Avoid Phishing Attacks by Checking Out These Link-Checking Tools

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of issues with security and malware attacks on computers and devices. When you receive an email or text message, you should always use a link checker to ensure that it’s not a scam. Keep reading to discover some of the top tools which will help anyone to avoid phishing scams in the future.

Why Do You Need to Use a Link Checker?

While you might think that it’s okay to just open a link and see what’s inside, you should always be aware of what you are opening from the internet today. Even when you get an email from a company or person that you know, you never know if the link could in fact have a malware risk or be a phishing scam. Sadly, we see accounts get compromised each and every day by scammers, who can hack into your email or phone account and send suspicious emails.

In business settings, this is just as important, as you never know who in your team could open a link and corrupt your systems. This is why we encourage any business owner to educate their team about the link checking tools we share here today, in order to avoid you becoming the next victim of a malware attack.

Identifying and Copying Links

Before going any further, it’s important to understand what we mean when we are discussing links. A link is defined as any piece of text or a graphic that you can click to take you to another page within your browser. This could either be a piece of hyperlinked text, an image, or it may start with https://. However, just because a link says that it’s going to send you to one site, that might not be the case at all. When links are hidden in text, icons, and graphics, you never know if they are safe, which is why you should always use the following strategy to check the full URL:

On a Desktop or Laptop:

– Hover your mouse over the link.

– Right-click the link.

– Select “Copy Link” or “Copy Link Address” or “Copy Hyperlink”

You have now copied the link and can paste it into any of the link checking tools we share below by using CTRL+V (or right-click and select Paste).

On a Tablet or Smartphone:

– Don’t click the link by accident and open it, as this is an easy mistake to make on mobile devices.

– Hold your finger over the link until the context menu appears.

– Select “Copy Link” or “Copy link address” or “Copy Hyperlink”

Once the link is covered, copy it by holding your finger over the URL field in the tool and pressing paste.

The Best Link Checking Tools to Avoid Malware and Phishing Scams

There are many link checker tools online today, all of which can help to protect you from common scams. It’s best to cross-check your links with a couple of sites, so that you reduce the risk to your business.

Norton Safe Web

https://safeweb.norton.com/

This free tool from Norton offers you a rating stating how dangerous any given link is, so you have a good idea about the risk involved with opening any link.

PhishTank

https://www.phishtank.com/

PhishTank tells you if any link has been involved in phishing scams, as these are much harder to identify than regular links.

Google’s Transparency Report

https://transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search

This world-famous search engine constantly trawls the internet for phishing risks and malicious websites, which are then saved within the transparency report. Your link will be matched to anything in their records so you are aware of the risk when opening it.

Scan the Link with VirusTotal

https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/url

Scan the Link is another popular tools that allows you to check links for viruses, however, keep in mind that if the phishing attack isn’t yet documented, it might not be identified.

Are you concerned about suspicious links and the risk they posed to your business? If so, get in touch with our team today to learn more about how we can support you in keeping your business secure this year.

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Tip of the Week: Disable Wi-Fi Calling on Your Android Device

As mentioned in the title, this article is for Android users and Wi-Fi calling. As an Android user, you probably noticed the Wi-Fi calling option you get when you make or receive a call while connected to a network. This can be a great tool to use if you ever find yourself without cell service. On the other hand, there are situations where you might not want Wi-Fi calling enabled. 

Why Would You Disable Wi-Fi Calling?

Of course, there are times where you may want to utilize Wi-Fi calling, such as if you’re loading a long video or downloading something that is quite large. Other times, a slow Wi-Fi connection can mean choppy and interrupted phone calls. Also, the connection might not be secure if it is done over your Wi-Fi. Sometimes, it is just better to use your mobile data over Wi-Fi. 

Continue reading to learn how you can disable Wi-Fi calling on your Android device. Some of these settings may vary, depending on your operating system, but they should typically be very similar.

How to Disable Your Wi-Fi Calling

To disable your Wi-Fi, you can do this by going to your Settings app and finding your Wi-Fi & Network options. You would then select SIM & Network. From there, select SIM Card, turn off your Wi-Fi Calling, and then slide the slider to the Off position. This will disable your Wi-Fi calling on your Android smartphone. 

If you ever need to disable your Wi-Fi quickly, you can do this easily from the call menu by clicking the Wi-Fi calling button straight from the menu. This should ensure that the quality of your call is good throughout. 

For any additional information or for help with your technology and its connections, contact our professionals at AE Technology Group at (516) 536-5006.

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Received a Random Link? DO NOT CLICK ON IT!

If you ever receive random texts or emails from PayPal (or any other business, for that matter) telling you they suspended your account and now require you to authenticate your identity with an unknown link, then you should definitely think twice before clicking on that link. This is a common method that hackers use to break into accounts, especially those account holders that fall for this phishing scam. There is a better alternative to investigate this issue to see where it leads. It is important to access your account the way you normally would instead of clicking on that link.

If you were in this position, what would you do?

It is pretty safe to say that no one wants to fall for a phishing scam; but, at the same time, it can be very tempting to trust the message to make sure there is nothing wrong with your account.

The best approach is simple, but definitely not one that we would intuitively think to do.

Instead of clicking on the link provided in the text or email, open up a new web browser tab and login to the website, the same way you normally would in order to access your account. It does not matter the type of account you are trying to log into, whether it be your bank, your favorite online retailer, or any website that you have an account with. The practice of logging into the site directly, rather than using the link given, is simple and easy to do. It will also help keep you from being a victim of a phishing attack.

Let Us Help Your Team and Keep Them Safe

4 Corner IT can help you and your company choose the best tools and resources to keep everyone safe from security and phishing attacks. Our professionals can help build your business’ defenses and offer training to all members of your team, including how to identify potential threats and the best practices to keep safe from these attacks. For more information or to get started today, contact us at 954.474.2204.

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Tip of the Week: Bringing Off Screen Windows Back Onscreen

Using several monitors while at work can be extremely advantageous. Once you try it, you will most likely never want to go back. However, there are times that Windows might still act as though you are using an additional monitor even when you aren’t. This can cause inaccessibility to your application windows, making it difficult to be productive and efficient in the workplace. 

Continue reading to learn how you can retrieve your off screen windows back on screen.

How to Get Your Windows Back on Your Display

The process to complete this is actually very easy. The first step you need to do is Right-click on the Windows taskbar. A pop up menu will then appear and you will need to select Cascade windows. While holding the Shift key, right-click on the application’s icon in the Taskbar. A new pop up will then appear. You will then select the Move option. This will allow you to move the window using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

And that’s it! Very simple and easy to do. 

We hope this helps you retrieve your off screen apps back on screen. Please remember that we, at AE Technology Group, are always here to assist you and your company with any IT questions you may have. To learn more about what we can do for your business, please contact us today at (516) 536-5006.

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How Much Bandwidth Does Your Company Need?

All successful businesses must depend on a reliable internet connection in order to stay relevant and remain competitive with other companies. Without the appropriate bandwidth, staff productivity and communication solutions can crumble. Continue reading to learn more about the complexities of bandwidth and how to determine the ideal amount of bandwidth your business should have in order to sustain productivity and effectiveness in the workplace.

The definition of bandwidth

To many people’s surprise, bandwidth and internet speed are not interchangeable. Although it does have some influence on the speed of one’s internet connection, bandwidth is not necessarily the speed of the internet connection. Bandwidth is the actual measurement of data that is sent over your internet connection and across your network within a specific time frame. It is measured in megabits per seconds (Mbps). The more bandwidth your network has, the more tools and data can be used during the workday. Knowing and understanding your bandwidth limitations can be essential for the success of your company.

What do you need to know about your company’s bandwidth needs?

Firstly, and most importantly, you should have a reliable internet service provider, or ISP. Many times ISPs work well for residents and consumers. It is important to remember that businesses are not only consumers but they also need to serve their own clients as well. Therefore, companies need to know and understand the needs of their organization. Continue reading to learn about the factors to consider when shopping for an internet service provider and bandwidth. 

The more devices connected, the more is needed

The amount of devices that are connected to your network will affect the amount of bandwidth that you need. These devices will continue using the network connection to send and receive data throughout the work day with various internet based applications. You must also take into account the number of mobile devices as they can outnumber the amount of workstations and other important hardware. 

The more applications used, the more is required

Your company has various unique applications that are utilized throughout the work day as part of business operations. The particular needs of your organizations will determine how applications will be used. While some companies use mostly web browsers during daily operations, other businesses might use more intensive applications, particularly those that require communication solutions. Some of these include VoIP, video conferencing, streaming, and cloud computing. All of these communication solutions will use bandwidth; therefore, you need to take into account the amount of applications that will be used during the work day. Daily business operations greatly depend on the amount that you have. 

At AE Technology Group, we can help you identify and determine how much bandwidth your company might need. We can also inform you if your current internet service provider will be able to meet the needs of your business. For any questions or to learn more information, contact us today at (516) 536-5006. 

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