Computer Guru Security Tip for the Holiday Season

Scammers are taking advantage of the holiday shopping season with scam emails that infect your devices and seek personal information. These emails often take the form of fake email shipping notifications that pose as credible sources such as FedEx, UPS and USPS around the holiday season so that email recipients interact with them. Be wary  a single click on a bad link can set things into motion and start a very bad infection. This holiday season, don't fall victim to these common risks. 

We at Computer Guru will do what we can to prevent spam and junk from coming through to your inbox. In the case that some slip by us, here are some additional safety measures to keep you safe.

  • Don't believe what you see  Scammers make emails appear to come from a reputable source. Just because it looks like an "@ups.com" address does not mean it's safe.
  • BE WARY of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments  As always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar emails.
  • Don't respond to unexpected requests  A request attempting to obtain money, financial information (e.g. bank account or payment card numbers), or personal information in exchange for the delivery of a package or other article is typically a scam to obtain your personal information or infect your device. Don't interact with these emails or provide any personal information. 
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling  Scam emails often are riddled with typos.
  • Emails require immediate action  Scam emails try to get you to act before you think by creating a sense of urgency. Don't fall for this trick.
  • Unknown shipping providers  If the email is not from a major courier or you do not recognize the shipper, be wary and contact us to verify its credibility.
  • Call us for help — If you have any doubt about the credibility of an email please contact us immediately.

Additionally, please refer to the following links for more information and examples of fraudulent emails.

UPS

FedEx

USPS

The most effective way to decrease your threat of falling victim to common email-based crimes is to eliminate them before they surface. Computer Guru provides email services that filter out fraudulent emails and protect you and your devices. 

Please contact us with any questions or comments or to learn more about how you can stay safe this holiday season. 

Happy Holidays!

The Battle Against Website Ads

Have you ever wondered why, when you go to a website, the page is filled with ads? Sometimes the ads take up more of the page than the content you're trying to view!  So you scroll down, trying to get past the ads. Maybe you get past them, or maybe they pop up and refuse to close!  Be careful, because sometimes they are safe to click on, but often they are not.

The most effective solution against pesky ads are Ad Blockers.  Ad Blockers come in a variety of flavors, and the best one for your use will depend on your operating system, web browser of choice, and personal preference.  Beyond determining the best Ad Blocker for your use, it is important that your Ad Blocker of choice is installed completely and correctly to ensure its proper function. Many of our clients have called us to help them fix Ad Blockers that don't work, but in many cases these Ad Blockers were simply not correctly installed. 

It takes Computer Guru about 30 minutes to remote in to your PC, determine which Ad Blocker is appropriate for you, install it in your chosen web browser(s) and, when it's all set, review it with you. 

If those pesky ads are driving you crazy every time you open up a new page, you're not alone. Computer Guru makes sure that our clients don't waste valuable time and energy fighting with ads and pop-ups, and our clients thank us for it every day. 

Send us an email, post your comment (cry for help) below or give us a call and let us solve this problem for you!