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Avoid These Common Facebook Scams

TweetThe Current Batch of Scams Facebook Messenger “video” link   You receive a Facebook Messenger message from someone you know with your name and the word “video” followed by a short URL or link that has a bit.ly or t.cn address. Most likely your friend’s account has been hacked and they know nothing about this. Continue Reading

Another Fake Microsoft Support Hijack

TweetI had been out for some time when I came back and heard this pulsing sound and a recorded voice in the background. I had left Google Chrome up with several tabs open. Facebook, CNN, National Weather Service, Google Calendar and a ticket order form for Annie LIebovitz tickets at SMU. One of them spawned Continue Reading

Massive WiFi Vulnerability Exposed

TweetWe’ve all been warned against using public WiFi for sensitive communications like banking transactions.  You never know who is on the same network eavesdropping on your traffic.  This is just common sense. However…  On your own personal WiFi network you feel pretty secure, right? Maybe not so much.  For years I’ve told my clients to Continue Reading

Kaspersky Vulnerabilities Exploited

TweetIf you’re using Kaspersky security software… Why?   This is not the first time I’ve said I don’t recommend it. I’ve been saying this for at least 10 years, but in recent days it has been revealed that not only has Kaspersky not been terribly secure, but that the Russians have hacked it for their Continue Reading

Microsoft Zero-Day – DNS Security Patches

TweetOn Tuesday, Microsoft released their “October Patch Tuesday” update which patches some severe flaws, including Office Zero-day and DNS attack vulnerabilities.  Read the full story here if you want all the gory details. Therefore, you should make sure your Windows operating system is updated. Most Windows 10 machines will do this automatically, but others may Continue Reading

Fake Flash Player Alert!

TweetFake Flash Player Alert! Fake Flash Player downloads are among the most notorious sources for viruses, malware, identity theft and ransomware. Attached is a great example of what you might find when searching for a Flash Player update. I NEVER recommend just clicking OK on a popup suggesting you need Flash Player updated. Many of Continue Reading

CCleaner Hacked – Infected With Malware

TweetCCleaner (Crap Cleaner) is a tool I frequently use to do some routine system tweaking. Then I immediately uninstall it. Why? Because it installs real-time monitoring applets that rob your computer of it’s full performance. It’s a handy utility, as it saves me a lot of time.  I could do everything it does by hand, Continue Reading

Today’s Fake PayPal Email Scam

TweetPayPal Email Scam DuJour Today’s email scam is pretty lame by most standards, but people fall for these things every day. So… See the screenshot for highlighted obvious grammatical errors that should cause you to delete this message immediately.  But the very first clue is that you are not addressed by name.  There is no Continue Reading

Falling for Fake Support Popups can be Expensive

TweetYou know the ones I’m talking about.  You’re minding your own business surfing the web and all of a sudden your browser is unresponsive and you see a message from “Windows” Support telling you your IP address is at risk – or your computer is infected with some hideous virus – and to call their Continue Reading

Locky Ransomware Emailed to 23 Million Users

TweetRansomware is not new, as anyone with a reliable electrical supply knows by now.  Variants are many.  Results are the same.  Ransomware encrypts every data file on your computer, rendering them unusable until you pay the ransom demanded by the cyber criminals who infected your computer.     The delivery mechanisms are very simply: Infected Continue Reading