security

Security Warning: Do Not Click On Links In Email Messages!

Do not click on links in email messages!

Do not click on links in email messages unless you are 100% certain they lead somewhere you want to go.

We are being assaulted by a torrent of phony email messages from criminals. The messages look legitimate. The links lead to fake websites that will try to steal your password or credit card number. […] continued

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Do Not Call The 800 Number!

Do not call the 800 number for "tech support"!

(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published on March 2, 2016. Phony warnings about viruses continue to be the most common online scam in 2017.)

If your computer displays a message while you are browsing the Internet claiming that you have been hacked or infected with a virus, it is a lie by criminals. […] continued

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The Case Of The Missing Eye

Security - the case of the missing eye

Let’s track down a bad guy. Looking through the clues will help you catch the next criminal that tries to trick you with a malicious email message.

I received many reports last week of phony messages that appeared to be from Microsoft, Paypal, and others. There are some examples below. One of them was clever in an interesting way that will remind you of how careful you need to be. […] continued

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It’s Time To Improve Your Passwords! Scary Stories About The Bad Guys

password-petname

The bad guys aren’t kidding around. They’re after you. Some day soon you will be walking down the street and a 400 pound hacker will galumph out and make a scary face and shout, “Give me all the passwords in your wallet!” and stomp off cackling and steal all your money from his couch. […] continued

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Ransomware And Other Scary Monsters

Ransomware and other scary monsters

The chances are good that you weren’t affected by the ransomware attack that began Friday and is still in progress around the world. In fact, it’s very likely that it’s not a threat to you, even if you click on its evil link. I’ll tell you some of the reasons for that. […] continued

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How To Close A Hijacked Web Browser

Do not call the 800 number!

If your computer displays a message while you are browsing the Internet claiming that you have been hacked or infected with a virus, it is a lie by criminals.

Your computer is not infected with anything and you did nothing wrong.

Do not call the 800 number for “tech support.”

You are calling criminals who will lie to you. […] continued

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Gazing Into The Abyss: Republicans Are Selling Out Your Privacy

Gazing into the abyss - Republicans are selling out your privacy

When you think about the future, you may start to suffer from “abyss gaze,” the depression that settles in when you realize that we’re all doomed. Warren Ellis coined the term in a novella named “Normal,” which tells the story of futurists who suffer nervous breakdowns after discovering that there is no hope for humanity as a result of the trends in whatever area they study. […] continued

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Security Warning: Be Suspicious Of Everything (Including Fonts)

Chrome malware - "HoeflerText font wasn't found"

If you see the above message – “The HoeflerText font wasn’t found” – it is a lie. If you click on the “Update” button and run the executable named “Chrome_font.exe” or “Chrome Font v7.5.1.exe”, you will install malware on your computer, most likely ransomware that could take down your entire company. […] continued

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Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2017

Paranoia is your best defense on your computer and online

Email & online security     |     Computers     |     Phones & tablets

Antivirus programs     |     Adware

Passwords     |     Phone scams     |     Wire transfers

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2017. You can download a copy here.

We are required to be paranoid and vigilant. Bad guys are coming up with inventive and sophisticated ways to fool us in email messages, on the phone, and on the web. […] continued

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The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

The 2016 Bruceb News Year In Review

 

Did you miss any Bruceb News articles in 2016? Maybe they slipped out of sight in your Inbox. Fun fact: when I look over my clients’ shoulders, I see that many of them file my articles in folders that have whimsical names like “Deleted Items” and “Junk Mail.” Such impish senses of humor! […] continued

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Happy Holidays From Bruceb Consulting!

Happy holidays from Bruceb Consulting!

My goodness. Pause for a deep breath.

By every measure that truly matters – personal, family, friends, relationships, community – 2016 was a glorious year for me. I sincerely hope you are the same – happy, healthy, rooted, and all your dreams coming true for you and loved ones.

Breathe deeply because by almost every other measure, 2016 was quite an unpleasant piece of work and 2017 will be worse. […] continued

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Security Tip: Replace, Upgrade And Secure Your Router

Linksys WRT54g router

Pity the poor forgotten router. You have one in your house or your business. It’s your closest approach to the Internet. The router is the first line of defense that you trust to keep your computers safe. If they do their job, routers do not call attention to themselves and they’re easily overlooked, but they’re crucial to your Internet connection and your security. […] continued

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LastPass Emergency Access Provides Security For Trusted Family Members

LastPass Emergency Access

What happens to your passwords after you die?

We’re living in the password era. Our passwords unlock important parts of our lives that would have to be addressed if a disaster happens – access to family financial records, bill paying, shopping, online services, email, and so much more.

LastPass Emergency Access provides a safe way for you to give a trusted family member or friend access to your LastPass Vault if you become incapacitated or die. […] continued

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Beware Of The Baidu Links! Your Skype Account Might Be Hacked

Skype is hacked - beware of Baidu links

If you get a link to a website with “Baidu” in the name sent through the Skype messaging system, don’t click on the link. The message will appear to come from someone you know but it’s not – it’s just the bad guys with their latest exploit. The link will take you to a phishing site that attempts to install malware. […] continued

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LastPass Is Now Free On All Devices

LastPass now free on all devices

LastPass announced this week that it is now free to use on all your devices, including computers, phones and tablets. Here’s the LastPass announcement. If you’re a LastPass user, you can install the LastPass app on your phone or iPad now. If you’re not using LastPass yet, there are no excuses: it’s time to take control of your passwords. […] continued

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