Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beware of Facebook Phishing Email Spam

I've recently noticed a large number of Email Phishing Scams that appear to look fairly legitimate. Here is one I received the other day that was mailed from an Internet Service Provider in Romania with a return email address from Taiwan.

With the recent FTC Disclosure Rules and potentially large fines against Internet Bloggers, I'd really like to see the FCC and Global Internet Regulators address the Email Phishing issue.

From: Facebook []
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:39 PM
Subject: Facebook account update

Received: from by; Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:39:14 +0200

inetnum: -
netname: SC-DIGINET-SA
descr: STR Calea Nationala Nr. 99
descr: Botosani Romania
country: ro
admin-c: MSP23-RIPE
tech-c: MSP23-RIPE
status: ASSIGNED PA "status:" definitions
remarks: Registered through
mnt-by: RO-MNT
mnt-lower: RO-MNT
mnt-routes: DIGINET-MNT
source: RIPE # Filtered

From: "Facebook"
Subject: Facebook account update
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:39:14 +0200
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
X-Mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook, Build 11.0.5510
Thread-Index: Aca6QM9IHL27JKUHH4Z7RX16H2QSW3==
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V5.50.4927.1200
Message-ID: <000d01ca57fd$f28279e0$6400a8c0@maharaneesidn97>

Monday, October 26, 2009

Recover Formatted Hard Drive Files

One of my friends recently gave me his Windows XP hard drive that had been inadvertently formatted and re-installed with Windows XP. He wanted to know if some family photos could be recovered from the hard drive. It's been several years since I've looked at Windows System Utilities for File Recovery or Hard Drive Recovery, especially the Freeware for free programs out there.

I tried several different freeware file recovery programs (OfficeRecover, PC Inspector File Recovery, Padora Recovery, DataRecovery) and finally found Recuva thanks to a PC World Review. In less than 20 minutes, Recuva was installed and found the majority of the missing files although it took my friend an hour or so to manually search through all the thumbnails on the drive.

If you use Microsoft Windows and need to recover files from a formatted hard drive, I would check out Recuva! It is Freeware, although I told my friend he should find his Paypal account to leave a little something for the Recuva developer!

Here is the link I used to download Recuva.