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The Road Ahead

News, updates and thoughts from Calzada Media

20 Nov 2018
 by Alexander John in Help & Support
Length: 28 seconds (94 words)

Over the last week or so another phishing spam message purporting to be from HM Revenue and Customs has appeared (see screenshot below). We have received it several times and we expect many of our customers have as well. The current version of this message originates from the address

We consider this message to be a phishing or scam message and is malicious. We strongly recommend all customers that receive this message delete it immediately and do not attempt to open or download any attachments.

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28 Nov 2017
 by Alexander John in Help & Support, Maintenance
Length: 13 seconds (44 words)

We will be doing some general maintenance on our servers tonight (28th November 2017) between 22:00 to 23:00. As is almost inevitable, we will have to restart each server at least once to apply some updates and other software upgrades.

16 May 2017
 by Alexander John in Announcements, Help & Support
Length: 1 minute, 40 seconds (333 words)

In response the the major cyber attack that has targeted the NHS and other business across the UK last week, Microsoft has released a critical update for all operating systems including those no longer supported such as Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has urged all Windows users to apply the MS17-010 hotfix update as soon as possible.

This update has been released through Windows Defender. More information about the hotfix may found on the Microsoft Technet website.

For most personal and small business customers, install this hotfix and any other outstanding updates via Windows Update. In Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016, the update should be automatically installed. If not, access Update via Start > Settings > Update

What is WannaCrypt and how does it work?

The ransomware known as WannaCrypt has taken advantage of a security vulnerability within Windows that present in at least 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries worldwide. Once a computer is infected, all of its' files are encrypted by the ransomware which then demands payment from the user to access their files. If payment is not received by a certain date, then it is potentially lost forever.

Once installed, WannaCrypt acts like a worm and replicates throughout the local network infecting any other vulnerable computers.

This vulnerability came to light in March and Microsoft issued a patch for all supported Windows systems. WannaCrypt has taken advantage of computers that are either running older, unsupported versions of Windows (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003) or those that have not had the patch installed.

Email Scanning

Although we scan all email messages that pass through our servers, we cannot guarantee all infected files are intercepted and deleted. We urge all our customers to ensure they are protected against ransomware, viruses and other malware attacks by ensuring they have an up-to-date security software installed on all computers.

27 Jul 2015
 by Alexander John in Announcements, Customers
Length: 42 seconds (139 words)

Some customers may have recently received a message with the subject (your-domain-name) notice from the email address containing the text ATTENTION: IMPORTANT NOTICE and purporting to have been sent from Domain SEO Service Registration Corp. An example of this message is included below (with the domain name blocked out in orange).

This message is a scam.

We strongly recommend that you do not click on any link in the message - including the unsubscription link. Just delete the message and ignore it.

We've seen this message before - May 2014 - and it is an attempt to fool domain owners into spending money on a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) service from a corporation allegedly based in Florida.

All instances of this message we've seen to date have been captured by our spam filters.

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19 Jul 2015
 by Alexander John in Help & Support, News, TaxiOffice, Web Hosting
Length: 22 seconds (72 words)

We will be upgrading our MySQL database servers between 18:00 and 21:00 on the 19th July 2015. During this time, there will be short periods when MySQL databases services will not be available. This will impact on any website using a MySQL database including our own website.

Our standard mail, Hosted Exchange, Webmail and Support Helpdesk are not affected by the upgrade work and will continue to operate as normal.

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