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Security Alert: Beware Tech Support Scams!

June 24, 2017 in Info, scams, Security Alert!, Tips by Web Master  |  No Comments

Cyber security involves all users of computing technology whether you use a simple cell phone or connect your gaming consoles, televisions, even refrigerators to the internet. Maintaining awareness can save you headaches, time and money.

Ever receive a phone call that starts out something like:
“Hello this is Windows support center and we have detected a problem with your computer…”?

Right away you should consider the following:

  1. Did you ever give “Windows Support Center” your phone number?
  2. Microsoft will not initiate a call you. Think about it. With the millions of users, imagine the costs to them.
  3. Your Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware didn’t indicate any issues so far (you do have such software installed… right?).
  4. These calls are aimed at the uninformed and those too caught up in the day to think critically about what is currently happening. Many victims are seniors who are not fully aware of some of the tricks employed against them.
  5. Such calls are the precursors to ID theft. The goal is to gain information such as credit card and banking information that can be monetized and used against your finances (primarily).

It happens more often than not. Too many fail to consider if the call is legit. When I receive such calls, if I don’t simply hang up and feel like messing with them I’ll throw a monkey wrench into the conversation and ask:

“Really? Which one?” (whether you have one or many…they really don’t know remember?)

The caller will either hang up or stutter and gasp some bumbled answer… Don’t fall for such calls… Read on:

National Cyber Awareness System:

FTC Releases Alert on Tech-Support Scams

06/23/2017 04:09 PM EDT

Original release date: June 23, 2017

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on technical-support scams. In these schemes, deceptive tech-support operations offer to fix problems that don’t exist, placing calls or sending pop-ups to make people think their computers are infected with viruses. Users should not give control of their computers to any stranger offering to fix problems.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to refer to the FTC Alert and the US-CERT Tip on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information.

So, always simply hang up if you receive such calls. Then go to your computer and run scans using your anti-malware and anti-virus programs to ensure all is well. Just in case.


 

Security Alert: Microsoft Releases April 2017 Security Updates

April 13, 2017 in Info, Security Alert!, Tips, Update! by R Bennett  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

Microsoft Releases April 2017 Security Updates

04/12/2017 08:43 AM EDT

 

Original release date: April 12, 2017

Microsoft has released 61 updates to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft software. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of a system. This Security Update addresses a Microsoft Office vulnerability that is actively being exploited to spread malicious code.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Vulnerability Note #VU921560 and Microsoft’s April 2017 Security Update and apply the necessary updates.

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Security Alert: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

April 13, 2017 in Info, Security Alert!, Update! by Web Master  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

03/17/2017 12:45 AM EDT

 

Original release date: March 17, 2017

All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive:

  • Security updates,
  • Non-security hotfixes,
  • Free or paid assisted support options, or
  • Online technical content updates from Microsoft.

Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats.

Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system. For more information, see Microsoft’s Vista support and product lifecycle articles.

US-CERT does not endorse or support any particular product or vendor.

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Security Alert: Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability

April 13, 2017 in Info, Security Alert!, Update! by Web Master  |  No Comments

National Cyber Awareness System:

 

Microsoft SMBv1 Vulnerability

03/16/2017 06:12 PM EDT

Original release date: March 16, 2017

Microsoft has released a security update to address a vulnerability in implementations of Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1). Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 and apply the update. For more information, see the Information Assurance Advisory and US-CERT’s SMB Security Best Practices guidance.

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