What have you been buying with Paypal?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in IT Top Tips

What have you been buying with Paypal?

I’ve had a number of people email me over the last couple of weeks with this one, it’s proving quite popular at the moment, These are designed to scare you in to thinking someone has just hacked your eBay or Paypal account and bought something, when in actual fact they are hoping to panic you in to clicking the link, Remember you can hover over the link (Don’t Click!) to see where it will take you, see what happens when I hover over the ‘www.paypal.com/help’ link here: It’s actually got nothing to with PayPal has it? This will end up taking you to a site that ‘looks’ like Paypal in the hope that you will panic and put in your login details. They will then use these to actually login and use your account! Make Sense? There are hundreds of thousands of these e-mails going out everyday, it costs them very, very little to do, and they only need a minuscule amount of people to click and take action to make it worth their while. Don’t be one of their victims! If you think you may have recently fallen for one of these, the first thing you should do is change your password (Remember what I said about searching for the REAL site on Google rather than using an email link!), and if you’re still worried give us a call. Top Tip: As I said a few weeks ago, if you are at all unsure, the best thing to do is to go to Google and ‘search’ for Paypal, login this way and check your account. Never click the links in emails like this, or any email you are remotely unsure about. Remember, as Thomas Jefferson said “The Price of Freedom is eternal vigilance” If you are at all unsure please call and get some advice – 01543 241...

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Terrible Trip…. Help Needed

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in IT Top Tips

Terrible Trip…. Help Needed

I’m sure you’ll have seen a scam like this before, these e-mails have been going round for some time now, in various forms, but the gist of them is usually the same. Someone you know (well you are in their contact address book at least), is abroad, they’ve been attacked and had all their money, cards, phones stolen and now they need some money to get home. They are asking you for help. The way this works has changed a bit over the years, but the general format now is… 1.       Scammer hacks in to persons e-mail account (usually from a weak password) 2.       Scammer sends email to most people in personals address book 3.       Anyone that responds the scammer then replies back to from a different email account (usually with 1 letter different in the email address, so you don’t really notice) 4.       Email conversation will continue and ask for a money transfer via Western Union So what can you do about this? Well first it goes without saying if you receive any email like this, or asking for anything out of the ordinary, treat it with extreme suspicion, these e-mails prey on good nature and kindness. Is there anything you can do to stop your own email account being hacked?  This scam all hinges on access to your email account in the first place, and that is usually down to a simple password or using the same password across multiple websites? – Is your password you your pets name? – Or your own name, perhaps with a number on the end? – Is your email password the same as your facebook, ebay and LinkedIn passwords? You’ll have seen in the news of high profile sites being hacked and peoples account details being stolen, the trouble when you use the same password across several sites is if one gets hacked and your email address and password stolen, the first thing they do is try that password on your email account! I wrote a guide some time ago on tips for creating secure passwords, let me know if you’d like a copy and I’ll dig it out for you, It’s also worth noting, that although it does not prevent it, it does make it a bit more difficult for the scammer if you don’t have a ‘public’ email account (like yahoo or Hotmail), it’s a bit more difficult for them to work out how and where to access your email if you are not on a widely known email provider (let me know if you’d like more info on this too) Top Tip: Don’t use easy to guess passwords, like the names of your family, pets, or simple words. For logins you use a lot (like your email, facebook etc), use different passwords on each one. Remember, as Thomas Jefferson said “The Price of Freedom is eternal vigilance” If you are at all unsure please call...

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