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Netflix Scam Hits 110 Million Users

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Netflix has been hit by a massive phishing attack campaign.

Subscribers are being targeted, telling them that their account is about to be canceled with a very official-looking, personalized, fake email. The customers are asked to update their account information to avoid suspension which results in their personal and credit card information being stolen by the hackers.

The email typically has the subject line of: “Your suspension notification”. In the email, subscribers find a link that, when clicked, takes them to a fake Netflix log-in page to give their information and credit card number. The phishing attack was fist detected on Sunday, November 5th and is targeting almost 110 million Netflix subscribers. The fake site includes Netflix’s logo as well as images of  popular Netflix shows like “The Crown” and “House of Cards” which make the site seem legitimate.

Don't fall for the scam!

Never click on links in any email unless you know you initiated it being sent to you via the real Netflix website. You account data is safe and it is safe to use Netflix, but if you give up your information this easily, your data and money are as good as gone!

 

 



Snopes Needs Their Community's Help

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The ongoing legal dispute between Snopes and Proper Media is now causing some major financial issues.

After Proper Media completely cut off Snopes’ online advertisements, Snopes has been losing a lot of money. They have always been a free online source, which means they rely on their advertisements to create revenue and bring in income to keep them running successfully.

For the first time in history, Snopes has reached out to their online community by creating a GoFundMe page to help them fund their company and employees.

Both companies will be appearing in court on August 4th. For more background of this story, check out this article from New York times.

10th Annual Links Technology Cup

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The 10th Annual Links Technology Cup golf outing is right around the corner! On August 9th, teams of four will compete for the Links Cup. 

Tickets can be purchased for $165 per golfer, which includes food and beverages at almost every hole, a steak dinner provided by Chandler’s Chophouse, and 18 holes of golf.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Schaumburg Park Foundation.

For more information on the Cup visit, http://www.schaumburgparkfoundation.org/links-cup.

Petya Ransomware Cyberattack

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

 

Yesterday there were multiple reports of yet another massive ransomware cyber-attack affecting several European countries. The name of this dangerous and crippling computer virus is "Petya", a variant of last month's "WannaCry" virus.

Security experts have also reported that the initial infection vector is email-based and some security threat researchers have been able to narrow it down to a fake resume email scam delivered via attachment. Once the attachment is opened, not only does it infect the host, but it also starts to spread inside the affected organization. Therefore, please be vigilant and exercise caution when clicking on links or opening files in emails from suspicious or unknown sources.

If you start to see popup’s or unfamiliar images on your computer screen, do not click on anything. IMMEDIATELY POWER OFF YOUR COMPUTER BY PRESSING THE POWER BUTTON FOR AT LEAST 4 SECONDS and then contact Links Technology Support.

These Ransomware attacks can be avoided, if users are careful when opening emails, and PC’s are kept up-to-date with Windows updates. If anyone has any questions on Ransomware or are unsure if their PC is up-to-date, please contact the Support Helpdesk for assistance. 

For more information on Petya ransomware, refer to the following link:

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/28/petya-ransomware-cyberattack-explained-how-to-tell-if-youre-at-risk-or-been-attacked.html

 

Veteran-Owned Small Business Verified

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

With great honor, we are excited to announce that Links Technology Solutions, Inc. has been verified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs CVE as a Veteran-Owned Small Business. With our very own Brian Burke (President and CEO) being an U.S. Veteran, we will continue to serve America though ownership of our small business.

Brian Burke in the United States Marine Corps

IT Security Presentation at SBA Leadership Luncheon

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Links Technology presented an informative presentation at the SBA Leadership Luncheon with an interactive game show themed thriller, which demonstrated how easily a phone could be hacked and the importance of IT Security.

Links shared how hacks, attacks, and viruses along with internal mistakes or deliberate misuse of network systems could bring any business to a halt. At Links, we work as a partner in finding and developing the right relationship with your team and your systems so that we seamlessly integrate into your business IT services without disruption along with keeping ahead of danger.

Learn More About IT Security



It's Baaack, the Form W-2 Email Scam

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Remember the W-2 scam trying to trick payroll and human resource officials into disclosing employee names, social security numbers, and income information?

Well, it's that time of year, and the IRS has renewed their alert. So be on the lookout for unusual requests, even if seemingly from your CEO!

More from the IRS

Here are a couple of example emails:

W-2 Form Email Scam example emails

5 Reasons You Need to Use an External Recruiter

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

If you have never used an external recruiter, you might be wondering why external IT staffing firms are the go-to solution for many fortune-500 companies. If you are looking to fill open positions or put together a team of IT professionals for a contract project, an IT recruiting specialist might be the answer to your prayers. As a leading IT Staffing & Recruiting firm, we know why using an external recruiter for your technology staffing needs is so important and put together a quick run-down of the advantages:

  1. We Will Find Your Next Rock Star Employee Faster!
    We started looking for your ideal candidate yesterday and we've already begun to filter to the best candidates. All we need are your job requirements.

  2. Top Talent Wants to Work with Us
    Top candidates, both active and passively looking, rely on us to keep them connected to the job market. We will find the best fit for you and are a click away from your next success story.

  3. We Focus on Placing Great Candidates, Not Just the Search
    Internal Recruiters get paid for searching for any candidate. We only get paid for placing candidates that get hired. The difference is huge!

  4. External Recruiters Have Bigger and Better Networks
    We're constantly seeking and finding top talent for multiple companies. We know positions come and go, so we maintain great relationships and build giant networks of amazing IT talent.

  5. More Time Spent on Your Own Job.
    Is your business recruiting? Ours is. So, you can get your job done while we find amazing talent for you.

Links Technology Solutions has a team of nationwide recruiting and staffing experts. We can help you find temporary consulting labor or permanent placements in almost any role. Learn more here.

When is a Space not a Space?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

When its %20.

When we empower a client to use a content management system (CMS) to manage their website or an email marketing program to send out newsletters, it is easy to forget that not all things on the web are the same as on your computer. In the strange and shadowy world of HTML code, server languages and URL arguments you are bound to come across a few strange nuances that can spell success or failure for your web content.

Today we take a look at the “space” when naming a file. For both your own organization and for search engine optimization (SEO), it is important to relate the name of files on a website to the content of file. However, while adding spaces, ampersands or quotations can make filename titles easier to read, adding these special characters can lead to ‘404 Page not Found’ errors when used on websites. Every letter and punctuation mark has a unique code to represent them on the web. Browsers and CMS systems often get confused when certain characters are not properly represented to them. While letters and numbers are generally not translated into their code equivalent, punctuation marks are not treated as equally. Because these marks have dual meanings on the web, your browser may interpret these as something else and replace these with their code equivalent. For example:

  • A space can be replaced with %20
  • A quotation ( “ ) can be replaced with %22
  • An ampersand ( & ) can be replaced with %26

These codes can cause confusion and sometimes have unintended results on your website if using a CMS. To avoid these, filenames should use a dash ( - ) between words rather than actual spaces. This will keep things relatively readable for you and help make sure the file is understandable by the web as well.

Aside from the punctuation, the actual name you choose is important as well. The golden rule for naming documents on the web is: “The shorter the better”. However, you do want to choose relevant the titles for the content of the file and use natural language in your filenames. This can help users understand you documents as well as ensure search engines do an accurate job of indexing pages, images and PDFs for results on keywords associated with your site.

So, the next time you are writing up your site content, newsletter, blog article or posting important documents, consider that a space is not always a space.

9th Links Technology Cup Successful again!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Now in its 9th year, the Links Technology Cup once again raised funds for the Schaumburg Park Foundation while providing a spirited golf tournament and complete with a dramatic sudden-death playoff at The Schaumburg Golf Club on August 10th.

This year’s well dressed  winners emerged on top after a 2-hole playoff. Mark Dwyer, Joe Leone, Mike Schweizer and Bob Van Valkenburg took home the trophy for the 3rd straight year which was presented by Links Technology President and CEO, Brian Burke in a ceremony following the tournament.

 

In an era of difficult government funding, this event raises funds for The Schaumburg Park Foundation which is dedicated to providing resources for the preservation of open space, conservation, nature, recreation, culture and education in Schaumburg.

Links is celebrating its 17th year of business and believes in giving back to the community in their role as the title sponsor of this event as well as a Park Partner with the Schaumburg Park District. Links created the Schaumburg Park District website and mobile app which receives over a million visitors each year.

Other major sponsors for the event included Thermos, Schaumburg Bank & Trust (a Wintrust Community Bank), WT Engineering and Chandler's/Ala Carte Entertainment.

Congratulations to all who played, raised money, and had a great day at the Schaumburg Golf Club.


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