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Phishing Resources

Phishing and ransomware are the two big ticket items in cybercrime. It seems many people still don’t know what to look for to determine if an email is legitimate or if it’s fraudulent. Here are some links to help educate yourself and others about phishing emails.

How To Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams – FTC.gov
Protect yourself from Phishing – Microsoft.com

I’d also like to add that account takeovers and ACH / payroll fraud have also seen a huge jump. Email is not a good conduit to conduct financial transactions. Avoid using email to send any account or banking information. Use email encryption if you need to send sensitive information via email.

Tesla Referral Link

I’m posting my Tesla referral link for clients, friends, family or anyone else that might be interested in Tesla products. I’ve become quite educated on the Model S, Solar Roof, and Powerwall products. If you are interested or have questions about these products feel free to contact me. – Ryan Leed

https://ts.la/ryan76491

Microsoft Defender Offline Scan

There are times when malware can be so embedded in a system, then even a full scan will not be able to fully remove the malicious files, or worse yet, finds nothing at all. For those cases, running an “offline” scan is recommended or in any case where you need more confidence in clean bill of health from your antivirus software. This feature is built into Windows 10, but Microsoft also makes it available as a stand-alone product. I recently had a request to provide a clean bill of health for a system. I used it to perform a full system scan and provide the scan results to ensure the system was free of malware.

Here is a link to Microsoft’s Defender Offline page

T-Mobile 5G in Tucson

I had the opportunity to test the new T-Mobile 5G Home Internet service. The 5G/LTE wireless gateway (manufactured by Nokia) is included for free when signing up. Cost is $50 a month with autopay. If you’re looking for an alternative to your current provider, I would recommend giving the T-Mobile Home Internet service a try. They do have an address qualification to make sure they have good coverage in your area. Here’s the link to the eligibility checker.

https://www.t-mobile.com/isp/eligibility

If you have slow or unreliable service with your current provider, cellular is a proving itself to be a viable alternative for some. With an average signal of 3-4 bars out of 5, download speeds were between 200-300 Mbps download. That’s fast enough to outpace DSL, basic cable and most fixed wireless. Only upper-tier cable plans have more bandwidth, FttH is still a long a way off in the old pueblo.