Hopefully you are aware that the government and the cell phone companies are trying to combat the robocalls that you receive. The FCC suggests the following steps you can take to eliminate the calls to your phone numbers:
Don’t answer calls from blocked or unknown numbers.
Don’t answer calls from numbers you don’t recognize.
Just because an incoming call appears to be from a local number, doesn’t mean it is.
Don’t respond to any questions that can be answered with a “Yes.”
If someone calls you and claims to be with XYZ company, hang up and call the company yourself. Use the company’s website to find an official number.
If you do answer a call and hear a recording such as “Hello, can you hear me?” just hang up.
The same goes for a call where you’re asked to press a number before being connected to a representative.
When you answer a call and interact with the voice prompt or by pressing a number, it lets the spammer know your number is real. They can then sell your number to another company, or begin targeting your number more frequently.
Tip of the month
Support for another Microsoft product is ending
Just in case you haven’t heard, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 this month. They are also eliminating support for Office 2007. Microsoft has been warning of this for quite awhile. What it means to you is that you will not be receiving updates from Microsoft for these 2 programs. That is a relief for those who dread every time the updates happen, but you will be left with unsecured programs resulting in viruses, malware, etc…
SO, now Microsoft is starting with the warnings that they will end support for Office 2010 in October of this year. What does this mean? Again, no more technical support, no more patches, no more security updates. Options? Obviously Microsoft wants you to upgrade to a newer version of Office. Specifically, they would love for you to upgrade to their Office 365 program – meaning there is a yearly fee. Subscription software is becoming very popular with the manufacturer. This link will explain their packages: