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. Microsoft recently issued a large number of security patches necessary to fix critical vulnerabilities in software such as Internet Explorer, Edge and Office. The particular vulnerabilities being patched with these updates will protect users from being hacked when they merely visit a tainted website. Other of the patches will fix problems with how Windows, Office and Skype handle specific types of fonts such that hackers could exploit this vulnerability to take control of the victim’s computer if the victim views files with certain fonts or by visiting a malicious website.
Here is the link to the recent Microsoft security updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/08/09/Microsoft-Releases-August-2016-Security-Bulletin