As everyone is continually bombarded with phishing emails, we are all at risk. We may think we can spot these rouge messages, the inescapable fact is that enough people do fall for them to keep the perpetrator incentivised and to look for new ways to fool us.
So, it’s always worthwhile to be better prepared. I came across an article that describes the tactics and psychology used in these ransomware emails. It is well worth the few minutes it takes to read and may possibly help you and your colleagues to avoid much grief and cost in the future.
Now, asking you to click on the link to the article is exactly the opposite to what I and safe practices advise. So, if you trust me and this post enough, you can click on this link. Alternatively, you can Google the text between the quotes (without the quotes): “carbonite.com Tricks of the trade: Phishing emails behind notorious ransom ware scams”
Be vigilant and safe. Make sure staff, colleagues and friends don’t fall for their tricks.
At the moment, Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 upgrade quite aggressively. So, here is some information I have put together to help you make an informed decision.
Please note that this issue affects all computers and laptops with Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system. If you are not sure which version of Windows you have on your computer system then click here to find out how you can check.
If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 then you should consider doing this before July 29 at which point Microsoft say it will no longer be available as a free upgrade. The purchase price is speculated to be between £100 for the home and £190 for the professional version.
If you DO NOT want your system to be upgraded to Windows 10 automatically, without your consent, then you can download and run this small program (download Never10 program) that will stop this from happening.
If you have a Samsung PC or other hardware, then you may want to read this article on The Register website before upgrading. Samsung have also produced a Step by Step Guide for their customers.
If you are still not sure what you should do, then maybe these two short videos on Youtube may help you decide:
5 Reasons to Upgrade
5 Reasons NOT to Upgrade
If your system has already been upgraded to Windows 10 and you really want to go back to your previous operating system then you have one month from the time you system was upgraded. To reverse the upgrade process follow the instructions on Microsoft’s website.
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