Beware of hoax IT calls and phishing scams

There is a surge in hoax IT calls in Ireland at the moment, where hoaxers are claiming to be from Microsoft. There is also a noticeable increase in the number of phishing scams.

For more detail on how to make yourself aware of what phishing scams can do and how to recognise them, take a look here, Safety and Security – Phishing

 

In relation to hoax IT calls, be aware that Microsoft never cold call or make unsolicited calls to any of its customers/users. Any suspicious calls should be ended immediately.
 
For more information on staying safe online, please take a look here, Safety and Security

 
On this page, there is a wide range of useful information on:
– Creating Stronger Passwords
– Protecting Your Information
– Avoid tech support phone scams
– Avoiding Scams and Hoaxes
– Tips to Stay Safe Online
 

Please do take a look at this very useful information. If you are unsure of any of the recommendations or believe you may be the victim of a malicious threat, please do call us immediately on 021 4947777.

 

Please note also, the following recommendations, from Computer Solutions

 

Ensure that your computer has all current security updates. Go to Control Panel, System and Security, Windows Update. If there are pending important or optional updates, please do apply them. I should advise you also, that it is strongly recommended to have a full backup of all important data, before manually running any available updates.

 

Ensure that your computer has a valid and up-to-date antivirus application. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and provides an adequate level of protection.

 

Don’t open emails from unknown recipients. Don’t click on links in emails or within any other service, unless you are certain of what the link does or you receive it from a trusted source.

 

Nobody is spontaneously monitoring your computer’s behaviour so don’t believe anyone who, unsolicited, states that your device is infected.

 

 

 

 

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