Monthly Archives: February 2010

Received a couple of e-mails with the following text:

 

FROM:   [email protected]
SUBJECT:  DHL Office. You need to get a parcel NR.xxxx

Dear customer!

The courier service was not able to deliver your parcel at your address.
Cause: Mistake in address
You may pickup the parcel at our post office personally.
The delivery advice is attached to this e-mail.
Print this label to get this package at our post office.
Please do not reply to this e-mail, it is an unmonitored mailbox!
Thank you,
DHL Services.
 

 

  1. DHL will usually leave the package at your doorstep unless special instructions were provided or the package is insured (valuable).
  2. If they can’t deliver, they leave a slip of paper at your door, as does UPS, FedEx and the postal service.
  3. If someone flubbed the mailing address, and DHL can’t make sense of it, DHL will send it back to the point of origin (where it was mailed from).
  4. If the address was mistaken and truely was from DHL, how could DHL possibly look me up by a mistaken address and get the right e-mail address, even if they DID have my e-mail (they don’t).
  5. The e-mail address it was sent to is never used as an e-mail address, it is used as a ‘throwaway’ address so that spam sent to it goes in round-file 13 (trashcan).
  6. Given the above, this can’t possibly have come from DHL.
  7. A file is attached named “Facebook_password_xxxxx.zip”.  If it is supposed to be ‘delivery advice’–why is the file named ‘Facebook Password’?   The least these so-called hackers could have done is pay attention and got the lies straight.

ADVICE:

If you get an e-mail similar to this, don’t open the attachment, delete it unread. 

If you haven’t been back in a while, you may have to create a new account.  A spammer’s automation went berzerk and created hundreds of fake logins in an attempt to create comment spam.  Because I use WP-SpamFree, comment spam is blocked, but the spammer’s automation was too stupid to figure that out and it just kept creating one account after another.    To prevent this in future, I added WP-reCaptcha so that account creation ostensibly will require a human being to get past the reCaptcha protection.  Unfortunately, I had to clean out the list of users and I’m afraid there wasn’t any way to tell for certain which accounts were real and which were fake so I reset the user database.

Logins are not required to read the blog, yet.  Pretty soon, a login will be required in order to read full articles and those who have logins won’t see external advertising, though I will still advertise any seminars and training events I’m providing.

Updated spam filters, in Spanish! Added ReCaptcha to WordPress. Now, some cleanup. Looks like folks will probably have to re-register.

MAGICAL JELLY BEAN KEYFINDER

FROM: Magical Jelly Bean Software
(http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/)
PRICE: FREE
SUPPORTED OS: SEE BELOW
RECOMMENDATION: Highly Recommended

Sometimes you have to recover the key to your Microsoft Windows OS, or your Windows Office install, or Photoshop etc.  The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder extracts license keys for you.  Even when you don’t, it’s a good idea to run this software, save the keys to a file, print the file and store it with your installation CD’s, just in case.

Screenshot: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Jelly Bean will extract, from the registry:

  • Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista 7 license keys
  • Windows Servers 2000, 2003, 2008 license keys
  • Office XP, 2003, 2007 license keys
  • Even extracts license keys from the registry hive of any drive connected to the computer. Pull out the hard drive from a blown computer plug it into a working computer and recover the keys!
  • Save as .txt or .csv

Jelly Bean is free (as in free beer) and is open source and I highly recommend you download it, extract your keys to a file, print the file and store it somewhere safe with your installation CD’s, just in case.

I know, I know, I’ve warned you twice. But its that important.