Warning: Microsoft Email Phishing Scam
LightWire’s clients have seen a remarkable increase in ‘Phishing’ emails, specifically email messages that appear to come from Microsoft.
These scam email messages are targeting companies that use Microsoft’s Office 365 platform, and are designed to look like an alert coming from Microsoft’s systems, requesting that the user reset a password, confirm that their account should not be de-activated, or some other action that would ultimately result in a user providing the scammer with account information.
Here are two samples of what these phishing email messages might look like:
Microsoft would not send out email messages like this – if you receive one and are not sure if it is real or fake, ask your IT professional to take a look – whatever you do, don’t just click on it and provide your account information!
LightWire is thrilled to welcome Boston Collegiate Charter School (www.bostoncollegiate.org) as a new LightShield managed services client.
Ranked in 2015 as the 3rd best high school in Massachusets, Boston Collegiate has both a middle school campus and a high school campus. LightWire looks forward to managing Boston Collegiate’s IT infrastructure and assisting the school administrators and teachers in helping their students achieve amazing success in school!
Sometimes, even what seems like a simple problem on the surface can be challenging to solve; this where having a technology partner like LightWire allows you to focus on your business while we manage the technology. Recently a customer had problem where some of their computers were unable to connect to a shared printer on the print server. Most commonly this is due to security permissions or drivers but in this case those were not the problems, it was one of those “PC Load Letter” printer moments that could drive you crazy.
After reviewing all the normal culprits, I turned to the event log where, to my surprise, I could could see that the printer was tried to be accessed with credentials that were not valid. After doing more research there turned out to be a registry entry that had not been automatically removed properly which was causing this small subset of computers not to be able to connect to the print server. Once those were deleted, our customer was able to connect to all of the shared printers.
While we were troubleshooting, doing what we do best, they were focused on what they do best – running their business.
Recently I participated in a TweetChat with VMware and Alan Renouf, Senior Technical Marketing Architect for VMware. We discussed a wide range of topics including some of the tools that can help small to medium sized businesses leverage technology to reduce operating costs, implement disaster recovery and provide levels of redundancy that were not cost feasible in a physical world. If you want to learn more about virtualization and how it aligns to the goals of your business contact us using the form to the right or call (617) 395-8008 for a free consultation.
You can find a full recap of the #vSMBchat TweetChat here.
LightWire is a Boston based technology services business focused on bringing to small businesses across Massachusetts a level of technology expertise, experience, and sophisticated services historically accessible only to large enterprises.
On Wednesday March 27th, I will be joining Alan Renouf (@alanrenouf) for a TweetChat about virtualization options and best practices for small and medium sized businesses. You can follow along on your favorite Twitter client or at TweetChat.com starting at 1PM EST (10AM PST).
Here’s how to participate in #vSMBchat:
Follow @VMwareSMB, @alanrenouf and @jfrappier on Twitter
At 10AM PT @VMwareSMB will pose a few questions using the #vSMBchat hashtag to get the conversation rolling.
Follow the #vSMBchat hashtag (via TweetChat, TweetGrid, TweetDeck or another Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
Make sure to tag your tweets with the #vSMBchat hashtag.
This #vSMBchat should last about an hour.
The chat is open to all, or you can also RSVP ahead of time with Twitvite
More about Alan and Jonathan: Alan is a Senior Technical Marketing Architect at VMware focused on the automation and integration of VMware products. Alan is a frequent blogger at http://blogs.vmware.com/vipowershell and has a personal blog at http://virtu-al.net. Jonathan joins us with 12+ years in various IT roles at small to medium sized companies with up to 250 servers. He is a VCP5-DV and has been working with VMware in production environments since version 3.5.