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PayPal cryptocurrency purchase scam

September 20th 2022 in safety and privacy on the Internet

Hi everybody, I know that I have not written anything for a very, very long time. Life gets busy, other people take up the mantle and write about your most common themes, and things change and move on. It felt like I was writing the same stuff as too many other people. Anyway, I came […]

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Windows 7 end of life

February 3rd 2020

I saw this today when firing up a Windows 7 VM… interesting… note how the VM was deactivated. Reactivation was completed successfully.

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Ransom emails

September 30th 2019

Yeah, nah. Last I checked our mail server was nowhere near Germany 😀

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July 4th 2018

After 19 years, my first award being in October 1999, I decided, this year, to not apply to renew my MVP status. The computer world is very different to what it was back when I was first awarded. Back then, Windows 98 was the current operating system, and Internet Explorer was at version 5.  Internet […]

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Bigpond Phishing Email

June 12th 2018

Yeah, nah.

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Vale Stephen “StepTo” Toulouse

November 1st 2017


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Fake Westpac email

November 1st 2017

Note the URL:

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Chrome extensions transforming into adware

July 14th 2017

Recent incident: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/-particle-chrome-extension-sold-to-new-dev-who-immediately-turns-it-into-adware/ Such trickery has been going on for years.  Google changed its policy back in 2014 so that extensions could only be ‘single purpose’ but that hasn’t stopped it. Reality is, although Chrome does prompt the user to accept new permissions if a previously innocuous extension has been updated to introduce advertising functionality, […]

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Ransomware… again…

June 28th 2017

Microsoft released patches against the infamous Wannacrypt (SMB) vulnerability for older operating systems going back to Windows XP. Get them from the Microsoft website: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/ They later issued warning about “potential nation state activity” and issued additional security patches. Again, get them from the Microsoft website. Those patches can be found at the URL below. […]

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