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
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
Scammers 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
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
Scammers 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):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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
You get them. I know you do. Calls on your cellphone from scam artists. Or, repeat calls about fantastic banking rates, travel offerings or prizes. Sheesh!
I got fed-up and created the contact ‘Ignore’ on my phone and assigned it the duck ring tone. I know now not to even look at my phone if ‘the duck quacks’. All of those solicitors phone numbers are associated to the contact ‘Ignore’. (Not really sure why I picked the duck ring tone. I have nothing against ducks.)
Anyone else have a scheme for ignoring these calls?
At Radar Hill, we wage the ongoing battle against spam. Displaying email addresses on websites is one way. Help us to test.
Spam is seriously eroding the productivity of Canadian knowledge workers. It’s also eating into the time and resources of IT departments, experts say. Continue reading