Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tech Support Scam is Affecting More People

In recent times, I've been getting more and more calls about this issue.

Not too long ago, I had a customer message me in a panic. She was saying that a lady told her over the phone that her computer was hacked and would crash in two days. Of course, I probed for more information. Turned out that she received a pop up on her Macbook and called the number within the pop up.

On the other end was a person saying she represented Mac Tech Support. She talked the customer into downloading a remote support app and took over the computer. She went on to show the customer that there were errors and viruses on the computer. She then demanded $260 to solve the problems or the computer would crash and she would lose all of her files.

First and foremost, this is a scam. Microsoft or Apple will not contact you directly about a problem on your personal computer. Do not call the number. Just close the message. As a precaution, you can download Sophos antivirus for Mac or AVG Free for Windows. They are free and legit.

But, the main thing is to never let anyone take over your computer remotely. There's no telling what files they're copying,or deleting. Even worse, what programs they can be installing to crash your computer or track your activity. This is where the threat of identity theft becomes very real. Don't give out your contact information and credit card number.

If they call, hang up.

Browse safely. And, always back up your files.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Facebook Scam Alert!

This scam is designed to steal your personal information and credit card account. Don't click on it. Don't fill in your login information. And, definitely, don't give your credit card number to anyone.

The scam starts with a message from an account called "Facebook recovery" that appears as a reply to one of your Facebook messages. It warns that your account will be disabled because of abuse reported by other users. Take a look at the full text below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Best Antivirus Software for 2015?

PC Mag recently released their results of who makes the best Antivirus for 2015. The only thing I want to add to this is that Webroot SecureAnywhere is completely free if you open an account with Ally bank. Also, it doesn't hurt that whatever amount of money you put in the account will earn interest. Just open a savings account with a few bucks and you have a great Antivirus.

What's Best?
We've named not one but three Editors' Choice products for premium antivirus protection, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015, Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015), and Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2015). Each shines in its own way. Kaspersky floats at the top in all the independent lab tests. Bitdefender gets great lab scores too, and it's wonderfully unobtrusive. Webroot's unusual detection technique doesn't lend itself to most lab testing, but it's absolutely the tiniest antivirus around. For that matter, the rest of the products featured here are quite good, and some have unusually rich feature sets. Read the reviews for full details, then make your choice.

Read more here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Turning An Old Linksys Router Into a Repeater and Using it with MagicJack

I was cleaning out my garage this past weekend and ran into this piece of hardware. So, I powered it on and did a hard reset. Boom! It worked fine. So, what should I do with it?

Recently, I've been looking for a cheap router that has a repeater setting so that I can move a MagicJack Plus phone from one location in the house to another. Of course, without having to run a network cable. Running into this Linksys router was a blessing. I did a quick Google search and found the solution I needed. I could simply upgrade the firmware with DD-WRT and configure the settings.

Here's the link to the main website. You can look up your router and see if it's compatible.

Here are the instructions and downloads for my specific Linksys router [WRT54G Ver. 6]

As detailed as the instructions are, this can be difficult for those that have never configured a home router. So, try at your own risk. Ot, you can get an experienced friend to help you out. Good Luck.

Here's my finished project:

Works perfectly. No extra computer needed. And, completely free if you have the available equipment. So, if you have an extra router laying around and you want to move your MagicJack Plus (or the new MagicJack Go) phone to another location, this will be a great solution for you.

Thank goodness for the awesomeness of Wifi.

Another helpful link for setting up a Linksys Repeater:

- Vincent @ RapidTech

Monday, May 11, 2015

This Virus Destroys Your Computer If Detected

Of course, this doesn't mean to stop using antivirus software. However, it definitely means it's time to regularly back up your files if you haven't done so. A computer taken down by a virus can always be brought back to life. However, files that are digitally shredded by a virus are usually not recoverable.

A new type of malware resorts to crippling a computer if it is detected during security checks, a particularly catastrophic blow to its victims.
The malware, nicknamed Rombertik by Cisco Systems, is designed to intercept any plain text entered into a browser window. It is being spread through spam and phishing messages, according to Cisco’s Talos Group blog on Monday.
Rombertik goes through several checks once it is up and running on a Windows computer to see if it has been detected.
That behavior is not unusual for some types of malware, but Rombertik “is unique in that it actively attempts to destroy the computer if it detects certain attributes associated with malware analysis,” wrote Ben Baker and Alex Chiu of the Talos Group.

Read more about here.