Posts Tagged: ‘internet explorer vulnerability’

Scam of the day – February 19, 2013 – Microsoft security updates

February 19, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Hackers and identity thieves exploit vulnerabilities in the software that we all use to access our computers, steal our information and make us victims of identity theft.  Fortunately, the computer software companies and security software companies are always just as busy trying to correct those vulnerabilities.  When they do, they issue security patches and updates, however, these updates are only effective if you install them on your computers and other devices.  Hackers and identity thieves constantly take advantage of the fact that many people do not keep their security software current and install the latest security patches issued by software companies when they become aware of vulnerabilities.  Microsoft has just issued an alert about dangerous vulnerabilities that they discovered in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server Software and Microsoft. NET Framework.

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If you have not already done so go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-feb for the Microsoft security bulletin that describes these dangers in detail and provides links to install necessary patches to protect your computer.  Perhaps a better option is to enable your computers to automatically install all necessary updates and save yourself the time of having to constantly monitor new patches and security developments.  Remember, the hackers and identity thieves count on people not patching these vulnerabilities in a timely fashion.

Scam of the day – January 22, 2013 – Internet Explorer danger

January 22, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Many of us, myself include use the Internet Explorer browser.  Unfortunately, many hackers and identity thieves are aware of this and also use vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer browser to hack into your computer and steal information from you and make you a victim of identity theft.  The problem is particularly acute with Internet Explorer versions 6,7 and 8.  Fortunately, Microsoft has taken action to remedy this vulnerability.

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Go this link.  https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-008  This will contain the information you need to install the patches required to fix the vulnerability of your Internet browser.  I know I have told you that you should trust me and not trust anyone, but you really can trust me on this one.  The link is legitimate and will enable you to protect yourself while on the Internet.

Scam of the day – January 4, 4013 – Internet Explorer vulnerability

January 4, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Microsoft, the maker of the Internet Explorer search engine has just issued an important security advisory (2794220) informing the public about vulnerabilities in the Internet Explorer versions 6,7 and 8.  It is important to note that Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 are not subject to this vulnerability.  Microsoft is presently investigating this vulnerability and has not yet determined how to respond yet.  An identity thief or hacker can presently exploit this vulnerability and, according to Microsoft, “install programs; view, change or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”  This could easily then lead to your becoming a victim of identity theft.

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As I always advise it is important to keep your computer’s operating system and programs as up to date as possible.  Often new versions of programs are issued for the expressed purpose of fixing vulnerabilities that have been discovered by hackers in previous versions.