Lethal here with a Special Announcement Cyber Security Warning hot off my RSS feeds! You can ignore this at your own peril but I felt it was SO important as to warrant my taking time out to create this CYBER SECURITY ALERT!


BReaking News Special Announcement

A ‘Microsoft’ email you should avoid at all costs!

By now, you’re no stranger to phishing emails. These are scam emails that look like they’re from legitimate companies or people. However, they’re really from hackers trying to trick you into opening a malicious attachment or visiting a malicious website.

An email making the rounds today is no exception. This one, which has the subject line “Security,” claims to be from the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, which is a real division of Microsoft. The email even includes the real Microsoft and Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit logos.

The body of the email tells you that you need to validate your email address with the Digital Crimes Unit to receive the latest security updates from Microsoft. To do this, so it says, you have to download and run the email attachment called Microsoft_STF_install.zip.

Of course, if you do download and run the attachment, you’re installing a virus on your system. This will open up your computer to hacker control and other malware. So, don’t do it!

The rules to avoid being tricked by email like this are simple:

• Don’t click on links or download attachments in email from people you don’t know.
• Don’t click on links or download attachments in email from people you DO know if it looks fishy (or phishy in this case). It’s best to verify with the person who sent it.
In this case, Microsoft performs all updates through Windows Update. It will never send you an attachment to download and install.
• Don’t click on links in Facebook that look out of character for the person posting them – or that promise something out of character for Facebook.
• Don’t click on links or download attachments in email from companies, even ones you do business with. Visit the company’s site manually or give them a call.
• Don’t visit shady websites. Especially don’t give them personal information or download files from them.


About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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  1. lethalleprechaun says:

    Lloyd in my house according to Molly most days all I have to be doing to be in trouble is breathing!

  2. Lloyd says:

    All very good advice, Lethal. I’m no newcomer when it comes to computers. I started way back in the CP/M days when we were all writing our own kernels and I was once a BBS hub long before the internet. Still, late at night when I’m clicking through my email, I’ve nearly fallen victim to one of these scams on more than one occasion. Answering your email is like driving a car. You have to be honest with yourself. If you’re too impaired to give it your full attention…..don’t do it! Just take a another drink and go to bed…..preferably your own. Otherwise you might still be in trouble.

  3. kelevadom says:

    Thank you – I’m fowarding it to my members.

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