Beware of Facebook Hackers !

As much as we all love Facebook, just like the real world, the virtual world has bad people who are there only to commit crimes and hurt others.   If you have been on facebook for any amount of time then you or one of your friends has been hacked. I am sure you have seen strange posts by that person — things like “Acai berry product info” sent to everyone, or worse porn videos posted on people’s walls, or the beloved email of the hacker, the scam where they send everyone messages from your facebook account asking for money and saying you are in dire need of their help.  Beware of the Facebook Hacker !  They are trying to steal your money, and in some cases your identity.  The lastest round of facebook hackers, are now duplicating your actual facebook account.

Let’s say your friend John had his account hacked and stupid things were being posted on his wall, and from him on friend’s walls.   He tells all his friends he was hacked, changes his password, and thinks the problem has been fixed.  Not long after that John’s friends get “friend” requests from him.   We assume John just opened a new facebook account and closed the old one because of the hacker, so we accept his friend request.   You and John’s other 200 friends all just accepted friend requests from a hacker.   This can go on for days, weeks, or months before someone tells John — “Hey, why do you have two accounts ?”   Now, John has to report it to facebook, and wait for the person to be caught, and deleted, and hope they are not trying to scam his identity.   These hackers are very good, John even tried to change the picture on his real account, so his friends would know who to unfriend and block– and guess what — the hacker changed the photo on his account and made it identical to John’s real account within a matter of hours.  This is serious stuff people !

If you notice anything strange with any of your friend’s accounts, let them know right away.   Remember these important tips to help protect against hackers.

  • Make sure your facebook password is strong (don’t use personal dates etc; and DO use letters and numbers, upper and lower case if possible)
  • Be careful of the emails you get from facebook telling you someone has commented on you – many of these are scams, and when you click on the link, you are hacked.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know  — you wouldn’t show a stranger on the street all your personal information and family photos, don’t do it online either.
  • If you get a strange message from a friend asking for money, DON’T send the money —  Call your friend and talk to them and find out if it is real.
  • If you see something that looks like a friend has been hacked — strange wall postings etc; —  let them know right away, and make sure either you or your friend report it to facebook security.
  • If you get a friend request from someone you are already friends with — ask them if they sent it — if they have a new account — before you accept the request.
  • Remember if something sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be careful, Be Safe, and don’t be afraid to verify with friends via phone or regular email that a request is real.

We have to all work together to get rid of the hackers, and we at Spencer Technology Solutions want to help keep our virtual world safe for ourselves and our friends.

Frank Beamer honored by MS foundation.

On March 14, 2012, the MS Society’s local Blue Ridge Chapter had their 21st annual Dinner of Champions to award this year’s winner with the MS Silver Hope Award. This year, Virginia Tech Head Coach, Frank Beamer was honored for his years of service not only as a great football coach, but as a leader and champion in his community.

Shane Beamer was the Master of Ceremonies, and did an outstanding job regaling the audience with stories about his father. Billy Hite and Greg Roberts were also on hand to “roast” the coach and tell humorous anecdotes from their years of friendship with Coach Beamer. At the end of the evening, a surprise guest, Coach Mike Gottfriend whom Beamer worked under at Murray State, was introduced to honor Beamer. Through all of the light-hearted banter, one thing was said about Coach Frank Beamer repeatedly, he is a loyal man, who values his friends and family, and to him coaching is about more than football.  It is about making a difference in the lives of the young people he coaches, and about creating a football program that makes the Hokie nation proud, not just because of wins, but because of the character of the team.

Matt and I were honored to attend this event as guests of Alexander Boone from Boone Graham Thomas Construction. Alexander served as Vice Chair on the MS Dinner Committee along with many other local philanthropists. We, at Spencer Technology Solutions, are grateful to all of the members of the Blue Ridge MS Chapter for their hard work to fight this disease. We applaud you, and are thankful not only for Coach Beamer, but for all the many champions we have in our community.

We care about your business.

Why is Spencer Technology Solutions the best source for IT Solutions and computer help in the Roanoke Valley?  The answer is quite simple, it is because we care about your business.

We know that doing the best job that we can do for our customers will help them succeed. At Spencer Technology solutions,  we think of ourselves as part of your team, if you succeed so do we.  Working as a team gets better results than trying to carry the load yourself, just like the coach said in High School.  Those lessons apply in life too.

At Spencer Technology Solutions we know that caring about the success of our customers makes us have better customer service, and gives our customers something that is getting harder and harder to find in the high tech world – someone who listens to their needs, and understands the issues they are facing.  Not only does caring about your business make us easier for you to work with, it also benefits us, because your success is our success. When you grow, our business prospers too. We all win !  Why not give us a call today, at 540-815-9397, and let us show you our first class customer service, and the benefits of having an IT Consultant on your team.  Let’s play ball and win together !