SPAM Alert – You received a voice mail

If your company uses a phone system that emails voice mail messages or faxes, be wary of emails that look legitimate but actually contain malware or links to infected sites.  Remember, you are your own best defense when it comes to protecting your computer, your company and yourself from malware and viruses.

Spam Alert! Voice Message from Unknown (669-335-7699)

Here's another example of an spam email designed to take advantage of us busy people!  We use a VoIP phone system here and when someone leaves a voicemail, or sends a fax, we get an email alert with the message attached.  So, it's not unusual to get an email like this one.

Email account settings: IMAP or POP3

If you've ever tried to set up your phone, tablet or computer to get your email then you've no doubt encountered these two IMAP and POP3. Maybe you already know what they mean, but in case you don't here's a quick explanation: 

POP3:  Downloads the message off the email server directly to your phone, tablet or computer and, usually, doesn't leave a copy of it on the server.

aaS – a quick reference guide to "as a service"

You've heard them or read them all - SaaS, HaaS, IaaS, PaaS   Seems like there's a new one everyday and what do they all mean, anyway?

SaaS - Software as a Service -  or software that is available through the internet.  Simply put, instead of purchasing the software and installing it on your own hardware (computer or server) the software is available over the internet.

Spam Alert! New Message from Chase Online (SM)

This week at Virtual Density we launched our Lunch and Learn series.  Today and Tuesday, the topic was 'Self Defense for Small Business' and one of the topics we talked about was scam emails.  No sooner did we finish up this afternoon and I returned to my desk to find this email in my spam filter.

Sendspace spam may be a blackhole

This morning's crop of junk mail (properly sorted by SmarterMail into my junk email folder!) includes the email I copied below.

According to ehackingnews.com clicking on any of the links included in the original email (but redacted here for your safety) would bring you to a malicious website.

Anti-virus and malware software – are you up to date?

 You already know that you need anti-virus and malware software running on your desktop and server.  But do you know if it's set up properly and doing its job?

Today, our support team fielded a call from a frustrated client who installed a new anti-virus package on his machine on his own but just a day or two later found his computer was slow and unresponsive.