Scams & Hoaxes

Recent Email from Cox Causes Concern

The recent email from Cox regarding their customer’s email server settings has generated a lot of phone calls and emails to The Computer Monkey. The main question they ask is whether it is legitimate or some type of scam. As someone who has lead presentations on avoiding scams and cleaned up countless computers for victims […] Read More

Yesterday a senior citizen customer of mine called me after she had been to her local Apple store. She had taken in an iPad that had an email issue. The Apple Genius (the name used by Apple for their technical support staff) she was assigned to worked on the problem for about 30 minutes and […] Read More

Ransomware Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

The importance of keeping your data safely backed up cannot be stressed enough. We address this issue directly in this post “Frustration And Heartbreak”. But, even the most diligent user who meticulously keeps their data backed up on an external usb device would probably still lose it in a ransomware attack because of the way […] Read More

Kim Komando gives a breakdown of the various scams out there: If you have money, valuables or even just good credit, you can bet that lots of crooks would love nothing more than to steal it right out of your hands. Thieves and scammers have been around since the beginning of time, but these days, […] Read More

Think twice before buying those shiny — yet extremely cheap — Ray Ban glasses advertised on Facebook. There’s a good chance they’re fake. At least, that’s the conclusion of a new study by two cybersecurity researchers who studied more than a thousand Facebook ads and found that almost a quarter of them are for counterfeit […] Read More