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How to Recognize Scams


Most scams are attempts to get your personal or financial details.  Scams can look genuine, and it can be difficult to tell when something is fake.  However, there are some common signs that something may be a scam including: 1. The email, text or phone call is unexpected 2. There is a deadline or sense of urgency 3. There is a promise of financial benefit or threats of fines, debts or jail. These are some of the easier ways to recognise a potential scam: 1. Unsecure websites: Always look for the https: (not http:) and the padlock icon in [...]

How to Recognize Scams2022-11-15T13:44:32+10:00

Tips To Improve Computer Performance


It is inevitable that your computer will experience slower speeds at some point. Software, including the operating system becomes more demanding over time with OS version upgrades in particular, and this impacts computer performance. Also, old and outdated hardware can cause your computer to slow down. There are two directions you can take to make your computer run faster: hardware upgrades, and system optimization. Let’s discuss system optimization: 1. Restart your computer. Restarting your computer is the easiest way to fix a lot of PC problems. When you restart, you stop all running software and pieces of data that [...]

Tips To Improve Computer Performance2022-10-06T09:38:47+10:00

Virus Protection for Your Computer


What is a computer virus? A computer virus is a piece of code or program, that can copy itself and alters the way a computer operates.  It is designed to have a detrimental effect on your computer, such as corrupting or destroying data. What is malware? Malware, short for Malicious Software, is an intrusive program that is designed to allow ‘hackers’ access to steal your data and damage or destroy your computer. How do I know my computer has a virus? These are some indications your computer has a virus or malware: Frequent pop-ups People [...]

Virus Protection for Your Computer2022-10-06T09:33:55+10:00

How long do computers last and what can I do to lengthen the lifespan?


The longevity of a computer depends on the quality of the computer when new, and whether the components can keep up with advancing technology.  Like anything, you tend to get what you pay for, up to a point.  Cheaper models are generally produced with lower quality or lower performance components that may wear out or stop performing earlier than you hoped.  That said, it doesn’t mean an expensive model is always the way to get more years from your device, as some brands or special features increase the price of the computer without adding extra life.  However, most computers survive [...]

How long do computers last and what can I do to lengthen the lifespan?2022-10-06T09:36:32+10:00

Protect Your Data


Have you ever lost a lot of important data? Or felt a moment of panic where you thought you did? Whether it’s photos from a family holiday, your resume, or a semester’s worth of assignments, you probably have data on your computer’s hard drive or your mobile device that’s too valuable to lose. That’s where a data backup comes in. Top Reasons to back up your computer 1. Data loss prevention. From accidental deletion to failed drives, if you have files or photos on your device that you value, you need a backup. 2. Plan B. Files can become [...]

Protect Your Data2022-09-08T16:27:18+10:00

About Your Laptop Battery


Your laptop, being a portable device, relies heavily on its battery. If the battery runs out or goes bad, you’re limited to only using your laptop when plugged into power and even then, sometimes your laptop won’t power up until the battery is removed completely. The average life of a battery is generally regarded as about 1,000 charge cycles or between 2 and 4 years. With modern batteries, it is safe to leave your laptop plugged in all the time as not only does it bypass a charging cycle, but the battery is also smart enough to know when to [...]

About Your Laptop Battery2022-09-08T16:26:52+10:00

AMD vs Intel: What Is The Best CPU Brand?


If you’re shopping for a new computer for gaming or high-end computing, you will be considering the processor (CPU) as this is the brains of the operation. What you might not realise is there are only two choices: AMD or Intel. PC enthusiasts love to debate AMD vs Intel, and over the past few years the winner has been interchangeable.    We’ve put together some of our Pros & Cons for AMD vs Intel:  AMD Pros AMD prices are cheaper. Good for entry level and budget builds.  More cores and threads for lightning fast performance.  Very good in [...]

AMD vs Intel: What Is The Best CPU Brand?2022-11-11T15:56:08+10:00

The Windows 11 Upgrade Kicks Into Gear. Are You Ready?


Windows 11 is here, and Microsoft's update servers are rolling out the Windows 11 upgrade to an increasing number of PCs. If you're one of the lucky few that have received the upgrade invitation, there are a few things you should know before saying yes: 1. Check if your PC hardware specifications can support Windows 11. You might not be able to upgrade your PC to Windows 11, depending on the hardware inside your PC. Your computer needs to meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. If your computer is a brand-new one (purchased in 2019 or later), it should work [...]

The Windows 11 Upgrade Kicks Into Gear. Are You Ready?2022-06-08T14:39:31+10:00

9 Scams That Will Trick You Out of Your Hard-Earned Money


We've compiled some of the current scams in Australia below to help you stay safe from fraud. There are so many scams out there, it's hard to list them all (and then, so many variations to the original scam). However, the following are some examples of contemporary frauds in Australia: • Flubot Scam - It is a scam where a text message is sent containing a link that will install malware on your device which gives the fraudsters access to all information, including your passwords and banking information. • Romance Scam - An online dating scam when someone you have been [...]

9 Scams That Will Trick You Out of Your Hard-Earned Money2022-06-08T14:40:00+10:00

Keeping Cybersecurity Awareness Beyond The Month


Cyber Security Awareness Month is held to promote awareness about the importance of internet security and cybersecurity measures for organisations and consumers. It's a great time for everyone to think about their cybersecurity practises and make sure they're doing everything they can. Everyone should take simple steps to protect themselves from frequent online threats and cybercrime. • Used Strong Password Passwords are your computer's and personal information's first line of defence against unwanted access. Your computer will be safer from hackers and malicious malware if you use a strong password. Have a habit of creating strong and unique passwords for every [...]

Keeping Cybersecurity Awareness Beyond The Month2022-06-08T14:40:31+10:00
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