Watch Out for Tech Support Phone Scams

first_imgIt has become an all-too-familiar scenario. You get an unrequested call at home or at work from someone telling you that your computer is infected with a virus and they’ll gladly help. They may claim to be from our partner Microsoft, or they may claim to be from Dell, but your gut tells you something is not right.I’m a big fan of trusting my gut, and so should you in this situation. Keep in mind, we do not make unsolicited calls asking to charge you to fix an issue you did not report or previously request help with unless you have signed up for our premium support services like Dell Tech Concierge, Dell Premium Support or Dell ProSupport services.But, cybercriminals are tricky. They do their homework and learn what they can about you or work hard to gain your trust. They may even tell you things about your computer that you think only a legitimate vendor would know. This is a key element to social engineering – a non-technical method cybercriminals use to trick people into loading malware on their systems or revealing credit card information.The best way to protect yourself is to simply hang up. But, some customers have told us that the phone scams are becoming more relentless – frequently calling them over and over. We regret that they often use our name to perpetuate such harassment and we want to stop it just as much as you.That’s why, should you decide to do more than simply hang up, we’ve created a new form you can use to report information from these callers that will help us investigate the issue. Some of those details include the phone number used to contact you, any information they know about your Dell system, and the name of any program they want you to download. Information you share through this form will go directly to our Security team, and although you may not hear from them, they will use the information to investigate and to attempt to track down the parties responsible.You can also report the phone scams to the following authorities:In the United States, use the Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant form.In Canada, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre can provide support.In the United Kingdom, you can report fraud as well as unsolicited calls.Protection of your data is a top priority for Dell. We recommend that you not engage such callers, and never give them your credit card information, access to your computer or any other personal information.Remember, if you’re unsure, trust your gut and simply hang up.[Update:  We now also have a phone number you can call (8am-5pm Central) to report these phone scams to us: 866-453-1742. If you have already filled out the form, there is no need to call. It is simply an alternate way to deliver the same information to us. This was announced here in an update on this topic from our Chief Security Officer in May 2016.][Update 2: The war against fraud continues, but many battles have been won. Read more about the progress in this new post from June 2017.]last_img read more

New park named “Freedom Park” at ceremony

first_imgBatesville, IN— The dedication ceremony and name reveal of Batesville’s newest park took place today.  Around 6o plus people gathered at the park to hear Mayor Mike Bettice; Tim Putnam, President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health; Jody Fledderman, President and CEO of Batesville Tool and Die; and Mike Baumer, Park Superintendent speak about all the efforts to create the lastest park and also to thank all those who helped pave the way.  Also, the VFW gave a 21 gun salute and played taps to dedicate the flag pole at the park.  After several submissions, the park located on Six Pine Ranch Road has been named Freedom Park.last_img read more

College Football Pick’em: Week of 9/21

first_imgSat12:00 PMWest VirginiaMaryland100%0%-21 Sat4:00 PMTexas A&MArkansas43.29%56.71%2.5 Sat09:00 AMNebraskaSouthern Mississippi75.24%24.76%-10.5 Sat12:30 PMIowaNorth Texas99.65%0.35%-20.5 Alright, Pac-12, this week is our moment in the spotlight. Week 4 is shaping up to be a weekend to showcase all the potential our wonderful west coast teams have to offer in the postseason (Assuming we don’t eat each other alive during conference play). To be fair, Pac-12, you’ve got a tough week to follow. Week 3 was full of upsets (I’m still in shock about the Bama-Ole Miss game and that happened five days ago) and close endings (Sorry not sorry, Texas, I consider last weekend as a very roundabout form of karmic retribution for 2006).Though we aren’t the only region with interesting games this week. The Big-12 has a game that could end up with a score so high it makes the guys who toss people in the air after every touchdown sore just looking at it. And last but not least, Auburn has another opportunity to try and convince us that it actually deserves a spot in the Coaches Poll or any poll for that matter.Quick note about the model: It’s still holding at 78% accuracy week over week (better than NFL pundits) so at least that is something to cheer about. Without further ado, here are this week’s predictions! Sat10:00 AMBoston CollegeNorthern Illinois16.32%83.68%13 Thu04:30 PMMemphisCincinnati81.19%18.81%-13 Sat05:00 PMNorthwesternBall State82.55%17.45%-13.5 Fri07:00 PMOregon StateStanford26.5%73.5%9 Sat5:00 PMHoustonTexas State99.27%0.73%-20.5 Sat4:30 PMKentuckyMissouri82.6%17.4%-13.5 Sat05:00 PMWisconsinHawaii97.19%2.81%-19.5 Sat12:30 PMOld DominionAppalachian State40.06%59.94%3.5 Sat11:30 AMLouisiana TechFlorida International84.72%15.28%-14.5 Sat1:00 PMAlabamaLouisiana-Monroe99.07%0.93%-20.5 Sat06:00 PMIdahoGeorgia Southern5.57%94.43%17.5 Sat12:30 PMKent StateMarshall60.17%39.83%-4.5 Sat04:00 PMTexas-San AntonioColorado State28.26%71.74%8.5 Sat5:00 PMArizonaUCLA48.2%51.8%0.5 Sat12:30 PMMinnesotaOhio37.53%62.47%4.5 Sat12:30 PMFloridaTennessee73.89%26.11%-10 Sat12:30 PM12:30 PMEast CarolinaVirginia Tech10.89%89.11%15.5 Sat9:30 AMWake ForestIndiana1.58%98.42%19center_img Sat07:30 PMSan Jose StateFresno State4.44%95.56%18 Sat3:00 PMEastern MichiganArmy37.98%62.02%4.5 Sat12:30 PMPenn StateSan Diego State97.16%2.84%-19.5 Sat04:00 PMCharlotteFlorida Atlantic0.35%99.65%19.5 Sat12:30 PMOhio StateWestern Michigan99.59%0.41%-20.5 Sat12:30 PMNotre DameMassachusetts98.54%1.46%-20 Sat4:00 PM4:00 PMMississippiVanderbilt99.16%0.84%-20.5 Sat4:00 PMToledoArkansas State51.64%48.36%-1 Sat12:00 PMWyomingNew Mexico65.67%34.33%-7 Fri05:00 PMVirginiaBoise State31.93%68.07%7 DayTimeHome TeamAway TeamHome Team OddsAway Team OddsSpread Sat4:30 PMAuburnMississippi State6.87%93.13%17 Sat2:00 PMWashingtonCalifornia42.52%57.48%2.5 Sat7:30 PMArizona StateSouthern California27.71%72.29%8.5 Sat12:00 PMBaylorRice98.21%1.79%-20 Sat1:45 PMTexas TechTexas Christian84.67%15.33%-14.5 Sat5:30 PMOregonUtah85.44%14.56%-15 Sat09:00 AMRutgersKansas4.97%95.03%18 Sat12:30 PMWestern KentuckyMiami (Ohio)91.56%8.44%-17.5 Sat5:00 PM12:30 PMTexasOklahoma State15.72%84.28%13.5 #3 TCU at Texas Tech (Spread -14.5)As the defenses of both teams prepare for the game this weekend, I want to make a plea to both teams. Think of the poor college students who decide to toss their friend in the air. I want you to think of how exhausted they’re going to be when the score is 56-42 and TCU just scored another touchdown. How is that poor student going to get homework done the next day when his arms are so sore from the night before? So play some defense, please. Do it for your fellow student.If you couldn’t tell from that last paragraph, both of these teams have high-powered offenses and porous defenses. Lest you think I am exaggerating, here are some stats. This season Texas Tech has averaged 399 passing yards per game (2nd in the nation) and scored 54.3 points per game (3rd in the nation). Pretty impressive, right? Until you realize that they’re playing against a TCU team that has averaged 367 yards per game and scored 49.7 points per game. Once you also consider the fact that last year TCU won 82-27, the fact that our model predicts Texas Tech as a 14.5 point favorite seems a little odd. But, as last week has shown, anything can happen in college football.Mississippi State at Auburn (Spread: 17)I know what you’re thinking — both of these teams are unranked and Mississippi State is a big favorite according to our model. But what makes this game particularly interesting from a prediction standpoint is that Auburn is the Vegas favorite. This is not only surprising because of their performance against LSU last week, but also because Sean White is replacing Jeremy Johnson at quarterback. Though with 6 interceptions in three games, this might be a good call. From our perspective, this game could either be an uneventful Mississippi State steam roll or a chance for Auburn to remain relevant.#9 UCLA at #16 Arizona (Spread: 0.5)Arizona and UCLA will be opening up Pac-12 play in what is predicted by our model to quite a close game.UCLA’s seemingly invincible quarterback is actually human, which is pretty understandable when you remember that last year he was a senior in high school. Despite Rosen’s lackluster performance last week with 106 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INT, UCLA was still able to hold off BYU and stay undefeated.While everyone has been obsessing over Rosen, we feel that Paul Perkins hasn’t gotten enough appreciation. Though it hurts to say, Perkins is arguably the best running back in the Pac-12 with 26 carries for 219 yards and one touchdown last weekend against BYU. Note the only 26 carries. Even if Rosen still has some growing pains, UCLA’s got plenty of other weapons to lean on.Arizona’s offense has racked up some impressive numbers. Returning quarterback Anu Solomon has thrown 10 touchdowns and has yet to give up an interception (Knock on wood, Arizona fans.). Nick Wilson adds to the Arizona’s offensive threat with five rushing touchdowns and seven yards per carry.To add to the drama, UCLA’s linebacker Myles Jack is out for the season after sustaining a “significant knee injury”. Meanwhile, Arizona’s linebacker Scooby Wright might be back from injury this weekend. His presence alone could completely reshape Arizona’s defense and change the course of the game. This Pac-12 opener is going to quite an interesting matchup to watch.#19 USC at Arizona State (Spread: 8.5)Last weekend was definitely a bummer for both our football team and for our model. Sure we hung with Stanford through most of the game, but our inability to stop their run offense ultimately led to our demise. Our loss combined with several upsets in our favorite conference (C’mon, you should know I’m talking about the SEC by now) meant it was a tough weekend for everyone. But you know, last year Ohio State made it into the College Football Playoffs with one loss and that turned out pretty well for them so there is hope yet for our Trojans! But that was last week, let’s see what this week has in store.Good ol’ Arizona State. Last time we played the Sun Devils, we lost in a last-second hail mary and two years ago, Lane Kiffin was fired on the LAX tarmac after losing to ASU. I think it’s a little early to start putting Sarkisian in the hot seat, but nonetheless our history with ASU and our current situation makes this an important game.Our defensive struggles last weekend do not bode well, especially since we are going up against an ASU team who’s returning the same quarterback that threw five touchdowns against us last year in our last minute, heartbreaking loss. If we want to win the Pac-12 South and maybe – just maybe – get into the playoffs, the Trojans are going to need to bring their A-game this weekend in Tempe.Data provided by cfbstats.comTeam logos courtesy of sportslogos.netlast_img read more

IPL 2017 Report Card: Rising Pune Supergiant impress despite the odds

first_imgThey came, they saw and they almost conquered but that wasn’t to be. Rising Pune Supergiant’s final Indian Premier League campaign came to a disappointing end as they lost the summit clash by one run against Mumbai Indians, a team whom they had beaten three times this season but faltered at the last hurdle.Pune were superbly led throughout the tournament by Steve Smith and it was all going to plan in the final as well when they restricted Mumbai to 129 for 8 thanks to superb bowling performances from Jaydev Unadkat (2/19), Adam Zampa (2/32) and Dan Christian (2/34).Pune had a good start to their run chase with Ajinkya Rahane scoring a quickfire 44 but regular wickets combined with superb bowling from Mumbai and the pressure of chasing in a final got to Pune as they lost the plot in the death overs and ended up one run short of the target. Captain Smith top-scored with 51 but his 50-ball effort didn’t help and they failed to keep up with the required run rate as a result.But despite the flaws and mistakes the team made in the final, their campaign this year was nothing short of outstanding.Pune removed MS Dhoni from the captain’s post and handed it over to Smith, a decision which didn’t go down too well with the fans and pundits. But the move worked wonders for the team as Smith’s captaincy combined with Dhoni’s tactical brilliance saw Pune completely turn their campaign around this season and reach the final after finishing seventh last year.advertisementSo what led to Pune’s transformation this year? Was it just Smith’s captaincy behind their rise or the overseas players who were brought on board?Let’s take a closer look at Rising Pune Supergiant’s phenomenal IPL 2017 campaign:THE KEY PLAYERS FOR RPSRahul Tripathi: Local boy Rahul Tripathi was termed as a revelation by captain Steve Smith. Tripathi took the IPL by storm this season arriving as a surprise package for the team. Playing in his debut season, Tripathi amassed 391 runs in 14 matches at an average of 27.92 with two half-centuries including a match-winning 93 he scored against Kolkata Knight Riders in the league stages. Tripathi easily outshone his opening partner and the experienced Ajinkya Rahane in almost every match that they played together and was a top-contender for the Emerging Player of the Season award along with the likes of Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi etc.Photo Credit: BCCI Steve Smith: The Australian captain led his team from the front and played some outstanding knocks throughout the season. Pune’s decision to hand Smith the captaincy was met with a lot of criticism at first but the 2015 World Cup-winning captain quickly proved everybody wrong and led by example. Smith, who came to the IPL on the back of a terrific Test series with the bat against India where he scored 499 runs in four matches, hammered 472 runs in 15 matches for RPS at an average of 39.33 with three fifties and ended up as the fourth highest run-scorer in the season. Smith seeked Dhoni’s advice whenever it was needed and was one of the best captain’s on show this season.Photo Credit: BCCI Jaydev Unadkat: After plying his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jaydev Unadkat was bought by the Pune franchise for a bargain price of Rs 30 lakh in the auction this year. The left-arm fast bowler proved out to be more than worth his price finishing with 24 wickets in 12 matches at a staggering average of 13.41 and a best bowling effort of 5/30 which also included a hat-trick in a league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Unadkat was the second highest wicket-taker behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar this season, who took 26 wickets from 14 games. Unadkat was superb in the final as well as he took 2 for 19 which included the wickets of in-form Mumbai openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons.Photo Credit: BCCI Imran Tahir: The South African leg-spinner was drafted into the team at the last moment after going unsold in the IPL auctions this year, which was a big surprise considering the fact that Tahir is the No. 1 ranked bowler in T20 internationals. The move paid off big time as Tahir picked up 18 wickets in 12 games at an economy rate of 7.85. He was the fifth highest wicket-taker this season. Tahir played his last match in the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 6 after which he had to leave for national duty and was replaced by Adam Zampa in the playing XI, who also performed well picking up seven wickets in six matches. Tahir more than made up for Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence in the squad this season and was one of the main reasons behind Pune’s winning run in the league matches.advertisementPhoto Credit: BCCI THE X-FACTORBen Stokes: Picked up for a record amount of Rs 14.50 crore, Ben Stokes’ price tag was the biggest talking point in this year’s auction. Stokes became the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL but quality comes at a price. Stokes burnet a big hole in RPS’ pocket but the big-hitting English all-rounder was worth every penny. By the time he left the IPL to join the England squad, Stokes had picked up 12 wickets and amassed 316 runs in 12 matches at 31.60 which also included an unbeaten 103 he scored against Gujarat Lions in a league match. Stokes was Pune’s x-factor and by far the Most Valuable Player this season but unfortunately had to leave for national duty just before the playoffs. The outcome of the IPL final could have been different had Stokes been there for Pune.Photo Credit: BCCIlast_img read more

Crucial Punjab cabinet meeting today, Sidhu likely to not be in attendance

first_imgIn wake of the escalating controversy over Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s recent Pakistan visit, the state cabinet is set to meet at 3 pm on Monday (December 3).The meeting is scheduled to be held at Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s official residence.Sidhu visited Pakistan on November 28 on its prime minister, Imran Khan’s personal invitation, as he puts, to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.The Kartarpur corridor will connect the shrine in Pakistan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Gurdaspur and give visa-free access to Indian pilgrims.Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan had riled Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in Amritsar that left three people dead.READ | 3 captains, 4 Gandhis and 3 Modis: BJP-Congress war intensifies over Sidhu’s Pak visitAlso, Sidhu’s recent remark that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was his ‘Captain’ reportedly irked Singh even more and several cabinet ministers too.Two days back, Sidhu, when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, despite Singh’s disapproval, said, “Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also.”This issue is likely to be discussed during Monday’s meeting.Sidhu, however, is not expected to attend the meeting as he is away in Rajasthan, campaigning for his party members for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.On Saturday, three ministers — Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi — called for Sidhu’s resignation from the state cabinet.advertisementOn Sunday, state’s Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary said Sidhu’s remark was “unforunate” and “uncalled for”.”What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Capt Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” she said.Chaudhary said, “Capt Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is captain of the party in the state. He was the chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly elections and under him the party returned to power with an overwhelming majority. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi is captain of entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what Sidhu has said about captain sahib is unfortunate.”Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sunday demanded Sidhu’s apology to the chief minister. He also reminded him he was not running a comedy show.Sidhu had been a part of a popular TV comedy show aired in India.”It seems Sidhu sahib has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders and seek an apology from the chief minister,” Dharamsot said.Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa continued his attack on Sunday saying Sidhu’s tone and the body language towards the chief minister was not appropriate and demanded he apologise.Bajwa, along with Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, had on Saturday said if Sidhu didn’t consider Amarinder Singh his captain he should quit the chief minister’s team.On Sunday, Bajwa said, “Sidhu sahib has said that Capt Amarinder Singh is not his captain, he said that he is Army’s captain. The tone and body language used by Sidhu towards the chief minister is not appropriate. It shows disrespect towards the CM. If Sidhu doubts Capt Amarinder’s leadership, his ability, then it becomes his moral duty to resign.””The speed at which he is going may cause an accident,” he said of Sidhu. “I want to request Sidhu that he apologises to the chief minister and matter will end.”The row over the trip escalated in the state even as Sidhu backtracked on his claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was involved in his decision to attend the ceremony. “Get your facts right before you distort them, Rahul Gandhi Ji never asked me to go to Pakistan. The whole world knows I went to Pakistan on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal invite,” Sidhu had tweeted on Saturday.Sidhu’s wife and former BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday said his heart is clean and his remark was being twisted and taken out of context.”Navjot Sidhu’s heart is clean. He has not committed any mistake that he should resign. He has already said Capt sahib (Amarinder) is a father-figure to him. If outside Punjab, he said Rahul is the captain, what is wrong on that? He has not called (Narendra) Modi his captain. He is only calling Rahul his captain. And Capt Sahib’s (Amarinder’s) captain too is Rahul, isn’t it?,” asked Kaur.advertisementMeanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too took potshots at Sidhu, headlined by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.She, when asked about the controversy, said she would not be able to comment on the issue as it was a major tussle between “the three captains in the Congress party.”For the unversed, the first captain Swaraj refers to here is the Punjab chief minister himself, known as Captain Amarinder Singh. The second is Sidhu, who chose to visit Pakistan despite Singh’s opposition.The third is Rahul Gandhi, who Sidhu referred to as the captain in one of the his earlier statements.BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh, on his part, said, “When Sidhu was in the BJP, he hailed the contribution of Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley. He used to ridicule (former PM) Manmohan Singh by terming him ‘Mouni Baba’. He is a man of U-turns. It seems his lust for power would end with accepting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as his Captain. He should be sacked immediately.”Union minister and senior BJP leader from Punjab Vijay Sampla said Sidhu has “lost mental balance” and wants to remain in news with such remarks.The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), BJP’s coalition partner in Punjab, has also demanded Sidhu’s resignation.(With inputs from PTI)ALSO READ | Rahul never asked me to go to Pak: Sidhu clarifies after Captain dig at AmarinderALSO READ | Not trapped by your googlies, it just exposed you: Sushma to Pak foreign ministerALSO WATCH | We are Congress soldiers, not Amarinder’s, says Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wifelast_img read more