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The Evil Twin - Wireless Internet Connections
Author: Tim Taylor

Evil Twin Wireless Internet Connection

Do you use your computer/laptop at a wireless provider like a Starbucks or other coffee shop, restaurant or hotel? If you do, here’s some information you must know. The “Evil Twin” referred to in this title is a secondary wireless internet connection or router that your computer may be picking up at one of these locations.

These public places, as a courtesy and convenience, provide you with a wireless internet connection. Most laptops come with a built in card that will automatically detect the wireless connection available to you when you are at one of these locations. They will be listed (on most computers) under your Start Menu / Connect to / Show all connections.

It has been known to happen that people are putting up a secondary router or connection near a Starbucks or Hotel and giving it a similar name. So if you are in a Starbucks, for example, they may name their connection Starbucks1. You may unknowingly select this one and it may ask you to enter your credit card information. Now you have entered your credit card number and given out personal information. They may not ask for credit card information, but you are still vulnerable if you make purchases with your credit card or logon to your bank to receive your banking information.

Here’s what you can do to avoid this. If you are at a hotel and there are 2 or 3 connections listed under your Network Connections with similar names you need to go to the lobby and ask them what the correct one is so that you don’t log in to the wrong one.


Quick TIP: If you are using a public connection don’t log on to your bank account, or make purchases where you have to enter your credit card information.

Make sure you are getting on a legitimate wireless connection.

Or you can get a broadband card for your laptop. With a broad band card you create your own internet access. It is unlimited and more secure. You can access the internet from anywhere.

More information

Routers like Linksys / D-link default to themselves.

If you have already logged onto a Linksys named connection, XP will automatically connect you using their default name without giving you any other choices.

The default name on any Linksys is Linksys.
The default name on Netgear is Netgear.

If you are connected to one of these at home then when you go into a public place to use your laptop on their wireless network and it finds a Linksys or Netgear Network your computer will automatically log on using it.

The way to avoid this is to change the name of your home router and put a password on it.

Don’t keep the default name and don’t use the default password.


Spam E-mails
Author: Tim Taylor

 

SPAM

What is SPAM? When you receive email that you did not ask for basically, unwanted, unrequested emails they are considered to be SPAM mail.

These types of emails have gotten 60% worse in the last 18 months despite the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Click here for more information from the Federal Trade Commission. It basically establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them.

Spam Costs $8.9 billion dollars due to lost productivity (deleting messages).

One of our clients with 25 computers had 1 million SPAM messages in one month. With our SPAM filter if a message is suspected to be spam it will say “suspected spam” in the subject line.

Our spam filter blocks 98.5 percent of spam emails.

It gives you the option to deliver the message or white list the message which means you want to continue receiving email from that person.

Sending out Legitimate Emails:

Under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 you can send emails if you follow these guidelines:

Must be legitimate and not offer illegal products, not a scam or pornography
Must provide a legitimate mailing address
The company must identify itself
It must originate from a legitimate email address
The person has to have the ability to remove themselves from the email list (unsubscribe)

Call TaylorWorks for more information about SPAM filters for your organization: 407-971-8929.


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