Posts Tagged: ‘java updates’

Scam of the day – October 20, 2013 – Important Java updates

October 20, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

If you are a regular reader of Scamicide, you know that Java software has proven to be a frequent target of hackers and identity thieves.  Java is a very popular software made by Oracle.  Unfortunately, it is also a software that has proven to be very vulnerable to being hacked by identity thieves and exploited for purposes of stealing information used to make you a victim of identity theft.  One of  the more interesting facts about identity theft,  as indicated by Kaspersky Lab, a security firm is that flaws in Java software were responsible for almost half of all cyber attacks by identity thieves and hackers last year.  The Department of Homeland Security has even gone so far as to advise people to disable Java or prevent Java apps from running on their computers.  However, many people still use Java for their work and personal computer use.  If you are one of these people it is imperative that you update your Java software with the latest security patches as soon as their are released.  Recently Java announced a new security patch, which you should install on your computer as soon as possible if you use Java software to help protect you from hacking and identity thieves.  Identity theft statistics show that if you install the security patch, you will lower, although not eliminate, your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft.

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Here is a link to the latest Java security patch information: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/10/15/Oracle-Releases-October-2013-Security-Advisory

Unless you absolutely must use Java, my advice is to disable it.  You can find a link with instructions as to how to disable Java in my Scam of the Day for April 22, 2013 which can be found in the archives of Scamicide which you can access at the top right hand corner of this blog.

Here also is a link to a page where you can find alternative pdf readers that are safer than Java : http://www.pdfreaders.org/

If you still wish to use Java software, make sure that you check for and download the latest Java security patch at the link indicated above.  It will help provide identity theft protection.  Here on Scamicide I will provide access to these updates as they are released.

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