Scam of the day – May 14, 2017 – Important 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. as we have seen with the massive ransomware attack of Friday. 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 including updates for Microsoft, Mozilla, Google Chrome and, of course, Adobe Flash.

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Here are links to these important security patches.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/4022344.aspx

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/05/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/05/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/09/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

As I have indicated previously many times, it may well be time for you to consider replacing Adobe Flash to avoid future problems with this useful, but outdated and vulnerable software.

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 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 – August 17, 2016 – Latest security update 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 in today’s Scam of the day from the Department of Homeland Security include critical new updates to  the Android operating system to correct vulnerabilities threatening the security of millions of cell phone users about which I wrote in a recent Scam of the day.  Also included are important security updates for Microsoft 10, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Google Chrome.

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Here are the links to  the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-228

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 16, 2016 – Apple ends support for QuickTime for Windows

I am always advising you to update the software that you use with the latest security patches and updates because cybercriminals exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in the software programs that we all use to deliver malware such as ransomware and keystroke logging malware that can steal the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  Too often, criminals are successful in using malware against which there are already issued security patches, but that many people fail to install in a timely fashion.  It is for this reason that I am constantly providing you with the latest security updates as issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

However, sometimes when it becomes just too difficult to plug the holes in particular software, the software maker will abandon the particular software and not issue any further updates.  This was the case with the Windows XP operating system.  Continuing to use that system puts you in significant danger of being hacked.  Now, Apple has announced that it will no longer produce security updates for its QuickTime media player which handles video, audio and interactive content.  This is a major announcement and if Apple is abandoning QuickTime, so should you.

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The risk of continued use of QuickTime is too great.  Not only should you cease to use it, you should also uninstall it.  Here is a link to Apple’s instructions for uninstalling QuickTime.  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205771

Here also is a link to the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security about Apple ending its support for QuickTime for Windows.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-105A

Also, in keeping with my advice to update your computer software programs with the latest patches as soon as they become available, here are links from the Department of Homeland Security to important updates for  Microsoft software and Google Chrome.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/12/Microsoft-Releases-April-2016-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/13/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

Scam of the day – March 23, 2016 – 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.  Today’s updates include critical updates for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple and 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/SB16-081 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/03/21/Apple-Releases-Multiple-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – March 15, 2016 – 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.  Today’s updates include critical updates for Google Chrome.

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Here are links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-067

Scam of the day – May 21, 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 critical updates for Adobe Acrobat, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

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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/SB15-138

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/05/19/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

Scam of the day – May 11, 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 critical updates for Google Chrome, Cisco UCS software, Apple Safari software and Word Press software.  Word Press is used by many companies for website creation.

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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/SB15-124

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/05/08/Cisco-UCS-Central-Software-Vulnerability

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/05/07/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates-Safari

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2015/05/07/WordPress-Security-and-Maintenance-Release

 

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