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New Features for Outlook

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outlookOne of the perks about being part of Office 365 is that when they come out with new features, you can be the first to get them. Outlook is coming out (or has come out) with some nifty new features for the web client, desktop client and the Android/iOS clients.

Tech Tip: Spotting Malicious Links

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seccompOne of the best ways to prevent a nasty infection on your computer is to avoid going to a problematic web site from an email in the first place. But how do you tell if the link you’re looking at is not one you should visit? Avoid phishing scams and avoid malicious links by following some basic rules.

Tagged in: Email Internet Virus

Watch Out for Invoice Scams

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spamJust a reminder to keep an eye out for Invoice scams that are becoming increasingly common. Like any phishing scam (follow these tips to avoid phishing scams), it’s best to not open or click on anything in those messages. We’ve seen a few of these floating around lately that are pretty elaborate, to the point where the criminal doing everything in their power to look legit. We saw one not long ago where the crooks registered a domain very similar to the company’s actual domain (companyname.com vs companynames.com) and also looked up the names of the C-level officers for the company, and sent out fraudulent messages based on that, asking to authorize wire-transfer to XYZ accounts and make some online payments to a specific URL – neither of which were legitimate requests.

Long story short, stay vigilant, keep an eye out, and always verify verbally with the sender if things don’t feel right.

Keep an Eye Out for Phishing Attacks

Posted by on in Security

Malicious emails are on the rise. According to the recent reports from ProofPoint, there was a 85% rise in malicious emails last quarter compared to Q2, along with a 600% rise in phishing attacks using malicious URLs. Compared to 2016, malicious URL attacks have risen a whopping 2200%.

So what can you do to protect yourself from phishing scams? You can follow these tips, which we published a couple years ago, but they still hold true.

Tagged in: Email Security Spam Virus

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

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Microsoft Word 2013 logoA vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Word that could allow malware to get into your system. Microsoft is working on a fix or this, but for at least the next couple of weeks be especially vigilant if you receive a Microsoft Word attachment from someone that you don't know.

If you get a document from someone that you do know that you were not expecting, it is a good idea to check with them and make sure that they sent it. It only takes a minute to check versus the hours to clean up and the possible loss of data if something gets through.

This is a good reminder that it's a cruel digital world out there so definitely don't click on links or attachments from anyone you don't know, and view with suspicion any links or attachments from someone you do know that you were not expecting (especially those that are asking for you to pay an invoice or transfer money). WestonBlock and our antivirus software should block most of these but nothing beats plain old vigilance.

More technical info on the Microsoft Word vulnerability for those of you interested can be found here

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