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Kaspersky Internet Security 2018 Release Offer 50% off

Kaspersky Internet Security 2018

Well its that time of the year you have to check your calendar as the 2018 versions of many popular products hit the streets.  As a Kaspersky Affiliate I’m delighted to announce that you can get 50%, yes that’s 50% off Kaspersky Internet Security 2018.  Kaspersky software sits atop the PC Pro Magazine ‘A List’ for Internet security software and you can get this £34.99 product for JUST £17.49; Just click on that Box to the Top Right>>>

You can also get Kaspersky Total Security for the same 50% off, so only £19.99!!

This Award-winning security suite helps you safeguard your family and their privacy, money & precious memories. Whenever you’re online shopping, banking, surfing & socialising you need to make sure you’re safe from Internet attacks, infections & cybercrime.  It will also protect you from Ransomware like the recent WannaCry attack on the NHS and is available for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone & iPad

Kaspersky Small Office Security 40% Off

Small Business owners need not worry either as the highly flexible, multi seat ‘Small Office Security’ is also 40% off to protect you while you work

Kaspersky Small Office Security

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Kaspersky Small Office Security is designed for businesses running 5-50 computers, some servers and mobile devices. It works out-of-the-box and is managed from one easy-to-use cloud-based console – no IT skills are needed to use this powerful security tool and monitor security from any connected device you choose.

It protect you from online attacks, ransomware and data loss so you can get on with business:  A 5 user 1 year license is ONLY £111 (RRP £185) and provides cover for:

  • 5 Desktops
  • 1 Fileserver
  • 5 Mobiles
  • 5 Password managers

Supported platforms:

  • Windows desktops and laptops
  • Mac desktops and laptops
  • Windows-based file servers
  • Android smartphones and tablets
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Graphic of a 'Danger phishing scam' signRemember when phishing / spam mail consisted of ‘Nigerian’ princes wanting to give you money, or a lottery win you didn’t play in? I had a run on tax refunds even before I’d submitted my return! What happy times, the phishing spammers were playing on your wants, money mainly! Nowadays they are playing on your fears! Now its tax demands not refunds, notices of pending investigations and even speeding tickets! Of course the Phishers are still making the mistakes that make them easy to spot, as the two screen grabs below show:

Speeding, Moi……..Screenshot of received Phishing email

Well the obvious mistake here is it came by phishing email! Last time I, I mean a friend got a speeding ticket it came by post! With a photo, not a “We have photographic proof” statement. I of course was not in Stockport on the 9th, and I’d never think of doing 81 in a 25 zone, my car would be airborne on the speed humps! So not only a fail on the basics of making it seem like it could be me, but on the probability of doing 81mph at the start of rush hour!

Then there’s the techie bits, the URL from the ‘Examine’ link, the key bit the phishing is intended to make you click goes to <!!!ОШИБКА ШАБЛОНА: ШАБЛОН закрыт в ‘[%%’ и ‘%%]’ НЕ ПРАВИЛЬНО!!!http://vfw4914 .com/administrator/ backups/cvyi3q0x4ds7/qnlmj0w1.php%%]> (Just hover your mouse on a real phishing email to check link URLs). And whilst the grammar’s good, is not quite right!

Company Investigation Phishing email screenshotPhishing Exhibit B…..

Now this phishing email has slightly less going for it, whilst still playing on my fears and threatening they “can apply to the court to wind up the company and stop it trading.”  The basic problem is I’m not a registered company, but even if I was the same basic checks will show the phishing spammers for what they are.  The ‘Further Data’ link whilst not gibberish, does give a way the ‘malware payload’ location, wp-content/plugins/siteorigin-panels/settings/images/a3wxid/vkjya9i0.php>; The footer links are lifted from, with them even managing to lift a link to the ‘Wales’ section of!  The send email is <mail@localmail .com>, so if you watch your spam box you will also notice trends like this!

So phishing has passed through many changing trends and presently plays on your fears, in an effort to get those clicks that will come with malware attached, corporate targeted Phishing is still trying to get those precious login credentials, and whilst outside the corporate world it may be more subtle in its message, it can still be easily spotted!

Here are WHICH?’s 7 steps to spotting spam

How to spot a scam

  1. Contacted out of the blue?
  2. Is the deal too good to be true?
  3. Asked to share personal details?
  4. Pressurised to respond quickly?
  5. Are the contact details vague?
  6. Grammatical or spelling mistakes?
  7. Are you asked to keep it quiet?
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How many times you’ve been told; “Don’t leave the user name as the default“, or “change your password“? Well if you have not followed that sage advice prepare for a Hack Attack!

First up I got an email from my website security tool, part of which is below:

A user with IP address has been locked out from the signing in or using the password recovery form for the following reason: Exceeded the maximum number of login failures which is: 10. The last username they tried to sign in with was: ‘admin’
User IP:
User hostname:
User location: Nanning, China

I’ve only just started using this particular tool so it was good to see it working, the follow up had a bit more detail about the hack attempt, again an extract is below:

Blocked IP address report

So as you can see, someone has tried to login to my website with the username ‘admin’, and I guess a selection of passwords, or pa55w0rds, or PassWords (you get the idea I’m sure), until my system blocked them out. If I didn’t have this system they may have happily carried on until they cracked it, which as many hackers use user/password combinations available from leaks such as the Sony or Adobe hacks, then it’s another example of why you should not re-use passwords either!

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Here is some vital information about the new Distance and Doorstep Selling Regulations courtesy of Simply Docs. Simply Docs is a great document repository for all sorts of business forms and information that can save most business a lot of time and leg work and it’s the first place I found the rule changes explained in simple terms!

I recommend you check it out if you sell goods or services from anywhere but from a bricks and mortar shop, here’s an extract but the full details are on Simply Docs

New distance and doorstep selling rules, applying to business-to-consumer transactions are set to take effect on 13th June 2014, meaning that a number of traders including those dealing with goods, services and digital content will need to update their terms of business.

The rules, derived from EU legislation (the 2011 Consumer Rights Directive), make changes to existing requirements concerning cancellation or “cooling-off” periods and information requirements and are geared towards increasing and enhancing consumer protection.

If your business sells to consumers via e-commerce, other methods of distance selling such as call centres or mail order, or doorstep sales then you will need to check your processes and terms of business to ensure that you are complying with the new rules. The following list details some of the key actions that you will need to consider.

1. Use updated form of Terms and Conditions.
2. Make sure customers have all necessary pre and post-contract information.
3. Delivery of goods without undue delay.
4. Use of new statutory model cancellation form.
5. E-Commerce – making it clear to the consumer that ordering incurs an obligation to pay.
6. E-Commerce – no more pre-checked boxes that incur costs.
7. Customer Service Telephone Helplines – Say No To 0870!

Full Info on simply Docs

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Are you still using Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or other ‘free’ service for your business email?  Well Google research suggests you should think again and make the very minor investment in a Professional email address!  The extract below (from itproportal) speaks for itself, and if you want to find out how cheap and easy setting up Domain based email  (@yourbusiness…….) is, or any of the other cloud services mentioned below, just get in touch.

Google touts the following tips for budding new entrepreneurs:

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  • Starting a business – after getting a professional email address, 60 per cent of young business owners saw an increase in customer engagement after they got a professional email address, and 42 per cent saw an increase in sales
  • Building a business – 81 per cent of young business owners said that online file sharing is critical to their businesses; 73 per cent said that accessing email and documents from a mobile device helps them to close more sales
  • Succeeding in business – 81 per cent of young businesses said they expect their companies to grow in the next year, and of that group, 69 per cent said part of the growth is due to their use of cloud productivity technology

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