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END OF WINDOWS 7 Stay Safe Online Jan 2020

Stay Safe Online

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END OF WINDOWS 7

After 14th January, 2020 technical assistance and software updates will no longer be available for Windows 7 and computers will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses – so you need to update to Windows 10.  Microsoft may recommend getting a new computer but it’s relatively easy to update from Windows 7 at a reasonable cost.  Just drop your computer off and we’ll sort it!  And scan your computer, speed it up, and check everything at the same time!

“I was so worried about my computer and so pleased to get it back, upgraded, updated and cleaned up – Windows 10 and Office 2019 installed, and all my files were there – seemingly exactly as I had left them.  They have saved me buying a new computer too.”  Pat Campbell www.patzhat.com

There’s a bonus – as Windows 10 has its own anti-virus and firewalls installed for free.  If you use email or browse the internet you are open to attack – and if you have any computers on your network that are not updated – they are a security threat to the whole network.  Don’t leave it – book your computer in and get it updated safely and securely so no-one can get at your confidential information and you are protected from viruses.

 

Even if your computer is running a later version than windows 7, it’s good practice to install updates which can prevent hacking as they update security.  If you prefer, we can do this for you – and also clean up – and speed up – your computer – at the same time.

 

KEEP YOUR DATA SAFE

Always back-up vital data on a separate hard drive – or ‘on the cloud’ – ie on a remote server.  You can use something like Backblaze which offers unlimited backups www.backblaze.com – it’s not expensive and you can try it free for a month.  (And it’s easier to use than Dropbox.)

 

Latest scams

Beware of fraudsters claiming to be from official bodies such as TV Licensing – and even Action Fraud! They contact people in order to steal personal and financial details.  Copy any links into a google search engine to check – before you even think about responding.

Also beware of a current scam – automated calls from fraudsters stating that you have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.  Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk

For more information on how you can protect yourself, visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

And try their quiz to see how Scam-savvy you really are – it really makes you think!

 

Wherever possible. make payments through Paypal www.paypal.com/uk/home – it’s safe and secure and offers a refund if you are not entirely happy with your purchase.

 

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We

register and renew domain names. We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and we provide a personal service.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102

Stay Safe Online July 2019 Win 7 & Website Secure

Stay Safe Online July 2019 Win 7 & Website Secure

Stay Safe Online

All your IT in one place, computer support, website design, hosting, email, data storage, cyber security.

Do you have an SSL certificate for your website?  If not, Google will mark your website as not secure and will not include it in searches.  Usually, it only costs £50 to secure your website and obtain an SSL certificate.  Contact us for advice.

END OF WINDOWS 7  After 14th January, 2020 technical assistance and software updates will no longer be available for Windows 7 and computers will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses – so you need to update to Windows 10.  Microsoft may recommend getting a new computer but it’s relatively easy to update from Windows 7 at a reasonable cost.  Just drop your computer off anytime this year – and we’ll sort it!  And scan your computer, speed it up, and check everything at the same time!

Latest scams – this is an email I received recently – if you click on the link it takes you to: https://yazankasap.com/yedek/wordpress/[email protected]  Which doesn’t sound anything like an email server!  My firewall blocked access and warned me that this was a not a secure site.

Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We register and renew domain names. We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and we provide a personal service.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102

Support for Windows 7 will run out in January

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DON’T MISS THE dot.uk DEADLINE!

If you already own a dot.co.uk domain name, you are entitled to register the shorter dot.uk version which is reserved for you until 25th June, 2019 – but, after that date, any rights you have will expire.  On 1st July, 2019 anyone can register any dot.uk domain that has not already been taken – be it a competitor – a namesake – or an investor.  Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners – contact us to register your dot.uk domain before 25th June.

Another deadline:  Support for Windows 7 will run out in January – after 14th January, 2020 technical assistance and software updates will no longer be available and your computer will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses.  Microsoft recommend getting a new PC – but it is easy to update most computers to Windows 10 at an affordable cost – contact us for more information.

Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk 

42% of used hard drives sold through eBay still contain sensitive data – according to new research – 15% were found to contain personally identifiable information.  Selling old hardware via an online marketplace might seem a good option, but it creates a serious risk of exposing dangerous levels of personal data.  It’s critical to securely erase any data on drives before passing them onto another party, using the appropriate methods to confirm that it’s well and truly gone.

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Fraudsters targeting online gamers:  Action Fraud has seen reports, made mainly by parents on behalf of their children, of fraudsters who are taking advantage of Fortnite gamers who have seen an advert on a social media channel which claims that by following a web link and entering some information, they will receive free Vbucks (currency for the game).

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Steampowered.com have received increasing reports of scammers contacting victims over the phone and coercing them to purchase Steam Wallet Gift Cards to cover payment for taxes, bail, debts, or delivery of money won in sweepstakes- often posing as agents of official agencies.  Victims are urged to purchase Steam Wallet Gift Cards at a retail shop in their area. Once the codes have been purchased and activated through the retailer, scammers ask the victims to scratch the codes and read them over the phone.  Steam Wallet Gift Cards can only be activated on Steam. The associated value can only be used to purchase products such as video games, in-game items, software, and hardware.

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We register and renew domain names. We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads.  We design and program e-commerce websites – or simple websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  It’s a family business and we provide a personal service.

Any questions?  Ring us – advice is free.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102

Stay Safe Online May 2019

Stay Safe Online

Find details of the latest scams on www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Fraudsters targeting online gamers

Alert: Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in new sextortion scam

Victims report losing over £200,000, as fraudsters claim to be from TV Licensing

This is one of the emails:

Note the email address this came from:

TVLicensing™<[email protected]> <[email protected]>

whereas emails from the official authority are from [email protected]

I also received a scam email at the time that my licence was due for renewal from TV-License <[email protected]> asking me to renew at tv-license.co.uk/useragreement.php?id

Beware also of look-alike websites that offer official services – TVlicensing.co.uk have had so many complaints that they have posted this notice on their website:

We do not endorse Licence Plus (licenceplus.co.uk) or any sites offering TV Licensing services. There is no link between any of these sites and the official TV Licensing website: www.tvlicensing.co.uk.Licence Plus may charge you an additional fee for buying a TV Licence or changing your details. These are services that we provide for free.Some customers have reported to us that Licence Plus does not always carry out the service they promised, or there is a delay in doing so.

Rainford-IT are part of Strawberry Fields – Nominet Channel partners and Cisco network partners.  We manage our own servers, email, IT and website hosting.  We can fix most hardware – including I-phones and I-pads – and retrieve data.  A family business, we design and program e-commerce websites, we create videos, take professional photos, make bespoke music, write blogs, and create WordPress websites you can update yourself.  Any questions?  Ring us – advice is free.

www.rainford-it.co.uk           01948 840102