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