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 – September 23, 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, Android, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Windows 10.

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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/SB16-263

Here also are new links to Apple updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/09/20/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates

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Mozilla Firefox updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/09/20/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

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 – May 13, 2016 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security and more

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 Mozilla Firefox browser, Google Chrome as well as numerous Microsoft programs.  Also, WordPress, the software used to construct millions of websites has issued a critical security update. Finally, Adobe has issued critical updates for Adobe Flash for those of you who are still using this software.  As I have recommended for quite some time, I think you would be better off disabling Adobe Flash and using alternative software programs due to the fact that vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash continually are exploited by hackers and identity thieves.

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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/SB16-130

Here is the link to information about WordPress updates:  https://wordpress.org/news/2016/05/wordpress-4-5-2/

Here is a link to the latest Microsoft updates: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-may.aspx

Here is a link to the latest Adobe updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/10/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

Here is a link to the latest Google Chrome updates: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2016/05/stable-channel-update.html

 

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 – 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 – February 7, 2014 – Latest software security updates

Today’s scam of the day is another edition of the latest of software patches and security updates as provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security.  It is of critical importance to update the software programs that you use on all of your electronic devices as soon as new patches and security updates become available to help protect you from the malware and other security threats posed by identity thieves and other criminals who are constantly working to exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in the various programs we use.  Today’s list of security patches includes some for the popular Google Chrome software.  Often, identity thieves will try to trick you into downloading malware by representing what they are providing are security patches so it is important to only download patches and updates in which you have total confidence which is why I provide only links to updates that have been verified by the Department of Homeland Security as being legitimate.

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Here is a link to the latest security patches and updates as gathered  by the Department of Homeland Security.  I urge you to check out the list and download the patches and updates that relate to programs that you use.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-034

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