COVID-19 cyberthreats

COVID-19 cyberthreats

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Cyberthreats are constantly evolving in order to take advantage of online behaviour and trends. The COVID-19 outbreak is no exception. Cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses and even global organizations at a time when cyber defences might be lowered due to the shift of focus to the health crisis. Global landscape on COVID-19 cyberth 704.24KB EN FR Types of cyberattacks Malicious domains There are a considerable number of registered domains on the Internet that contain the terms: "coronavirus", "corona-virus", "covid19" and "covid-19". While some are legitimate websites, cybercriminals are creating thousands of new sites every day to carry out spam campaigns, phishing or to spread malware. Malware Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the widespread global communications on the coronavirus to mask their activities. Malware, spyware…
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Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

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Windows 10 users, it is well known that you’ve had a truly rotten run of bad updates as well as serious questions about transparency but brace yourself because Microsoft has just unveiled two massive upgrades which you will like. Windows 10 updates continue to cause problems 03/20 Update: Microsoft is on a roll. Picked up by Windows Latest, Windows 10 will now allow users to reclaim 'Reserved Storage' previously consumed by its May 2019 update. With this tallying up around 10GB for most users, it can be useful when resources do run low. To check your Reserved Storage levels, type CMD in the Start Menu to open the Command Prompt (cmd) then type: ‘DISM.exe /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState’ (no quotes) to see how much reserved storage Windows 10 is currently using. You…
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7 Reasons to Actually Start Using Google Keep

7 Reasons to Actually Start Using Google Keep

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Google's note-taking app is the best free program you're not using and perhaps never knew existed in the first place. Let's talk about Google Keep. You remember Google Keep, right? It was supposed to revolutionize taking and organizing notes in 2013, but it's faced a lot of competition. There are, of course, plenty of productivity and organizational apps that will help you shepherd your life across multiple devices. Evernote may be a PCMag Editors' Choice for note-taking apps, but Keep has its benefits as a free, minimalist tool that simplifies the process of sharing ideas across multiple devices. For example, you can jot down notes in Keep on your Android or iOS device while in transit, and pick it up later on your computer. Or, conversely, when you're about to…
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SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

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SUPER SNOOPER Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe If you're feeling paranoid, you're not alone – but are you crazy? RECKON Facebook is snooping on your private conversations? Countless users say their phone's microphone has been hijacked by Facebook to target ads. If you've ever been paranoid that Facebook is listening to you, you'll want to read our guide on mysterious Facebook voice snooping.   Some users are convinced billionaire Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is snooping on their real-world conversations Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP Why do people think Facebook is listening to us? There's been endless debate about this online for years. Many Facebook users say they've spoken about something out loud, only for adverts to appear on the app…
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3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

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The Amazing Things One Can Achieve With A 3D Pen There are many artists in the world and the majority love experimenting with new mediums. Some oil painters will eventually delve into acrylics and possibly even water colors. These mediums are thousands of years old and have managed to withstand the test of time. Those looking for a more futuristic way to ply their trade should consider the 3D printing pen. This innovative pen will provide the artist with the ability to create 3D works quickly, conveniently and affordably. While it will take a little bit of time to master, the user will be able to create an abundance of unique items with their 3D pen. Some of the amazing things that one can achieve with one of these utensils…
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R32bn invested in SA’s research and development

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Five institutional sectors helped boost SA's R&D spend. South Africa's total contribution towards research and development (R&D) reached R32.3 billion during the 2015/2016 period. This is according to the recently released 2015/2016 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, which showcases expenditure of five institutional sectors that perform R&D in the country. The survey shows gross expenditure on R&D (GERD), the total spending by all five sectors nationally, at R32.3 billion, based on the rand value for the period in review. In constant 2010 rands, GERD amounted to R24.5 billion. Godfrey Mashamba, chief director for science and technology investment at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says the GERD in 2015/2016 indicates an increase of 10.2% compared to the year before. GERD amounted to R29.3 billion based on 2014/2015…
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After outcry, Apple carves out room for rival parental control apps to exist

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It’s not clear whether Apple’s crackdown is done. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge   Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines this week at WWDC 2019 — and many of those changes appear to be aimed squarely at the kinds of controversies that recently led us to ask whether Apple can be trusted with the App Store to begin with. Most prominently, as The New York Times points out, the company appears to be backing away from its stance that screen time and parental control apps shouldn’t have access to the same powerful mobile device management (MDM) and VPN APIs that big companies do — a stamce which the company conveniently used earlier this year to remove a whole bunch of those apps just as it was coincidentally…
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How These Balloons Brought Emergency Cell Service to Peru After an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake

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Loon has helped over 20,000 people connect with each other following a recent quake. Over the weekend, a powerful 8.0 earthquake struck Peru and neighboring Ecuador. The quake—felt in rural areas and major population centers like Lima, Quito, and even Caracas, Venezuela—killed one person, injured 18 between the countries, and damaged numerous buildings. But the disaster, which was Peru's strongest earthquake in over a decade, had one notable difference from others: Within 48 hours, people in affected regions had working cell phones. Loon, a company owned by Alphabet, deployed its signature LTE balloons, which were able to provide service amidst a broken network. By sheer chance, Loon was testing its balloons in nearby Puerto Rico. The company worked with both the Peruvian government and cell service provider Telefonica to establish…
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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services

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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services   Using an external service provider to assist with your business’s IT needs is something that has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to a number of benefits which directly translate into cost savings. Defined as ‘managed services’, an external provider monitors and looks after a business’s IT and technology needs, improving productivity, reducing expenses and streamlining processes. “With South Africa’s economy in a slump, businesses are looking to get real value for money from their IT & tech providers,” says Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape. “For smaller companies, having an in-house IT technician or department is usually expensive, and often unnecessary. SMEs’ IT requirements are generally not as complex or extensive as those of…
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Windows 10 For IT Pros: Tutorials, Tips & Tricks

Windows 10 For IT Pros: Tutorials, Tips & Tricks

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Although many are still using Windows 8.1 (and even older versions of Windows), the market share for Windows 10 is growing fast as individuals and organizations upgrade to the latest operating system from Microsoft. Below you'll find some helpful resources for getting started with Windows 10 administration. And for those still using Windows 8.1, we have some resources below as well. Windows 10 continues to evolve with new updates, fixes and changes rolling in on a regular basis since the operating system's initial release in 2015. In fact, on March 26, Microsoft is set to end support for the original Windows 10 edition (version 1507), including security patches. And Microsoft has plenty more improvements in store for Windows 10 systems planned. The Anniversary Updatebrought with it major improvements in biometric security,…
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