A quick message about your email and domain names (if you have one). Hackers and spammers seem to have more free time than normal, as we are seeing in recent email scams.

Both my clients and I have been getting emails from what appear to be our email service providers (Gmail, Outlook, Rackspace, etc.). You are asked to visit their site and log in to verify your account – or something similar. The messages look real, with logos and everything, until you look at the web site URL. I’ve never seen a legitimate reason for this so if you get an email (or phone call / snail mail) asking you to do this, don’t. Instead, contact your provider directly and ask.

Also know that if we host your email, Rackspace will never contact you for this information.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

I’ve also had clients ask about their domain name expiring because of a letter or email they received. This is something you need to pay attention to because you don’t want your domain name to expire. With that being said, domain name expiration dates are easily available unless you registered your domain name with extra privacy. Scammers do like to send letters asking for payment. If you receive something like this, you should contact your domain name registrar directly to verify the status of your domain name.

Keep in mind that if we set up and manage your domain name at GoDaddy, your domain name is set to auto-renew.

Whether or not we host your email or manage your domain name, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are unsure.