Is this Spam? Part 2

spamLast week we sent an email to our clients giving them a heads up about CryptoLocker (the latest deadly computer virus), and a new virus coming through as a .tiff file. The email was intended to be a helpful pre-emptive strike as we regularly get emails from clients asking us to look at an email they’ve received and determine if it’s spam or a virus etc..

One of our fabulous clients who has worked in IT for years sent us back a very succinct email on how to avoid falling for these scams (that should keep you 99% safe). With his permission we are posting for your viewing pleasure (and hopefully computer safety).

As a thirty year Veteran in the IT world I can offer some simple advise to avoid Viruses.
1) use an anti-virus utility. Now days they are free from your internet provider such as Shaw or Telus.
2) evaluate the messages you recieve:
a) are you expecting this message?
b) do you know and trust the sender?
c) does the message sound like the senders message style?
d) are the instruction vague, like “… Open this file/attachment…”
3) if you’re suspicious, reply to the sender and confirm he sent the message before opening a file.
4) NEVER, NEVER enter your password immediately after opening an emailed file, even if you are familiar with the Web-Site.
5) advise your service provider immediately once you find a questionable file or email.

All of the above cost nothing and will keep you safe 99% of the time. Oh and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. I screwed up just this past July. I opened up a file from a buddy that on second thought was too short and direct. Luckily I was able to limit the damage.

As per Bill Tzetzos, CEO of Steima Enterprises

Thanks Bill!

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