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Beware scammers wanting access to your computer and bank account

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27 August 2018 Scammers are increasingly catching out people by impersonating well-known businesses or the police so they can get access to computers and steal money or banking information.  The ACCC’s Scamwatch website has recorded a significant spike in these types of scams, known as remote access scams, with more than 8000 reports recorded in 2018 so far and losses totalling $4.4 million.  “The spike in remote access scams is very concerning; losses so far in 2018 have already surpassed those for the whole of 2017, and sadly it is older Australians that are losing the most money,” ACCC Deputy...

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ATO issues third scam watch alert in four months

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ATO issues third scam watch alert in four months

This time its switchboard is being spoofed. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has warned of increasing numbers of scammers spoofing phone numbers from its switchboard in an effort to make fake calls appear legitimate.  Scammers who pose as ATO staff typically attempt to secure payments of debts that don't exist, often accompanied by warnings of dire consequences for non-compliance or tardy payments. The phone number most commonly spoofed by scammers belongs to the ATO’s overseas enquiries hotline, which is intended for incoming calls and uses a conventional phone number instead of the 13 numbers the office uses to take inbound...

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Microsoft releases fix for data deletion bug

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Microsoft releases fix for data deletion bug

In a blog post, the company says the number of customers impacted by the bug was small, with "reports of data loss" limited to "one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs." We have fully investigated all reports of data loss, identified and fixed all known issues in the update, and conducted internal validation. Also, Microsoft Support and our retail stores customer service personnel are available at no charge to help customers. Rather than immediately make the updated bits available to the public, Microsoft says it's limiting the initial release of this update to devices that are part of the...

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macOS Mojave: 5 quick tips & tricks

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macOS Mojave: 5 quick tips & tricks

Apple has recently updated its desktop operating system, macOS to version 10.14, better known as “macOS Mojave”. If you’re curious, after years of naming its operating systems after large felines, it switched a few years back to California landmarks.   The upgrade to macOS Mojave is one that you should be prompted to make if you’ve got a qualifying iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini or Mac Pro. That’s essentially most of those systems that Apple has sold from around 2012, although predictably you’ll see somewhat better performance out of a new Mac running macOS Mojave than you will an older...

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