This message is for everyone who is using Microsoft Outlook or Windows Live Mail
(or Thunderbird) together with their Gmail Account.
You have probably received a message from Google (firstname.lastname@example.org) in recent days. If you have, this is important so please read on…
The message subject is Resolve One Security Issues Found on your Google Account Continue reading
It’s 6:35pm on a normal weekday evening on the Kapiti Coast, dinner’s almost ready to serve and…….the phone rings. You pick it up and there doesn’t appear to be anyone on the other end. Suddenly after about 5 seconds a foreign voice comes on the line and quickly introduces themselves as “Microsoft Support”. They tell you that they’ve detected a problem on your computer and they want to connect to it and remedy the issue.
Does this all sound familiar – it should, because almost all of us will have encountered this targeted scam in the past few months – sometimes repeatedly! Continue reading
You’d have to be living in a cocoon to have missed the reports in the mainstream media this week about the WannaCry Worm which has infected vulnerable computers around the world. WannaCry is transmitted when people open infected email attachments and can spread itself quickly within organisations over their internal computer networks. Home PCs and laptops are just as vulnerable!
What is WannaCry?
It’s a computer worm categorised as ransomware! When a PC (or laptop) is infected by WannaCry or any of its variants, important files are encrypted (scrambled) and can no longer be read or used. The primary target is your documents and pictures.
Once infected, you have to pay a ransom to gain access to your documents and pictures.
How do I recover from a WannaCry Infection?
If you want to recover (decrypt) your documents and pictures, you have to pay $US300 in Bitcoins to some ratbag. If you take more than 3 days, they double the charge to $US600 and after 6 days, they simply walk away leaving your PC information completely inaccessible.
If you don’t want to pay the money, you better have a (recent) backup of your documents, pictures, music and videos. You’ll likely need to reset your PC (reinstall Windows!) to remove the infection and then restore your documents, pictures, music and videos from the backup.
If you want to avoid having to choose a recovery method then read on… Continue reading
I want to draw everyone’s attention to the following article (below) which reports the end of Vista support in 2 months time – that’s April 2017! By definition this also means that Vista starts to become vulnerable to security attacks after that date. Continue reading
Attention All XTRA Email Users
If you use an XTRA email address you need to read this message and follow the instructions below Continue reading