May/June 2020 - Coronavirus Update

In this editorial, we look at the new scams centred around the current pandemic, FastStone Image Viewer, and a reminder that we are here if you need us!

Computer Know How! – Coronavirus Scam Watch…

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k.

Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

Action Fraud have also received multiple reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information.

One common tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

More info then go to: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and colour adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen.

Other features include a high-quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. Furthermore, there’s No Adware or Spyware and it’s Free for Home Users.

For more info and to download go to: https://www.faststone.org/FSViewerDetail.htm

Looking on the bright side…

Although the lockdown has hit hard, a lot of businesses have realised that working from home, or remotely, is not only viable but a lot of us are already doing it. In fact, we have already assisted a lot of you to do just that.

Unfortunately, however, things can still go wrong. We are able to take on PC and Laptop repairs by prior arrangement (while exercising distance control and  disinfecting equipment where necessary). We can also solve many problems remotely.

There is always a selection of spares and PCs in stock and at the moment new PCs and Laptops are still available to order.
In short Hypersonic IT are here if you need us!

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