Security Tag

Windows 7 support is coming to an end. Released in July 2009, replacing Windows Vista, Windows 7 grew to be the most popular version of Windows ever. When Windows 8 was release, many people decided to stick with Windows 7, because 8 was too much of a change. Windows 8 dropped the ‘start button’ which caused outcry in the tech world. Does this mean your Windows 7 computer or laptop is useless? No. It just means that you will no longer get updates, security fixes or tech support after the January 14th....

Australian businesses are urged to take extra care when renewing their business name. ASIC sends business a renewal notices 30 days before the expiry and clever scammers have copied this email to promote clicks to their own fraudulent websites. When opening any email, you should always check the ‘from’ field. ASIC emails will come from asic.gov.au. Hover your mouse cursor over the link to check the link location. If is not a location ending with asic.gov.au then don’t click it. The fees requested could be different to the fees ASIC would normally charge. Owners...

Firefox has been around for quite a while; most computer users have used it at some point. Now, there’s great new features that will be found in the latest version. (Version 70) Privacy Breach Technology. Firefox 70 will come with Password Breach Alerts, Privacy Reports and performance updates. Firefox 70’s new password manager (Lockwise) will now warn users if their user credentials have been breached in known data breaches. If Firefox recognises a data breach, users will be informed and prompted to change their passwords to better protect themselves. Firefox & Lockwise Password...

During our day to day business operations, we see a constant stream of people asking us If the e-mail they got is genuine. Cybercrime affects a staggering 18 people worldwide per second. A crazy 1.55 million people per day are targeted by cyber criminals. Whist we and many other companies suggest being vigilant with e-mail fraud, its seems the message just isn’t getting through. So lets look at some of the easiest ways to distinguish a real email from a fake. Spelling errors. Many companies will have templates for invoices or e-mail...

As part of our business, we do onsite computer repairs in our area. On one of our call outs, we were asked by an elderly gentleman “Why did they target me?”. I had to explain to him that scammers didn’t pick him specifically, & that he is a victim of a random attack possibly caused by a click or installation of software without his knowledge. The truth is that no-one is 100% immune to scams & dodgy internet practices. Older people are generally to worst affected by these scams as...

Since Internet shopping became a ‘thing’, more and more people are falling victim to elaborate and some not so elaborate fraudulent attempts. The concerning part about this of course is they continue to hit our inboxes and people continue to fall for the tricks. Why else would fraudsters continue to do it? Recently, we’ve seen an increase in ‘Your Account has been Limited’ emails. This email comes from fraudsters pretending to be PayPal, informing you that your account has an issue and requires you to log into your account to verify...

We have seen many people copy a Facebook status suggesting that they have had a copied Facebook profile and not to accept a new friend request from them. Just recently we got a friend request from someone that had infact had a profile copied. I immediately recognised the profile picture and sent a message to the first profile. She told me straight away, that a few of her friends had a friend request from this fake account too. I thought I’d play along a little, so I accept the friend...

What is ScanGuard? Is it Safe? Many clients have asked us recently about ScanGuard. While it promises all the best scans available and does an excellent job at doing so, in our experience it’s bad news. We did an install on a test computer to see the result, and as suspected, ScanGuard installed its own Spyware / Malware. ScanGuard should be considered a scam, whereby it installs junk in order to give you something to clean. It will scan our computer, find junk and then offer to remove it for a fee....

Over the last few years, the ‘Telstra Scam’ has been a popular one for fraudsters. The Telstra scam starts by the target receiving a call from ‘The Telstra Technical Department’ and claims that your computer or internet connection is responsible for a glitch on the Telstra servers. In our experience, from there the fraudster will ask you to load ‘event viewer’ to show you a fault (any fault will do). From here they hope to have raised your alarm bells and that’s when the real action starts. The caller explains that...

There has been some news recently about a large scale data mining malware program that has netted over 711 Million e-mail addresses. What makes this threat more urgent, it’s not only e-mail address that have been captured, but passwords and server settings as well. A data dump like this one available to anyone that know where to look is extremely dangerous. If you have one of the 711 million compromised e-mail addresses, you could soon start receiving more spam, or worse start sending out spam from a computer you have...