Tuesday Tip: Cynthia’s Corner – The Blueness

by David Gracey

My mother-in-law, Cynthia, called me up the other evening in a state of panic and said “David, it’s Cynthia.  When I touch the blueness, everything stops.”  My keen instincts served me well and I quickly assessed she was talking about a computer problem (I’m smart that way…plus she has a “computer problem” tone in her voice that is a dead giveaway).

Dying to know what the “blueness” was, I logged into her computer remotely so I could see her screen.


What I learned, however, was that someone had sent her a virus.  (Or more accurately, a virus infected someone’s computer, sent Cynthia an email and made it appear as if it came from someone she knew).  When she clicked on the email, it tried to launch a virus which was then blocked by her anti-virus software which froze up her computer (“everything stops”).  So the lessons here are 1) make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date, and 2) emails that don’t have a subject line or content, regardless of who they are from, are almost always trouble.  So don’t click on the Blueness.


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David Gracey: Since its founding in 1998, David has grown Network 1 into a top-notch IT services company dedicated to delivering the best solutions for Atlanta’s small and mid-size businesses. His responsibilities include creating the vision and strategy for its growth and establishing the culture of Network 1.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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