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ANU suffers significant data breach

Matt Blowes  June 05, 2019 Security

 
Personal and financial information of ANU students, staff & visitors collected over a 19 year period has been compromised by hackers.

Telstra 5G arrives with higher pricing

Matt Blowes  May 22, 2019 Technology, Hardware, Mobile

 
Customers are finally able to access Telstra's 5G network thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G launch, but many plans may be charged an extra fee.

What is the Huawei controversy?

Matt Blowes  May 22, 2019 IT Trends, Opinion, Security

 
The Chinese tech giant is a growing competitor worldwide but the latest ban in the U.S. and Google dropping support have made its future unclear.

SMS not a great authentication method, but better than nothing

Matt Blowes  May 20, 2019 Opinion, Security

 
Any form of multi-factor authentication is better than none but SMS is weak. Change to an authenticator app for better security and convenience.

Try a practice ballot before voting in the federal election this weekend

Matt Blowes  May 13, 2019 Technology, IT Trends

 
A practice voting tool can help you preference correctly in the Senate and cast a valid vote in the federal election on Saturday May 18.

Australians lost half a billion dollars to scammers in 2018

Matt Blowes  April 30, 2019 Security

 
Australians had almost $500 million taken last year by scammers and that only includes reported losses. See the scams report infographic.

Microsoft's re-engineered Edge web browser enters public testing

Matt Blowes  April 11, 2019 Technology, IT Trends, Software

 
Microsoft Edge will become a Chromium-based web browser, a change that will enable Google Chrome extensions to work and may make the browser faster.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 now available

Matt Blowes  April 03, 2019 Technology, Software

 
After months in preview, Visual Studio 2019 is now available. There are a raft of new features and significant upgrades for Mac developers but not all new functions are switched on yet.

Facial recognition in many phones not as secure as hoped

Matt Blowes  April 03, 2019 Hardware, Opinion, Security, Mobile

 
Facial recognition security in many phones from LG, Sony, Samsung & more is not secure and can easily be fooled by a simple photo. But Face ID by Apple and long passcodes remain viable security methods.