Hey Apple users….phishing alert…

Well, the “close but not quite” emails continue.  This one arrived in my icloud inbox so i took a closer look.

It’s written reasonably well…there aren’t glaring typos. “Iforgot.apple.com” could actually catch you if you aren’t paying close attention.
If you take the time to read the details though, the “from” address is clearly not apple related. In addition the “iforgot…” URL actually redirects you somewhere you shouldn’t be. Last, but certainly not least, i was NOT seeing any errors on my Iphone connecting to my Icloud account.

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Iphone users…(and i know there are many of you out there….)…please pay close attention to any of these emails you get…odds are they aren’t legitimate.

MIcrosoft Phishing emails

In the last few days, i have gotten a few phishing emails from Microsoft about my Office 365 Business Essentials account about to be deleted..my invoice is ready…things like that.

Well I USED to have a a business essentials account, but that has long since been deprovisioned so this smells phishy….

I did confirm in my office 365 portal that i had no accounts pending deletion or anything like that so then I started doing a little digging.

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There are some clear red flags here…

Not only is the actual address the email came from clearly different from the “from” address but Outlook even noticed it as well “The actual sender of this message is different than the normal sender…”

and once again…if you hover the mouse over the hyperlinks you can confirm the URL first and none of the hyperlinks in the email below direct me back to a microsoft website.

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If you are not sure what you are seeing….ALWAYS check with the source first before you click anything.  If it looks phishy, and smells phishy…it’s phishy.

Some new options in “disk cleanup”

Since i have had laptops for the past year with SSD drives(faster but smaller), i have spent more time monitoring storage space on my C drive.

Disk cleanup is a very useful tool. With many “major” windows 10 updates, that’s the way you can clear up the “previous windows installations” option.

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During one of my recent cleanups, i noticed two new options.  I wanted to bring these to your attention as one is ok to enable, if needed, but one i absolutely would NOT touch.

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If you are in serious need of space, this could be an option.  However all it does is compress certain files.  Yes that frees up some space, but depending on the file(s) performance could be affected as the file will need to be uncompressed before opened.  I wouldn’t recommend this option unless as a last resort.

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Under NO circumstances would i endorse you deleting all of your system restore points.  These are “checkpoints” saved before your computer at critical times (before software installs, etc.).  They allow you to roll back your computer to an earlier date if you are encountering issues.  If you are in dire need of space, and you have many system restore points, there are other ways to free up this space specifically then this option.

As always, please feel free to ask any questions you might have.