Scam of the day – April 25, 2017 – 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.  This has been a particular busy week for security updates.  These new updates from the Department of Homeland Security includes critical updates for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Amazon Fire.

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Here is a  link 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/SB17-107

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB17-114

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/04/19/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/04/19/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – January 26, 2017 – 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 Apple products including iTunes, and Mozilla Firefox.

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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/SB17-023

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/01/23/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/01/24/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – June 29, 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.

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Here is the link 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/SB16-179

Here is a link to recent Apple security updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/06/21/Apple-Releases-Security-Update

Here is a link to a recent update for Mozilla Firefox: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/06/07/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – May 1, 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.  Today’s updates include critical updates for the Android operating system and Google Chrome.  Also included is a newly released security update to the Mozilla Firefox browser.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-116

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/26/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/28/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

Scam of the day – April 30, 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 Apple tv, WordPress (which is used by many people for the creation of websites), Mozilla Firefox,  Adobe Flash,

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

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-103

https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/wordpress-4-1-2/

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/21/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Update-Firefox

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-110

Scam of the day – April 5, 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 security patches for Adobe Flash which is always a target of identity thieves as well as updates for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others.

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

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-082

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/04/01/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/03/31/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates-Firefox-Firefox-ESR-and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/03/26/Cisco-Releases-Semiannual-IOS-Software-Security-Advisory-Bundled

Scam of the day – October 17, 2014 – Another Heartbleed-like security flaw discovered

We all remember the Heartbleed scare from last April where a security flaw in the Open SSL encryption technology used throughout the Internet was discovered and a rush to fix it was done before the flaw could be extensively exploited by hackers.  Now we learn about another flaw in encryption software which although not as serious as Heartbleed is still significant.  This one goes by the acronym of POODLE, which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.  A POODLE attack could enable a hacker to steal information from unwary victims.  Fortunately, patches have been created and are provided below.

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Here is a link from the Department of Homeland Security to security updates to resolve this problem.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/16/OpenSSL-Patches-Four-Vulnerabilities

And while we are at it, here are the latest Department of Homeland Security links to security updates for Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird.  https://mail.aol.com/38798-516/aol-6/en-us/Suite.aspx

Scam of the day – April 30, 2014 – Internet Explorer flaw update

Yesterday I warned you about a potentially devastating flaw discovered in Internet Explorer that could enable a hacker to not only take control of your computer, but also gain access to all of the information contained in your computer and use it to access your bank accounts, use your credit cards and make you a victim of identity theft.  The malware required to exploit the vulnerability in Internet Explorer must be downloaded by you either by clicking on a link in an otherwise unobtrusive email that contains the malware or even by going to a website that uses a compromised Adobe Flash file.  Microsoft is not expected to have a security patch developed for a couple of weeks and even that is merely an estimate, but there are some steps that everyone should consider doing to protect themselves from this threat.

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First and most obvious, you should consider using an alternative web browser such as Mozilla Firefox which does not have the same vulnerability.  You also may wish to download a just released security patch for Adobe Flash.  Here is a link to the security update for Adobe Flash: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/04/28/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

While you are at it,  you should also install the latest security update for Mozilla Firefox which has just been released by the Department of Homeland Security.  Here is a link to that security update: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/04/29/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates-Firefox-Thunderbird-and-Seamonkey

As always, it is also important to protect yourself from malware by not clicking on links or downloading attachments unless you are absolutely sure that they are legitimate because often malware is imbedded in these links and attachments.