How to Protect your Computer Against Viruses

(A Work in Progress) Pedantic computer tech types will say, ‘Oh, that’s not a virus, that’s a worm.’ Or ‘That’s a back door, not a virus.’ but I don’t tend to go that route. Non-techs understand the term ‘virus’ and know that it’s a thing they don’t want on their computers. This is the most […]

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How To: Detect Email Scams

There are a HUGE number of scam emails making the rounds at the moment. Some of these are targeting University of Cambridge users specifically and some are just general scams out to get your money or your personal details. However, they all have a few things in common. Knowing these commonalities – or at least […]

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“Amazon.com” Order Cancellation Scam

Ooh, this one almost caught me, as I’ve just done an order with Amazon.com (not .co.uk). I was like, ‘Dude. Wait. What?’ New scam. Goes like this: ———————– Dear Customer, Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here’s a summary of your order: You just canceled order #<blah> ———————– followed by a link […]

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The Heartache of Lost Data (Desktop-Services Remix)

Copied from an email sent 9 Feb 2010: Another friendly note from your neighbo(u)rhood CO! This is a long message, but it is very important if you use the computers in the Faculty library (or either the ASNC Common Room or the Grad Study Room). I’ve had a couple of students in the last week […]

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