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Virus Alert: I'm Free at Last!

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    Virus Alert: I'm Free at Last!


    If you receive an email from a trusted friend with "I'm Free at Last!" as the title, I would strongly advise against clicking on the embedded URL to try and find out why he/she is now free. The link will lead you to a website that features Dr. OZ talking about the virtues of green coffee beans as a weight loss supplement; however, good old Avast 8 detected malware and blocked the attempted malicious download threat and I aborted the connection without issue. Now, I'm usually careful about things like that but this one fooled me completely because it appeared to come from one of my best friends. He obviously contracted an infection that accesses his contact email list and then sends out a broadcast email to everyone on it. So, I called him immediately and woke him out of a deep sleep and he said "What?... Huh?... He did mumble that he leaves his computer on 24x7 so I told him to shut it off and call me when he wakes up. FYI.

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    Lol Poor guy to be woken up to hear that
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
    Lol Poor guy to be woken up to hear that
    I'll betcha my call was the first but it definitely won't be the last I'm sure.
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    My Facebook account was hacked a few weeks ago and the scammers sent similar emails to my contacts. What a pain...
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    Lesson of the week:

    Turn the computers off when they are not used.

    Otherwise someone else will use them anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    My Facebook account was hacked a few weeks ago and the scammers sent similar emails to my contacts. What a pain...
    I bet, do you have all your settings set to Friends only? And for Facebook, once a month you should be changing your password and use a combo of capital letters, numbers and lower case letters and it should be at least 7 long
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Lesson of the week:

    Turn the computers off when they are not used.

    Otherwise someone else will use them anyway.
    well that is not necessarily correct. I had a client who does Facebook only on his iPad , he does not own a computer and he got hacked into also because he used an easy password to figure out by someone or some Bot
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    And for Facebook, once a month you should be changing your password and use a combo of capital letters, numbers and lower case letters and it should be at least 7 long
    I think the "change your password every month" thing is regarded as rather a myth these days.

    Oh, and of course:

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    Lol, cute but true
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I think the "change your password every month" thing is regarded as rather a myth these days.
    In a company's network it isn't just to stop hackers but also to prevent leaving IT employees accessing the network after they've left since they have the most domain knowledge For you computer at home then as long as there is some sort of password that doesn't relate to you then you can keep any human from logging on to the system near enough

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