Ok. I've had enough of these emails and feel it best to pass on some words of wisdom.
There are emails floating around (and have been for some time but are multiplying in volume) that seem at first glance to be from a bank or other institution. Some that I have seen have been from Westpac, ANZ, National, Bigpond and even Ebay
These emails tell you that they are upgrading security systems and you need to verify your account details by logging in and confirming information.
There will be a link to click on that looks correct but usually contains code that in-fact sends you to another site to COLLECT your account information and password(s).
When you move your mouse-cursor (arrow) over the link (but don't click), you will see the REAL destination in the bottom left hand corner of your browser. It may say "http://www.westpac.com.au" but the real destination may be 220.127.116.11/westpac etc... This is another server altogether and NOT your bank.
As a rule, NEVER comply with one of these emails as banks usually will send you literature telling you that you will be required to do something like this.
PLEASE, If you think the email is legitimate and want to proceed, TELEPHONE your bank first to verify the validity of the email or go to the website in your usual way (NOT by clicking on a link in the email) and check.
Fake PC Technical Support
Right! I've had enough.
Lots of people are being bothered by this and it's getting worse, so it's time to alert all my customers and others alike.
If you get a telephone call from someone claiming to be from a company called Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista etc etc, they will tell you that your computer has been sending them a notification that it has a virus and they are here to help you.
This is complete and utter rubbish. It's usually a foreign accent and they will try to bamboozle you with buzzwords concerning viruses and how bad it is.
One of my customers had them on the phone for 3 hours trying to "fix" the problem and they wanted payment. The more the call went on, the more suspicious he became.
There is no such service from Microsoft. When Microsoft help, YOU have to ring THEM and they WILL require a credit card BEFORE the help takes place.
If you get a call from these so-called technicians, the best thing to do is to hang up or you can say "No Thanks" and hang up, however you like.
If in doubt, always give your regular computer technician a call to check.
Bottom line is: DON'T GIVE ANY MONEY OR PERSONAL DETAILS to someone you don't know on the phone!
There is an interesting article in the SMH which you can read by CLICKING HERE.
Forewarned is forarmed!
Is Your Computer Full of Annoying Popups? It could be infected with Malware, Adware or Spyware.
These are programs designed to "live" on your computer and desperatley try to sell you programs to get rid of these things. However, when you download these programs, they almost always ask for a 'donation' or a fee to make them work.
This is an underhanded way to extract money from you and is almost always incorrect.
Popups that are NOT from your installed virus protection software, alerting you to bad things happening on your computer are a sure sign of something awry in your PC.
Click "Read More" To find out how to stop these!
Internet vs Physical Banking
I watched the piece and read the website of TodayTonight in regard to the Internet Banking Dangers and
how bad it was.
I will leave it up to you to read about it if you missed it as I won't link to the story. You can go to their
website and read about it for yourselves, however, I will comment in my humble opinion.
Software Of Dubious Origins
Right. After seeing a lot of this over the last few months, I feel I need to make people aware of this.
If you have someone upgrade your software (especially Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office) from an older version to a newer version, they MUST, repeat, MUST give you the original installation CD-ROM discs AND the original serial number sticker/certificate of authenticity.