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Security

So we are being told we have 2 weeks to make sure we are safe before the work done recently to prevent cryptoware and GameOver Zeus come back.

SO what can be done, well a quality anti-virus product, and a quality firewall are the basics.  However (And certainly the case with cryptoware infections we have dealt with) these are infected by people clicking on an attachment.

So perhaps now is the time to carry out some education of staff, (or family members) teach them how to scan emails and attachments before they open, (or ingrain in them) that they can’t open any attachments.

Next on the list would be to make sure you are backing up all of your data, and that the backups are working properly, and deal with any issues with the backup.

You might want to consider the following pages on our website

Hosted Anti-Virus
Hosted Anti SPAM
On Line Back up

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5 Simple Way to Combat Spam

SPAM! When we talk to any of our customers that we provide Computer Support in Plymouth, to, nine times out of ten they will insist that their greatest headache is the amount of spam that floods their email boxes on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, if your email address is already on the mailing lists of any major spam offenders out there, getting yourself removed can be near impossible and in the short term, your only real source of relief will be to install a quality spam filter, preferably at the ISP level so that the offending messages are filtered before hitting your email server or inbox.

To prevent spreading your email address around even further, or if you’ve been lucky enough not to have your address already placed in the sights of the evil spammers, here’s five simple ways to keep your spam intake at a minimum.

  1. Never make any purchases from an unsolicited email. Even if whatever they’re selling seems to be an attractive and legitimate purchase, you have to consider how they got your email address in the first place. If they spammed you to begin with, by you making a purchase with them, you’re not only confirming that you address is valid, but that you’re also a prime target for future spam offers. In which case you can be sure that your email address will be sold throughout the spammer community as if it were gold!
  2. Never reply, click the unsubscribe link or click any link in a spam email. By replying or clicking the link in the message, you’re only confirming your email address for the spammer that they’ve got a valid, working email address for you. This is valuable information for a spammer. Don’t give it to them.
  3. Disable your preview pane. The utilities in use by spammers track who their messages were sent to, who opened the message and who clicked the links… all information used to help them strengthen the reliability of their list. If your preview pane displays their email message, this will report back to their reporting utility that you opened the email.
  4. Use the BCC option when emailing multiple recipients. If a spammer were to intercept your email, all of the addresses on your list would be viewable. Protect your friends and colleagues by keeping their addresses hidden from view.
  5. Use a secondary (or third) email address when making web purchases, posting to newsgroup lists or participating in forums. Spammers will collect email addresses from anywhere they can be collected. Keep your primary address for contact only with trusted, personal contacts and use a separate public address, such as a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo address for your other web activities.

No one, is safe from the evils of them spamming world. Use some of the basic strategies to keep your email inbox as clean as possible.

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Clean that SPAM

Well we have been busy building the website for out anti-spam/anti-virus email solution.
Although you can’t yet sign up on line we have created a website where you can see what it is, and how much it will cost you.

We choose to use a CMS for this site, and thought we would give Joomla a try. Partly because a customer uses it for their website, and partly just to check out how quickly we could build a useful site. It took just a couple of days to get most of the site done, and most of the work was finished within 7 days. All we have to do is to add keywords to the pages. If you want a site which includes management then give it a go. There are many add-ins, and templates, with a lot of them being free.

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