Security

Cox Phishing Email Alert

There are so many phishing scam emails floating around that it would be impossible to send an alert out for all of them. This one is a particular threat for my local customers because Cox is a major internet service provider in our area and because at first glance it appears fairly legitimate. Either way, [...]

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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 [...]

Unlike the majority of computer vulnerabilities announced in the last few years, the latest Meltdown and Spectre threats exploit a flaw in the computer’s processor. There are very few processors that are NOT affected, in fact. Processes are the execution of the software that is going on constantly on your computer and the processor is [...]

A recent version of CCleaner, a favorite software to tidy up computers from those pesky temporary files, was infected with a backdoor hack that collected and transmitted information about the computer. It is disturbing that CCleaner allowed such a breach but they have apologized and assured users that precautions have been taken to prevent such [...]

Are Your Passwords Exposed?

Most major data breach situations are mentioned in the news media or the company involved notifies it’s customers. However, you still may have missed the news or the notification. There is an easy way to find out if your email address is associated with an account that could have been exposed in a data breach. You [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stay Safe, Keep Browser Add-ins Up-To-Date

In the article, Java Is The Biggest Vulnerability for US Computers at CSOOnline.com, Maria Korolov shares how the threat isn’t necessarily due to the browser add-in application itself, but that users are not keeping add-ins like Java up-to-date.  Browser add-ins like Java, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader are necessary for many of the functions users [...]

Tips for Safe Holiday Online Shopping

Be safe from scams, fraud and malware by following these tips from @BusinessWire and Dell SecureWorks @dellsecureworks  for safe internet browsing or shopping on Cyber Monday or any day of the year. Tips for Safe Holiday Online Shopping from Dell SecureWorks | Business Wire.