Scam of the day – November 14, 2013 – Latest software security updates

As a regular part of Scamicide, I make sure that you are informed as to the latest security updates and patches issued by the manufacturers of the software that we all use.  The Department of Homeland Security ranks the threats posed by the various vulnerabilities discovered in the software that we all use.  Obviously those vulnerabilities ranked high merit our immediate attention because scammers, hackers and identity thieves exploit these vulnerabilities to make us victims of their schemes.  However, even the threats ranked at lower levels still warrant our attention because these vulnerabilities also can be exploited by criminals to our detriment.  Time is of the essence because security patches and updates are always issued in response to vulnerabilities already discovered and taken advantage of by wrongdoers so it is important to download the necessary updates and patches as soon as possible.  Some people are rightly concerned when they learn about security patches and updates as to whether they are indeed legitimate, which is why I provide the links to security updates and patches upon which you can rely.


Here is the link to the Department of Homeland Security’s latest list of important software security patches and updates.  Check it out and install those updates and patches that relate to the software that you use.

Let your friends know about these important updates and urge them to read Scamicide on a regular basis in order to be kept up to date with all the latest developments regarding scams and identity theft.

Scam of the day – November 6, 2013 – Latest software security updates

Regular readers of Scamicide know how important it is to keep all of the software that you use on your computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other electronic devices updated with the latest security patches.  Scammers, hackers and identity thieves count on people not doing this in their efforts to make us victims of their crimes and unfortunately, far too many people neglect to install the necessary security patches and updates necessary to remedy the inevitable vulnerabilities in the software that we all use which often leads to identity theft and other crimes.  The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team regularly issues bulletins with links to the latest security patches and updates.  The vulnerabilities covered by these updates are classified by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team as being either of high, medium or low vulnerability.  Obviously, it is particularly important to install the patches for those programs that are highly vulnerable to attack.


Here is a link to the latest security update as issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.  Of particular interest are updates for the popular web browser Mozilla Firefox.  I urge you to check out the update and install the security patches that apply to you.  I also urge you to check in with Scamicide on a daily basis so you will be sure never to miss one of these important security notices.  Finally, share this “Scam of the day” with your friends so that they will be protected too and urge them to read Scamicide each day for their own protection from scams and identity theft schemes.

Scam of the day – November 1, 2013 – Latest security updates

The Department of Homeland Security has, though its United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued this week its latest list of computer and computer software security patches and updates necessary to be downloaded to your computers, laptops, smartphones and other devices to keep them as secure as possible and to minimize your vulnerability to hacking, scams and identity theft.  The list classifies the risks based on being, high risk, medium risk or low risk.    It is critical, if you use any of the programs or software described as high risk, that you install the necessary updates and patches to make your computer use as secure as possible.  This week’s list, which is provided in full in the link below contains a number of critical security patches and updates for Apple products.  I urge you to click on the link below and download whatever security patches apply to you. Failure to do so can lead to identity theft or worse.


Here is the link with the list of software patches and links to the security patches necessary to protect your electronic devices.  I urge you to download the applicable security patches as soon as possible.  As always, I will keep you informed as to new security updates as they become available.  Please also pass this information on to your friends as well and let them know about the important information that can be found here at Scamicide.

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

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.


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.


Scam of the day – January 31, 2013 – Apple security dangers

Computer and software companies are constantly updating their security to keep pace with the scammers and identity thieves who are just as constantly searching for vulnerabilities in the systems of your computers, laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices.  If you do not keep up with maintaining the security features of your devices as current as possible, you are in serious danger of identity theft through illegal access by identity thieves to your computer, smart phone or other devices.  Here at we strive to keep you informed of the latest security steps and patches you should be utilizing.  Apple has just announced that it has found vulnerabilities in its iPhone 3 GS, iPod Touch 4th generation and later and iPad 2 and later.


If you have one of the affected devices, click on the following link to Apple’s instructions for remedying the problems.

Scam of the day – December 28, 2012 – Security threat to major American banks

Cassandra, was a figure from mythology who has been called the prophet of doom.  Even today, someone who predicts disasters that may or may not occur is often referred to as a “Cassandra.”  However, while the term is often used in mistrusting scorn, it is important to remember that although Cassandra often predicted doom such as the fall of Troy, she was always correct.  I mention Cassandra because over the coming weeks I will be warning you about a major threat to major American banks that has been in the works since 2008 by an organized crime group operating out of Russia.  This group has already stolen an estimated five million dollars from American banks, but this figure pales next to what they have planned for 2013.  Recent attacks against Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase which caused them to temporarily crash may be a harbinger of more major attacks in the near future.  These attacks, as often done in the past are primariily done through botnets where, as I have described previously in the hacker remotely takes over your computer and uses it to deliver the malware to banks and other institutions.  I will be updating this particular threat a lot in the upcoming months.


Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.  You can find information about avoiding becoming a part of a botnet in my book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” as well as in postings here on  The best thing you can do is to prevent your computer from becoming a part of a botnet.  The key to doing this is to make sure that your Firewall and security software are up to date and that future updates are done automatically.  As security patches are issued by your operating system, make sure that you install them.  Be particularly wary of opening attachments or clicking on links contained in emails or found on websites that you may not be sure of.  Make sure family members are not downloading free games or music without being sure that the downloads are clean.  Such free downloads are often carriers of the malware that will turn your computer into a part of a botnet.