Scam of the day – November 5, 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 from Adobe about which I wrote a few days ago as well as important newly released security updates from Apple for its operating system and Google Chrome.  The Adobe patch is related to vulnerabilities recently exploited by Russian hackers.

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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/SB16-305 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/10/31/Apple-Release-Security-Update-iOS and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/11/02/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome

Scam of the day – July 24, 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 Adobe Flash, Google Chrome, iTunes, Safari, Windows 10 and Internet Explorer. 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/SB16-200 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/07/21/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/07/18/Apple-Releases-Multiple-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 – 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 – February 7, 2015 – 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.  Today’s updates include critical updates for Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player.   Users of the affected programs should make sure that they update their software with these latest security patches as soon as possible.

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Here are the links to the Department of Homeland Security software updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB15-033 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/02/05/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/02/05/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome

Scam of the day – October 9, 2014 – Latest security updates and patches for the Bash virus

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 updates for the Bash virus and updates to Google and Google Chrome.  The Bash virus involved not just computer software, but router software and included in today’s updates are security patches for routers.

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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/2014/10/07/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome-and-Chrome-OS   and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/07/Oracle-Patches-Bash-Vulnerabilities and

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/10/08/Cisco-Releases-Security-Advisory-ASA

Scam of the day – October 24, 2013 – Very important security updates

I am constantly alerting you to security updates as they are issued by the makers of the software that we all use because it is critical to keep  the security of your smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets and other electronic devices as current as possible.  Hackers and identity thieves are always working to identify and exploit software security flaws in order to enable them to make us victims of identity theft and advance other scams.  Therefore it is very important to install security patches and update your software as soon as new patches are made available.  You cannot depend on your anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect you because the best of these security software programs are always behind the hackers and identity thieves when it comes to identifying security flaws.  Recently the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued its latest list of security patches for a wide range of software programs including a number of critical security patches for Cisco, Google Chrome, Blackberry and Java.  I urge you to go to the link below and install the latest security patches that apply to you.

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Here is a link to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s list of the latest software security patches.   I urge you to pay particular attention to those labeled as “High Vulnerabilities.”

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-294