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Over the next 6 months, BeyondTech is donating to needy folks complete computer systems including 15” monitor, keyboard, mouse with MsWin software, but no printer or scanner.  Let me know who you think might be deserving of this service and why.  The person or family must live in south, southwest or southeast Denver Metro area.

  Note: these computers are internet ready, but will NOT facilitate dial-up internet.

The receiving party must be willing to acquire a high-speed internet service that basically costs approximately $30.00 a month through Qwest, Earthlink & AOL.  One system a month is being donated  BeyondTech will do the installation too, at no cost to them, however, the only stipulation is:   a high-speed internet access hook-up.

BEWARE! Phony Microsoft Emails

There are some very bad guys out there who are sending emails stating:"Important Message from Microsoft"

Firstly, Microsoft does not have a policy to mail to internet users, unless you are already in a previous communicative relationship involving fees and that names a specific contact person beforehand.  So, never, ever, open an random email from Microsoft

Secondly, DO NOT OPEN THE EMAIL.  Immediately delete any email stating it’s from Microsoft, e.g.: “Message From Microsoft” – opening the email will cause imminent problems to your machine and hardships to your bank accounts – opening the email will download a program named VIRUS PROTECT PRO.

 Virus Protect Pro (or VirusProtectPro 3.3) and WinAntivirus Pro and PestCatcher are the latest counterfeit anti-spyware software.  The evil SmditFraud Variants usually installed themself onto your PC, without your permission, as a Zlob.Trojan Virus or fake software.  Virus Protect Pro will display fake system alerts: “VIRUSES AND SPYWARE ARE FOUND ON YOUR MACHINE”, then it will trick user to buy the Paid Version of Virus.  You are held hostage until you go to the site and enter your credit card number and other personal info.  If you do, you’re done-in - you’ve given your info to some crook in Russia or Croatia who will spend your retirement funds on stolen cars and wanton miscreants in Bolivia. 

The name of the Spyware is: SMIDTFRAUD . . . if you have regularly updated your Antivirus and Spyware, as I’ve instructed over the years, these products will catch SMIDTFRAUD – if not , you are subject to costly heartache and headaches.

BEWARE! Criminal Websites: Phishers

It is very easy for a person with evil intentions to clone a real website or to virus-infect your computer to make it a host for a criminal website - it costs them nothing but a little time to do this. These criminal websites come in many forms: they are called Phishers.

Phishers will:

1) try to steal your identity  2) maintain fraudulent online shops, 3) provide tempting content that contain viruses or spyware, and 4) contain illegal or pirated content, and/or 5) promote worthless investments or get-rich-quick schemes.

Phishing” is a scam; it starts by criminals sending email to thousands of unsuspecting folks, like you!

These emails pretend to come from trusted organizations, banks, credit card companies, online shops and auction sites. These email messages usually contain compelling (but bogus) reasons to click on an embedded link in the email.

Clicking on the link takes you to a criminal website that looks exactly like the real thing – like your bank or credit card, but, it’s a fake. In fact, it’s really a site resembling (mirroring) the original site, designed to trick you into entering your personal information such as a password or credit card number.

These fake emails usually have the following characteristics: A call for a sense of urgency - “act immediately your account may be closed”; a request for your user name, password or banking details.

Here are some other clues that might give away a fake: There should be a physical address, a phone number or an email contact. Send an email or phone them to establish whether they really exist.

The website’s address may be different from, or perhaps there are extra characters or numbers and words in the web address.  Right-click on the hyperlink, and selecting “Properties” reveals a link’s true destination and extension.

Look for .com.net .org

www.beyondtechnology.net    would be a legit site

www.beyondtechnology.80111.cz     would be bogus

Remember, when you are on the internet, you are logged onto the World Wide Web (www) and many bogus sites are overseas, disguised as legit ones.

Look for extensions from countries like: Bermuda (bm) Czech Republic (cz) Namibia (na) Russia (ru).

A Colorado bank would have a .com, not an .ru extension.

You can find country extensions at:

http://www.domainit.com/domains/country-domains.mhtml

In the browser window, look for the padlock or HTTPS:// at the beginning of the web address. HTTPS signifies you are it is using a secure link.

Never judge a website by its appearance. It is easy to create flashy, professional-looking sites and it is easy to steal other people’s web page designs and $$. Be wary of sites that are advertised in unsolicited emails from strangers ? those that that promise easy profits and avoid sites hyping investments, stocks or gold shares. Some schemes involve receiving money for other people and payments in advance.

Finally, you can find the status of a suspicious site by going to Alexa.com and entering the site address there, and Google search to see if anyone has had any problems with a suspicious-looking website.

Be Cautious, and Happy Computing!!

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