Emails

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Here in Bridge PC Repair we are always telling our customers about the importance of a good, strong password.

I recently read somewhere that around 70% of all internet users use the same password across multiple website accounts; this is actually quite alarming considering that if a hacker does manage to get the password to one of your accounts they may then have access to more than just that account. A recent online study has also revealed that some of the most commonly used passwords are “password”, “123456” and “12345678”. No wonder hackers find it so easy to gain access to our accounts!

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Fake Windows 10 Upgrade Emails Point to Ransomware

blue-wallpaper_windows_10_hd_2880x1800Microsoft is currently rolling out its latest operating system, Windows 10, as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Cybercriminals are capitalising on this news by distributing dangerous ransomware via fake Windows 10 upgrade emails. The emails claim that you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free by running an attached installer.

The emails have no connection to Microsoft. They use a spoofed email address to make it appear that Microsoft sent them. They also feature a colour scheme that emulates that of genuine Microsoft messages. To further the illusion of legitimacy, the criminals have included a fake status message that falsely claims that the emails have been scanned for viruses and found to be clean.

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Get Smart Online

Scam AlertScams have always been a part of using the internet, between bogus websites or bogus software e.g., registry cleaners etc., there’s never been any shortage of scams out there.

I’m sure we’ve all received an email from a Nigerian prince who wants to deposit a few billion into our accounts and then give us a few million for our troubles! But lately there seems to be even more scams popping up and systems being hacked which could lead to valuable information being stolen. So this blog is all about letting you know what to do to avoid anything like this happening to you. . Continue reading

Eircom.net email user? Get rid of it!

 

Eircom WebmailHey guys,  after the week we had last week, I decided to write this blog about email accounts and more specifically, eircom email accounts.

 

From Tuesday night last week, my phone was hopping with calls from eircom email account holders (350,000 accounts in Ireland) about not being able to receive or send emails or from users who use Microsoft outlook to access their eircom accounts, they were being asked for their password.  The problem took about 2 days to be rectified with some customers being without email access for up to a week. This is just not acceptable any more. Continue reading