Windows 10 Email Scam

Beware of emails from a fake site that states it would like to help you install windows 10. These have been found to contain Ransomware and when opened, hijacks your computers files and holds them for ransom where you have to pay to again access your files, photos, documents and so on on your computer. This comes from a hacker site, DO NOT OPEN!!! 

Report the email to microsoft and go to a genuine microsoft site if you intend to upgrade to windows 10.

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages

SCAM ALERT !!! Ever heard of Ransomware??

There is a scam that has been around for some time but its finally affected enough users that it is becoming news as a new alert. What this scam does is hijack all your computers most important files and you will recieve a pop up that says your computer has been hijacked and you only have the option to pay, usually in bitcoin; a new online currency and it can cost you anywhere from 2 to 5 hundred dollars up to ten thousand! Keep your computer running with reputable programs like malware scan programs and good antivirus and firewall and maybe it will not happen to you. Of course if you have a good backup your being impacted by this scam is limited. Simply wipe your drive clean and reinstall windows and replace your files with your backup. You can find all the software you need, along with the backup software by Carbonite under the above menu that has for a title, ‘programs I recommend, (and use myself) up at the top of this page you are reading from..it only costs sixty dollars for Carbonite for a full year of backup and of course I’ll help you anyway I can if you buy it from me.

Please pay attention to this alert as it is a very lucrative and active scam going around.

Charles Sanford, 7-19-15, Sanfords Web Pages

Leaving Your Computer On 24/7—is it safe???

If you leave your computer on twenty four hours a day and seven days a week, is it safe? I get asked this question a lot in the conversations I have with people that I work on their computers. Personally, I leave my computer on 24/7 because it updates and backs up online while idle and also exposes it to the same security risks that I have while I’m actually on it with a lot of open tabs. Three email accounts and Facebook of course and a number of other things I do just like working up this article.

So…in answer to their question, I tell them that it should probably be treated as a personal preference but to be aware of what might be running in the background. If you shut your unit down, files may not get backed up at scheduled times and/or you may have a long wait when you boot up every day while you first have to deal with all the updates that would have otherwise been done while you were sleeping leaving the computer on. 

You certainly could unplug the internet cord connected to your broadband forcing you to take steps to keep that connection in an obvious convenient location for access, but again you might or should I say should have Carbonite backup which is continuous and online backup and backup your entire unit while you sleep off-site and when a document changes and that document is coded for backup at Carbonite’s setting that is not in your control and you need to leave your computer on for that. There used to be a device you could purchase that was called Datablocker which was simply a nice looking switch that would kill, physically, your broadband connection with a flip of the switch. I looked around for computer components and Tigerdirect warehouse  was out of stock not saying if they were getting any more in or not and all other sites that carried the product were no longer available and the item only sold for around forty dollars so maybe the got a lot of returns or something???..i dont know, but I leave my unit on all the time so it really did not matter for me but might have mattered for some of my readers.

At any rate, this site is soon to be revamped but in the meantime, I would strongly suggest that you get all the programs I recommend under the menu ‘programs I recommend (and use myself)’; click on it and it will take you to the programs I use to keep my computer safe from prying eyes, viruses and hackers. These programs for instance SpyHunter, it has security guards that catches bad stuff from coming into your computer and if you do as I suggest; which is to run those programs and update them about every two weeks, you will see all the stuff SpyHunter keeps from getting into your machine. Beware, as I mentioned early on in the building of this site in one of my articles, SpyHunter and RegHunter are pricey..to the tune of $39.99 every six months but they are well worth it. If you get them, (and I strongly recommend that you do) get the anti-keylogger too; it comes with four licenses last I checked and the first license is premium for your main computer and works with typing in all common browsers and applications, you should feel as comfortable and worry free as I am leaving my unit on for such long periods. The only time I reboot, or cold boot my computer is when its time to check on getting updates that seem to be only available when you fire up or restart your computer like Adobe flash player (weird huh?)

So bottom line is this–you want the best protected computer you can have with hackers continually working on getting into your stuff and you want a trustworthy backup in case of a system crash like I had about six months ago (Carbonite saved me on that one let me tell you) so you need both software and good hardware to supplement your computer safety and minimize risks that come with what we call the internet. Hackers and virus makers never sleep it seems. Happy surfing and enjoy your visit and share this article if you think a friend could benefit from it. And yes, its safe to leave your computer on with the right software and secure hardware…take care….ces

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages, 6-25-2015

Microsoft’s hidden ‘optional’ updates…

Is Microsoft becoming like Facebook? You be the judge on this one..sources say there are six optional updates for Windows 7 users in the operating system giant’s ‘windows updates’ and sure enough, when I went to the updates section for my computer, there were six optional updates waiting to be downloaded and installed. I have to admit, it made me think of Facebook and all the ‘social experiments’ they do without anyone’s knowledge or until someone leaks the information. At any rate, just FYI, you have six updates waiting on you…happy computing..ces

‘attack by comment’ for Word Press users

Just a short note of something for Word Press users to be aware of. Apparently, a hacker can get into your site by posting a comment and embedding a bug into the comment. After any given time, the hacker can go in and comment again and trip the mechanism that sets off the hack and then he/she has successfully gained access to your Word Press site. My personal experience when I became aware of this hack was to find that I went to my dashboard and then went to settings then on to discussions and sure enough, ‘all comments have to be manually approved’ was unchecked so I was vulnerable. I strongly suggest that for the next few updates of Word Press, that you do the same. According to sources, the problem has been fixed in this last patch update but I can manually take care of comments. I strongly suggest you do the same; just to be on the safe side…have a good week and a Blessed one as well…ces

New Medium to Moderate Threat Toolbar

New Toolbar Threat

There is a new toolbar threat that I just got rid of using spyhunter4. You can find the removal tool here. This toolbar/homepage hijacker takes over your homepage on one or more of your browsers and is an annoyance, well to me anyway, especially when I found out that it contains malware. Of course, it is another one of those tracking type software that reports back to its origin the habits of your computer browsing. It can be dressed up to show ‘myinbox’ with various mail icons to login to your emails with which of course sends whatever information back, again, to its origin which is a threat not only as a malware app but could send private and possibly password details to an unknown source. So if you see this toolbar installed and takes over your home page, here is how to get rid of it completely from your computer. Download spyhunter4 here (or go to menu tab ‘programs I recommend’) and let it update and just run the program. It costs but I’ve had it for about two years and I run it about once every two weeks and it finds everything malware on your unit and gives you a ‘fix’ option completely removing ‘myinbox’ or the inbox homepage and its components. Good luck and happy surfing…

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages

chassanford@sanfordswebpages.com

Cell Phones Need Your Love Too !!!

Cell Phone Dangers

Yes, your cell phone needs your love and care as well as your iPad, laptop or desktop computer does. Norton has upgraded whats now considered the old Norton 360 and wrapped it all in Norton Security that you will find here on the sidebar for five devices so you can protect all your internet connected gadgets. Its a tech world now and a lot of us have multiple devices and quite a few of us now have cell phones. Cell phones are wifi connected and are just as likely to get you into a jam with its operating system as a computer can so you need protection for it as well and Norton Security provides that for cell phones.

Dont Be Left Naked

I see very few people with security on their phones. This is not a good thing because many of us surf the web or get quick telephone numbers off say safari for instance in the case of the iPhone like I have. I use Norton to protect mine from any virus or buggy website that I happen to come across using safari to say….look up the vet hospital phone number or something of that nature. Or, you get a message telling you to go to a certain site to check it out for whatever reason and if the site is new and not very trustworthy; Norton will alert you of that and give you the option of not continuing on to the site or go to it at your own risk. There are a lot of Facebook users out there and who knows someone that has had their Facebook accounts hacked and either attempted to scam someone or send bad links to their whole list of friends? Norton catches this kind of stuff and more. The trick is to keep Norton updated. Norton updates itself frequently but you can check live update and nine times out of ten there will be an update. Easy enough to keep up with though and like I said it updates on its own. I believe there is a setting in the Norton program that will allow you to set how often it updates on your devices including your cell phone.

Summary

Last week, Norton prices dropped and you could and can get a five device security program for 49.99. That is a good price to protect a device for a year for ten bucks each basically. So to summarize, dont leave your phone naked to attacks that you can otherwise prevent by using this or some kind of protection. Its a mean and nasty internet we have now. Scammers try and get elderly and disabled folks and people that just do not know a scam when they see it…if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is with scams from the internet nowadays. Also viruses are being written specifically for cell phones so there is that too. Keep your cell phone and all your internet connected devices safe from threats by getting protected as soon as possible and avoid the hassles of going through that sort of thing and the absolute best thing you can do is get backup for all your devices. You can find backup solutions on this website as well…take care of yourselves and each other and have a Blessed day/night.

Charles Sanford, Sanfords Web Pages, 2-18-15

WARNING!! DEVICE LOCK MALWARE GOING AROUND…

There is a bunch of cyber crooks remotely locking and holding your devices, including smartphones, hostage by sending out website links or emails with usually a video or other attachment and when you click on the attached file; be it a video or email, it will hold and lock your device or phone hostage and lock it with malware and demand you pay upwards to six hundred or so dollars to get the release of your device back to you and there is no guarantee that the release code or software they send you will work leaving your phone or device be it an iPad or android device locked and useless. Until I do more research into this, in the meantime, get Norton’s (aka Symantec) mobile phone security for your mobile devices. I was already on Norton’s 360 antivirus with the option to add mobile security to my Iphone but Symantec has released a new version of Norton 360 called Norton Internet Security but in any case, get the multi-device product and do your research and get your device at least running with some sort of security to prevent or warn you of possible threats contained in the email or video sent to your device.

The malware will usually open right away disguising itself as an FBI security message telling you that malware has been detected with spam and located it and will also install child pornography on your phone or device and demand upwards of six hundred US dollars to send you an unlock code or piece of software to rid your device of the illegal images and malware. It is built that way to scare you into paying the monies to keep you from reporting it to the law enforcement agencies near you as if you had been downloading and viewing/trading child porn and promises to rid your device of the infection for the ransom. Do not fall for this. Instead, immediately take your device infected to local law enforcement and they can tell if your device has been hijacked. You may still have to pay the ransom to get your device back in working order but being proactive is the best advice I can give at this point while I do more research and then in the meantime, research this criminal activity and take measures to protect your devices against this type of attack. If you get an unusual email with a video attachment or document attachment you did not expect or even if you get one from someone you know and cannot first scan it with your protective measures, stay on the safe side and do not open it and as always, every now and then, change your passwords to complicated ones that only you would know and be hard to hack and write them down in a safe place and practice typing them or make some sort of song out of them; some sort of memory jogging to remember them on the go-that’s what I do to remember mine. 

The internet is getting more and more difficult to navigate safely so you have to stay one step ahead of the hackers out there by being conscience of the fact that your friends and business accounts could be hacked and send you a file that looks innocent enough but you have to be proactive and have mobile security on your phones and mobile devices as well as your computer/laptop and keep the protection software you choose updated regularly. I am fixing to do some research on the best mobile device protection and I’ll have it on site soon. In the meantime, be wary of what you open from anyone; friend or an unknown and unexpected email. Get an email scanner that hopefully comes bundled with your email client or protection software you choose. Use different search engines while doing your research. The top search engines are Bing, Google and Yahoo among many others. Talk soon. Take care of yourselves and each other and may God Bless…CES…

Phishing Scams Alert-No Login?

Make Strong Ones and Beware

Beware of internet security! When you are surfing or especially doing tasks like online banking, be sure you are on a secure site. This is easily done by simply logging in…yeah? so what’s new you ask? Well, my wife sent me one of her bills to take care of just a while ago ok? It was from Amazon. Well, I clicked on the link and it took me right into the account details!! No login..no user name or password were asked for..NOTHING..just a spot to put in our joint account routing number!! There was no verification at all. This is what could have easily been a phishing site. A phishing site works just like that or similar by mocking a website known to you and asking for your details and personal information just like this one did. Do due diligence, look up at the website address and see where the website is located. If it shows say http://www.nameofwebsite.com or some like that it is probably ok but go back and open a new tab and type in what you know the web address to be like for instance, Amazon, everyone knows its simply amazon.com and there you are asked to sign in to your account. Dont just think that because it looks official that it really is. That is what hackers want you to think. When that site asked for my joint account number of my wife and my account without logging in I knew it was fishy so I backed out without putting any details in and left the site. I’ll check on the bill a little later. I wanted to write about this new expeirience and share it with you. 

 

LastPass, a password manager that you can use

Description of LastPass Password Manager

LastPass allows you to start browsing and prompts you to save your logins, generate passwords, create profiles for surfing and browsing the internet while you shop and more. LastPass does the work for you so logging into sites becomes easy and secure without you having to remember all those passwords. You can create strong passwords for every site you visit and LastPass stores them for you under one strong password you can remember by making a song out of it or by some other means of remembering your master password for LastPass. LastPass comes in a free and premium and an enterprise editions and I currently use the free version to keep up with my passwords along with Symantec’s Identity Safe that I have packaged with my Norton 360.

Use the following to gain access to LastPass

Here is a link to use to gain access to LastPass and use it to get yourself in their refer a friend program and you will get a one month subscription to LastPass premium edition. Here is the link:

LastPass refer a friend program…   <<–Click here to get LastPass

After getting into the program, read on how to use LastPass and look at the various options you have with LastPass, your one stop for password management and I have been using it for over a year and it is very safe and secure so try it out today and start saving those hard to remember passwords. You want strong passwords on your logins in today’s internet and it along with my antikeylogging software with backup found under the menu of this website named ‘programs I use and recommend’ you can begin to feel way more protected than ever before with your internet surfing.

Take care of yourselves and each other and may God Bless, Charles Sanford, Site Owner and owner of this website brought to you by Sanfords Web Pages.

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