It’s nearly Christmas

Once again it's that time of the year and generally everyone is saying where has the year gone? I know where it went, its somewhere behind me…

Anyway Christmas season has just started in our house, the trees went up at the weekend and the lights were switched on. The meat for Christmas Day, the day after, the day after that and potentially the day after that has been purchased and the orders have gone in to Santa for those wonderful gifts we are hoping to get.

And to make it even more Christmasy, my lovely wife knitted us Christmas jumpers that we are to were on Christmas Day.

So heres wishing everyone a Happy Festive Season and a Prosperous New Year in 2014


They are back and still going (Microsoft Scam)

This is just a quick note; recently we received a call at home from an Indian call centre suggesting that they were from Microsoft Support. They advised that they had received reports that our windows computer was sending error messages to them and they would like to help fix it.

This scam has been around since probably 2008 and I am surprised that it is still going. They offer to fix the issue on your machine, but they also tell you that your license has expired and you can renew for life at a price! They will then pass you over to a technician who will help you through the process.

They get you to download team viewer initially to gain access to your computer. You are then prompted to go to PayPal to pay for the service. While this is happening your friendly technician will probably be looking around your PC.

If you decide to pull out and not pay, the friendly technician will then start causing havoc on your machine, remember you have given him access; he WILL start deleting all your files and effectively destroying all your data.

Please be aware of this, tell your friends and family so they are not victim to this scam

The Ironic note on this post, we don’t have a windows PC in our House.

Happy Computing 🙂

Beware of emails offering gifts

It’s December, getting even closer to Christmas and Santa’s helpers will be offering gifts at cheap prices, offers will be flooding in by email, but be cautious, they are not always what they seem.


Here are a few tips on what to look for in a suspected phishing email.

The message contains a suspicious web address:

Often the URL in a phishing message will appear to be perfectly Ok. However, if you move your mouse over top of the web address you should see the actual linked address pop up in a small window.  If the linked address is different from the address that is displayed, then the message has probably come from someone trying to illegally solicit information.

The message contains poor spelling and grammar:

Messages these days can look very genuine, if a company sends a message to its customers, the message is usually reviewed for spelling, grammar, legality, and a number of other things.  If a message is filled with poor grammar or spelling mistakes it probably didn’t come from the company it is claiming to be.

The message asks for personal information:

No matter how official an email message may look, it is always a bad sign if the message asks for personal information. Your bank will not ask you for your details, a reputable company will never ask for your password, credit card number, or the answer to a security questions by email.

The offer seems too good to be true:

Offers on goods that are way below the retail price, be careful, do your research first, the offer is probably too good to be true, your goods may never arrive.


Happy Christmas everyone




PS, if an email contains an attached document, if you are not expecting it and you are not sure who the email has come from, do not attempt to open it, its likely to contain malware or a virus of some description that will infect your PC and starting gathering information about you.