Manage your email

Is your New Year's resolution to better manage your email inbox?  If so, here are a few quick and dirty hints on how to make that happen: Folders and Filters Make folders for important subjects and senders in your inbox.  Set up filtering rules in your mail client to automatically sort incoming messages into those folders.

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! Benefit Elections

I found this in my spam filter yesterday.  It purports to be from the payroll company, ADP.  It was easy for me to spot it as SPAM, since we don't use ADP for payroll processing.  But even that weren't the case, that there's a .zip file attached to this email would have raised a red-flag.

Protect your IT assets when an employee leaves

Sometimes, it takes you completely by surprise.  An employee walks into your office and quits and you're thinking, "Well, *&%^@!  Now what?" Whether your employee left voluntarily, was laid off temporarily or was fired permanently you should know what access they have to your organization's IT systems and how you can either limit or terminate access to them.

10 Ways To Identify A Phishing Attack

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a recent advisory warning that cybercriminals will very likely attempt to use the Philippines Typhoon disaster as part of email scams and phishing campaigns. Phishing attacks attempt to use high-profile events, including natural disasters in their subject line, to get victims to open an email and click on links contained in the message.

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.