Social Engineering – Red Flags

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Social Engineering is on the rise. In the fast moving technology age we live in email is both an excellent communication tool and also a way that companies can inform you about their latest products and services.

Unfortunately, it also provides scammers and other malicious individuals an easy means for luring potential victims. The scams they attempt run from old-fashioned bait-and-switch operations to phishing schemes using a combination of email and bogus web sites to trick victims into divulging sensitive information.

While technology is always changing, emails scams have remained a constant. Many such scams are described as ‘phishing emails’ as they try to get the recipient to ‘bite’ and offer up bank or payment details.

Before responding or clicking on a link or attachment in an email, check out our handy infographic below…

 

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Cyber Security: Small Business Guide

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A useful guide from the National Cyber Security Centre (A part of GCHQ) on how to improve cyber security within your organisation – quickly, easily and at low cost.

Cyber security needn’t be a daunting challenge for small business owners. As well as working closely with your IT provider, following the five quick and easy steps outlined in the guide linked below could save time, money and even your business’ reputation.

 

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Password Guide

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In the last year, at least 314 million people were hacked.

One of the biggest reasons for that eye watering number was easily crackable, poorly thought out passwords.

Below are some guidelines to follow to help protect you and help you to create stronger passwords….

 

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Stay safe online at Christmas

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Christmas is a time for joy, happiness and lots and lots of online shopping.

Sadly it’s also the time of year when online scammers step up their efforts to trick you into parting with you with your hard earned money.

Follow the simple steps below to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals during the festive period…

 

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Driven to succeed

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When the team get a rare break from keeping stability and sanity in the chaotic world of IT they like to unwind in our chill-out area, playing games and reading up on the latest technology news.

 

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Raspberry Pi in your lap

The original Pi-Top was a modular laptop powered by a Raspberry Pi that came out on Indiegogo back in 2014. Now, the company (also called Pi-Top) is back with an updated version of the laptop that looks to improve on the original in a couple of key ways, via Engadget

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Rick’s Playwell’s IT Tips – Mouse Craft

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Rick Playwell here with one of my many hints and tips to I’ll be sharing to keep you happy when dealing with technology or your IT systems.

This week – The centre mouse button.

If you like you can follow me on Instagram. Use the hashtags #rickstips and #askrick to ask me IT related questions on my instagram account.

Instagram: rick_playwell

Thanks,

Rick x

UK Broadband lags behind most of Europe

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The UK ranks 31st in the world for broadband speeds and lags behind most of Europe, according to a new study. Cable ranked the UK’s average broadband speed at 16.51Mbps (megabits per second), which means a Lord of the Rings length movie would take one hour and two minutes to download…

 

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RICK’S BLUE SPOT OFFICE 365 GIVEAWAY (Facebook) – Terms & Conditions

See our giveaway here: BLUESPOT-FACEBOOK
Terms & Conditions:
 
– The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over except employees of Blue Spot Business Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
 
– There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
 
– Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
 
– Closing date for entry will be Friday 18th August 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
 
– No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
 
The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
1) Like this page (Blue Spot Computers) 👍
2) Like AND Share this post 👍
 
– The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
 
– The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
 
– Winners will be chosen: at random by a live draw, from all entries received and verified by Promoter and or its agents.
 
– The winners will be notified by Facebook messenger within 28 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
 
– The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
 
– The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
 
– The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
 
– The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
 
– The winner’s name will be available 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: social@bluespotcomputers.com
 
– Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
 
– Blue Spot Business Ltd shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this page.
 
– Blue Spot Business Ltd also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.
 
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with MicroSoft.

Which Business IT Support Package?

Whether you’re a Small, medium or large sized business, here at Blue Spot, we have a friendly, professionally trained team of expert technicians ready to support you and your business IT. We know that every business is different so which level of support you need is dependent on your requirements!Continue reading