These are a class of scam emails that attempt to blackmail people into paying money to prevent disclosure of their online activities.
The emails are very general – trying to scare the recipient into believing that the sender has found something that the recipient cannot allow to be disclosed to the public or to their family and friends.
Clearly, this wont work on many people, but for the scammers it’s a numbers game. They hope by sending out huge numbers of these emails randomly they will hit some people frightened or confused enough to pay up.
The email title is “Your life can be destroyed – everything is in your hands”
The message contains badly written sentences designed to frighten but be general enough to potentially include as many people as possible.
“I uploaded the malicious program on your system”
“I pilfered all privy background from your system”
“I have more compromising evidence”
“After adjusting, your camera shot the videotape of you”
“My malware collected all your social and work contacts”
“When I get transaction I will destroy all evidence in perpetuity”
The scammer wants a payment in Bitcoins and sets a short time limit for the payment.
I hope that no-one responds to this attempted blackmail, but who knows.
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If you use Microsoft OneDrive for storing documents, photos etc. on the Internet then this is for you.
Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service includes a “Personal Vault” for sensitive files. These files are encrypted and protected with additional two-factor verification.
OneDrive Personal Vault works on Windows 10, Android, iPhone, iPad, and the web.
Every installation of Windows 10 includes access to 5 GB of free cloud storage in Microsoft’s OneDrive. So, if you haven’t made use of it – you can do so for free. If you need more than 5 GB then you have to start paying.
If security has been a concern for you over storing confidential documents etc. on the Internet, then you could try Personal Vault.
The Personal Vault is a section in OneDrive and it encrypts any document you place inside the vault. (this is done through BitLocker)
To access the Personal Vault needs an additional authentication such as through your mobile phone.
Once opened, you have access (inactivity causes a timeout after 20 minutes then will need to repeat the authentication)
Note that document stored in the Personal Vault can’t be shared with anyone. Even if you share a file and then move it into the Personal Vault, sharing will be disabled for that file.
This feature is useful for storing sensitive documents such as like tax returns and bank statements, receipts, a copy of your passport or driving license, and private photos.
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