How to Tell Whether a Security Message is Really From Microsoft
There are many phishing scams that pop up online and in your inbox pretending to be from Microsoft or other recognizable company names. If you receive an e-mail message that purports to be from Microsoft and requests that you send personal information or click links, do not respond. Do not click any links, do not click no, or ok. X out of the pop up. If it's an email, delete the email. Do not forward it. Microsoft does not send unsolicited email requesting personal or financial information.
- Microsoft does not need your credit card information to validate your copy of Windows
- There is no such thing as "The Microsoft Lottery"
- Microsoft does not send unsolicited communications about security updates
- Microsoft will not put a pop up on your screen saying Windows Security Alert, please scan now
Microsoft does send email messages to subscribers of their security communications when they release information about a security software update or incident. Cyber criminals have been sending millions of fake security communications that lure recipients to download spyware or other unwanted software. Others include a file attachment that contains a virus.
How To Verify a Legitimate Security-Related Email
- Legitimate notifications do not include software updates as attachments. Rather, they refer users to their website for complete information.
- Legitimate notifications are always published on Microsoft.com. Check the Security Updates page on Microsoft.com to see whether the information is listed there.
Other steps you can take to help protect your computer: Make sure you have up-to-date antivirus and antispyware programs installed on your PC. Call Integrated IT if you have any questions. If it looks suspicious, it most likely is a virus or spyware!
RIM Introduces FREE BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express
The new free BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software allows small and mid-size businesses to access their corporate email, calendar, contacts, and tasks as well as other business applications without compromising manageability or security. Express software will be provided free of charge and works with Microsoft Exchange 2010, 2007, 2003 and Small Business Server 2008 and 2003.
With more and more consumers buying smartphones every day, BlackBerry wanted to provide a cost-effective, secure enterprise-level solution for mobile connectivity for all employees no matter what size the company. Blackberry Enterprise Server will continue to be the recommended solution for businesses that require additional security policies, monitoring features, high availability, and Mobile Voice System.
Please contact us for more information on how to obtain BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for your company.