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PSA: Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, I posted an article: Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee, where an ex-Microsoftie had some fun with a scammer using a virtual machine which could be damaged without any actual risks to his computer.

Today, I came across a scam site that could catch the unwary. So I decided to write this Public Service Announcement (PSA) article to help keep people safe.

So, I accessed an old favourite on my internet browser and the web site that the shortcut URL accessed was no longer active. Watching the address bar, I saw it go through a few redirections before it ended up at the following scam site (not hyperlinked on purpose).

  • http:// mstech-online.site/en-warning.html

This site has the look and feel of a Microsoft site and even calls itself Microsoft Support.

Note: If you open the site you will probably need to use Task Manager to kill your browser session as the dialog will make it almost impossible to close nicely.

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Once loaded, it then opens a dialog and plays a sound file.

Bullshit

So here is a reminder:

Microsoft will never call you or ask you to call them

This is a scam, designed to scare you into calling them. Once you call, they will scare you into giving them access to your machine via GoToMeeting or LogMeIn and will then either install a virus or apply a registry password to lock you out of your machine and exhort payment via credit card.

If you ever get a Virus or Malware notification from your browser that asks you to call a number or go to a website, it is a scam.

I have reported this site already, feel free to report it or any other technical support scam using the site below:

Keep safe

David

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Filed under: News, Public Service Announcement Tagged: General, News, Scam

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Friday Funny: Solutions to Impossible Numeric Puzzles, 6 The Hard Way and The Four 4’s

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs promised when I posted the recent maths related Friday Funny articles, I would credit the source of the puzzles (at least where I found them).

The reason, I waited until after posting all 3 of the puzzles was that once you know where the site was, you would probably have found the puzzles and their solutions.

The puzzles were found as videos on the Scam School YouTube channel with Brian Brushwood. So below are the videos.

UNBEATABLE Number Puzzles (direct link)

 

The HARDEST Puzzle Yet! (direct link)

 

The HARDEST Puzzle… Part 2! (direct link)

 

Note that there are other solutions possible to some of the puzzles, these are not the only solutions.

Enjoy

David

PS: As a non-drinker I don’t really condone the use of these puzzles to get frinks (free drinks).

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#GPUG Nominate your GPUG All-Star for 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAs GPUG Summit 2016 approaches, the process of selecting the new GPUG All-Stars for 2016 has started.

Nominations for your GPUG All-Stars are open and waiting for you. You must complete the survey before 29th July when the survey closes and the next voting phase begins.

The GPUG All-Star Award program recognizes three GPUG Members who have a passion for Microsoft Dynamics GP and have made significant contributions of their time and expertise to educate and connect the greater GPUG community.

GPUG All-Star Award candidates are determined by criteria associated to participating, volunteering, and sharing across all areas of GPUG:

  • Courage – The strength to persevere, hold the talent to teach fellow Dynamics GP users.
  • Passion – For those who share their Dynamics GP and technology passion with others.
  • Resolve – Willing to take the time to help others with challenges they face.
  • Advancement – The pursuit of individual and organizational growth and development.

The winners will be announced at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

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So go nominate a deserving community member now…

See you in Tampa

David

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Filed under: GPUG, News Tagged: GPUG, GPUG Summit 2016, News

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Friday Funny: Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee

David Meego - Click for blog homepageThis Friday Funny is also a Public Service Announcement.

Hopefully, most of you (as tech savvy readers of my blog) are aware of the “Microsoft support” or “Windows support” scams that are still catching people. The scam comes in a couple of variants, but the end result is the same…. They get money or personal data from you.

The scam as I have personally seen it, starts with a phone call to you from “Windows support” (they used to say “Microsoft support”) saying that your computer has sent data to them saying that it has a virus.


IMPORTANT NOTICE

Windows does not send any telemetry back to Microsoft that includes PII (Personal Identifiable Information). It does send error data and some usage data back, but this is all anonymous and designed to help Microsoft fix issues and improve Windows. There is nothing sent back that will allow Microsoft to know who you are.

Microsoft Support will never cold call you. Firstly because they don’t know that you have a virus and secondly because they don’t call you. You call them.


The second variant is when a dodgy website displays a message saying you have a virus and to call a number to get it fixed. If you call them, the scam takes a similar path.

In both cases, you don’t have anything wrong with your machine.

Once the “technician” (read scammer) has you on the call, they will get you to look at something in Windows that looks scary but is actually standard and behaving the way it should be. They will then get you to give them control via LogMeIn or GotoMeeting. Once they have control, they will show you more scary technobabble to make you believe you have a virus.

They will then try to sell you a support plan, or make you pay for them to fix the issue. Bingo, they just scammed you out of your hard earned money.

There is also the possibility that they might actually install software which is malicious, such as a real virus or Trojan that can capture your personal information such as passwords or credit card and bank details.

So I recently found this video by an ex-Microsoftie (like myself) who decided to “play along” with a scammer on a virtual machine and see where it took him.

Fake Microsoft Scammer Tries to Scam Ex Microsoft Employee (direct link)

I think it is great to show how the scammers work and what they say.

For your info. I normally try to keep the scammers on the line for as long as possible. This way they are not calling someone else who might get caught. My record is having a scammer waiting 45 minutes for my machine to start up before he finally hung up.

If I don’t have time, then I will hit them with a 120db siren that I have on my desk. If they are still on the call after a 20-30 second blast, then when they ask what the noise was, I will say that my bullshit detector just went off…. they usually hang up.

I have also confronted them, asking how they can live with themselves and explaining that I work in IT and know that they are a scam. It is much more fun to get them so angry they hang up on you, than to just hang up on them.

Keep safe.

David

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Filed under: Fun, Public Service Announcement Tagged: Friday Funny, Fun

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#GPPT GP Power Tools build 21 released

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI am pleased to announce that the next build of GP Power Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP (GPPT) is now available for download.

GP Power Tools was previously known as Support Debugging Tool (SDT), which was discontinued in October 2014. If you are still using the previous product, please upgrade to the supported and much better GP Power Tools product.

This build adds support for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 as well as separating the product into three modules and adding a host of new features and enhancements to the tools. Details on the changes will be posted on this blog in an upcoming “What’s New” series.

Build 21 of GP Power Tools is available for the following Microsoft Dynamics GP versions:

  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 (v11.0),
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and GP 2013 R2 (v12.0),
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and GP 2015 R2 (v14.0)
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 (v16.0).

GP Power Tools will now be sold as three modules which can be bought separately, with some standard features available when any module is registered. The three modules and their features are:

Administrator Tools

  • Resource Information, Security Information, logging and Analysis, Company Color schemes, and Usability enhancements, Automated Dex.ini configuration, Dictionary Control troubleshooting tool.

Developer Tools

  • Scripting for Dexterity, SQL Server, Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net. Triggers for both debugging and customisation. User interaction with scripts via Parameter Lists. Custom RW functions and custom Service Based Architecture web services.

Database Tools

  • Database Validation to check User and Company settings as well as Table structures. Export and Import of data via XML files.

The following System Module features are available when any module is registered:

  • Manual Logging, capturing screenshots, email and workstation Dex.ini settings

The primary new features for build 21 are improved Company Color scheme functionality, Parameter Lists for requesting information to be used in scripts from the users and the Security Analyzer tool. More details on these and other enhancements will be posted soon. The User Guide manual has grown from 257 to 275 pages.

Note: With the release of build 21 of GP Power Tools, the special introductory price offered since the release of build 20 has now finished.

Version History

Below is a summary of the changes made for releases 11.00.0021, 12.00.0021, 14.00.0021 and 16.00.0021, I have divided them into logical sections:

System Wide

  • Update Registration System to separate the product into modules.
  • Allow Preview Mode for windows when GP Power Tools system module is registered and additional modules are not.
  • Fixed issue where Menu and Area Page Navigation was not active immediately after install and required a restart of Dynamics GP.

Settings (Logging Settings, Email Settings and Administrator Settings)

  • Moved Email settings from Email 1 and Email 2 tabs of Administrator Settings window to new Email Settings window.
  • Moved Logging settings from Administrator Settings window to new Logging Settings window.
  • Re-organized settings on Administrator Settings windows to more logical tabs and improve visual layout.
  • Added “Disable logging of Security Errors and Warnings to the user/company log files” option to Administrator Settings window.
  • Added option to control how Settings Applied Message is displayed to Administrator Settings window.
  • Added “After Login warn user when password is due to expire (SQL Server 2008 or later)” option to Administrator Settings window. Based (with permission) on idea from Michael Johnson who used to work with Straight Arrow Consulting.
  • Added Field Background and Scrolling Window Background to Company Color Schemes in Administrator Settings window.
  • Added Automatic changing to Text color when backgrounds are dark to Company Color Schemes in Administrator Settings window.
  • Added additional Grey Themes and new Mid, Dark and Inverted Themes to Company Color Schemes in Administrator Settings window.
  • Added Red, Green, Blue and All color spinner controls with Selected checkboxes for easy color manipulation in Adminstrator Settings window.
  • Total built in themes for Company Color Schemes is now 92 themes.
  • Updated Administrator Settings window to support Custom Color Themes.
  • Added Custom Color Themes Setup window to allow creation and editing of custom color themes.

Dex.ini Settings

  • Improved Dex.ini Settings window to improve visual layout.
  • Updated Dex.ini Settings window to add fields for WindowMax, WindowPosX, WindowPosY, WindowWidth, WindowHeight Dex.ini settings.
  • Updated Dex.ini Settings window to add control of OLEClose Dex.ini setting, which can improve performance when exiting Dynamics GP.

Database Validation

  • Added Activity Log Report to Database Validation when the window is closed instead of writing to User/Company Log files.
  • Added Mark All and Unmark All buttons to lists on User & Company Fix and Tables Fix windows of Database Validation.
  • Added Option to remove SQL Logins from Database Validation window, so SQL Logins and Database Users can be recreated.
  • Added Initializing Database Validation Progress window to Database Validation.

SQL Execute

  • Added All Company feature to SQL Execute window to allow a single query to be executed against multiple companies in the system.
  • Added Export to File and Email option to the SQL Executer window to allow export of query results.
  • Added Resizing of SQL Execute and SQL Executer Column Widths to ensure Column Label is readable when data for the column is narrow.

Security

  • Added option to Display only Selected Users for the User and Company views in the Security Information window.
  • Added support for OData Security Objects to Resource Explorer and Resource Information windows for version 16.00 onwards.
  • Added support for OData Security Objects to Security Information, Security Profiler and Security Log windows for version 16.00 onwards.
  • Added Security Analyzer window to analyze application level security and provide data to administrators.
  • Added background processing to Security Analyzer window along with query filtering when double clicking.
  • Added a confirmation dialog to Security Analyzer window when the query will return more than 5000 rows.

Parameter Lists

  • Added Parameter Lists and Color Themes to Configuration Maintenance window.
  • Added Parameter Lists and Color Themes to Configuration Export/Import window.
  • Added Parameter Lists and Color Themes to Setup Backup and Restore window.
  • Added Parameter List Maintenance window to allow creation and editing of Parameter Lists.
  • Added Parameter List Placeholder Lookup window to allow select of placeholders to insert into scripts.
  • Added Parameter List functionality to Runtime Execute and Runtime Executer windows.
  • Added Parameter List functionality to SQL Execute and SQL Executer windows.
  • Added Parameter List functionality to .Net Execute and .Net Executer windows.
  • Added Parameter List functionality to Automatic Debugger Mode Setup window for non-logging Triggers.
  • Added Parameter List functionality to called sub scripts for Dexterity, SQL Server, Visual C# and Visual Basic.Net.

Miscellaneous

  • Allow Form Menu and Context Menu triggers to pull focus to ensure all change scripts are executed prior to the trigger script executing.
  • Improved information provided to dialogs and logs when compile time errors occur.
  • Added Menu Detail Expansion pane to Menu Explorer window to show Dexterity command details and custom menu names.
  • Added Security Filter for User and Company to Menu Explorer window when opened from Security Information window.
  • Added Additional Error message details to Send Email and the Email engine.

More Information

For more information and download links, please see the GP Power Tools Portal page:

You can also look at the GP Power Tools pages on the Winthrop Development Consultants and Mekorma sites:

Please post your feedback as comments on this article or using the GP Power Tools Feedback Survey on what you think of this build and what you would like to see in the future.

Thanks to everyone involved with this release, especially the team at Mekorma, the beta testers (including special thanks to Robert Cavill for putting the code through its paces) and the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVPs.

A final massive thank-you to my family who have put up with me being in “programming mode” for the last few months.

David

This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.

Filed under: 2010, 2013, 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, 2016, Dynamics, GP, GP Power Tools, Microsoft, News, Products, Support Debugging Tool Tagged: GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2015, GP 2016, GP Power Tools, GPPT, News, SDT, Support Debugging Tool

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Friday Funny: The Four 4’s

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIf you enjoyed last weeks mathematical challenge, Friday Funny: 6 The Hard Way, this challenge steps it up a level. This challenge from the internet adds a ten minute time limit to see how far you can get while under pressure.

I take no responsibility for mental breakdowns caused by trying to solve this challenge.

This puzzle is called “The Four 4’s” and involves you creating mathematical equations that will make four 4’s equal to all the whole numbers starting from zero.

Below is the chart for zero to ten, but you can keep going as far as you can for ten minutes. Getting to 20 is achievable.

Four4s

Here are the rules:

  • Use any mathematical symbol, as long as they don’t include a number.
  • There probably will be more than one solution for each equation.
  • Start at 0 and work your way up. You must go in order.
  • You have 10 minutes to complete as many as you can, aim for at least 20.

Respond in the comments how you went, but don’t give away any answers.

Hint: Watch for patterns as they will help you quickly solutions for groups of equations.

Enjoy

David

PS: I will post the source links later as they include solutions.

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Friday Funny: 6 The Hard Way

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another numeric challenge from the internet to keep you thinking. This one does involve mathematics unlike the previous Friday Funny: Impossible Numeric Puzzles post.

This one should have the gears spinning as you work out the solutions.

The puzzle is called “6 The Hard Way” and involves you creating mathematical equations that will make three digits (from 0 to 9) equal 6.

6TheHardWay

Here are the rules:

  • You cannot draw a number.
  • To get to 6, all you can use are mathematical symbols – as long as they don’t include a number.
  • You can solve the equations in any order.

To get you started, I will give you one of the solutions:

6 + 6 – 6 = 6

Respond in the comments how you went, but don’t give away any answers.

Hint: The solution to the 8’s equation is the hardest and needs all the techniques you would have worked out to solve the other equations, so do that one last.

Enjoy

David

PS: I will post the source links later as they include solutions.

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