Could Your Computer Quit Working on July 9?

You may begin to hear about a “Doomsday” Internet threat that is scheduled to happen on July 9th.  There is an excellent article on the Sophos website that describes the problem, but basically, here is the situation.

Cyber-criminals set up several rogue DNS servers on the Internet.  DNS servers find the IP addresses of web site URLs (such as www.wyzguys.com) and help your computer to connect the the correct website.  If your computer, DSL Modem, Cable Modem, or ...

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Telephone Credit Card Scam

Watch out if you get a call from Visa Fraud and Security, it might be a scam.  This was sent to me by my friend and BNI buddy, Michael Chinn of Heartland Payment Systems.

Here is a heads up for everyone regarding the latest in VISA scams. This is happening in the Midwest right now and moving fast. This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece they want.. The callers do not ...

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20% of Macs Have Malware Now

There has been a lot of activity by malware (malicious software) writers lately centered around the Mac platform.  I have been saying for years that Macs were no more secure than PCs, it was just that there was little interest in the malware community in writing for a platform that represented a three percent share of the market.  Bigger target over on the Windows side.  With the huge success of the iPhone and iPad product lines, that lack of interest ...

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Not an April Fool’s Joke–April 1 is World Backup Day

This does not mean  you get to drive your car in reverse.  That WOULD be an April Fool’s joke.  Evidently someone in the IT world decided that April Fool’s Day was a great time to remind people about the New Year’s Resolution that they haven’t completed yet – that is to be backing up their irreplaceable photos, and other important data files.

If you are still waiting, or thinking about it, or decided to do it and haven’t, then please contact ...

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When is Anonymous not Anonymous?

It is a dark day in the world of hackitivism, as it has been reported the the FBI had arrested Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu.  Evidently he was nabbed several months ago and has been working with the FBI and revealing the identities of other Anonymous and LulzSec hackers.

These two group waged on-line war against government, political, and corporate targets that were involved in activities the group opposed, or against the enemies of groups they supported.  They waged a campaign ...

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Secure That Wi-Fi!

And another tidbit from the front lines from Tech Support Guy.

“My full-of-holes, why bother, what’s the worst that can happen attitude about the WEP key and password hassle prompted a letter from the cable provider. We were informed that someone from our host computer’s IP address had been downloading movies. I unplugged the wireless access point, called the cable co. and informed them about the unsecured wireless and that it was being corrected immediately, that they were welcomed ...

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Peer to Peer File Sharing–Don’t Do It!

Another story from a computer user, courtesy of Tech Support Guy.

One of our teens had, unknown to us, not just one but four of those under her login on her dad’s computer. She knew it was illegal but, like her friends, did it anyway. One downloaded file carried a Trojan that turned off the antivirus file definition update feature. Ended up having a professional wipe off the hard drive to get rid of it.”

Nothing prevents the clever cyber-criminal ...

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IRS and QuickBooks Email Scam

We received an email Monday that looked like it was from Intuit, and was about making sure that our QuickBooks account had the correct FEID (Federal Tax ID) number.  Clicking on the link would have downloaded a Backdoor Trojan Horse program from a Turkish web server. 

We recommend that you DO NOT CLICK ON  THE LINK.  If fact, any time you get an email from a service provider with a link, just skip the link and type the web address ...

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Phone Phishing Scam by Ammyy.com

Usually I get my “phishing” done via email.  This one used the good old telephone!!  I just got a phone call from “Mark,” who was obviously from India.  He called to inform me that I probably had downloaded some viruses and would I “please to like help” removing them?

I would have hung–up the phone, but a client of mine had received a similar call, and so I decided to play along.  First he had me open Event ...

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