Nov 272015
 

BY TOM SLAUGHTER – OWNER OF EARTH OASIS COMPUTERS

The holidays are upon us and the scammers, con artists and the just plain crooks are in full force. How do they hope to steal your identity and your money. Here is one way.

We all know how traditional fishing works. You get out your rod & reel, and then head for a nice fishing spot. Then the choice becomes “which of my lures should I use?” Or maybe you are old school and like using bait.

Once you pick your bait, then what. All you need are some fish who will bite!

PhishingOnline scammers are nothing more than fishermen. Except in the computer business we call them “Phishermen.” And who are the fish or in this case “phish” they are looking to catch. That would be you chump!

I don’t know about you, but the thought of being some malcontents chump or in this case “phish,” is not something I desire – quite the contrary.

Let’s define “Phishing” for you. Wikipedia defines “Phishing” as “the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

So, how to avoid being a “phish?” The most important ingredient is a healthy dose of good old fashioned skepticism. As wonderful as the Internet and email are, they are rife with Phishermen, looking for phish who will take the bait. You must educate yourself with the knowledge of how these criminals are looking to catch you and then use your healthy skepticism to make sure you are not being hooked.

If you head over to my knowledge base at “kb.earthoasis.com” – I’ve created a page with links to several articles on phishing and how to avoid being a victim of one of these scams.

 

Ronnie Reboot

 

November 27th, 2015

 Posted by at 11:06 PM
Aug 112012
 

Ronnie RebootIn the Wild West of the late 1800s, everyone knew you must – always – be on the watch for ruffians and outlaws. Walking down the street of an old western town, there could be a bad guy around any corner.

Today’s Internet is like the Wild West. There are snake oil salesmen, gunslingers and horse thieves aplenty. If you’re going to ride the Wild Web, you better be prepared to run into more than a few bushwhackers.

So what’s my advice to keep you safe? The most important thing in my mind is to start with the proper attitude. I will explain my attitude.

wildwestThe Internet is one of the most fantastic inventions of modern times. Being able to do all the things I can do with it and having access to so much information at my fingertips is unbelievable. At the same time I’m bummed every day when I have to sort through so much junk email. I wish the idiots who send out so much junk would put their energy into something productive for society.

If we accept that anything good like the Internet is always going to attract the dregs of society, what then should be our attitude? Here is mine….

  • The Internet is an incredible tool. Being able to send a message to another part of the planet in an instant. Wow!
  • I’m not going to let the malcontents, charlatans and bushwhackers ruin it for me.

We must all adopt the following practices.

  1. I’m not going to be naive, how about you? The Internet is like the Wild West. We haven’t figured out how to tame it yet. For those of you who think you can click on anything and that every email you get that looks legitimate is… you can’t and they are not. Deal with it! Don’t be a fool.
  2. Educate yourself on the different types of falsehoods and threats that exist. A good place to do that is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware
  3. When surfing the Web or going through your email, you need to be skeptical. I call it “healthy paranoia.” Be on the lookout or don’t be surprised if you get bushwhacked.
  4. Make sure your computer and mobile device is up to date with the latest security patches and that you have the proper protections installed (Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware.)
  5. If you think because you use a Mac you are immune, wake up and stop drinking the Kool-Aid. I will address this issue in a future post.
  6. Find a trustworthy computer person…someone you can call if you’re not sure about something. A quick phone call can often prevent an embarrassing, frustrating and sometimes costly fix.

As always, Earth Oasis Computers is at your service to help you navigate the Wild Web. With a little education and some healthy skepticism, you can safely partake in all that this New Frontier has to offer.

Ronnie Reboot

 

August 2012.

 Posted by at 12:43 AM