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Microsoft takes a mulligan with Windows 8.1

Summary: Windows 8 landed in the rough, but Microsoft gets a second shot with the release later this month of Windows 8.1. For the past few weeks, I've been testing out the consumer preview on both a premium touchscreen laptop and a smaller, cheaper tablet. Is it enough to get Windows back in the game?

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IT Usage Tips

HOW TO IDENTIFY PHISHING SCAMS!

What is Phishing?

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

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Phishing e-mail messages take a number of forms. They might appear to come from your bank or financial institution, a company you regularly do business with, such as Microsoft, or from your social networking site.

1.Verify or update your account:

Businesses should not ask you to send passwords, login names, Social Security numbers, or other personal information through e-mail.

2.you have won a prize or lottery:

The lottery scam is a common phishing scam known as advanced fee fraud. One of the most common forms of advanced fee fraud is a message that claims that you have won a large sum of money, or that a person will pay you a large sum of money for little or no work on your part

“3.If you don’t respond within 48 hours, your account will be closed.”

These messages convey a sense of urgency so that you’ll respond immediately without thinking.

Tips to protect yourselves from phishing:

1. Don’t reply to, or click links within, emails that ask for personal, financial, or account information.

2. Check the message headers. The ‘From:’ address and the ‘Return-path’ should reference the same source. If necessary, look at the expanded header as some phishing use vulnerable email servers to rout their messages.

3. Instead of clicking the links in emails, go to the websites directly by typing the web address into your browser, cut and paste, or use bookmarks.

4. If on a secure page, look for “https” at the beginning of the URL and the padlock icon in the browser.

5. Use a browser that has a phishing filter (Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Opera).

6. If you ever need to change your account information, such as your billing details or your password, you should always sign in to your account from the main login page of your trusted network (i.e. your bank’s main website) and make the changes directly within your account.

Watch this space for more great tips

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Security Essentials is basically a good set-it-and-forget-it security program. Microsoft Security Essentials occupies a slightly different space than the rest of the security programs because it's the only one published by Microsoft, and, remarkably to some, it doesn't suck.

Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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Apple app Of The Week

Dropbox

The News24 iPhone app gives you breaking news and in-depth features on the go, complete with playable videos. Explore a wide range of video, pictures and stories covering sport, lifestyle, entertainment and extended weather, a full South African TV guide and a super trendy daily Horoscope.

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Android app of the Week

BBC News

Get the latest world and regional news from the BBC’s global network of more than 2000 journalists. From breaking news, to business, entertainment, technology, the arts and sport, all divided into clear sections, this free app lets you watch video reports, listen to live radio and read the latest updates wherever you are.

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Website Of The Week

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