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Phishing – Be Aware Don’t Bite

Phishing has been on the rise and is something we all need to be educated on and aware of to protect ourselves from becoming a victim of our information being compromised.

What is Phishing?

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Wikipedia pretty much sums it up as far as the definition of Phishing. Many times these phishing attempts come in our email inbox, seeming to come from a very reputable and importance source.  This particular example below is an email looking very much like it is coming from Bank of America, even if we were to click on the link in the email the website will most likely look extremely similar to the actual site of Bank of America. phishing email If you were to click on the link and be taken to their false sight, it would be asking for your login information, at which point, when you enter that information they can capture your credentials and utilize them to hack into your actual account. These type of emails can come from many sources whether it be your bank, utilities, stores you shop at online, really the possibilities are endless. Now this isn't to scare you from ever subscribing to another newsletter or visit another website but to educate on how you can avoid an attack.

Tips To Prevent Phishing Attacks

Take caution when receiving emails that
  • Come from unknown email address
  • Ask for any personal information
  • Are not personalized or addressed to you
  • Requesting your urgent response on an issue you have no idea about
Also, never click on any downloads, links or files you are not expecting to receive, even if they are from someone you know. 

So what should you do?

If you get an email that looks legitimate, and it is from a service that you do use. Take a few steps of caution, do not click the link in the emails. Take the effort to type in the URL of the service yourself, not the URL in the email but the direct site URL. If you are unaware of the true URL you can Google, double check a statement or official piece of material from the company. Once you have put in the website URL into your browser, there are a few other points to check to assure you are on a secure site. If you are on a site that is requesting any sensitive information always make sure that the URL starts with https:// rather than HTTP://. The “s” shows that it is truly connected to a secure server. phishing Now that you have confirmed it is a secure site based on the URL take a look to the left of the URL and you should see a “lock.” See the photo above for reference. If you do not see both or either of these elements on a site requesting sensitive information, do not input your credentials. Also, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and contact the institution or company that the request has come from. If it is a secure request, they will know about it, and if it is not, they probably will want to be made aware that someone is utilizing their brand in a phishing attempt. Unfortunately, we are not able to hide from phishing attacks. If there is a phishing attack and they want to get an email into our inbox, they will get there one way or another. It is up to you, to be responsible and understand what is happening to protect yourself online. Being informed combined with other security measures such as a secure password management tool are steps you can take to stay safe online. Enjoy your time online, just be aware. Until next time … have fun stormin' the castle!

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Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you doing this fine day? Me? Like my friend, Billy, I am in a New York state of mind indeed. Today, we are going to answer quick little questions that you’ve been asking me for some time here on Ask DottoTech, little answers to big problems that cause you much concern. Stick around. If you have a question for me to answer, that is what this show is all about. You ask the questions. I answer them. Now where you go to ask these questions is right here on YouTube. Go into the Comments area and please post your questions there. I cannot promise to answer each and every question but I do my best. If it doesn’t make it here on the show, I’ll often answer it right within the forum itself. So let’s dive into things, shall we? The first question comes from Wan Ted who asked in reference to two-step verification. I did a video a while back on using two-step verification which is a terrific way to protect your privacy. Essentially, what two-step verification is you need to receive a code on your phone in order to access your Google account or one of your accounts, an account which requires security. It’s two-factor authentication, not only your username and password but then also a remote service delivering you a code to go in. It’s a great way to do things, far less inconvenient that it sounds. You should check out the video which we will link to right here. Having said, Wan is concerned because—and it’s a legitimate concern—“What happens if I lose my phone? Does that mean that I can’t ever log into my accounts?” Great question, Wan, and it’s one that we should all be concerned with. Fortunately, Google has thought of that as far as their two-factor authentication goes. We’ll have a link to this particular document in the show notes, in the description below but these are the common issues that people have. Right there at the top, “What happens if my phone is lost or stolen?” They walk you step-by-step through what you need to do if your phone is lost or stolen. The first thing you do is revoke your password and then you work your way through what Google recommends you do. So you’ll be inconvenienced for a short period of time but you will be able to get back in. You will be able to set everything up. This should not dissuade you from using two-factor or two-step authentication. It is good and it increases your chances of keeping your privacy protected immeasurably. Two-factor authentication – I’ve got nothing but good things to say about it. Next up, we have from Ricardo Rivera who asks, “When I share a file in Dropbox, how can I take out the Share button on the recipient side so that they only have the option to download it?” He wants to share the document but not allow the people to edit the document. I thought it’s simple. In the Share options in Dropbox, you just tell people that it’s a read-only document. So I mentioned that here but I will show it in the show and now I’ve been brought up short because I was in error. When we visit Dropbox, where you go to set your sharing preferences is not in the desktop app but you have to go to the web version and you go into your account in Dropbox on the web. There you can choose to share any folder or any file. If I open a folder here that I wanted to share and I click here on this little rainbow folder that says Share this folder, then I can type in the name of anybody who I want to share this document with. Simple so far, right? Of course, right. But look here, anyone can edit. Anyone can view but that’s greyed out. See, this what I was wanting him to use in order to have people just view the document and not be able to edit it but it’s greyed out. Why is it greyed out? It turns out Dropbox wants us to pay for that particular privilege. Open sharing? Free. Just read-only? It’s one of the Premium features so you have to have a paid account, not the shared or the free account which is what I am obviously running here now and what I imagine Ricardo is also running. So I was in error, Ricardo, when I said that you could just do it by going to the sharing. You have to upgrade to the Premium version to do what you want to do. Hmm… Next up, we have Jack and I’m not even going to try and pronounce Jack’s last name. Jack’s asking specifically about Evernote, how I add the atlas feature which I showed in a video we did quite a while ago, which is one of my 5 Favorite Evernote Features. The good news, Jack, is the atlas feature is still one of my five favourite features in Evernote and it’s pretty simple and straightforward to access. But I suspect the reason why you’re having an issue is you’re using the web version where it tends to be hidden. Here is what the atlas feature does. I’ve got it here available on my side bar right here so I click on the atlas feature. It brings up everywhere I created notes. It’s brilliant. It uses geo-location services so if you create a note or take a picture of a receipt or whatever it is when you’re on the road traveling anywhere, you can sort all those notes by where they were created, not just by the time or by the title as you would do with normal search. So if you’re on the road and you’re in a restaurant and you take a picture of the receipt, rather than have to search for the name of the restaurant when you go to submit the receipt, you can just look for where I was when I created that note. It’s a great feature. How do you access it? Well, if it’s not available in your side bar in the desktop version, right-clicking your mouse allows you to turn on and off what you see. So you can turn on the atlas from here. Failing that, you could at any time go onto the View menu in the desktop version and choose Atlas from the View menu. Unfortunately, it does not appear to be available in the web version so you could only access the atlas through the apps, the desktop version or the mobile version. I hope that that answers that question. Finally, G-D A asks actually based on last week’s Ask DottoTech. He said one day he decided to put an avatar in his Gmail account. He added an avatar to his Gmail account and it was a mistake. Now he wants to remove the signature, the image from the signature within his Gmail account and he cannot figure out how to use it. I’m a little bit confused about what the issue is because I will show you in a moment. He mentions that there’s lots of help online available to change your overall avatar for your Gmail or for your Google account, which I actually found some problems with as I was doing research on this. So let’s just dive in and make sure that you all understand what we’re talking about as far as changing the avatar in your signature file. In Google and Gmail, if you go under the gear setting at any point, you can go into the Settings and on the first page of Settings—there are multiple different pages of settings here—if we scroll down to the bottom, we will have a signature where we can add a signature to our email. Now he said he added an avatar. I don’t see any link to create what Google is calling an avatar but I have pasted in a picture myself. If you want to remove it, you can just be able to click on it and click on Remove and it should remove it. So I think that’s probably the issue you’re having. You haven’t probably gone into the Settings to find this, but I’m not positive. However having said that, as I was going through setting up and playing with our different images, I discovered something kind of unique about Google account. Changing is our personal avatar, this picture that we have is not the same at all times. Let me show you. If we go into our Google profile here and I want to change this picture that I have here, that I’m using here, I can go in and I can click on Edit profile, which will then allow me to change the picture just by clicking on the little camera icon. So if I wanted to change it—let me upload a different photo because I’ve got a few of them. I’ll do my thumbs up one. There we go. I’ll open that. So I’ve got all these great little pictures that I can use for this sort of thing. When I upload the photo, look, what it does. It just drops it in. It didn’t allow me to frame it or do anything with it. It just dropped it in. It gave me no editing options right here from the Edit profile. I don’t like that. I want to be able to frame it myself. So I discovered if you go to this page here which is Google About Me, which brings you to the About Me page, if we go in and we edit our picture here, when we go and use any of the pictures here—there we go, I’ll use this one here. There we go, I’ll choose that one there—I can actually frame it, I can position it exactly where I want and I have an awful lot more control over it. Now one thing I noticed and it’s a little bit confusing to me how Google handles these things, it seems that some of the images are available when I do the account this way and if you noticed, there were other images available in the last time that I edited it. Whether or not that’s a Gmail, Google+ thing, it gets a little bit confusing and Google of course does nothing to help us discover it. But if you want to control your avatar that appears in your Google profile, I suggest that you go to your Google About Me page. There you can go and you can edit everything else that appears in your file as well. This would appear to be the best place for updating your profile information. That is it for today. I hope that you found today’s videos to be useful. Now there are three ways to stay in touch with us here on DottoTech. The first is please subscribe to this channel. The second is subscribe to our newsletter. Then you’ll hear about all of our upcoming live events and webinars and we’re doing an increasing number of training and tutorial webinars. Finally, DottoTech is funded through the support of people like you at the crowdfunding site, Patreon. I encourage you to drop by, have a look and discover what it means to be a patron of DottoTech, what it does for us and what perks are available for you. Till next time, I’m Steve Dotto. Have fun storming the castle!


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