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16/7/2016 0 Comments
As usual, online security has been in the news. I dealt with several clients just this week who had been hit by scams or downloaded something nasty to their computer.
Here's this week's summary, with links to relevant articles.
There are some new Mac malware threats - but these are only threats if you have lowered the standard security on your Mac in System Preferences - Security & Privacy
As long as you leave your the 'Allow apps downloaded from' setting as 'Mac App Store' (maximum security) or 'Mac App Store and Identified Developers' (still good security), you should not pick up the sort of nasties described the following articles.
Do you need antivirus software on your mobile devices?
This is a question that I get asked on a regular basis. You certainly don't need any such software on an i-Device. As long as you only use the Google Play store, you should not need it on an Android device either. Here is an article on this topic.
Are Telstra's identity verification questions adequate?
I saw an article this week that covered a topic that has long concerned me - that Telstra's very basic questions that 'confirm' your identity make it very easy for someone to pretend to be you. You only need to provide your name, phone number email address and date of birth to confirm who you are. This article from The Age looks at how easy it can be to steal a person's identity by just knowing these basic details.
Beware of a fake Netflix text message
If you receive a message purporting to be from Netflix - asking you to confirm you login credentials - please just delete it immediately. Never tap/click on the link in an email and enter account details. ALWAYS assume a scam - this is the safest bet!
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