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August 1: Password Security Workshop

Skull and data

Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly. Remember when the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market?

But how can you protect yourself? How can you protect your accounts?

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Invitation: Password Security and Staying Safe Workshop

On Friday the 13th, join us for a talk and workshop on password security.

Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked, or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly? Last summer the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market. Continue reading

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Domain Renewal Scams: iDNS Canada

Letters from iDNS

Letters from iDNS

You may or may not have gotten a letter from a company called iDNS Canada (also known as Internet Domain Name Services). iDNS is a company that preys on people who don’t fully understand the domain registration service by sending letters in the mail about their expiring domain and requests payment. This scam is very similar to the one that went around last year by the Domain Registry of Canada (DROC). Continue reading

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Autumn Tips, Tricks & Shiny Stuff

leavesThe Halloween festivities are over, ghosts, goblins and ghoulish ghouls are creeping and crawling back into their crates, and it is time for this season’s collection of useful tips, reviews, and links of interest.
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Domain Suspension Notice Scams

Stock photo of a worried man on the phone, with credit card in hand and laptop in front of himScammers are getting more creative and sneaky everyday. They are always trying to find ways to trick you into clicking links and for the most part spam is obvious, but sometimes they make their emails look like other legitimate businesses such as eBay or PayPal. When you have your own website, the ones you really need to watch out for are domain scams. Continue reading

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Give and Take

Girl with giftWe are well into what some consider the real New Years – September, when so many activities and plans start fresh or get refreshed. We might give our time with a new push in our business, or a new volunteer activity. We may take a late vacation or a class to improve our knowledge. For this newsletter, here is our Give and Take.

Give:

Radar Hill is Cleaning House

Literally, we are going through our storage room and have unearthed many items that may be useful to someone else. These items are free to any Radar Hill clients, and we hope they can be of use: Continue reading

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How to tell if a suspicious email is legitimate

Button keypad spam with envelope icon. Internet concept.Recently a friend of ours received an ominous email, purportedly from Gmail, indicating that his email account would be shut down. How could you tell if it was legitimate?

Here is what he was sent: Continue reading

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Google Business Listing Scams

Stock photo of a worried man on the phone, with credit card in hand and laptop in front of himScammers are always trying new tactics to try and get money from people. It’s unfortunate that we have to deal with this on a daily basis, especially at businesses. A current scheme to watch out for are the Google Business Listing Scams, where you receive a phone call about your online listing verification with Google. Some things to note (no matter what they tell you):

  1. If they say your customers can’t find you online, they are lying. If you have a website, social media presence or even have your business listed on any online directory, your customers can find you.
  2. Real Google Verification phone calls will be an automated message from a phone call that you request, and they will only provide you with a code to enter into your listing. The call will not ask you to press any buttons or talk to any people. As a client of Radar Hill, we work this out for you and let you know beforehand, so you’ll know what to expect and when the phone call will happen.
  3. Claiming your business online through various services such as Google Listings, Bing, Yahoo!, Yelp, and many others is always free. If you need assistance with claiming these, contact your web provider!

Always keep an eye out and be cautious when answering calls from unknown numbers. If you are ever unsure about a website related phone call or email, always contact your web provider first!

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How To Take Care Of Text Message Spam

Examples of text message spam

Lately it seems that more and more spam is being sent out — not just to email addresses, but to mobile phones as well. The last few days have seen a huge increase in reports of text message spam coming from the number 999-999-9999.

If Telus is your mobile provider and you’ve been receiving them, you can report the messages by forwarding them to the number 7726. Continue reading

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Real Estate Domain Phone Scams

Nose-down shot of a telemarketer wearing a headset. Phone scams have been on the rise lately, especially in regards to domain names.Spammers and scammers have been trying extra hard lately to get your money. We’ve seen an increase in spam emails and phone scams around the world—probably due to spam not being as effective as it used to be, forcing scammers to send out even more in order to get the same return.

We’ve seen a lot of domain slamming—scams that target web domains—reported to our office in particular. Because the process of registering and maintaining a domain can be confusing and people don’t always understand it, it’s often easy for scammers to convince people that they’re a legitimate domain company. Continue reading

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Beware of Domain Renewal Scams: Domain Registry of Canada

Letters from DROC (Domain Registry of Canada)

Letters from DROC (Domain Registry of Canada)

A few years ago, a company by the name of “Domain Registry of Canada” sent out hundreds of letters to domain owners in hopes of scamming them out of money. Now they’ve come back, looking to get money from you by telling you your domain needs to be renewed or you’ll lose it. This is a scam!

Previously this company would mail letters to the address located on the domain registration, which for our clients is the Radar Hill address. This would allow us to ignore the scam and not worry our clients. However, this year they’ve started to mail letters to people based on the address on the domain’s website. Continue reading

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