Received an empty email? It’s likely to be a scam

On average, over 8 billion scam emails are sent in the US every day. This includes empty email scams. The goal is to check whether your email account is active before starting a conversation. Scammers then attempt to convince you to hand over personal info such as bank details, passwords, or company logins.

What can I do to avoid these types of scams?
1. Adjust your email settings to block messages that contain no content.
2. If you do open a blank email do not reply or engage any further.
3. Check the details of the sender and report that email address as spam.
4. You can always contact the apparent source directly through their website.
5. Don’t ever click on links in emails from unknown senders.

So, how do empty email scams actually work?
1. Scammers send out emails containing no content, often with a short subject line. The sender will appear as a trusted source such as a bank or organization.
2. The emails are often able to bypass spam filters because they don’t contain any phishing links or malware — yet.
3. Once the email is delivered, they know your account is active. Next comes a follow-up message attempting to engage you in a conversation.
4. Phishing links in the second email will attempt to get you to hand over your personal information like bank details, passwords, or company logins.

Windows 11, don’t trust it…

Windows 11 is out but I would still use Windows 10 as long as possible (even windows 7). Like 10, it is full of advertising and teaser software that are on the verge of being Malware!  11 can’t be setup or installed without an Internet connection now. You MUST have a Microsoft account so MS can spy on you and track your movements. Every technology and “social media” corporation is trying to control what you see and sell, sell, sell… Microsoft is no longer the safe platform that Windows XP and 7 were. But hey! Windows is FREE, so there is no expectation of privacy or honesty. This is the dystopian future where “big brother” and the corporations control everything.

I suggest you create a brand-new Outlook email address when setting up 11 and fill it was bogus info about yourself.

Solid State Drives can save old laptops!

How would you like your PC or laptop to run 10 times faster? Solid-state Drives have come way down in price. The SSD is nearly as fast as your RAM memory. Computer First can install Windows 10 on a SSD and WOW what a difference in speed. It can breathe new life into old slow laptops. They are also more reliable because SSD's have no moving parts like old slow mechanical Hard Drives. This is really important in laptops that are moved around a lot.

Netflex documentary – “The Social Dilemma.”

Everyone should watch the new documentary on Netflex – "The Social Dilemma." It fuses investigative documentary with enlightening narrative drama. Expert testimony from tech whistle-blowers exposes our disturbing predicament: the services Big Tech provides-search engines, networks, instant information, etc.-are merely the candy that lures us to bite. Once we're hooked and coming back for more, the real commodity they sell is their prowess to INFLUENCE AND MANIPULATE us. FAKE news spreads faster than TRUTH.

Society is manipulated by Google and Facebook

An eye-opening documentary, The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle – hence powerful – manner in which they do it.
The Creepy Line is a title culled from the words of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, when during a 2010 interview he explained Google’s code of conduct: “The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it.”

The Creepy Line takes the conversation about data privacy and control further than ever before by examining what Google and Facebook do once they control a user’s data. Not only is this data sold to the highest bidder, but it is used it to mold, massage, and manipulate the public consciousness while influencing opinion on a vast scale – all with the goal of transforming society to fit their worldview.

Warning! – Microsoft One Drive

Microsoft One Drive is not your friend. Once activated, It will hijack all your documents and pictures and music. When it runs out of the free 5g space, it will limit your ability to view your files. It is very hard to restrain or disable. I have done a "restart" to windows 10 so I could disable it on the first login. Use "Task Manager" to disable One Drive on first setup of Windows 10. You can always activate it later if you wish…  NOT!

Google Drive is much friendlier.and it will not affect how Windows works.

Need more LOVE

With all the bad political behavior, the world needs a little more Love!

Telemarketing calls could be Eliminated!

Do you get a 100 telemarketing call per day?  Does your Caller-ID show a local phone number, but the caller is foreign? This is called “Spoofing” and it can be stopped by your network provider. They have little interest in correcting this problem because it will cost money.

The Federal Government could protect us all from Telemarketers, spam, and spoofing by enacting laws to direct providers to filter and correct these issues. China filters and protects their citizens from the World Wide Web threats (and Google, lol); the technology is there to protect us too. Congress is simply too focused on By-partisan fighting to allow time for real governing.

I would say call your Congressman, but the national media networks now determine public opinion.  So, go to social media and your local news channels to influence public opinion and thus pressure Congress to make changes.

Windows 7 no longer supported?

Now that Windows 7 is reaching the end of its life and will no longer be supported by MicroSoft, it is time to make a decision about that older laptop / desktop. Many computers still have years of life left in them and can be upgraded to Windows 10 without paying MicroSoft for a license. Call Computer First and we will help you decide to upgrade or purchase new equipment.

You still have some time; Windows 7 will continue to work after the Nov./ Dec. 2019 end date.

How Did “Antivirus Pro” Infect My PC?

How Did “Antivirus Pro” Infect My PC? There's actually a number of ways this annoying/dangerous little bugger got on to your PC, but the most common, is from downloading & sharing music from torrent related websites, or visiting other sites that ask you to install javascripts to watch certain videos etc. Plainly put, Spyware creators are smart and its a hard job to defend yourself at all times.

Antivirus Pro is a fake antivirus program (rogue antispyware software). Antivirus Pro 201X uses system warnings and alerts, pop-ups, false scan results in order to trick you into buying the software. The scareware does not offer any protection to computer! Once Antivirus Pro 201X installed, it will automatically start every time Windows is started. Once running, Antivirus Pro 201X will scan your computer and display false scan results that state the PC is infected with a lot of Trojans and viruses. All these scan results are fake! These infections do not exist on your computer, so you can safely gnore them. Call Computer First Onsite 812-282-6440 


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