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.

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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.  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-315

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.

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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.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-308

Scam of the day – October 24, 2013 – Very important security updates

I am constantly alerting you to security updates as they are issued by the makers of the software that we all use because it is critical to keep  the security of your smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets and other electronic devices as current as possible.  Hackers and identity thieves are always working to identify and exploit software security flaws in order to enable them to make us victims of identity theft and advance other scams.  Therefore it is very important to install security patches and update your software as soon as new patches are made available.  You cannot depend on your anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect you because the best of these security software programs are always behind the hackers and identity thieves when it comes to identifying security flaws.  Recently the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued its latest list of security patches for a wide range of software programs including a number of critical security patches for Cisco, Google Chrome, Blackberry and Java.  I urge you to go to the link below and install the latest security patches that apply to you.

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Here is a link to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team’s list of the latest software security patches.   I urge you to pay particular attention to those labeled as “High Vulnerabilities.”

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-294

 

Scam of the day – March 9, 2013 – Important software security updates

Identity thieves and hackers continuously try to exploit vulnerabilities in software programs that we all use in order to permit them to avoid security features and hack into our computers or perform other misdeeds.  It is critical to update the various software programs that you use as quickly as new patches are issued to address these vulnerabilities.  The delay or failure to do so can be devastating.  I will keep you updated as soon as new updates are issued and also provide links that you can trust to go to the proper places to download the patches.  Google has just issued a patch for its Google Chrome program for Windows, Linux and Macs.  If you use Google Chrome you should download the latest updates that apply to you.  In addition, a number of other companies have also issued security updates that you should install immediately.

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Here is a link from the United States Computer Readiness Emergency Team, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security with a list of all of the most recent security patches and links to those patches.  You should definitely update those programs that apply to you.

http://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/bulletins/SB13-063