Scam of the day – August 10, 2017 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

As shown by the recent massive WannaCry  and Petya ransomware attacks that took advantage of computer users that had not patched their Windows operating system with available updates, 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.  These new critical updates from the Department of Homeland Security are for software of Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla and Google Chrome.

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Here are the links to a list of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security:

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Microsoft-Releases-August-2017-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/08/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/03/Google-Releases-Security-Updates-Chrome-OS

Scam of the day – December 17, 2016 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security

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.  These new updates from the Department of Homeland Security includes critical updates for Microsoft products, Mozilla Firefox  Adobe software including Adobe Flash and Apple products.  The Adobe Flash security patch is particularly important because, once again, new vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash have been discovered that are already being exploited by cybercriminals to take control of your devices using Adobe Flash.  I suggest you check out previous Scams of the day by putting the words “Adobe Flash” in the section entitled “Search the website” for detailed steps you can take to find an alternative to the continuously dangerous Adobe Flash.

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Here are the links to a list of all of the recent security updates as posted by the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-347

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/13/Microsoft-Releases-December-2016-Security-Bulletin

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/13/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/12/Apple-Releases-Security-Updates

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/12/14/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

Scam of the day – May 13, 2016 – Latest security updates from the Department of Homeland Security and more

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.  Today’s updates include critical updates for the Mozilla Firefox browser, Google Chrome as well as numerous Microsoft programs.  Also, WordPress, the software used to construct millions of websites has issued a critical security update. Finally, Adobe has issued critical updates for Adobe Flash for those of you who are still using this software.  As I have recommended for quite some time, I think you would be better off disabling Adobe Flash and using alternative software programs due to the fact that vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash continually are exploited by hackers and identity thieves.

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Here are the links to the latest security updates and patches from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB16-130

Here is the link to information about WordPress updates:  https://wordpress.org/news/2016/05/wordpress-4-5-2/

Here is a link to the latest Microsoft updates: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-may.aspx

Here is a link to the latest Adobe updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2016/05/10/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

Here is a link to the latest Google Chrome updates: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2016/05/stable-channel-update.html

 

Scam of the day – July 11, 2014 – Latest critical 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 identifying 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 critical security updates for a number of important software programs which we all use which if not used will put you in serious jeopardy of identity theft and being hacked.

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Here is a link to the latest security update from the Department of Homeland Security that contains links to many important software programs including various Apple products: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB14-188

Here is a link to a recently released security update from Adobe.  Adobe products have been frequent targets of identity thieves and hackers so it is important to maintain your Adobe software up to date with the latest security patches: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/07/08/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates-Flash-Player-and-Air

Here is a link to the latest Microsoft security update which includes patches for a number of important programs including Internet Explorer: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/07/08/Microsoft-Releases-July-2014-Security-Bulletin

Here is a link to the latest Cisco updates: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2014/07/09/CISCO-Addresses-Apache-Struts-2-Vulnerability