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What Does a Phishing Email Look Like?

Posted by bsolymar on February 12, 2018

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You may have heard of something called phishing, but don’t confuse this with your dad’s cottage hobby; what you catch from phishing is not near as exciting. Phishing is a type of scam that criminals are using to steal money from you. They accomplish this by installing malicious software on your computer and by stealing your personal data.

So what does a phishing email look like? Here are some common things that you can spot in these fraudulent emails:

The “From” field might come from an email address you don’t normally communication with. The email can be from someone outside of your work organization and not related to your job responsibilities. The sender’s email can look like it’s from a suspicious domain. It could be an unexpected or unusual email with an embedded hyperlink or an attachment from someone you haven’t communicated with recently.

The “To” field might include a mix of seemingly random people from your organization or a list of unrelated addresses. You might have been cc’d on an email to one or more people and you don’t personally know any of the other people.

The “Subject” field could be a subject line that is irrelevant or does not match the message content. The email message is in reply to something you never requested or sent.

There could be an attachment that was not expected or makes no sense to the email message.  A big red flag is the hyperlink that is attached. To test the legitimacy of a link, hover over the hyperlink. If the address looks strange or is for a different website, that’s a bad sign.

The hyperlink or content may also be a misspelled version of a known website—for example, using facebonk.com instead of facebook.com.

If the hyperlink seems illogical, forward, or asks you to look at embarrassing or compromising pictures of someone you know, these are all red flags.

If the hyperlink is threatening in nature and asks you to click on a link or attachment to avoid a negative consequence, that’s also a red flag. However, it could sound very beneficial as well: “Click here to get a free TV”. Basically, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. .

The email could be full of grammatical or spelling errors.

These emails can look like they are from a legitimate company or website or they could look like they came from your CEO.  They might use logos, names of companies, names of departments or job titles that appear to be real. Check if the company name is spelled correctly. Also check if the email is coming from a name you personally know, whether the email address is actually their correct email.

 

Do Not:

  • Open any email attachments that end with: exe, .scr, .bat, .com, or other executable files you do not recognize.
  • Click an embedded link in a message without hovering your mouse over it first to check the URL.
  • Respond or reply. It’s better to just delete the email.
  • “Unsubscribe” – it’s better to delete the email then to deal with the security risk.

Do:

  • Check the email “From” field to validate the sender is actually someone you know or from a correct email address.
  • Check for a “double-extended’ scam attachment. A text file named “safe.txt” is safe but a file called “safe.txt.exe” is not.
  • Report any suspicious emails to your IT department.
  • Report any suspicious emails to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Trust your gut if the email seems odd; question it. If it looks like it came from someone you know, speak to the person in a different form of communication, maybe face to face or by phone to confirm the legitimacy of the email. Speak to your IT department before you click on the link or attachment. When in doubt, just delete the email.

It’s awful when it happens, but with these tips and tricks, you can stay safe from the nasty phishers out there. It’s more important than ever to say vigilant about your online security and stay skeptical whenever confronted with suspicious emails. We hope these tips help keep you and your family safe online!

Reference: KnowBe4, Inc.

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I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”


How to Host a Winning Super Bowl Party

Posted by bsolymar on February 2, 2018

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Regardless if you are a football fan or if you just plan on watching for Justin Timberlake and the amusing commercials; everyone enjoys a good party and what better way to celebrate than with the Super Bowl! This Sunday is Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the New England Patriots.

Before the touchdown celebrations can begin, you’ll need to prep for the big game! 

The crowd will cheer for these food favourites!

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party and want to upgrade from the traditional chips, wings and pizza, we’ve got you covered! Score big with these crowd pleasing favourites!

Pizza football: Pizza in the shape of a football, must we say more?

Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies: Calling all sweet tooths! You will be invited to every viewing party with this delectable desert! Peanut butter, chocolate chips and icing- oh my! 

Chocolate Strawberry Footballs: Give your strawberries a makeover with this simple, sweet treat! Everything tastes better when it’s dipped in chocolate! 

Lace up for these awesome party games!

Who doesn’t love a little competition? Whether you’re a football lover or just watching for the company, entertain your guests with exciting and interactive games to that will have them cheering “touchdown!”

Super Bowl Bingo: Every player gets candy or pretzel Bingo markers and the first one to call out, "Bingo!" wins! 

Judge the Commercials: Have everyone vote on their favourites with funny scorecards!

 

 

Tune in for the commercials!

This year marks the second time that Canadians will be able to watch the American Super Bowl commercials! Did you know, the cost of a 30 second Super Bowl ad is around $5 million?! With a budget like that, no wonder these commercials have high end productions and celebrity cameos!  

Here is a sneak peek of some of our favourites so far:

2018 Hyundai Kona: This commercial centers on a soccer referee who saves the day and hilariously ends a children’s soccer game by handing out red cards, so the parents can return home in time for the Super Bowl.  

Pringles: Did you know that when you stack multiple Pringles flavours, you can create an incredible hybrid- oh and the fact that this commercial also features Bill Hader makes it even better!

Febreze: Meet Dave whose #BleepDontStink- we’re not saying any more…

 

Practice your dance moves!

What is a Super Bowl without a big spectacular Half Time show? This year Justin Timberlake will be performing, although details on his performance have been kept under wraps. Fans have been speculating whether he will be joined by another celebrity friend or even his old band members from *NSYNC. We know that we “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of excitement and anticipation to see what he surprises us with this Sunday!

 

 

Enhance your viewing experience!

With Link TV, we’re giving you a Super Bowl experience unlike any other! This year, enjoy the flexibly to watch the live game from anywhere in your house on your TV, Tablet or Smartphone!

Can’t make it home in time for the game? Don’t worry, Cloud DVR has got you covered with the option to record, pause, rewind and fast forward your programming. Forgot to record? Use the Catch-Up feature to re-watch the game up to 24 hours after it airs or if you happen to miss the first few minutes, use Restart TV to restart the game from the beginning!

We want you to have the awesome Super Bowl experience that you deserve, so this year, tune in with Link TV and watch the game live on CTV (Channel 10) and NBC (Channel 24). 

 

There is no doubt that this year’s Super Bowl will be a must watch! Tune in on Sunday February 4th and don’t miss a touchdown, tackle or field goal! 

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How to Enhance your Business with TV!

Posted by bsolymar on January 30, 2018

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TV serves a variety of purposes and can be a valuable service for any type of business. Whether your business is hospitality focused, healthcare related or office minded the audience is all very similar; everyone is looking to stay connected and entertained while going about their daily lives. TV allows for information to be exchanged in an ubiquitous manner while delivering entertainment for respective customers and employees.

Let's discuss what benefits TV can bring to your business!

Create a Welcoming Environment

In many small businesses TV’s are a way to drown out uncomfortable silence and occupy your customers and visitors while they wait. This is a time to convey information and entertain your waiting audience to decrease impatience and allow for an overall better experience. Execulink’s Link TV offers channels for every preference and demographic- from the History Channel to the Food Network, we have options for all!

Attract Customers

Businesses in the hospitality industry such as restaurants and bars rely on entertainment to attract customers and keep them engaged. The goal is to make your business a destination spot for live events such as game days and what better way than with our Link TV sports packages! Drive business to your location with channels like Sportsnet, TSN, the NFL Network and NBA TV. You can also advertise “Watch Parties” during live events like the Superbowl and NHL playoffs!

Stay Connected

In today’s fast-paced world, people expect to stay informed and entertained everywhere they go. Magazines and books are starting to take a backseat as visual technology takes over, because what better way to share information than with television! Engage your customers, visitors and employees with TV and keep them connected while they visit for a routine dental appointment, wait in line at the DMV, conduct their daily workout or simply enjoy lunch in the break room. Choose from over 200 Link TV channels like CBC, E! or other customer favourites like HGTV! 

Businesses that benefit from TV

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Healthcare offices
  • Hotels
  • Repair shops
  • Lawyers offices
  • Fitness centres
  • Workplace break rooms and many more!

 Ask us how Link TV for Business can enhance your business today! 

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We’re Answering Your Frequently Asked Tech Support Questions!

Posted by jlinnerth on January 22, 2018

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You asked and we listened! Are you looking for answers to our most popular tech support questions? Well look no further! Check out these awesome tips to enhance your telecom experience! 

Forgot your Wi-Fi password? Here’s what to do!

In today’s world, we have passwords for everything and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of them all! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! If you’re having trouble remembering your Wi-Fi password and you rent a wireless router (or modem with wireless capabilities) from Execulink, here’s how to recover it!

Step 1: First, login to your MyExeculink account at http://execulink.ca/myexeculink

Step 2: Once you’ve logged in, click the Internet tab.

Step 3: Locate and click on the appropriate modem and a new page will open.

Step 4: Scroll down to the Encryption section and beside Key enter your new password. 

Step 5: Hit Save Settings.

Tip: Make sure your Wi-Fi password is not too obvious and includes enough special characters to make it impossible to figure out!


 

How do I boost my Internet speed?

Have a fast internet connection but it doesn’t always seem to live up to its name? Let’s get to the bottom of your internet slowdowns so you can get back to enjoying your favourite shows!

It’s your Wi-Fi!
If you are experiencing slow internet, it may be due to a weak wireless signal.
Tip: Move, adjust and boost your router with these awesome tricks!

You left some Apps running!
Apps and programs that are running in the background tend to be connection hogs and may cause your internet to become slow.
Tip: Sometimes your computer conducts necessary updates in the background. Try configuring your PC to notify you before it begins any updates or schedule them for a later time. Also remember to shut off all apps and programs once you are finished using them.

Are you using a dual band router?
Try to reset your router. If that doesn’t work consider purchasing a dual band router from Execulink!
Tip: For more information about the benefits of dual band routers, keep reading!

Use an Ethernet cable!
Ethernet connections generally allow for faster speeds, less interference and lower latency than wireless connections.
Tip: Connect your modem directly via Ethernet cable!

Contact Execulink to get a faster Internet package!
Sometimes your internet may be slow due to your internet package. Here at Execulink our mission is to connect you to everything that matters with the awesome experience you deserve. With that mission in mind we’d love to ensure that your Internet speed plan is fast enough to support the activities you're doing online.
Tip: Connect with us to upgrade your Internet package!



How do I boost my Wi-Fi?

We’ve all been there: you’re streaming your favourite show when it comes to an abrupt halt and the buffering icon endlessly spins in circles on the screen? We’ve got some quick tips to help you get the most out of your Wi-Fi signal!

Don’t hide your Router: Routers may not make the best home décor, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them!
Tip: If you want the best signal make sure your router is placed out in the open, keep it elevated and have your router reside near the centre of your home.

Stay Away from Appliances: Much like Walkie Talkies, routers can experience channel interference too! This can be caused from multiple things like your neighbours or other household electronics!
Tip: To counteract this, switch the channel your router is on.

Adjust your Antennas: Make sure that your router has an antenna, and if it does, fiddle with the antenna to find the best possible placement that maximizes your signal.
Tip: Point your antenna towards the spot in your house where the Wi-Fi is the weakest- it will help improve the signal to that area.

Buy a Range Extender: Routers usually have a certain distance that they will send a signal to reliably. Any farther and the signal will get weak and slow.
Tip: To help enhance the distance your Wi-Fi signal reaches purchase a wireless range extender.

Update your Firmware: If you have an older router you may need to update it. Software changes are key to help make your router faster and perform better.
Tip: By simply updating the firmware on your router it might boost your signal and help increase your speed as well.

Keep your Network Private: One of the best ways to increase your Wi-Fi signal and speed is to make sure your Wi-Fi is always private. This will prevent others from using your network and will protect you more when you are online. 
Tip: Set up a Wi-Fi password!



How can I get the most out of my router? 

As we increase the amount of electronic devices we bring into our homes, comes the increase in network interference. Switching to a dual band router may be the fix you need to optimize your internet experience- that’s why we’re giving you the low down on dual band routers and how to use them to your advantage!

Single band routers operate with a 2.4Ghz frequency. This is the original Wi-Fi standard, however many household items such as baby monitors, cordless home phones and other Wi-Fi routers use this same frequency which can ultimately cause interference. Introducing the dual band router! These routers utilize two different frequencies: the 2.4Ghz plus the 5Ghz. Therefore with two alternative networks to choose from, you increase your wireless bandwidth so you can enjoy an enhanced router experience!

Tip: Make sure your router is positioned in the centre of your home and then ensure that both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz networks have unique SSID’s (Network Names). Don't have a dual band router? Consider renting one from Execulink! For more information or assistance contact Execulink at 1-877-393-2854, we’d love to chat with you!

We understand how frustrating it can be to run into service issues. Hopefully these troubleshooting tips and tricks will help to alleviate some of that frustration and give you the Telecom experience you deserve!

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The Best Tech for Keeping your Resolutions in 2018

Posted by bsolymar on January 16, 2018

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The first month of 2018 brings an opportunity to make some resolutions and who isn’t on board for “New Year, New Me"?  I don’t know about you, but I am awful at keeping any resolutions that I make, whether it is to eat better, read more, budget better, or simplify my busy life. If you are like me and struggle with keeping your resolutions, there are technologies and apps that can help you stay on track!

Stay Healthy

Staying healthy, whether it is through exercise or eating habits, is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. But how do you know what type of exercise will get you the best results? What should you be eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle? It gets boring and tedious, constantly focusing on what you eat and doing the same exercise routine every few days. But don’t worry, we've got you covered!

Fitnet

Fitnet is an app that allows you to have your own personal trainer on your phone, for free! You start by entering your personal goals and then Fitnet provides you with a variety of exercise routines to follow. While you are doing these routines, your camera captures your movements and provides feedback. It is just like having a personal trainer there with you!

SmartPlate

SmartPlate is a new technology that allows you to weigh your food and track what you eat with an app! When you place your food on the plate it is automatically weighed. An app on your phone allows you to take a picture of your plate from above and your food will be analyzed and tracked. You can specify if you want to focus on strength and power, hydration, weight management, blood glucose and carbs, energy, or portion control. The SmartPlate technology identifies macro and micro nutrients and even recognizes food from a restaurant.

Checking nutritional app when eating

Happy Scale

Happy Scale is an app that measures your weight and immediately starts to analyze and make predictions as to when you will meet your goals.

Read More

Reading more is something I always wish I had time to do, but I always find I am too busy. If you are like me and find it hard to read, have you considered alternate reading options such as audiobooks or digital libraries? Here is a short list of a few apps and technologies that can make reading more enjoyable.

Scribd

Scribd is an app that gives you access to three books and one audiobook each month- plus unlimited magazines and documents. The Scribd app is compatible on any device and allows you to read your favourite literature anywhere, anytime!

Kobo

Kobo is a handy little eReader that is great for people who love to read. It is the size of a tablet, which makes it easy to throw in a bag and take with you anywhere. When you purchase a Kobo it comes already programmed with books, plus you are able to purchase and download all of your favourites! If you don’t want to be carrying an eReader with you everywhere, don’t worry because Kobo also has an app that you can download on any device!  

Goodreads

Goodreads is an app and website that you can use to help you decide what book you should read next. It helps you keep track of the books you've read, share them with your friends and document your reviews. All you have to do is input genres and/or titles of your favourite books and Goodreads will give you many more suggestions for future reads!

Budget, Budget, Budget

Whether you are looking to pay off that student debt, planning your trip to Italy, or just trying to stay on top of your current finances, budgeting never comes easy. Here are a few apps that will help keep you on track with your budget!

Mint

Mint is an app that allows you to create a realistic budget, pay your bills on time and stay on top of your finances, securely. You are able to view your bills and credit statement in one place while developing budget plans for different areas of your life. It also provides financial tips and tricks - who doesn’t like that sound of that?

YNAB

YNAB (You Need A Budget) is a software that can be downloaded on any computer. This software helps you make a budget that is right for you, makes you consider where you are spending your money, and helps you keep track of when you are getting paid and when bills are due… all while trying to take the stress out of budgeting. But don’t worry, it lets you ‘roll with the punches’ and you can change your budget at any point.

Simplify Your Life

Life can get really busy and hectic, running here and there, having this errand to run, this place to be at a certain time… oh no, you're double booked, now what do you do? Try out some of these tech shortcuts to help keep you organized and on track with your goals!

Google Now

Google Now acts like your own personal assistant. This app will update and remind you about upcoming events, reservations, important birthdays, weather conditions, and traffic.

Any.do

Any.do is an app that you can use to help track your tasks and meet your set goals! You are able to set reminders, make notes, and add files that you can access on any device by signing into the app or visiting their website.

Link TV

With Execulink's Link TV service you no longer have to worry about rushing home to watch your favourite show, or fret about missing the big game because of traffic or an appointment! Features such as Cloud DVR, Restart TV, and Catch-Up TV allow you to record your favourite shows and movies or go back to the beginning of a show if you missed it! Simplify your life by streaming from multiple devices and watching your favourite shows anywhere in your home! Contact Execulink today or click here to learn more!

 

Keeping your resolutions throughout the year is a hard task, hopefully these handy technologies will assist you with meeting your goals and staying on track through 2018!

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