Facebook Account Been Hacked Or Have You Just Been Spoofed

A while back I wrote Will You Be My Facebook Friend…Again? Talking about people receiving friend requests from those they thought they were already friends with. In fact they are already friends…with the real version. Now the invite is coming from the Spoofed version of a friend.

You log in to your Facebook account and are greeted by questions and concerns from friends that have received a request to be your friend again. Your first thought is that you have been hacked. Instead in almost all cases you were actually Spoofed.

What Is Spoofing and Why Is It Done

Usually if you think of the words Spoof or Satire you may think of Saturday Night Live cast members as exaggerated and funny versions of Politicians. When done on the Internet spoofing holds and entirely different meaning.

Spoofing on the Internet is all about the attempt to gain information. Emails that  look exactly like they are from your bank asking you to follow a link and log in to your account. Phone calls with phone numbers from one country when they are actually from the other side of the world. Finally Facebook friend requests that look exactly like an existing friend’s profile. All of these spoofing methods and more are all meant to garner your trust and gain access to information that isn’t freely available.

What Good Does Pretending To Be Me On Facebook Do

Have you put any thought to the security and privacy settings for your Facebook account? Many of these settings determine who has access to what information. For example:

  • Friend
  • Friend of a Friend
  • Everyone

These three settings are enough reason for someone to want to be you or a friend of you. Access to information like birthday’s, phone numbers, home addresses, vacation times and more. All of this information is worth money to the wrong people.

Another example of why someone may want to pretend to be you is with Malvertising. Who are you more likely to click a link from a trusted friend or a complete stranger? A trusted friend I would hope.

Malvertising is used to distribute malware and ransomware. It is also used in Phishing schemes. Pretending to be someone’s friend can quickly become a lucrative prospect for those that are less than honest.

What Should I Do If I Do Think I’ve Been Hacked or Spoofed

The first thing you should do whenever you have the faintest fear that you may been hacked is to change your password. Always use strong passwords that are completely different than the one you are replacing. I recommend that your password be over 7 characters long and contain Numbers and Letters with one of the letters being a capital letter at least.

After changing your password make some other account changes like new profile picture(s) that help differentiate you from the imposter. Inform others that an imposter is sending out friend requests and not to accept them. Changing your Facebook address to something unique like some combination of your name will also help make you stand out as you.

Windows 10 Updated and Now It’s Super Slow How Do I Speed It Back Up

Windows 10 has been running fine for you until now. The update that you have been repeatedly delaying has finally forced you to install it. After your computer restarts it is running slow and is difficult to use. It feels like you have a completely different computer now.

Windows 10 is quickly feeling like another Microsoft mistake. So how can you speed your computer back up? Luckily there are a few things that you can check to help get things back to normal again.

Windows 10 Loves To Reset Itself After A Major Update

Windows 10 UpdatesWindows 10 loves resetting itself to default settings. Especially after a major update is installed. Being reset to defaults would be fine if there was rhyme or reason to the method. Unfortunately there is no certain checklist to use in order to get things back to normal. It seems to reset whatever Apps and Services that it gets a wild hair to change. In other words, no two Windows 10 computers necessarily behave or reset themselves the same way.

  • Microsoft Edge Back In Control
  • Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver and Settings Pop to the Surface
  • Service Settings Changed Back to the Way Windows 10 Thinks is Best
  • Indexing Options Reset to Recommended Settings
  • Defrag Altered

This is a short list of things that happen when major updates are installed. Strangely enough it doesn’t all happen and doesn’t happen on  every computer. What this means for you is that it may take some poking around to figure out what may actually be causing your computer to be so slow.

Microsoft Edge Back In Control

Microsoft is definitely proud of  their new Microsoft Edge browser. So much so that they try to remind us about it every chance they get. By default Microsoft Edge is not only the preferred web browser by default. It is also the default program used to display a number of other file types. Microsoft Edge is used to display PDF files, Graphic files like jpeg, GIF, TIFF and other files. Many of us have become accustomed to using other programs to interact with these file types and find it inconvenient and clunky having to use Microsoft Edge instead of the tried and true favorites.

These settings were changed automatically when you installed your favorite programs like Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop and the like. Now that Windows 10 reset everything back to default settings you will need to manually change these settings back to your liking. Open the Windows Explorer, locate a file of the type you want to change (pdf, jpeg, gif etc.) right click on the file and choose the program you want to be used for this file type such as Adobe Reader for pdf files and so on. This will start the process of putting things back to normal.

Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver

Starting in Windows 8 Microsoft introduced a new method for printing. A reset of this may over write any new drivers and settings that may have been installed. Some strange behaviors may present themselves. This may require you to install your printer driver and software again to fix.

Service Settings Back To The Windows 10 Preference

Any services that you may have altered or disable are likely set back to the way that Windows 10 thinks is best. This may include and is definitely not limited to turning Windows Defender back on even if you have a different antivirus program installed. In many cases Windows Defender may be able to run with little or no problem a long side an installed antivirus program. In many cases this causes the same slow computer as having two Antivirus programs installed does. Turning off Windows Defender while you have your own protection installed my be the key that speeds your computer back up.

Indexing Options and Defrag

The newly installed update may have triggered windows to re-index parts or all of your hard drive. This process takes a lot of speed away from your computer. It is likely that your hard drive is near 100% usage for a long period. If a Defrag was triggered this will cause the same type of effect until it is completed.

Your Slow Computer May Just Be Temporary Or It May Need Help To Get Back To Normal

Hopefully these are what is causing your computer to be slow and you can get it back up to speed fairly quickly. I don’t recommend that you just jump in and start randomly making changes to your Windows 10 system. Remember that there are reasons for everything and we just have to find what those reasons are so that we can offer the correct fix. Using the “Task Manager” and the Performance Tab can help a lot in being able to figure out exactly what is going on. If you find yourself in need of help don’t forget that PC Helper 123 is always here to help.

Protecting Yourself From Ransomware How It’s Done

So the big catch word the past few months is Ransomware. It has ran rampant through the internet attacking businesses and home users alike. Clicking on an e-mail attachment is all it takes. At least that is how it used to be. Now Ransomware has found new ways to infect your computer.

Ransomware| Pay or ElseCerber ransomware is a perfect example of a threat that is distributed through a number of different ways. Trendlabs released a blog post in August describing how Cerber is distributed through “Malvertising”. Malvertising is the practice of ads that lead you to malware terror.

What’s Worse Than Ransomware

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2016/03/cerber-ransomware-new-but-mature/If you wanted to know if Ransomware was the worst kind of threat we face today the answer is a resounding YES! If it wasn’t already bad enough it’s gotten a lot worse. We found out in July that Ransomware was being offered as a service. That means any newbie or wannabe that wants to get into the Ransomware business can simply subscribe and get a DIY kit so they can get in on the multi million dollar ransomware business to without having to create their own.

What Does All This Ransomware Scare Information Really Mean To You

Today’s ransomware is scary stuff. Clicking the wrong ad or e-mail attachment starts the process. The process of encrypting every file and picture on your computer and any attached network or storage device. According to the message the only way to get them back is to pay a ransom. For many this is all but to true. I have an external hard drive from a member that had been infected prior to joining PC Helper 123 that is still unrecoverable over a year later. The external hard drive was attached to the computer when it was infected and is full of irreplaceable family photos and memories.

For those that are informed there are ways that make sure that Ransomware never holds them for ransom.

  • A Solid Multi Platform Backup Practice (local and online)
  • Good Antivirus|Malware Protection Installed
  • Crypto Prevent by FoolishIT Installed

The #1 way of protecting your files from a ransomware attack is to have good backups. As long as you have backups the most that you will ever have to do is clean your PC and restore your backed up files. Local storage devices like USB and external hard drive may become infected. Using an online backup method makes sure no matter what you will have clean files to restore.

Antivirus and antimalware companies are constantly sifting through new and altered malware. Protection is not 100% but it is critical to have the best protection installed. Using special software in addition to your protection like Crypto Prevent may be the difference of whether your computer is safe or becomes infected.

Proactive Means Safety | Reactive Means Loss

Proactive action means that you and your computer stay safe. Even if a threat does make it through you experience no loss. Those who decide to spin the metaphorical wheel of chance run the risk of either losing it all or paying up. Backup, protection, and safe practices are the closest that you can be to 100% safe on today’s Internet.

If you would like to implement your own plan a PC Helper will be glad to help you scope out what to do. If you would rather have it taken care of for you become a PC Helper 123 member and get everything you need.