Here you’ll find my miscellaneous rants n raves, as well as useful hints and stuff to make your computer and internet experience a good and safe one!
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If you experience any odd behavior on your computer…Reboot!
It’s the easiest way to remedy simple problems.
Keeping power-supply and computer fan intake grills clean helps keep them cool. Vacuum them 1-2 times per year.
Get a paper-shredder and SHRED ALL FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS before discarding in the trash. Critical account information could be sitting in your trash and ID thieves know it!
Online/Internet Purchases require you to send credit card info via the web. Be sure the web page starts with https:// shown in the address bar, and may also show a lock symbol. If the page starts with http://
Do Not Enter Any Personal or Credit Card Information
NEVER reply to an e-mail from any bank or financial institution instructing you to change your password. These are known as Phishing schemes.
Click here to see a real sample phish e-mail
NEVER open an e-mail attachment unless you are expecting it. Most Viruses & Worms infect the computer by opening the attachment, which executes the malicious code.
I’d thought I had heard it all, but now… you can’t even trust your Caller-ID!!
That’s right. Several methods exist to fake the Caller-ID that the recipient sees.
One online way is to use a pirate hacker web-site which, after login, prompts you for 3 phone numbers: Your number to call you on, the number of the call to be dialed, and the third number is the number of the caller ID you want displayed.
The system uses the telephone companys’ Caller-ID database and displays the caller-ID exactly the way the real call would if it had actually originated there. The computer places the call, and calls you back on your number, so it is completely untraceable.
Another method to spoof the caller-ID is to use a calling card type service like Spoofcard.com that allows you to dial into a toll-free number, enter your pin, the number to call, and the number of the caller-ID you wish to display.
Calls from Banks, Courthouses, and Credit Card Companies have all been faked, duping unsuspecting people to divulge bank, social security, and credit card numbers.
Beware of anyone calling you to verify credit card, bank, or other personal information. If you’re not sure… tell them you’ll call them back on their published number.