How to avoid the new Google Chrome scam

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear center_img TAGSGoogle ChromeOnline scams Previous articleThe Battle of the Badge: Cops vs. FirefightersNext articleTwo-car accident and fire blocks Sheeler Road during rush hour Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Clark.com (a consumer guide website) explains how the scam works:Crooks inject a type of code onto a website, and then when you land on that site using the Chrome browser, the page appears unreadable. So basically the hackers create a fake issue and then offer a fake solution.When this happens, a pop-up alert warns you that “The ‘HoeflerText’ font wasn’t found,” and then prompts you to download and install an update to your device, which is disguised as a ‘missing font’ file.The file, however, is actually a malware download.What makes this scam so easy to fall for is the fact that the pop-up warning looks just like a legitimate alert from the browser, making it easy for criminals to trick unsuspecting users into clicking and downloading the malicious file.Pretty much everything about the bogus browser message looks legit — including the Chrome logo, which is a method cyber criminals use very often.But if you take a closer look, there are a few red flags that can show you the warning is fake:The window shows the user is running Chrome’s 53 version, so if this isn’t the version you’re using, that’s a red flag.If you click ‘Update,’ it prompts a download of a file title “Chrome Font v7.5.1.exe,” but that doesn’t match the one displayed in the pop-up message, which reads “Chrome_Font.exe.”Of course these details aren’t so easy to spot if you aren’t an expert or don’t even know what to look for — however, you may see a warning that says ‘this file isn’t downloaded often,’ which is a sign that something may not be quite right.Important note: Any time you get a warning about a file you’re about to download from the Internet, make sure to do some research about it before going ahead with the download — as it could be malware or some other type of scam.More tips to avoid similar scamsAs a general rule of thumb, if you receive an email you weren’t expecting, do not click on any links inside the email. Even if you are expecting an order confirmation or package to be delivered, do not click on any links in an email notification. Go to the company’s website directly to get any delivery or order information.The same goes for any pop-up alerts prompting you to download an unknown file or click an unknown link.Here are some more tips to help you protect yourself from online scammers: Be wary of unexpected emails containing links or attachments: If you receive an unexpected email claiming to be from your bank or other company that has your personal information, don’t click on any of the links or attachments. It could be a scam. Instead, log in to your account separately to check for any new notices.Call the company directly: If you aren’t sure whether an email notice is legit, call the company directly about the information sent via email to find out if it is real and/or if there is any urgent information you should know about.If you do end up on a website that asks for your personal information, make sure it is a secure website, which will have ‘https’ at the beginning (‘s’ indicates secure).Look out for grammar and spelling errors: Scam emails often contain typos and other errors — which is a big red flag that it probably didn’t come from a legitimate source.Never respond to a text message from a number you don’t recognize: This could also make any information stored in your phone vulnerable to hackers. Do some research to find out who and where the text came from.Don’t call back unknown numbers: If you get a missed call on your cell phone from a number you don’t recognize, don’t call it back. Here’s what you need to know about this phone scam.Be cautious of any notification from an “automated message system” that states “Click on this link for details.” Please enter your name here  According to reports from security experts, hackers are using pop-up alerts to warn users of a fake ‘issue’ that needs to be resolved.last_img read more

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Gambhir, Lynn blaze away in record chase

first_imgKOLKATA Knight Riders took down a target of 184 without losing a single wicket – a world record in T20 cricket – and the man who did the heavy lifting was Chris Lynn.Promoted to open the batting for only the third time in 87 T20 matches, he equalled the franchise’s second-fastest fifty – off 19 balls, put on the IPL’s highest opening partnership of 184* with Gautam Gambhir and finally secured victory with 5.1 overs to spare.The result, as emphatic as it was, highlighted Gujarat Lions’ weak bowling attack and the mistake they made by choosing four opening batsmen as their overseas players.Lynnsanity – 93 not out off 41 balls, eight sixes, six foursMaking Lynn bat as high as possible makes sense. He smacks fast bowling at an average of 43.10 and at a run-rate of 10.19 an over. At his most recent T20 tournament – the Big Bash – he hit a boundary every four balls.Brendon McCullum, his captain at the Brisbane Heat, told the commentators that the idea of bowling a good length to Lynn was a non-starter – the very length that makes Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni potent. As a result, Gujarat Lions’ best bowlers were used for only three out of the first six overs.Left-arm wrist-spinner Shivil Kaushik, in only his second season of the IPL, and Manpreet Gony, playing in the tournament for the first time since 2013, were asked to pick up the slack in the fielding restrictions. It led to a Knight Riders record as they made their highest score in the Powerplay – 73 runs.Gambhir’s rage – 76 not out off 48 balls, 12 foursGambhir actually outscored Lynn at the start, so much that he made his best score after six overs in the IPL. Of the 40 runs he made in this period, 16 came in a single over off Kaushik, whose unorthodox bowling action tends to affect his control.Kaushik was perhaps introduced into the attack to mess with Lynn’s timing, but Gambhir, being an excellent player of spin, took charge. The head-to-head on the night read 23 runs off 13 balls with five fours.With both ends leaking runs, Lions were simply unsure of what to do. And that was all dandy for the Knight Riders captain, who racked up his 32nd IPL fifty, two short of David Warner’s record.last_img read more

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Using football to heal a nation

first_img25 July 2006The most abiding image I took from Berlin, the week before the 2006 World Cup Final, was the crowd of about a million excited German fans, gathered in the Tiergarten behind the symbolic Brandenburg Gate, to watch the semifinal between Germany and Italy.Within a bottle-throw of Berlin’s new Holocaust Memorial, a shattering reminder of Germany’s catastrophic past, the crowd waved the black, yellow and orange flag with pride, draped themselves in it, painted its colours on their faces and hair, and cheered and drummed their approval every time the German team put a foot right.All very ordinary, one might say, for a World Cup semifinal against Italy.But for Germans, traumatised, divided and hampered by their past, this was a most extraordinary occasion – not because Germany lost to Italy – which was certainly a cause for national disappointment – but because it represented a seminal moment in the liberation of German spirit.“This is the first time in more than half a century that Germans have been able to wave their own national flag with unreserved pride,” said Mike de Vries, the managing director of Germany: Land of Ideas, a government and private sector-backed independent initiative, to ensure that there is a lasting pay-off for Germany for hosting the 2006 World Cup.The Tiergarten – a long clearing through the forested park leading to the Brandenburg Gate – was one of many “Fan Miles”, created in German cities hosting World Cup matches, to welcome fans – unable to get tickets for the matches – to enjoy German hospitality.But the organisers totally underestimated the demand, and had to erect 20 massive screens running all the way down the Tiergarten to accommodate – on this occasion – mainly German fans.Hosting the World Cup gave Germans an opportunity to celebrate their country, welcome the community of nations in their midst, transcend the traumatic legacy of the Nazi era and the legacy of division and alienation spawned by the Berlin Wall.The well-organised tournament has laid the foundation for a seminal transformation in the German psyche, which has boosted national unity and helped Germany regain a sense of national purpose.The German experience raises the question as to whether we in South Africa can turn the 2010 World Cup into a major unifying event, enabling South Africans to build a stronger shared vision of the future and release new energy for nation-building?At the Africa’s Calling event in Berlin before the World Cup Final, President Thabo Mbeki noted that the 1954 World Cup had succeeded in restoring some of Germany’s self-respect after its legacy of national socialism.“We are confident that the 2010 Soccer World Cup will do the same to consolidate our self-respect and dignity, gained when we attained our freedom and democracy in 1994 and, in a unique way, help our own nation and the continent of Africa, also to bask in the ‘miracle of South Africa’,” Mbeki said.“Every day we take important steps to unite what was a divided nation,” he said.United Nations’ secretary-general, Kofi Annan, a leading African on the international stage, stressed the importance of hosting the World Cup as a nation-building opportunity for SA and the continent.“The German national team will not be playing on Sunday,” Annan said at the Africa’s Calling ceremony. “But they have already won by organising the best World Cup ever, and uniting the whole German nation behind their effort.”The celebration of African mythology at the Africa’s Calling event – complete with fire, fireworks, audio-visuals and sound effects – provided a foretaste of the unique vibrancy, diversity and rhythm that an African World Cup will offer.Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, who has driven the decision to stage the World Cup in Africa for the first time, said soccer, as a universal sport, had a duty to take on social responsibility in human development.“It will not be the same World Cup that we have here in Germany,” Blatter said.“But it will be an African . a South African World Cup. There will be a lot of drums and other music.”What the German experience showed, is that hosting an event on the scale of the Fifa World Cup, demands that national divisions and skepticism be put aside in favour of a national effort, involving every sector of the society working in harmony.The Germany: Land of Ideas campaign – which has many similarities to South Africa’s own “Alive with Possibility” campaign – was initiated less than a year before the 2006 World Cup began.It seeks to extend the victory that Germany has scored, by hosting the event to boost Germany’s image abroad, in a way that will impact on foreign investment and revive Germany’s flagging economy.The Land of Ideas campaign established six massive public statues celebrating Germany’s achievements, published three books celebrating the innovation theme and commissioned leading writers abroad, to give their impressions of Germany. It also reached out to the foreign media, particularly those of the 20 000 or so, media workers who entered the country, but were not officially accredited to cover the World Cup.German President Horst Koehler initiated the Land of Ideas concept, and took full ownership of the campaign.But the organisers conceded that they had learned from their mistakes: they had started the campaign too late, different stakeholders in the society had not worked closely enough together, and there had not been sufficient sponsorship to fund an effective international campaign.South Africa’s challenge will be to focus our energies internally, and to unite in a national effort, proving the sceptics and the Afro-pessimists wrong. That will mean a massive push to ensure that our transport and security systems are up to scratch.South Africa has a headstart of a national pride campaign, and a slogan to unite all sectors of the population in a common cause: South Africa: Alive with Possibility. It has an outstanding local organising committee under Danny Jordaan, a president and a government totally committed to hosting the best World Cup in history, and host cities bursting with energy and pride.It was noted recently by Kabelo Selema, who heads the justice and peace department at the Southern Africa Bishops Conference, in an online article after attending the Africa’s Calling event, that hosting the 2010 South Africa World Cup would bring enormous benefits to the country.“Sports events such as the World Cup bring people together and we can build on that, with reconciliation efforts among South Africans of different races,” he said in an interview with Catholic Online.It would also be a boost to Africa he said, noting the presence in Berlin of representatives of other African countries and football ambassadors. “If we can continue with that spirit of inclusion, the World Cup will bring much hope to African countries.”John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of SA, and attended the Africa’s Calling event in Berlin’s Tempodrome on July 7 2006.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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IBM Buys Real-Time Analytics Company Coremetrics

first_imgklint finley Tags:#enterprise#news#Real-Time Web#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts In what is the latest inIBM‘s series of acquisitions, the company today announced an agreement to purchase Coremetrics for an undisclosed sum. The acquisitions expands IBM’s ability to deliver real-time intelligence to enterprises. Coremetrics is a SaaS provider that gleans data from not only a company’s own website, but also social media, mobile media and other sources. Coremetrics’s existing customers include brands such as Bank of America and Holiday Inn.IBM cites Coremetrics’s insights into social network and social media behavior as a driving factor behind this acquisition. According to a survey of CEOs conducted by IBM, over 80% of them are hoping to better understand their customer’s needs and “get closer” to their customers. Social media campaigns have been a key part of many companies attempts to do just that.To this end, Coremetrics functions include “real-time personalized recommendations, email targeting, display ad targeting across leading ad networks, and search engine bid management.”As we noted last month when IBM acquired Sterling Commerce, IBM has been aggressively expanding its B2B offerings through a series of acquisitions.The acquisition rounds out IBM’s WebSphere portfolio of information management and business analytics offerings.The deal is expected to close in Q3 2010. Coremetrics’s approximately 230 employees will be integrated into IBM.last_img read more

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Weah, Mendez Head US Roster for Under-20 World Cup in Poland

first_imgNEW YORK — Tim Weah made the U.S. roster for this month’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Poland. Josh Sargent and Tyler Adams were left off Friday, making it likely they will be with the senior national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Alex Mendez heads the 21-man roster after scoring eight goals with six assists at last year’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Mendez left the LA Galaxy youth system last fall to sign with Germany’s Freiburg.Weah, a son of Liberia President George Weah and 1995 FIFA Player of the Year George Weah, scored three goals against Paraguay in the round of 16 at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup. He has one goal on eight appearances with the senior national team. Weah has spent this season on loan from Paris Saint-Germain to Glasgow Celtic and has four goals in 17 matches.Sargent scored five goals at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and twice at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup. He made his debut for Werder Bremen this season and has two goals in 10 games.Mendez is among 14 players on coach Tab Ramos’ roster who played at the CONCACAF tournament.Goalkeeper Brady Scott is the loan holdover from the 2017 Under-20 World Cup roster.The U.S. opens against Ukraine on May 24, plays Nigeria three days later and closes the group stage against Qatar on May 30. The Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals in 2015 and 2017. Weah may miss the opening match to remain with Celtic, which plays in the Scottish Cup final May 25.Ramos, who played for the U.S. at three World Cups, will be coaching the Americans at the Under-20 World Cup for the fourth straight tournament.The roster:Goalkeepers: C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica, Portugal), David Ochoa (Salt Lake), Brady Scott (Cologne, Germany)Defenders: Sergino Dest (Ajax, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover, Germany), Aboubacar Keita (Richmond), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), Matthew Real (Philadelphia), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Germany)Midfielders: Edwin Cerrillo (Dallas), Chris Durkin (D.C,), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Germany), Paxton Pomykal (Dallas), Brandon Servania (Dallas)Forwards: Ayo Akinola (Toronto). Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona, Spain), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg, Germany), Justin Rennicks (New England), Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Germany), Tim Weah (Celtic, Scotland)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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