Scam of the day – May 14, 2017 – Important security 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. as we have seen with the massive ransomware attack of Friday. 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.  This has been a particular busy week for security updates including updates for Microsoft, Mozilla, Google Chrome and, of course, Adobe Flash.

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Here are links to these important security patches.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/4022344.aspx

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/05/Mozilla-Releases-Security-Updates

https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/05/stable-channel-update-for-desktop.html

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/05/09/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

As I have indicated previously many times, it may well be time for you to consider replacing Adobe Flash to avoid future problems with this useful, but outdated and vulnerable software.

Some alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash include  GNU Gnash, and Silverlight.  Silverlight can be downloaded free directly from the Microsoft at this link: https://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

while GNU Gnash can be downloaded free at this link: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/

 

Scam of the day – February 25, 2013 – Adobe Acrobat, Mozilla, Google and Java security updates

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