As most everyone knows, cyber-crime has increased massively over the last year or two. Dodgy emails have been the weapon of choice for criminals. But now a new threat is growing, catching out victims via SMS text messages on our phones.
Flubot, having done the rounds of European countries has arrived in Australia and I’m getting plenty of dodgy text messages wanting me to click on a link to listen to a voicemail message.
If you tap on the message, you will be taken to a legitimate-looking website. The site prompts you to install an app so that you can listen to the message. Once you install the malware and your phone is infected, it will access your contacts list and send itself to all of them. It can access your personal information including banking details, so is particularly dangerous.
The malware app is particularly difficult to remove. Some have had to factory reset their phone. So this is another reason to make sure that your phone is always backed up.
The Flubot text messages have bad grammar and spelling as you can see from the screenshot, so they are easy to pick if you are alert. But this is probably just the start. Expect more sophisticated bait in the future.
If your phone is not controlled by your IT department make sure that you have some protection installed such as ‘Lookout’ which can be installed from the Google PlayStore.
Although Flubot only infects Android phones but stay awake to possible threats coming to your iPhone.
Keep your personal and business data safe and secure.
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Microsoft Lens – Use it, you’ll love it! Just like we do!
Microsoft Lens is an app that is an essential tool in my business, formerly called Office Lens.
It’s no longer a part of Microsoft 365 but a free app for Android and iPhone.
It’s better than your phone camera for capturing that PowerPoint slide at a conference, a whiteboard sketch, digitising business cards, your old printed photos, or my most common use of capturing receipts.
When I make a business purchase I will take a picture with MS Lens. You can see this in the screenshot below.
I’ve just purchased petrol. The receipt is on my car’s passenger seat and MS Lens has automatically selected the receipt, cropping it from the background scene.
Once you take the picture you can adjust the captured border if needed. MS Lens will straighten up an angled shot too.
Confirm the capture. In this next screen, you can crop, rotate, insert text, or add more pages of a document that you are capturing, etc.
Clicking ‘Done’ moves you onto the save screen (see below image). Here I’ll change the title so that my bookkeeper knows what the receipt is about. OneDrive, where I keep the receipts, is already selected because I used it last time.
Captured an article? You can even have MS Lens read out the text to you, maybe even in a different language with an immersive reader. Tap ‘save’ and I can dispose of the printed receipt.
Microsoft has made some improvements to Microsoft Lens this year, including a few that I’ve mentioned above. You can scan up to 100 pages as images or pdfs. And by the way, colour is great in scans of printed photos.
Microsoft Lens has become an essential app in my business. Try it, I’m sure you’ll like it.