Celebrate World Backup Day with POCC

World Backup Day is a yearly backup awareness event celebrated on March 31st.

A backup is a second copy of all your important files, for example, your family photos, company documents, emails, etc.  Instead of storing this data all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything in a safe place.  Here at POCC, we backup our data daily to the cloud. To celebrate this day, we test our backup systems to ensure they are working as expected and that we can and restore this data in the event of an issue.

Here are some interesting backup facts:

  • 30% of people have never performed a data backup.
  • 113 phones are lost or stolen every minute.
  • 29% of data disasters are caused by accident.
  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with viruses or malware each month.

Are you prepared when disaster strikes?  Will you be an April Fool?

Contact us to ensure your data is safe!

Take the backup pledge today!

Now Offering Remote Android Support

Remote support has long been a staple of the IT world.  Having the ability to remotely connect to a client’s computer and help them fix their issues has become a standard offering in most IT shops.

Power On Computing is pleased to now offer this functionality for our Android device users as well.  Simply download the Inkwire application from the play store, generate an access code to share your screen and we will remotely connect to your device to fix your issues.

Inkwire is available on the Google Play Store for free – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.koushikdutta.inkwire&hl=en

Inkwire Screen Share + Assist – Android Apps on Google Play

Yet another Yahoo security breach

Yahoo announced late yesterday that their servers have been victim to yet another security breach, this time affecting over one billion (that’s billion, with a B) Yahoo user accounts.  Yahoo has not as of yet been able to identify the intrusion associated with this latest security breach.  This means they don’t know who broke in nor how they did so.

From their statement:

As Yahoo previously disclosed in November, law enforcement provided the company with data files that a third party claimed was Yahoo user data. The company analyzed this data with the assistance of outside forensic experts and found that it appears to be Yahoo user data. Based on further analysis of this data by the forensic experts, Yahoo believes an unauthorized third party, in August 2013, stole data associated with more than one billion user accounts.

If you or anybody you know uses Yahoo’s services in any way, it is HIGHLY recommended that you take steps now to protect yourself.  Change your password, update security questions, and watch every account you had tied to Yahoo’s email or other services.  If you used your Yahoo account credentials on any other site or used the same username / password combination on other sites, it is STRONGLY recommended that you change the password and security questions for those accounts as well.

Yahoo has created a FAQ page providing more information and steps you can take to protect yourself

Scammers can trick Microsoft Edge into displaying fake security warnings

Hopefully, by now, many readers will be aware of the scam messages that can pop up on your computer screen telling you that your computer may be at risk, and to call a special number for “technical support”.

Of course, the scam warnings are not legitimate and the person you are calling is not a real Microsoft support engineer. And yet, many computer users have been fooled into making contact, and ended up either with an expensive and unnecessary bill or granting hackers access to their PC.

The scams are more successful for the fraudsters the more convincing that their warning appears.

Now a security researcher has discovered a way that scammers can subvert a mechanism in the Microsoft Edge browser that was built with the intention of protecting users from dangerous websites – to actually help a scam be committed. . .

 

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Scammers never tire – a newly seen type of tech support fraud

There is a new scam you need to watch out for. In the last few years, online service providers like Google, Yahoo and Facebook have started to send emails to their users when there was a possible security risk, like a log-on to your account from an unknown computer.

Bad guys have copied these emails in the past, and tried to trick you into logging into a fake website they set up and steal your username and password. Now, however, they send these fake security emails with a 1-800 number that they claim you need to call immediately.

If you do, two things may happen:

1) You get to talk right away with a real internet criminal, usually with a foreign accent, that tries to scam you. They claim there is a problem with your computer, “fix” it, and ask for your credit card.

2) You get sent to voice mail and kept there until you hang up, but your phone number was put in a queue and the bad guys will call you and try the same scam.

Remember, if you get any emails that either promise something too good to be true, OR look like you need to prevent a negative consequence, Think Before You Click and in this case before you pick up the phone.

If you decide to call any vendor, go to their website and call the number listed there. Never use a phone number from any email you may have received. Here is a real example of such a call. Dont’ fall for it!

The ever-evolving threat of ransomware continues

Bad guys have found a new way to trick people into infecting their PC with ransomware. This time it looks like a Sprint / Verizon / Charter / etc. (it could claim to be from any phone service really) email that tells you about a voice mail that was left for you, and wants you to play the voice mail.

The email has a .zip attachment that supposedly has the voice mail message in a .wav file. However, if you unzip the file, the ransomware will encrypt all the files on your computer and possibly all files on the network if you have access. You only get your files back if you pay around 500 dollars.

Do not click on links in “voice mail” emails from someone you do not know, and certainly do not open any attachments!

Remember, Think Before You Click!

 

For more information on how to keep yourself or your organization safe, or if you’d like a threat evaluation, contact POCC today.