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UK Justice Secretary hit by latest net-fraudsters

Hundreds of Jack Straw's constituents have been targeted by net-fraudsters from Nigeria. Emails arrived in their inbox, supposedly from Jack Straw the UK Justice Secretary, explaining he was in Africa doing charity work and had lost his wallet. The emails went on to say he needed 3000 dollars to pay his hotel bills and get himself back home. He only realised when he started to receive phone calls from his email contacts asking if he really was in trouble and needed the money to return to the UK.

This only highlights the very real risk to your email inbox from a new breed of net-fraud you can expose yourself to by logging onto social networking sites.

People will always need the on line 'solitaire' break. Why sit in a draughty canteen when you can log onto the myriad of social networking sites and chat to friends instantly. It might seem harmless fun but it could cause untold damage to your company's network.

Since React Computer Partnership raised this issue at the beginning of 2009, latest reports confirm viruses, spyware and phishing scams are working their wicked ways into your own networks right now, through staff using on line social networking sites in their 'spare' time. Not only can these e-truders potentially corrupt your systems but they can also gain access to your confidential material too.

Your IT department will already block access to some of these sites, however, be aware new ones are regularly coming into play. React Computer Partnership, based in Woodbridge, has a handy, free Network Safe Poster they can send you. It's packed with tips to keep you safe from web-jacking from unwelcome and unknown sources. Many Suffolk business owners have already requested a copy to display in their offices to make staff more aware of the very real threats involved when using social networking sites.

Some tips from Francis Pledger, Director of React Computer Partnership, to keep you Network Safe

  • Ensure you and your staff are well aware of your company policy regarding surfing certain Web sites.
  • Be vigilant, look out for Spear phishing - eg. Just like Jack Straw - It's an email sent directly to your contacts, which appears to have come from you. Remember never email back personal details, passwords, bank accounts, user names etc.
  • Guard against Spam - 86% of websites which ask for your web address will generate copious amounts of the dreaded Spam emails.

If you're at all worried you can get a free copy of the Network Safe Poster to display in your office. It's a guide to safe social networking for you and your staff and if you contact React Computer Partnership they will send you a free copy. Call them on 01394 387337 or click on the following link and download it for free

For more involved advice on IT protection and networking solutions for business contact React Computer Partnership 01394 387337

Article by React Computer Partnership

As well as helping businesses with their IT networking requirements, we hold a variety of regular seminars designed to help businesses work more efficiently by using the very latest IT Technology including 'Docuware' - to encourage less paperwork and more productivity in the work place, we promise no jargon just solutions. For more information or free advice check out their website or phone them on 01394 387337.

'Unlike many computer support services, React Computer Partnership actually listened!'

At React Computer Partnership we are very aware that your IT network is a critical part of your business infrastructure and any failure is likely to cause significant problems for you. We therefore design our support services to ensure your system is extremely reliable and efficient and downtime is kept to a minimum. With our help, your business will have 99.9% availability. Working with you we can arrange for the installation of suitable hardware and software which works specifically for your business needs.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner we use Microsoft software on your system to warn us in advance of problems before they occur, enabling us to keep your business running seamlessly. We also arrange for quarterly maintenance visits and of course when there is a problem fix it swiftly too.

Day to day support is provided using our telephone help desk services, and remote access, providing instant help for all your workstations. Should it not be possible to resolve the problem through either of these methods we visit your offices, at no extra charge.

In the unlikely event of a critical failure, be assured your system is in safe hands. We take a special 'snapshot' of your operating system and set up, then store this securely at our offices. Once your hardware had been repaired we rebuild your system from the 'snapshot' providing you with an extremely fast and safe solution.

React Computer Partnership have built a reputation throughout East Anglia for providing a quality level of IT support services, ensuring businesses have a reliable and efficient system - allowing our customers to concentrate on running their businesses not their IT departments.

Any successful business needs to keep accurate records of each quote, and orders placed plus customers invoices sent - without disappearing under a mountain of paperwork. To reduce not only the time it takes to find these important documents but also the space they take up in your premises, let us introduce you to Docuware. It's an electronic filing system to manage all your paperwork and speed the flow of information around your departments, allowing you fast, easy access to all your documents at a moments notice.

We offer I.T. networking solutions to businesses large and small, throughout East Anglia, promising no jargon, just solutions. Plus we host regular technology seminars to help your business work more efficiently and increase your productivity. For more information or free advice please take a look at our website or phone us on 01394 387337.

When we meet we can also discuss other services available for added security and peace of mind you may wish to consider for the future.

We would be delighted to provide you with a support service, we would need to visit your offices to undertake a initial system overview to document the actual configuration of the network and carry out any remedial work that is necessary. This work will be clearly identified before we continue.