Posts Tagged: ‘microsoft security updates’

Scam of the day – June 11, 2014 – Critical Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word updates

June 11, 2014 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

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 provide important security updates to many important Microsoft programs including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word.

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Here is the link to the latest security updates as issued by both the  Department of Homeland Security and Microsoft directly.  This is the link to Microsoft’s security updates:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-jun

Scam of the day – November 16, 2013 – Critical Microsoft security update

November 16, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

In the Scam of the day for November 8, 2013 I warned you about serious vulnerabilities in various Microsoft programs that had been exploited by hackers, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia.  The vulnerabilities are so serious that they can result in the hacker literally being able to take over the victim’s computer and gain access to all of the filed and documents contained therein.  Until now, Microsoft did not have a security patch to deal with this problem, but now Microsoft has released a number of security patches and updates to protect you from these threats.  Here is a link to the new Microsoft security patches and updates which you should install as soon as possible, if you have not done so already.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-nov

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Promptly installing the latest security updates and patches on all of your electronic equipment such as computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones is an essential element of protecting your security.  Check Scamicide daily so you can be sure that you will be up to date in all of the latest security patches and updates.

Scam of the day – August 18, 2013 – Urgent Microsoft security updates – How to prevent identity theft

August 17, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Identity thieves and hackers are constantly working to discover and exploit vulnerabilities in the various computer software that we use in our computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones and other portable devices  to make you a victim of online identity theft therefore it is extremely important that as flaws are discovered and patches for these flaws issued that you download the necessary security patches as soon as possible.  Identity thieves and hackers rely on the fact that many people do not keep their security software up to date and exploit this fact.  Recently Microsoft has issued new security patches for discovered vulnerabilities in various Windows programs that millions of people use.  The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security regularly issues alerts regarding software patches you need to install and recently they issued such an alert for Windows software.

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Here is a link to the Security Advisory issued by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team which, in turn, provides secure links that you can trust that will take you to the necessary Microsoft security downloads.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2013/08/15/Microsoft-Releases-Security-Advisory

Scam of the day – July 12, 2013 – Critical Microsoft security updates

July 12, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

Identity thieves regularly manage to exploit vulnerabilities in the common software programs that we use.  Java software has proven to be such an effective target for identity thieves that the Department of Homeland Security has even gone so far as to advise people to remove Java software from their computers because of its susceptibility to being exploited by identity thieves.  For more information about Java, as well as instructions as to how to remove it from your computer, go to the Scamicide archives.  Software manufacturers constantly are trying to patch the vulnerabilities in their products and whenever those patches become available, I make sure that I notify you not only that they are available, but where to go to download the necessary patches.  Delaying installing the latest security updates puts you in a dangerous risk of identity theft.  The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a new advisory that provides information about vulnerabilities in a number of Microsoft software programs including the commonly used Internet browser, Internet Explorer.  It is important to download the necessary patches as soon as possible.

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Here is a link to the latest alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Microsoft vulnerabilities and how to remedy the situation.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-190A

 

Scam of the day – April 11, 2013 – Latest Microsoft security updates

April 11, 2013 Posted by Steven Weisman, Esq.

I make it a point to regularly bring to your attention the latest security patches required to maintain the security of your computer and its software at the highest level.  Too often people are unaware of necessary updates.   Identity thieves and scammers exploit vulnerabilities in computers and software programs to enable them to access your data or otherwise make you a victim of identity theft or a scam.

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Here is a link to the lates Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2013 that identifies the latest security patches.  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-apr

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.