Free iPhone’s on Facebook…. Don’t be fooled.

     

Users on Facebook are being swamped with messages claiming that they have received free iPhones. These messages invite others to participate in a scheme to receive a free iPhone as well. What users don’t realise is that the messages are being sent by a number of applications that request access to their profiles & walls.
A free iPhone – ‘Yes Please’ .. it’s no great surprise that people want to take advantage of an unbelievable offer to a free iPhone

Well , don’t be fooled – this is what happens when you click the link….

Firstly , the application home page is displayed with the message “Click here for your FREE iPhone4”

 


Like any other application on Facebook , it requests permission to access your personal information and access to posting on your wall. You’re going to allow it for a free phone worth around £600 right?

Once the application has been given the permission to access, it congratulates you and request you take a survey to complete your transaction. The survey directs you to a website that also earns money for the spammers/hackers on a commission basis.


Are you ever going to see your shiny new iPhone4 ? Nope.. not a chance. All that will now happen is that your Facebook wall will fill up with messages telling everyone you have a free iPhone 4 and encouraging them to do likewise.

If you are one of the (un)lucky ones to register for a free iPhone4, goto your Application Security settings and remove the any of the applications listed below, and remember, you don’t get anything for nothing!:

  • ‘iSocial Network.’
  • ‘Safari for iPhone application’
  • ‘iWant’
  • ‘Mobile Networking’

“Microsoft Security Essentials” free to small businesses

Microsoft has announced that starting in October, it’s Security Essentials product will be available free to small businesses with upto 10 PC’s.

Security Essentials has a clean and uncluttered interface and incorporates antivirus and anti-spyware engines, rootkit protection, and real-time detection courtesy of Microsoft SpyNet, the cloud-based service that compares file behavior across computers. Since it was launched in September 2009, Security Essentials has been available free to users for single-PC use, but not to enterprise.

Download Security Essentials here :

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

See the Microsoft Press Release here :

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/sep10/09-22securityessentials.mspx

R4 cards deemed illegal by High Court

Following a high court ruling nearly 2 months ago, selling, importing or advertising R4 and R4i cards or other similar devices in the UK is officially illegal.

The defence used by Playables Limited and its owner, Wai Dat Chan, after the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa) ELSPA Intellectual Property Crime Unit highlighted the issue, was that the cards can be used for legitimate reasons, such as storing and playing home-developed games or for music. However, the court ruled that because the cards bypass Nintendo’s security systems they are unlawful and breached copyright. Sellers face criminal charges if they are found to be selling the cards.

Another Facebook Clickjacking attack…

If you see : OMG… This Guy Takes Revenge on His Ex-Girlfriend TOO FAR! Check out the PICTURES!

Don’t follow the link , and if you do – don’t click on any coloured boxes ! – it’s a new clickjacking attack on the loose. It’s affecting thousands of users and spreading like wildfire through their status updates.

The scam comes in the form of a status update containing a link with the words: “OMG This GUY Went A Little To Far WITH His Revenge On His EX Girlfriend.”

As with all similar scams, after users click on the link, they’re asked to go through a fake captcha-style mechanism to see any content.

The fake captcha asks you to click on two colored boxes, which are actually linked to Facebook’s Share and “Like” buttons, effectively causing users to “Like” the page, as well as post the aforementioned status update to their own walls.

It doesn’t appear that this clickjacking attack spreads malware, but it’s a clear case of spam, and thus annoying to most users. If you or someone you know fell for the trick, you are advised to remove the status update and the related links from your “Likes” section on your Facebook profile page.

Apple announces ITunes 10 with ping…

Apple has announced a new version of iTunes with ping ( Apple’s version of social networking ) , a new layout and a new logo.

 

 

The New iTunes  Logo

 

New layout….

 

 

 

 

Hereis  Apple’s press release  :

Apple Introduces iTunes 10 With Ping

Ping Social Music Discovery Now Available to 160 Million iTunes Users in 23 Countries

SAN FRANCISCO-September 1, 2010-Apple® today introduced iTunes® 10 with Ping, a new music-oriented social network for following your favorite artists and friends to discover what music they’re talking about, listening to and downloading. iTunes Ping lets you post your thoughts and opinions, your favorite albums and songs, the music you’ve downloaded from iTunes, plus view concert listings and tell your friends which concerts you plan to attend. iTunes 10 also features HD TV show rentals* for just 99 cents an episode and AirPlay wireless music playback.

“iTunes is the number one music community in the world, with over 160 million iTunes users in 23 countries, and now we’re adding social networking with Ping,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Ping you can follow your favorite artists and friends and join a worldwide conversation with music’s most passionate fans.”

Ping lets you follow your favorite artists to see what they’re up to, check out photos and videos they’ve posted, see their tour dates and read comments about other artists and albums they’re listening to. You can also create a profile on iTunes to let your friends know who you’re following, what you’re listening to and which concerts you’re going to. There’s no better way to discover new music than to find out what your friends are listening to, and Ping’s Recent Activity feed shows you their posts about artists, albums, songs and concerts, plus a consolidated Top 10 list of the songs and albums your friends and the artists you follow are downloading from iTunes. In addition to using Ping on your desktop computer, you can take it with you on your iPhone® or iPod touch®,** so you’re always plugged into your personal music scene.

With iTunes 10, you can rent your favorite HD TV shows commercial free from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America and watch them at home or on the go for just 99 cents an episode. Thousands of episodes are available, many the day after broadcast, to watch on your Mac® or PC, iPhone, iPod touch and the all-new Apple TV®, and you have 30 days from the moment you rent an episode to start watching it, and 48 hours after that to finish it.

iTunes 10 also features AirPlay wireless music playback to listen to your music on remote speakers using Apple’s AirPort Express® base station. In addition, AirPlay now works without AirPort Express, using speakers, receivers and stereo systems from companies including Bowers & Wilkins, JBL, Denon and iHome, so you can enjoy your entire iTunes music library wirelessly from any room in the house with no extra gear required.

iTunes 10 is available immediately as a free download at www.itunes.com.

The iTunes Store® has a catalog of over 14 million songs, over 65,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 movies including over 3,000 in stunning high definition video. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iTunes Movie Rentals, integrated podcasting support, the ability to turn previously purchased tracks into complete albums at a reduced price, and seamless integration with iPod®, iPad™ and iPhone, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

*HD TV show rentals require iOS 4.1, which is a free software update available via iTunes 10 or later for iPhone and iPod touch users. iOS 4.1 works with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touch. 99 cent HD TV rentals only available in the US.

**Ping for iPhone and iPod touch requires iOS 4 or later, which is a free software update available via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch users. iOS 4 works with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second, third and fourth generation iPod touch.

***Tour info for Concert pages is provided by Live Nation Entertainment, a provider of live recordings to iTunes.

End of Support for certain versions of Microsoft Windows

 

Support for a number of Microsoft Windows versions ended this year.

The products affected are :

  • Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server are now more than ten years old and support for these versions has ended entirely
  • Support for Windows XP will continue for a few more years; however Windows XP Service Pack 2 will no longer receive free security updates
  • Windows Vista Release To Manufacturing support has also now ended
     

If you’re using any of the products mentioned above, you won’t get automatic updates and fixes for any new issues. These include security updates that can help protect your business from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

There are a number of options available to you:

  • For Windows 2000 Professional upgrade to Windows 7
  • For Windows 2000 Server upgrade to Windows Server 2003 R2 or Windows Server 2008 R2. The latter will be supported until 2018, and offers many advantages, particularly in the areas of virtualisation, security and manageability
  • For Windows XP SP2 there are two upgrade options: upgrade to the latest Service Pack, SP3, or to a more recent supported version of the Operating System, such as Windows 7
  • For Windows Vista RTM upgrade to Service Pack 2, or to Windows 7
      

PR PC Support can help and advise on any windows upgrades – be it XP , Vista or Windows Server versions.
Goto http://www.prpcs.co.uk

Facebook Scams : Watch out for them

 Things like “Shocking hidden message on Coca-Cola logo, and other Facebook scams” and “Girl captured DEAD on Google Street View Captured by Google” trick people into adding rogue applications to their accounts.

These can then be usedto spread more of their scams. There’s an account which suddenly started advertising a scam page, even though the user hadn’t logged in for days. In other words, they hadn’t been socially engineered or clickjacked into posting this message.

Other versions of similar scams are “SHOCKING SATANIC Message In The Coca Cola Logo” If you see any of your Facebook friends posting these messages, and you click on the link you’ll be walking into a trap yourself and could soon be spreading the dodgy links to your online friends as well. And it’s not just hidden messages in Coca-Cola logos. The same Facebook users are being used to spreading messages about: Girl captured DEAD on Google Street View Captured by Google and 99 facts Guys wish Girls knew! <3 These are the 99 things all Girls MUST know about guys. These facts are 100% true and absolutely SHOCKING!!! Until more users learn to be suspicious of liking pages like this, and keep a closer eye on what installs itself on their Facebook page, these scams are likely to continue. If you’ve been hit by such an attack – check that your profile no longer “like”s any of these pages, and remove the right of suspicious applications to access your account. It also may be time to choose another password – make sure it’s a strong one.

PC Support Scams

PC Support Scams

If somebody calls your house and tells you there is a problem with your PC.. hang up.
There are a number of dodgy companies cold calling and getting people to beleive they have
a PC problem.

In the scam, teams at Indian call centres ring computer users claiming to be from a tech support company.
The computer users were then told there were problems with their PC, which could be fixed. They are told to download a program that handed over remote control of their computer so the caller could install “fixes”, the PC users were told of the £185 charge for subscription to “the preventative service”. But the “fixed” computers never had any problems, and the value of the service was dubious.
Check these stories out here :

http://www.digitaltoast.co.uk/supportonclick-systemrecure-scam

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/jul/19/police-crackdown-phone-scam-computer

Facebook users urged not to spread ‘Girl who killed herself’ computer virus warnings

Facebook users spread online suicide hoax
Users urged not to spread ‘Girl who killed herself’ computer virus warnings
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
06 Aug 2010

A hoax alert about a virus is rapidly spreading across Facebook according to security company Sophos. Sophos said a large number of people, hoping to help other users of the social-networking site, are forwarding the warning that an alert about a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall is infected with malware.Sophos said although there is no malware involved, it is alarming people. The situation is complicated further by cybercriminals creating Facebook pages that pretend to host pictures of the non-existent ‘girl’. These pages are more dangerous and designed to generate money by sending unsuspecting users to online surveys.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said: “Facebook users should always check their facts with a reputable source before sharing a virus warning with their online friends. “Scares like this can cause users to panic unnecessarily, and may mean that the public takes genuine virus outbreaks less seriously.”

Cluley has provided more information about the hoax on his blog. The hoax started with rumours on the internet in 2008 that a girl had killed herself. Cluley includes images of the message and pages linked to the hoax. The blog also gives some interesting background to the rumours of a girl’s online suicide.

Sophos has also set up a Facebook group, which warns of emerging threats on Facebook.The text of the current hoax reads as follows:

“WARNING: THERE IS A VIRUS GOING AROUND AGAIN, IF YOU SEE A GIRL WHO KILLED HERSELF OVER SOMETHING HER FATHER WROTE ON HER WALL DO NOT OPEN IT, IT IS A VIRUS AND IT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO DELETE IT, PLEASE PASS THIS ON BEFORE SOMEONE OPENS IT. (IT IS A SELF REPLICATING TROJAN)”