Dodgy Email Of The Week

This weeks dodgy email is supposed to be from the ANZ telling me that my account needs to access a “security verification process” and encouraging me to click the links given and give over my personal information. This is a bogus email that should just be deleted as banks , including the ANZ do not send you these emails and they should just be deleted and not opened. Clicking on the links can put your computer at great risk.

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Dodgy Email Of The Week

This weeks dodgy email is supposed to be from paypal telling me that my account has been closed and encouraging me to click the links given and give over my personal information. This is a bogus email that should just be deleted as paypal do not send you these emails and Gmail has been good at picking up the email and flagging it as suspect.

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How Do I Get My Current Email To Go To Gmail

So you have a gmail account now and want your current emails to go to gmail , what do you do? If you have a current email address such as billsmith@bigpond.com you need to log on to your internet service provider and change your settings so that your email which goes to your current address is now forwarded to your email address. You will need to look for the email forward option. You can also get gmail to check your current email addresses with the ” Check mail using pop3 option” This can be found under mail settings then go to “Accounts and import” Then go to ” Check mail using pop3 option” Fill in your details and gmail will get your email from your isp. This can be especially handy until all know your new gmail address.

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Beware Of Toolbars Being Installed In Internet Browsers

I recently had reason to update my Adobe Shockwave Player and when installing it asked whether I would like to install a Free Norton Security Scan.

Norton - shockwave

My strong advise is , with all these additions to downloads that you can be offered , is to say NO.

Do not put the tick in that box.

There are many online virus scanners that will not intrude on your system and to install one with another piece of software is fraught with danger.

Browser Toolbars

Now for toolbars

I have seen many systems with multiple toolbars installed on them , some examples are:

  • Ask
  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • My Search
  • Windows Live
  • Alexa
  • Ask Jeeves

My strong advice is don't install these toolbars , they will slow your system down and some toolbars are linked with rootkits and spyware ( not the one's listed above ) 

 

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Examples Of Fake Emails

The following are all fake emails that end up in peoples inbox. Clicking on the links can lead to : Infection by malware , virus Installation of Trojans designed to steal your banking details , personal details The above is one that claims my Bigpond account could be suspended , but it is a fake email that ended up in my Gmail spam folder. Notice the red bar warning me. Google produce a warning saying. Warning: This message may not be from whom it claims to be. Beware of following any links in it or of providing the sender with any personal information. The next is from Paypal asking me to update my details. Again it came with a warning from Google and it was sent to an email address I did not have with Paypal Next this one which supposedly comes from Adobe and Apple  The first warning is… Read More

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10 Steps For Virus Malware Prevention

How much time and money have you spent in having your computer repaired because you have become infected with spy ware and viruses? Spyware , virus’s , malware can be avoided if you follow some simple BEHAVIORAL rules. Remember if you get infected it is your fault not your computer’s. The first point to remember is that running antivirus software will not prevent you getting a virus. Antivirus software is there in the hope that once you have a virus on your computer it will be able to remove it. Here are 10 points to follow that should mean an infection free computer NUMBER 1 Update your operating system regularly. Turn on Automatic Updates on Windows and apply all critical updates immediately. Check optional updates on a regular basis. NUMBER 2 Update your software , PDF readers , Office , Flash  Adobe are responsible for  numerous infections unless patched NUMBER… Read More

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