Microsoft, Please Stop Breaking My PC With Windows 10’s Automatic Updates

This is why I recommend NOT using Windows automatic updates, but rather waiting until several days have passed after release, in hopes that any bad updates are withdrawn. Sad situation!

As always, contact us if you need help with this, or any other problem.

Microsoft, Please Stop Breaking My PC With Windows 10’s Automatic Updates

Beware of ‘highly effective’ Gmail phishing scam

My recommendation is to not only change your password, but add 2-Step authentication. It’s what I do for my account.

Be careful what you click on, Gmail users.

An Internet security expert is warning users of the popular email service about a “highly effective” phishing scam that grants hackers access to personal information.

The newly discovered scam is said to be particularly deceptive because hackers have been using familiar Gmail pages to disguise its underlying attack.

“The way the attack works is that an attacker will send an email to your Gmail account,” Mark Maunder, founder of WordPress security firm Wordfence, wrote in a blog post published last week.

“That email may come from someone you know who has had their account hacked using this technique. It may also include something that looks like an image of an attachment you recognize from the sender.

“You click on the image, expecting Gmail to give you a preview of the attachment. Instead, a new tab opens up and you are prompted by Gmail to sign in again.”

At this point, the hacker’s deceiving ways come into play. The access to information is achieved upon sign-in.

“Once they have access to your account, the attacker also has full access to all your emails including sent and received at this point and may download the whole lot,” Maunder added.

“Now that they control your email address, they could also compromise a wide variety of other services that you use by using the password reset mechanism including other email accounts.”

Maunder goes on to explain how to protect yourself against attacks.

For more information, you can read his entire blog post here.

From: http://m.ottawasun.com/2017/01/17/beware-of-highly-effective-gmail-phishing-scam

 

Answer “NO” if asked by callers “Can you hear me?”

​From encrypted passwords to padlocked doors, Canadians will go to extreme lengths to avoid scammers. Now it may not be safe to pick up the phone.
 

A new scam relies on your voice to answer a simple question: “Can you hear me now”? The scammers try to bait callers into answering “yes.”

Anti-fraud agencies say that simple acknowledgment can be used to make it sound as if you signed on for a purchase or service, and there’s a chance you could be on the hook for those charges.

“They’re trying to get a recording of you saying ‘yes,'” said Ron Mycholuk, a spokesman with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Northern Alberta.

“They’re going to take that recorded ‘yes,’ play around with that audio and make it seem to you, or a representative of a business, that you have paid for some advertising, a cruise or a big ticket item, and send you the bill.”

‘Don’t fall into the trap’

Fake emails from Apple, your bank or ISP, etc.

This information came from Pat Castel. Apple System Engineer.
If you have been targeted by hacker pretending to be Apple and sending you a Fake Apple email like this:

AppleFakeEmail

It is a hoax.
They are trying to get some info from you in order to hack your Apple account (AppStore / iTunes Store) or even hack your bank accounts or credit cards.

Apple,Yahoo, Rogers or Bell will NEVER send you an email, they will simply BLOCK your access forcing
you to initiate contact and reestablishing your connection.

 

Another way around to check if the email is legit,
is to place your cursor on top of the link where it says CHECK HERE TO CHECK YOUR ACCOUNT.
DO NOT CLICK, after a few seconds the real identity of the sender will be revealed.
Now, if you have been caught, log into all your compromised accounts (Apple, credit cards, bank) and change right away your passwords, in some cases, you might have to change your User ID.

 

REMINDER: Please be cautious about clicking on links that are in messages which appear to be from your bank or Internet Service Provider, saying there is a problem with your account or your email. Many messages sent “from” financial institutions are an attempt to get your login and password. DO NOT click on links in these emails. Instead, type the email address of your bank’s website into your browser. These messages are often referred to as “phishing”.

A client, an intelligent and aware individual, received an email from her bank, saying there was a problem with a payment through her account. Unfortunately, she clicked on the link in the message before contacting us, but got suspicious and got in touch with us within minutes. We advised her to close that window, go to the real bank website and change her password immediately, then contact her bank by phone to advise them her account was at risk, as she’d used her real bank login and password to “login” at the fake website, thereby giving away her information.

This type of message “from” ISPs, banks, or other “trusted” institution arrives often. Being cautious is the best way to protect yourself. If you think the message might be real, pick up the phone and verify it with your bank, etc. Very few of these messages are real, and it’s better to delete and ignore, and be safe, rather than sorry.