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Help My Email Account was Hacked

If your email account has been hacked, you must act quickly to regain control and prevent further issues.

Here are some steps you can take:

 

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Email Protection using SPF, DKIM, DMARC

Tired of having your emails go into client junk / spam folders? You can increase the deliverability of your emails while protecting your brand and clients using free tools to create SPF, DKIM and DMARC records. With these free records in place, you can help block phishing, ransomware, and spam messages.

Email service providers like Gmail and Office 365 are increasingly sending unauthenticated emails to spam or rejecting them outright. This article will show you how to add an SPF, DKIM and DMARC record to your domain to help prevent this while keeping most malicious actors out. Note, this article is only intended for my personal use and comes with no guarantee of any kind.

However, be aware of the security risks involved with DMARC.

 

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Turn off Other Email Tab in Outlook

Microsoft is once again using their wisdom against its clients by enabling, by default, a ‘focused‘ inbox experience within Outlook.

In short, Microsoft Outlook attempts to determine what email messages are important, to help keep you ‘Focused‘ and what belongs in the ‘Other‘ email category.

For most of my clients, this results in ‘missing‘ emails or overlooking potentially important emails such as time sensitive ones.

This article will show you how to disable the Focused email inbox feature and remove the ‘Other‘ tab.

 

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THIS ARTICLE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT

This article covers installing and setting up a Proxmox VE version 8.

Outdated yet informative video on Proxmox Setup ‘https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoZaMgEgrHw&t=148s

Associated (also outdated) write up on Proxmox Setup ‘https://technotim.live/posts/first-11-things-proxmox/

 

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S.M.A.R.T stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology and can provide a report on the health status of hard drives.

This article will show you how to check a drive via the Windows Command Prompt as well as Windows PowerShell.

Note, these built-in Windows tools will only display simple messages about the hard drive so if you need more details another solution would be required.

Personally, if I am questioning the integrity of a drive I simply replace it.

 

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Recently had a client who was signed into his computer using a Microsoft 365 Personal account. He wanted to convert his personal computer into his business computer and do so by signing into his Microsoft 365 Business account to join his office domain.

This article covers how I was able to get him setup so that his Microsoft 365 Personal account was replaced with his Microsoft 365 Business account.

 

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Uninstall AnyDesk Shell Association

When uninstalling AnyDesk on Windows you may be prompted with the following notice: AnyDesk has been removed. Some elements could not be deleted. You can try to delete them manually. Shell association (*.anydesk)

 

 

This article covers some residual locations where AnyDesk could be after uninstallation.

 

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This article will show you how to quickly and easily clear out your Open Network Stream history within the VLC Media Player on Windows as well as Ubuntu.

 

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To flush your DNS cache on a Mac we simply need to use the following command within a Terminal window. The command may very but the one below should handle Macs running macOS Big Sur and later operating system.

As stated, open Terminal and enter the following command: sudo dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder

You’ll need to enter your password and press Return to complete the process. It may even be advisable to restart / power cycle your Mac after this.

Conclusion

I hope my article on flushing the DNS Cache on your Mac has helped you. I welcome your thoughts, questions or suggestions regarding this article.

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