Scam of the day – August 10, 2017 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

As shown by the recent massive WannaCry  and Petya ransomware attacks that took advantage of computer users that had not patched their Windows operating system with available 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.  These new critical updates from the Department of Homeland Security are for software of Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla and Google Chrome.

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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/current-activity/2017/08/08/Microsoft-Releases-August-2017-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/03/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome-OS

Scam of the day – May 28, 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 Itunes as well as other Apple programs, Google Chrome, Symantec anti-virus software and Adobe Connect.

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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/SB16-144

Here is the link to Google Chrome updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/26/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

Here is the link to the Adobe Connect updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/23/Adobe-Releases-Security-Update-Adobe-Connect

Scam of the day – April 8, 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 Apple macs, iPhones and Apple tv and Google Chrome.

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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/SB16-088 and https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-095

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 – January 24, 2014 – Latest security updates

Today, as I regularly do, I am providing you with links to the latest security software updates for many of the programs that we all use.  Of particular importance are the updates to Adobe and Google Chrome software, both of which have often been targets of hackers and identity thieves so it is very important when new security updates become available that you download them and install them on your various electronic devices.  Scammers and identity thieves rely on people not promptly patching the security of their software and exploit these vulnerabilities.  Some people, however, are reluctant to install updates because they are not sure that the updates they install are not in and of themselves malware from scammers and identity thieves sent to trick therm into downloading the malware under the guise of installing legitimate seucirty patches which is why I provide links provided, in turn, by the Department of Homeland Security that you can trust.

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Here is the link to the latest security bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security with links to important security patches:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-020

 

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

 

Scam of the day – March 9, 2013 – Important software security updates

Identity thieves and hackers continuously try to exploit vulnerabilities in software programs that we all use in order to permit them to avoid security features and hack into our computers or perform other misdeeds.  It is critical to update the various software programs that you use as quickly as new patches are issued to address these vulnerabilities.  The delay or failure to do so can be devastating.  I will keep you updated as soon as new updates are issued and also provide links that you can trust to go to the proper places to download the patches.  Google has just issued a patch for its Google Chrome program for Windows, Linux and Macs.  If you use Google Chrome you should download the latest updates that apply to you.  In addition, a number of other companies have also issued security updates that you should install immediately.

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Here is a link from the United States Computer Readiness Emergency Team, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security with a list of all of the most recent security patches and links to those patches.  You should definitely update those programs that apply to you.

http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-063