Scam of the day – April 16, 2016 – Apple ends support for QuickTime for Windows

I am always advising you to update the software that you use with the latest security patches and updates because cybercriminals exploit newly discovered vulnerabilities in the software programs that we all use to deliver malware such as ransomware and keystroke logging malware that can steal the information from your computer and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  Too often, criminals are successful in using malware against which there are already issued security patches, but that many people fail to install in a timely fashion.  It is for this reason that I am constantly providing you with the latest security updates as issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

However, sometimes when it becomes just too difficult to plug the holes in particular software, the software maker will abandon the particular software and not issue any further updates.  This was the case with the Windows XP operating system.  Continuing to use that system puts you in significant danger of being hacked.  Now, Apple has announced that it will no longer produce security updates for its QuickTime media player which handles video, audio and interactive content.  This is a major announcement and if Apple is abandoning QuickTime, so should you.

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The risk of continued use of QuickTime is too great.  Not only should you cease to use it, you should also uninstall it.  Here is a link to Apple’s instructions for uninstalling QuickTime.  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205771

Here also is a link to the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security about Apple ending its support for QuickTime for Windows.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-105A

Also, in keeping with my advice to update your computer software programs with the latest patches as soon as they become available, here are links from the Department of Homeland Security to important updates for  Microsoft software and Google Chrome.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/12/Microsoft-Releases-April-2016-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/04/13/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

Scam of the day – November 16, 2014 – Latest software security patches

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 includes many important updates and security patches to prevent serious problems including important security updates for Google Chrome, Adobe and  Microsoft.  The Adobe flaw is particularly troublesome in that it can be exploited by hackers to take over your entire computer.

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Here are the links to the latest Department of Homeland Security software updates and security patches:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/11/11/Google-Releases-Security-Update-Chrome

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/11/11/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-314

 

Scam of the day – June 22, 2014 – Updates to Microsoft Malware Protection Engine

Regular readers of Scamicide, which I hope you are or will be, know that is very important to keep all of your computers and other electronic devices up to date with the latest security patches.  This is why I regularly provide you with links to these updates as made available by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security.  Today, however, I am providing you with a link to important software updates recently issued by Microsoft to patch vulnerabilities in its Malware Protection Engine.  Failing to install these updates leaves you vulnerable to identity thieves who exploit these vulnerabilities when people fail to install these important security updates.  Generally, these particular Microsoft updates are done automatically by Microsoft on your computer.  You will notice when this is done when you go to turn off your computer and are told not to turn it off until updates are completed.  However, there are circumstances when the updates are not automatically accomplished and it is important to make sure that you are indeed protected.

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Here is a link to the latest Microsoft security update with links an information about the updates to the Microsoft Malware protection Engine.

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/2974294