Month: March 2018

Categories: Technology

We usually see this term on the internet. But do you have any idea what “phishing” is?

Phishing is an online fraud in which a fraudster is disguised as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Some hackers create phishing emails containing malicious links or attachments that can perform a variety of functions, including the extraction of login credentials or account information from victims.

What Does Phishing Email Look Like?

As mentioned earlier, cybercriminals pretend to be members of reputable corporations. They will send you emails with malicious links. Although cybercriminals can fake the emails, you can spot the differences between emails of the legitimate corporations and the fake ones. Often poor grammar, sentence structure and spelling are clear signs of possible deception and a good understanding of English grammar would help you avoid the bait of the fraudsters.

 

Don’t trust email with grammar issues

We don’t want to sound like grammar nazis. However, most of the time, spam emails and phishing mails have poor or distorted grammar. In a blog post on Microsoft (official website), it shows a sample of an email from a phishing scam. A suspicious email has lots of misspelled words and bad grammar. Come to think of it, big companies are strict when it comes to sending letters. Before releasing a copy, it should undergo a QA, and should be proofread by editors to ensure no errors.

 

Don’t Click The Link

Spammers (those who are practicing Black hat SEO) and fraudsters love inserting links to achieve their agenda. What you can do to avoid their tricks is, avoid clicking the links, especially if you doubt the intention of the letter. If you find yourself curious about the link provided, rest your mouse (but don’t click) on the link (or it could be hyperlinked words or paragraph) to check if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.

Don’t be intimidated by fear and threats

Con artists love intimidating people so they can manipulate them. Usually, they send email telling users that their security has been compromised. The best way to avoid this, is to ignore it and don’t reply nor click a link.

 

Scam Artists Imitate Popular Sites and Companies

To convince you that their emails are from the legit companies, they will use the logos (without permission) and web addresses that resemble the names of well-known companies but are slightly altered. So again, check the body of the mail, but don’t reply or click anything without checking the links.

Spotting a phishing email

  • Look carefully at the email address. Check if it has numbers in it, or seem odd in any way. Check the phone number. If something suspicious, don’t continue checking the link. Usually, big corporations emails have no numbers.
  • Zoom in the logo and look closely. Compare the logo to those used on the company’s official website.
  • If the content looks rushed and lots of grammar errors, don’t trust it.
  • To check the links without clicking, hover the mouse over the link, or copy the link address into a Word Document. If it doesn’t match to the official page, then, it is a scam mail.

There are two types of phishings:

Spear phishing – an online communication scam targeting a specific individual, organization or business. It intends to steal data for malicious purposes. Most of the time, online scammer intends to install malware on a targeted user’s computer.

Whale phishing – Its target is wealthy, powerful, or prominent individuals. The term “whale” describes the victims belong to prominent class.

Aside from emails, cybercriminals also use phones to bait victims. They could offer you  to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they’ve gained your trust, they will ask your user name and password or ask you to go to a website to install software that will let them access your computer to fix it. Once you do this, your computer and your personal information are vulnerable. If you have received calls, be skeptical. Do not provide any personal information.

Although it is advisable to ignore sketchy offers and emails, experts are encouraging us to report a phishing scam. If you receive a fake phone call, take down the caller’s information and report it to your local authorities.

Categories: Seasonal

“Who runs the world?” There are many women that have proved gender has nothing to do with talents. In the month of March, we celebrate the special day for every woman in the world.

On March 8, it is a day to look back at the progress made and celebrate acts of courage and determination of the greatest women in the history.

This 2018, in celebration of International Women’s Day, we have listed some of the most powerful women rocking the technology industry.

Top 5 Powerful Women in 2018

1. Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook

Sandberg is the Facebook COO, the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. In 2012, she was listed in Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

She became the chief of staff of the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and was later employed at Google, serving as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations.

She published the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” Her book explores issues such as feminism and sexism in the workplace. The book also discusses the social and personal barriers encountered with gender equality in the professional world. The book earned positive reviews from the critics, thus, it topped bestseller lists and sold more than one million copies.

A recent report suggests Sandberg’s net worth is over US $1 billion.

2. Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube

Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of the video-sharing website Youtube. She was appointed in February 2014.

She joined Google in 1999 and worked as the first marketing manager and soon became senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce.

Wojcicki earned her bachelor’s degree in history and literature at Harvard University, graduating with honours in 1990. Her original plan was to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and work in academia. However, she became more interested in technology.

She supervised Google Video for some time. Later on, she proposed that the company acquire Youtube (which at the time was a small startup).

Originally, her plan was to pursue a Ph.D. in economics and work in academia but changed course when she became interested in technology. In 1999, she joined Google as their first marketing manager and worked her way up to senior vice president of Advertising and Commerce.

3. Ginni Rometty – CEO, IBM

Ginni is the first woman who serves as Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM.

Since 1991, she took over important roles at the company and was appointed CEO and President in October of 2011.

She has been featured in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” She held the top spot on the list in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Forbes magazine named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful People” in 2014

4. Meg Whitman – CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Meg Whitman is the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, an American multinational enterprise information technology company. Meg was named 20th in Forbes’ 2014 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Just like Rometty who held important roles at IBM, Whitman has a long and varied career as well, serving as an executive for numerous high-profile companies.

She was vice president of strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company during 1980. She also worked for DreamWorks, Procter & Gamble, and Hasbro in the 90s. Then from 1998 to 2008, she served as president and chief executive officer of eBay.

5. Marissa Mayer – CEO of Yahoo!

Marissa serves as the current president and CEO of Yahoo! since 2012. Before working at Yahoo!, she worked at Google as an executive and spokesperson for over a decade.

In 2013, Marissa was recognized on the Time 100 list. In 2014, Fortune magazine ranked her sixth place in their 40 and under 40 list, and was placed sixteenth on their list of the most powerful businesswoman in the world.