I know I keep harping on about this and that is I feel very strongly about this subject, too often I am contacted by customers who have been hacked or have their email identity used without their knowledge.
It is very easy to stop this, do not use such easy passwords, because making a password easy enough for you to memorise is also making it easy for hackers etc. to figure it out. So please make sure your password is safe, try use numbers and letters, try add a Capital letter in your password and maybe a special character like a # (hash) or a * (star) maybe an ! (exclamation mark), by mixing things up you reduce the risk of being hacked and make it almost impossible for someone to figure your password out.
Now I would like to talk about emails and what to look out for to try and prevent yourself from getting a virus.
If you get an email and it has an attachment tread cautiously now on most PC’s you cannot see if the attachment is a zipped file, an executable file or even a Doc, unless you understand your icons, so my tip would be to enable extensions.
An extension is a way to identify the type of document
- File.zip (Zipped File)
- File.doc (Word Doc)
- File.xls (Excel Spreadsheet)
This link here will show you many pages of common file extensions and it is good to familiarise yourself with the common ones. (http://www.fileinfo.com/filetypes/common)
Often Viruses will come within an email as an attachment, most like as a Zipped file, this is because it can get past the Anti Virus software. The what will happen if you have the ability to see the extensions you will see that the file ends with a .zip or even a .rar (which is also a zipped file). This should make you cautious about unzipping it, especially if it has come from someone you do not know or maybe UPS or some company claiming it is an invoice of some sort. Unless you are 100% sure, do not open this file. Because the last thing you want to do is open the file and then maybe run the contents of that Zipped file which in all probability is an executable file which will run a small program that injects a virus on your PC.
No Extensions on files below
So this is what you do: (Windows7 other versions may vary and a Google search could explain how you can Show Extensions on files)
1. Open your my documents
2. Click Organize >> Folder and Search Options (You will get a popup)
3. Click the View Tab
4. Remove the Check from the box highlighted in the image and Click Apply.
You will then see the files looking like this.
So there you have it a few tips to help you be safe at all times, and please if you are unsure please do not hesitate to get in touch I will help whenever need be, I think your email can wait until you are 100% sure, because the nasty virus will take over your PC and cost you a lot of money and at times hold you at ransom until you buy some sort of software to clear it away.
- Don't trust people asking for your bank details to give you money
- Don't trust emails asking you for personal details
- Don't trust emails telling you that your shipping invoice is attached
These are just general tips and if you are 100% sure that the email is safe then it is your call, all I can say is be cautious.