7 Scams to be aware of (and why we think Conor Pope is God!)

7 Scams to be aware of (and why we think Conor Pope is God!)

We think this is a really great article from Conor Pope in this morning's Irish Times - it's worth taking time out to look at his synopsis of the most common scams listed below, but in addition we advise you take on board the following advice: 

  • Always read your emails carefully (watching you for tell tell tale grammatical errors, spelling mistakes) 

  • Make a habit of hovering (never click) over the sender's details as it can reveal bogus email addresses when you take a closer look

  • Never give details to unsolicited calls from Microsoft, your bank or any company who proclaims that your financial or email accounts are in danger

  • We strongly advise that organisations don't put details of their financial or accounts staff on their company website as were have seen a huge increase in personalised targeting of such staff. 

  • And finally, watch out for fake Office 365 notification emails, especially links to fake 365 websites or log on screens that just that pop up on your computer

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Why should you activate two factor authentication…now!

Why should you activate two factor authentication…now!

Why should you activate two factor authentication…now! If there’s one account that’s worth protecting above all others, it’s your email. Not only because it contains your private conversations and data, but because it serves as a gateway to your other online accounts and other users. Two-factor authentication has long been used by the business world to control access to sensitive systems and data – but now with increased levels of phishing and scammers trying to gain access to customer accounts, two factor authentication is becoming essential even on the most basic personal accounts.

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Spilled Water, Coffee or Wine on your laptop? This is what you should do…

Spilled Water, Coffee or Wine on your laptop? This is what you should do…

 

Spilled Water, Coffee or Wine on your laptop? This is what you should do…

In the past few sunny weeks here at Right-Click we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of liquid disasters on laptops and MacBooks, mostly involving bottles of water leaking onto machines sharing the same handbag or gym bag. We’re also encounter a few beer and wine-soaked devices too – BBQ’s and laptops don’t mix!

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Scamming & Phishing - How to Spot Fake Emails?

Scamming/Phishing is a massive issue globally for individuals and businesses alike.  In 2014 alone, Microsoft estimated that such scams cost the world a whopping $4 billion annually! Each day,  scammers and spammers send out millions of fake emails, pretending to be legitimate companies in the hope that just one person will:

  • Click the attached link (every click is tracked) this means you and your email address will be an easy target for future attacks/scammers
  • Fill out a form with your email and password -  these details may unlock other accounts (e.g. your email account, social media/Paypal etc) allowing future scams. 
  • Reveal their credit card details 
  • Click a link that takes you to another scam page, where the scammer generates a lead and then earns a commission from a 3rd party etc.

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PayPal Advice - how to spot a fake email

The psychology of phishing - why do we fall for terrible email scams?