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What Is Phishing And How Can You Protect Yourself From It?

Ever gotten an e-mail offer that seemed just a little bit too good to be true? Might’ve been a phishing attempt! These are everywhere and can come in many different forms. 

So what’s phishing exactly, how can you detect it and how can you keep safe?

What is phishing?

Phishing (pronounced like fishing) is a type of cyberattack that tricks the user into trusting the source and revealing sensitive information. Fishing being the perfect analogy, the bait is a legitimate-looking site, e-mail or file and when you take a bite, your identity, banking information and much more can be revealed and stolen.

Phishing Illustration
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Some phishing attempts are incredibly obvious, others are super elaborate. Like with most types of malware, cybercriminals have become extremely well-versed in phishing and anyone can fall for it. To help you recognize and avoid it, we’ll take you through a couple of phishing types and give you tips on what to do if faced with them.

Phishing techniques

E-mail phishing

This is actually the most common type of phishing. A cybercriminal creates an e-mail containing stuff like attractive offers, legitimate-looking attachments or links and makes it appear as though it’s coming from a trusted source.

Illustration of Email Phishing
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For example, it looks like it’s coming from your bank or your favorite retailer. The logo looks legit and the structure of the e-mail seems familiar, so you might get tricked into clicking on whatever clickable content is in it.

Unfortunately this exposes your device to malware that hands your data off to the hacker, who can decide what to do with it further.

SMS and social media phishing

Like the above example, you could be approached with lucrative offers or links via text messages or social media messages. Typically, the messages seem relevant to the user as they will be made to look like they’re related to apps or services you’re using.

Voice phishing

Voice phishing attacks are schemes that appear as though they’re coming from a credible number. Normally, you’ll get a call about something related to credit cards or taxes to get you into a state of worry, leading you to disclose personal information on the phone.

Spear phishing, whaling and BEC

Spear phishing normally targets specific individuals within a company who are likely to have access to sensitive data. Spear phishers spend time collecting information they can use to reach out to the individual looking as trustworthy as possible. They’ll typically lead with something relevant, for example mentioning an upcoming company event, and make a seemingly legitimate request.

Whaling is a more elaborate form of spear phishing, which targets people in even stronger positions such as executives or high-value individuals. The ultimate goal is to get them to transfer financial or other sensitive information that can be used to compromise the entire business.

Spear Phishing Illustration
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BEC, or Business e-mail compromise, is a specific spear phishing technique carried out via e-mail. While there are many ways this is done, most commonly you’ll see instances where the phisher poses as a CEO or similar executive, or as a lower-level employee in specific positions (e.g. sales managers or financial controllers).

In the first situation, the impersonator reaches out to employees requesting them to transfer certain files or pay invoices. In the second situation, the phisher takes control of the employee’s e-mail account and sends false instructions to other employees in order to obtain data and information from them.

What can you do?

There are many ways you can be aware and spot a phishing attempt. Here are some tips:

  • Always check the sender’s address in your e-mails, even when they seem to come from a familiar source.
  • In any instance where payment information is requested, be very, very careful.
  • If you are receiving attachments you never asked for and definitely didn’t expect, better not click on them. 
  • Beware of content that transmits a sense of urgency (sales deals, urgent updates to login credentials, etc.).
  • Bad spelling and grammar are usually a telltale sign of phishing.
  • Links that look shortened (e.g. Bit.ly) or just suspicious in general - if you have a bad feeling, do not click on them.
  • If you are receiving threats, you probably shouldn’t be clicking on anything in that message.
  • Always examine first-time senders in detail.
  • Block suspicious e-mail addresses, numbers and social media accounts.
  • If you are receiving a coupon for free stuff… You aren’t.
  • If you’re being asked to update your payment details by a service you use, such as Netflix, chances are it’s an impersonator.

Those are some of the ways to identify and prevent phishing attacks. However, sometimes phishers disguise themselves a little too well or a misclick happens and there you go - you’ve been exposed to malware.

Illustration of a Lock on Keyboard Keys
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This won’t happen if you invest in powerful protection software from the get-go, though. A good antivirus program like Bitdefender will keep you safe from becoming a victim of phishing scams. In fact, it will protect you from malicious attacks overall.

Be it your household or your business you’re concerned about, there are a bunch of different packages and options available, providing different kinds of cybersecurity services. That’s the only way you can ever really be sure you aren’t at risk of a digital attack.

Summary

Have you ever been targeted by phishers and didn’t know that’s what it was until you read this article? Many can relate. Protect yourself before it’s too late!

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Before heading towards the fixes here it is suggested to try some quick tweaks that might work in your case to fix Minecraft Internal Server Error 500. Restart your PC – Very first it is suggested to shut down your computer and after that restart the system. This worked for many players to get rid of the server outages issue. Update your Windows version – Check if you are running an outdated Windows version then make sure to install the latest Windows update and then run the game. Update Your Game Version – Also make sure you are running an updated version of Minecraft Realms. Installing the latest updates not only makes the game more stable but also helps you to solve common glitches and issues with the game. So, check if any recent updates are available to make sure to download and install them Modify the Game Settings – Check if you have tweaked some of the game settings then this might be the reason for the problem. So try to reconfigure the settings to default. This may work for you. Now after following the preliminary solutions check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 is resolved or else head to the next solution.

Check your Internet Connection

As said above if the internet connection is not working properly or it is preventing you from accessing the servers, then this can also cause the Internal Server Error 500 in the Minecraft server. So, very first make sure your internet connection is stable and working properly. Also if you are using Wi-Fi then use a wired connection to get a stable network. Moreover, if your internet connection is working fine then there is a possibility that your internet connection is causing interruption and preventing you from accessing the Minecraft Realms server. So, if this is the case then here it is suggested to use a VPN connection to get exceptionally fast & reliable speeds without getting detected.

Check for the Minecraft Server Outage

Well, there is a possibility the Minecraft servers are down and if this is the case then you don’t have any other option than just waiting for the servers to get restarted and the service becomes available again. Also, the service outages can affect the ability of the game and as a result, you are unable to play the game. Additionally, you can also inquire about Minecraft’s server status by visiting the Downdetector website. But if you find the services are running fine then the issue is from your side.

Disable Background Applications

If you are still getting the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500, then there are chances that other applications running in the background are causing a limit to your internet bandwidth. It is suggested to disable the internet-connected apps and after that try connecting to Microsoft Realms again.
  • Hit CTRL + SHIFT + ESC keys > to open the Task Manager.
  • Then under the Process tab,> right-click on unwanted background process, > click on the End Task 
After disabling the applications running in the background, relaunch Minecraft and check if the internal server error 500 still appears or not.

Delete UUID Files in Minecraft

If you are still getting the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 then here it is suggested to delete the UUID files in Minecraft.
  • First, visit the website by clicking the https://mcuuid.net/ and enter all the credentials to get the player’s UUID
  • Then login to the server > proceed to server files > head to the world
  • Here locate the PlayerData folder > click to open it.
  • And from here choose the file containing the same name like the player’s Username or UUID > after that hit the Delete
  • Lastly, restart your server to save the changes

Remove Resource Packs & Mods

If you are getting the Minecraft realms internal server error 500 after the installation of a particular mod or the resource pack then this is what causing the issue while playing the realm. So, here it is suggested to delete it immediately, also uninstall the mod as well as the resource pack you installed recently. It is estimated this works for you but if you have a doubt related to any specific mod or the resource pack causing an error you should uninstall then also and check if the Minecraft internal error 500 is fixed.

Disable the Plugins

If you are still encountering the error then check for the plugins installed on your PC. Many times the installed plugin starts causing issues with the game as they are not compatible with the game version. So here it is recommended to try disabling the plugins on the PC and check if this works for you.
  • On your system > open the plugin window > rename the plugins files from “[plugin name].jar to [plugin name].jar.disabled”.
  • Next restart the server and check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 problem is resolved or not.

Uninstall & Reinstall Minecraft

If none of the above-given solutions works for you then here it is suggested to uninstall and reinstall Minecraft. Well, it is suggested to uninstall the game using the third-party uninstaller. Manually uninstalling the program won’t remove it completely, some of its registry entries, junk files are left behind and causes interruption when the next time you install it. If you are looking to uninstall it manually then follow the steps given:
  • Hit Window + R key > to open the Run box
  • And in the run box type appwiz.cpl command > hit Enter
  • Now the application manager window pops up on your screen > locate the Minecraft application > right-click to Uninstall
And as the uninstalling process is completed > head to the Minecraft official website and tries downloading and installing the game. Check if the Minecraft Realms Internal Server Error 500 is resolved or not.

Contact Support Center

If after trying all the solutions given you are still unable to fix the error then the only option left is to contact the Customer Support Center and fill the form in the link and describe the problem in a detailed way. And within few days you will get feedback from them to fix Minecraft Realms internal error 500.
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Fix Windows Upgrade Error 0x800701E3
There are various components that take part during a Windows Upgrade process such as the CPU, Disk, Network, and many more. This is why the process of upgrading your Windows 10 computer can be quite complex and due to its complexity, there are times when you might encounter some errors like the Windows Upgrade error 0x800701E3. If you encounter this kind of error then it has something to do with the “disk” part of the whole upgrade process which could be due to a conflict with the storage of your Windows 10 computer. When you receive this error, you will see the following error message on your screen:
“Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available and restart the installation. Error code: 0x800701e3.”
To fix this Windows Upgrade error, here are some suggestions that might help.

Option 1 – Delete Files from Software Distribution Folder & Catroot2 folders

The downloaded Windows Updates are placed in a folder called “SoftwareDistribution”. The files downloaded in this folder are automatically deleted once the installation is completed. However, if the files are not clean up or if the installation is still pending, you can delete all the files in this folder after you pause the Windows Update service. For complete instructions, refer to the steps below.
  • Open the WinX Menu.
  • From there, open Command Prompt as admin.
  • Then type in the following command – don’t forget to hit Enter right after typing each one of them.
net stop wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After entering these commands, it will stop the Windows Update Service, Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), Cryptographic, and the MSI Installer
  • Next, go to the C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution folder and get rid of all the folders and files thereby tapping the Ctrl + A keys to select them all and then click on Delete. Note that if the files are in use, you won’t be able to delete them.
After resetting the SoftwareDistribution folder, you need to reset the Catroot2 folder to restart the services you just stopped. To do that, follow these steps:
  • Type each one of the following commands.
net start wuauserv net start cryptSvc net start bits net start msiserver
  • After that, exit Command Prompt and restart your computer, and then try to run Windows Update once more.

Option 2 – Try running the DISM tool

You can try running the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management or DISM tool to fix the Windows Upgrade problem. Using this built-in tool, you have various options such as the “/ScanHealth”, “/CheckHealth”, and “/RestoreHealth”.
  • Open the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
  • Then type in the following commands and make sure to hit Enter right after you type each one of them:
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  • Do not close the window if the process takes a while as it will probably take a few minutes to finish.

Option 3 – Run the System File Checker Scan

System File Checker or SFC is a built-in command utility that helps in restoring corrupted files as well as missing files. It replaces bad and corrupted system files with good system files. To run the SFC command, follow the steps given below.
  • Tap Win + R to launch Run.
  • Type in cmd in the field and tap Enter.
  • After opening Command Prompt, type in sfc /scannow
The command will start a system scan which will take a few whiles before it finishes. Once it’s done, you could get the following results:
  1. Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  2. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  3. Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.
  • Restart your computer.

Option 4 – Try running the ChkDsk utility

You can also run the ChkDsk utility to fix the Windows Upgrade error 0x800701E3.
  • First, open This PC and right-click on your operating system partition for Windows.
  • Next, click on Properties and navigate to the Tools tab.
  • Then click on Check under the Error Checking section.
  • After that, a new mini window will be opened and from there click on Scan drive and let it scan your disk drive partition for any errors and then restart your computer.

Option 5 – Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Running the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter is one of the things you can first check out as it is known to automatically resolve any Windows Update or upgrade errors like error code 0x800701E3. To run it, go to Settings and then select Troubleshoot from the options. From there, click on Windows Update and then click the “Run the troubleshooter” button. After that, follow the next on-screen instructions and you should be good to go.

Option 6 – Run Microsoft’s online troubleshooter

Running Microsoft’s online troubleshooter might also help you fix the Windows Upgrade error code 0x800701E3. This online troubleshooter is known to help in fixing Windows Update errors, it scans your computer for issues that might be causing the problem and then fixes them automatically.
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Display Stopped Responding and Has Recovered
The screen flickers into black, it comes back and on-screen there is a message Driver stopped responding and has recovered. If you have been through this you are aware that the issue is not serious but it can get pretty annoying fast since you are not aware when will it happen again, and it will happen again. In this guide, we will go through the usual reasons for this error and offer solutions to them. Follow the guide step by step in order to resolve the problem.
  1. Clean your PC Dirt and dust are your enemy no1, dirty graphic card can not be properly called and can cause overheating which can result in this particular error, make sure that your PC is clean and tidy in order to eliminate dust and dirt as a cause for malfunction.
  2. Turn off multiple applications and try running just one at a time Overburdening GPU can cause this error to appear since the graphic card can not handle all requests it gets from multiple active applications. Try to run just one application at a time for some time period to see if the error will appear again.
  3. Update driver Update your GPU driver to the latest version from the manufacturer's website, Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered Error in Windows 10 can be from outdated drivers not able to handle modern tasks
  4. Get newer GPU As hard as this advice is, sometimes the reason is an old graphic card that simply can not keep up with modern games and applications, upgrade it to a more modern GPU and watch errors go away.
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