Is Biometric Authentication Only A Heartbeat Away? We’ve talked about biometric authentication protocols for many years now and a number of systems are available and working today. Some of the methods currently available are: Facial Recognition Fingerprint scanners Hand geometry scanners Retina and Iris scanners Voice Analysis Body Parts Become Passwords: Checking a user’s body […]
| Microsoft is in the process of releasing their new Windows 10 Operating System. This is an upgrade that you do not pay for, promises to fix problems with earlier versions, and claims to be more secure. They plan to upgrade a billion personal computers, causing inevitable confusion among PC users. The bad guys are exploiting these confusions in several ways, mostly through massive phishing campaigns and with criminal call-center operations which claim to be Microsoft tech support and try to charge you for the upgrade using your credit card.
Some campaigns will try to worry the user that their PC has changed somehow, causing access issues. Other phishing emails will try to lure the user with links where they can get their new “no-charge” version of Windows 10, or have it attached in a zipped file, which makes it our “Scam Of The Week”, because the attachment is the CBT-Locker ransomware. Unfortunately there are no limits to criminal inventiveness.
Be very careful with any email claiming to be from Microsoft about “your Windows 10 Upgrade”. Make sure that any links in the email really go to Microsoft. Better yet, do not click on any link or open any attachment, but go to the Microsoft website for more information. The ONLY Notification that Microsoft will provide about Windows 10 will be directly through your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer – they will never call or email anyone – ever! Here’s the link: www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade
We DO NOT recommend that you install Windows 10
on any work or business related systems.
None of the major software manufacturers have yet to announce that their software is compatible with Windows 10. The same applies to other hardware items such as printers, cameras, digital x-ray equipment and just about any add-on device currently deployed in your office.
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