Thanks for the memories.Hi Barry:
This is Windows calling about the errors on your system. It's really urgent that I empty your bank account immediately to make all the problems on your system mysteriously disappear. Please may I know your admin password and have you install this remote access utility to allow me in to your life[bs][bs][bs][bs] system.
I attended a lecture by a magician that included information about scams (three card Monty in particular). He stressed that street scammers are different from magicians. They are not out to fool you; they are out to steal your money by whatever means possible and they don't care about you.Yeah, problem is the scammers wouldn't do this if it didn't work. They are scum. Waste of oxygen. I shouldn't HAVE to worry about whether my Dad, Aunt, Grandmother (if she was here) would get trapped by this.
I attended a lecture by a magician that included information about scams (three card Monty in particular). He stressed that street scammers are different from magicians. They are not out to fool you; they are out to steal your money by whatever means possible and they don't care about you.
When I got the call I asked him which of my computers had the problem. He said it was my Windows computer. I said, "Good. I have three of them what is the computer name." He said it was the one I was using currently. I told him I was using all three and again asked him for the computer name. He gave up.I had a similar call a few weeks ago, and as I had some spare time in lockdown, thought that I would play along. He first tried to get me to press the Windows key and R, presumably so he could show me the errors in the event log. This did nothing, and after about 10 minutes, he asked which version of Wiindows I was running, and when I told him Ubuntu, he hung up. Don't know why??
Thanks! I'll add it to my list of things to watch one day. Alas, that list never get smaller. https://www.amazon.com/Our-Magic-Johnny-Thompson/dp/B00W8EV3VG https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ourmagic@Dave I saw James Randi perform live in New Jersey when I was a teenager. An Honest Liar is on my list of movies to watch. If you are interested in magic there is a great documentary about how magicians see the world (no real performances in it though) call Our Magic on Vimeo. Send me a DM if you are interested in viewing it.
That would just get the scammer going "gold mine"!! It would be funny to audit them to see how skilled they are at adapting. "I haven't been able to upgrade my Windows 3.1 machine... did you call to help?"There are 4 - 8 running up to 3 different os's at any given time
Clients often ask - What's the best antivirus for my computer? My answer... You! Most folks pause for a few moments as the light bulb brightens (along with additional discussion and education and things to consider in selecting a product to the question as asked).There's an old IT adage that goes something like, the largest and most exploitable security hole in any system is.... you got it, the user. It is of course, an *old* (pre-Snowden) adage. But it's why IT departments have shifted much of their focus toward training their users. No system is particularly more or less immune to the style of attack.
What's the second best antivirus for your computer? My answer: a tie between "your self-control" (knowing to say no to almost everything offered) and "a defense in depth." (Running untrusted code in a sandbox, for example.)Clients often ask - What's the best antivirus for my computer? My answer... You!
Here's something important about TeamViewer more recent editions I thought you all should know. They now start up the TeamViewer service whenever the computer starts - in case I want someone to automatically connect. I HATE that and I DIDN'T ask for it. Every time I update the version, I have to start the Services app with Admin rights, stop the TeamViewer service, and set it to manual startup mode...
Over the past years I have tried most of all and have found ConnectWise to be the best snd most powerful of all. I prefer to use the old from us but they push the cloud-based.So after all these months of pandemic, I'm finally looking at some remote support options. I need something for "casual" consulting purposes, so paid, but not too much. Need a ongoing access to a few machines. One tech license.
Some months ago, i'd narrowed down to Splashtop and Zoho Assist. I noticed @Steve 's recommendation of Remote Utilities. I had considered them before, but discarded because their parent company is based in Russia. Hmmm.
Any recommendations out there or other thoughts on these options?
@MichaelRSorg I know what you mean. I've had the same experience and have had to walk the remote person through an upgrade. I usually use TeamViewer Quick Support rather than the full package on their end so it's not quite as bad. It's a bit of a pain, but I can see some logic in wanting all security updates to be included on both ends.The fatal blow (not the only issue) for me was when a remote machine had an old version of the software and TV refused to connect to it for that reason.