Posts Tagged: ‘java security updates’

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

October 24, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

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 – February 25, 2013 – Adobe Acrobat, Mozilla, Google and Java security updates

February 25, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

I often tell you about the importance of promptly installing all security updates to the various software programs that you use.  Identity thieves take advantage of people not being vigilant in updating their software security and exploit this lack of vigilance by turning these vulnerabilities into opportunities for identity theft.  Whenever there is a security patch for whatever software you use, you should make sure that you update your computer and other electronic devices as soon as possible.  With all of these programs, if you neglect to update the programs with security patches, hackers can steal information from your computer by exploiting existing vulnerabilities and make you a victim of identity theft.

Adobe acrobat is a very common software program used by millions of people.  It is a good and useful program, but you must keep it updated.

Mozilla, which make the excellent Firefox web browser has also issued an important security patch.

Google also has issued a new security patch for its Google Chrome.

As always, it is critical to keep these programs up to date with the latest security patches.

As for Java, it continues to have security problems and according to one software security company was responsible for half of all hackings last year.  Some experts are advising people to disable Java, but if you continue to use it, you should install the latest security update indicated below.

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Here is a link to information for updating your Adobe Acrobat programs: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa13-02.html

Here is a link to information to update your Mozilla program: http://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html

Here is a link to information to update your Google Chrome program: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/search/label/Stable%20updates

Here is a link to information for updating your Java programs: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/javacpufeb2013update-1905892.html