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Security

How to Spot a Fake Email, Part 2: The Anatomy of a Scam

In our post on how to spot a fake email, we covered some easy ways to identify the spams, scams and spoofs that inevitably land in your inbox.

But it’s not easy to write one post covering everything. And it’s not uncommon for us to receive a few reports a day from our clients of scamming: there’s a lot of it out there, much of it increasingly hard to identify.

That’s why we’re going to break it down further today and take you through the anatomy of a scam email.

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Security

Why Use Multi-Factor Authentication?

As we move increasingly towards online services, securing your account is more important than ever.

While computer viruses still exist, they’re no longer the route of choice for hackers to get control of your data. Instead, the prevalence of online services means that the bad guys are targeting your cloud services, such as your email and file storage.

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Best practices

How Safe Is Your Fish Tank?

What on earth is this one about, I hear you ask? The Internet Of Things, that’s what; those millions of things that connect to the internet, like your home central heating, your toaster, webcams, children’s toys and yes, even fish tanks, allowing them to send you messages and alerts, or to be controlled and managed from your smartphone.

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Best practices

Better Web Privacy – Browsers, Trackers & Blockers

Surfing the web in private is a minefield.

Everywhere you go, something is watching you, tracking your search results and the pages you visit.

And more often than not the goal is to target you with advertising based on the things that you’re probably interested in (probable because hey, that’s what you’ve been looking at isn’t it?)

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Best practices

The DropBox and WhatsApp Dilemma

So first off, I have a confession to make: I stole the title of this post from someone else!  The companies were called Dracoon and NetSphere and they did a joint presentation which I saw at this year’s Infosecurity Europe conference. The former developed a file sharing app and the latter an instant messenger, both

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Hardware

End of the road for Windows 7

Still using Windows 7? It might be time to say goodbye. Microsoft are ending support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020, a little over 10 years after it was released back in 2009. What does this mean? Well, all those updates that Microsoft releases every month to patch security holes will no longer happen,

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Best practices

Cable Or Wireless?

Everybody hates cables, let’s face it. They look messy, they get tangled up, it’s hard to clean around them, and you always end up with boxes full of spares that you might use one day but probably never will. Anyone who has recently moved office will attest to the vast number of unused network, power

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Best practices

How to spot a fake email

Not a day goes by without one of our clients forwarding us an email asking us whether it’s real; 99% of the time it’s not, which says something in and of itself — if it looks suspicious, it probably is! There are so many variants flying around we can’t write a post identifying them all,

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