277

 

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 27, 2014 – 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.  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 and Apple tv.

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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/bulletins/SB14-328

Scam of the day – September 10, 2014 – Latest software 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.  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 include important security patches for Windows and Internet Explorer.

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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/2014/09/09/Microsoft-Releases-September-2014-Security-Bulletin

Scam of the day – May 27, 2014 – Latest security updates from 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.  That is why we provide links to the necessary patches and updates as provided by the Department of Homeland Security.  Today’s updates provide important security updates to many important programs that we all use including updates to Google Chrome.

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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/bulletins/SB14-146

Scam of the day – September 25, 2013 – Critical software security patches

As I have explained to you many times, scammers and identity thieves are constantly exploiting vulnerabilities that they discover in the various software and hardware that we all use to make us victims of scams and identity theft.  Fortunately, software manufacturers are just as constantly working on security updates and patches to eliminate those vulnerabilities as fast as they can.  It is therefore critical to protect yourself by installing and applying the latest security software patches as soon as they are available.  Scammers and identity thieves rely on the fact that many people either don’t know about the necessary patches or delay installing them.  The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security regularly publishes links to the latest security patches.  This week there is a particularly large number of them including patches for iphones, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.  The security bulletin describing these vulnerabilities and where to go to patch them is reproduced below.  Check Scamicide on a daily basis to not only learn about the latest scams, but also the latest security patches for your computers, smartphones and laptops.

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Here is the link to the most recent security bulletin of the National Cybersecurity  and Communications Integration Center with links to the latest security patches.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-266

Scam of the day – July 5, 2013 – Department of Homeland Security software warnings

The Department of Homeland Security regularly issues bulletins that provide details of the latest software vulnerabilities with links to the patches necessary to correct these problems.  The Department of Homeland Security grades these vulnerabilities as either High, Medium or Low.  It is of critical importance to install the patches indicated in those threats deemed High.  Identity thieves and scam artists exploit these vulnerabilities and they count on many people either entirely neglecting to fix the software they use or delaying installing the necessary patches thereby enabling the identity thieves, hackers and scammers to take advantage of the vulnerabilities in the various software programs that we use.   In its latest bulletin, the Department of Homeland Security outlines specific threats to many software programs including the popular Mozilla Firefox browser.

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Here is the link to the latest bulletin of the Department of Homeland Security which details the most recently identified threats.  The bulletin itself, in turn, also provides links to the patches to fix these vulnerabilities.  I urge you to not delay in installing the latest security patches for the software you use that appear in the bulletin.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-182