Scam of the day – November 15, 2017 – New updates for Adobe Flash

As we learned again, most recently with the Equifax data breach, delay in installing security patches and updates for your software as soon as they become available can lead to disastrous consequences.  Adobe has recently issued critical updates to a number of its software programs including the popular, but seriously vulnerable Adobe Flash.

Flaws in Adobe Flash have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.   According to security company, Symantec in 2015 80% of the newly discovered software vulnerabilities which can be exploited by malware created by cybercriminals involved Adobe Flash. Adobe has announced that it will be retiring Adobe Flash in 2020.  It will still be issuing security patches until then, but now is a good time to move away from Adobe Flash if you have not already done so.

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If you are going to continue to use Adobe Flash, it is imperative that you update your software with the latest security patches when they are issued.  Here is a link to the latest updates for Adobe Flash.

https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/11/14/Adobe-Releases-Security-Updates

However, it may well be time for you to replace Adobe Flash to avoid future problems.

Here is a link to a website with alternative plugins you may wish to consider to replace Adobe Flash.

http://alternativeto.net/software/flash-player/

 

Scam of the day – July 27, 2017 – Adobe Flash to finally be retired

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Scam of the day – June 29, 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 updates from the Department of Homeland Security includes critical updates for Adobe software including Adobe Flash.

I have been warning you for years about flaws in Adobe Flash that have been exploited by hackers and identity thieves against individuals, companies and government agencies including the U.S. State Department and the White House.  Problems with Adobe Flash are nothing new.  In 2010 Steve Jobs vociferously complained about its security and it has routinely been cited as being extremely vulnerable.  Despite security patch after security patch, new problems keep coming up.  According to security company, Symantec 80% of the newly discovered software vulnerabilities which can be exploited by malware created by cybercriminals involved 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/SB17-177

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/