It’s 2023 – Stop falling for fake Microsoft emails!

It’s 2023 and we’re still seeing clients fall for this type of scam email designed to have you click that “View Secured Document” link. There’s several giveaways from the fact that “SharedPoint” is NOT “SharePoint”, to the origin email which is from Japan instead of a Microsoft domain.Another big clue is when you hover over the “View Secured Document” link, …

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Fake o365 password emails still happening

Not a day goes by that one of the customers that Homeland Secure IT provides computer services to doesn’t call or email asking about the legitimacy of an email they received that is informing them of some action they need to take. Typical emails might be telling them: Your o365 password is expiringYou have mail that has been quarantinedAn error …

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Kevin Mitnick demonstrates a Microsoft Word document exploit

Did you know that most successful computer exploits that we encounter are because the user simply clicked a link, or opened a document without giving it a second thought? I think we’re all guilty of receiving an email from someone we know, or assume we know, then opening the email and following that link. I know I have done it, …

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Helpdesk Upgrade Alert – Your Mailbox is almost full scam emails still going around

An email arrives in your inbox with the subject of “Helpdesk Upgrade Alert”, tells you that your mailbox is almost full, and it includes a handy indicator saying that of your 244 MB quota, you have used 241MB. The text reads, “The Helpdesk is upgrading and maintaining database Server from the old Microsoft Server (No420134x) to the new Microsoft Server …

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Your mailbox has NOT exceeded the storage limit as set by your administrator

One thing I am asked weekly is, “I just received an email alert telling me my mailbox exceeded the storage limit, why is that?”. Wellllllll, first of all, these messages, though they come in email and look all official, signed by “System Administrator” or something similar, are likely phishing attempts. If you hover over the URL listed to “re-validate” your …

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Your smartphone could lead to identity theft, if it doesn’t give you cancer first…

The WHO (World Health Organization) proclamation that cell phones could, maybe, possibly, some way somehow, cause cancer has a bunch of people up in arms.. There are now groups of people swearing off cell phone usage, and now places declaring they are a “cell phone free zone” all in a matter of hours after the WHO announcement. Sure, they may …

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What does the Epsilon security breach mean for you?

We’ve been hearing about Epsilon’s security breach for several days now. Some thought it was an April Fool’s joke due to how vague the initial┬ápress release release was, but obviously it was no joke at all. Epsilon has since updated their press release to indicate that this breach affects only 2% of total clients, but what exactly does that mean? …

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Please stop following every link through that you see in email, Facebook, Twitter, etc…

Being in the computer service business, every day we are seeing more and more computers that have been compromised, whether they are Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Linux, it doesn’t matter. Even iPhones and Androids are falling victim to various malware found as a result of blindly following links. What can you do to help protect yourself, your computer …

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