Have you ever received an email that said you have been sent a greeting card, with a link, that doesn't say who it is from. Or a an attachment from a shipping company that says to check tracking by opening the attachment but you don't expect anything. How about an email from someone you do know with a link, or an attachment, but it doesn't feel right... the wording didn’t sound like them.
Don't Click On Strange Links Or Attachments!
There are so many hackers out there trying to get your contact list, or personal information, you can't trust what you think is ok.
Recently we received an email from a client that didn't look quite right. When we put our mouse over the link you could see their email had been hacked. But not everyone knows to do this. We immediately notified them and yes their email had been hacked.
What we tell our clients is if you are not sure about an email you have received forward it to us to review.
For others reading this if you haven't ordered anything, if your greeting card doesn't say who it is from, if that email from PayPal doesn’t have your full name, if you get a bad feeling don't click on a link or open an attachment. If the email is from a friend, either email or call the sender before doing anything. If it’s from a site like PayPal, visit the site and log into your account to check for messages... and report the email you received to their anti-fraud department.
Better to be safe than sorry!
Something else that was on the news today was:
Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects, and demands a ransom paid to the creator(s) of the malware in order for the restriction to be removed. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the system's hard drive (cryptoviral extortion), while some may simply lock the system and display messages intended to coax the user into paying. Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransomware
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