Microsoft announce hefty prices for Security Updates to Windows 10

Hefty prices for security updates

Microsoft has announced it’s hefty prices for security updates after Windows 10 reaches end of support late next year. Businesses that continue to run Windows 10 on devices past the Oct. 14, 2025 deadline will have to pay a yearly fee for access to Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) program or miss out on important security fixes. Enrolling in the Windows […]

Microsoft Azure Outage Eastern Australia

Azure Outage

The Microsoft Azure outage that took out its Australia East cloud region last week attributes the incident in part to insufficient staff numbers on site. They have blamed the incident on a utility power outage that tripped the cooling units offline in one datacenter in Sydney, Australia, after an electrical storm last week. This contributed to an outage that saw […]

Is it time to Harden your IT Security?

Harden you IT Security

With all the high priority companies hacked in 2022 is it time you harden your IT Security? Some of the high profile companies hacked in Australia have been Optus, Telstra, Medibank, WA Health and Woolworths. So you may think hackers only target the big end of town. Think again, there were thousands of companies hacked in 2022 in Australia alone. […]

Malicious new email scam using NASA photos

Australians are being warned about a new scam which can take control of your phone or laptop. Infected photos captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope are being sent out via email to unsuspecting users. The images are being used to disguise and distribute malware from hackers. One of the images contains a hidden link inside its metadata. The link […]

Latest Ransomware Demands Charity Work to Return Data

A new strain of ransomware, called GoodWill, has recently been detected. Rather than requesting money, it forces its victims to complete a series of charitable tasks in order to retrieve their data. The ransomware can leave your business unable to operate while you are forced to follow the time consuming instructions on how to retrieve your data. The instructions so […]

Wizards@IT acquires ITsquad

IT Wizards

ITsquad has been acquired by Wizards@IT and will now trade under the Wizards@IT brand. We will be providing the same, if not better service that you are used to and look forward to working with you into the future. All existing ITsquad clients should have been contacted and new agreements put in place outlining the improvements to the services you […]

Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have gone down

Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have all gone down in a major outage. Outage website Downdetector noted a spike in user reports relating to the services. The services all share common backend infrastructure. Facebook users were greeted with this message when trying to access the site. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and […]

World’s most dangerous’ botnet brought down

Police have seized thousands of computers running one of the most dangerous hacking networks worldwide. The Emotet network obtains access to victims’ computers, via malicious email attachments, then sells it to criminals who install more dangerous malware. Police from the UK, EU, US and Canada worked together to “disrupt” Emotet. Europol called it “one of most significant botnets of the […]

Personal information leaked by Melbourne-based Council and Recruiter

Sensitive personal information leaked by recruiter A Melbourne recruiting company leaked sensitive personal information on Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service. The online storage was left open for anyone to access for over a month. A Melbourne-based security researcher found the open storage instance on October 24. It was found to contain images of passports, driver’s licenses, tax forms, and […]

ACCC investigate Apple and Google over the way they control what Apps you can install on your Phone

As part of its ongoing digital platform services inquiry, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is joining other international agencies to investigate Apple and Google over the way they control what Apps you can install on your Phone. Apple’s App Store is a particular point of interest as unlike Android, which does allow you to install apps from elsewhere, […]

WordPress locked out of Apple App Store

Apple has been forced to make a public apology after it locked out WordPress from its app store. This was done in a move to get more profit from in-app purchases. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg noticed on Friday that his company had been locked out. All he had to do was change the free app status of WordPress and allow […]

iOS 14 Brings New Changes to iPhone

Every year Apple launches a major iOS update that runs on all new iPhones. All new iPhones receive new features, interface tweaks and patches for security bugs. In 2020, Apple announced iOS 14 for iPhone and iPods that will be released in the fall of 2020. However, Apple launched a developer beta of iOS 14 to give developers a test […]

ACCC takes on Google in court

One of the big tech news stories recently was the ACCCs decision to take search giant Google to court. ACCC alleges that Google misled consumers when it failed to inform consumers, without their consent, that it was combining personal information in consumers’ Google accounts. ACCC alleges that Google wasn’t upfront about the changes it made a few years back regarding […]

Macs don’t get viruses, or do they?

It’s a popular misconception that Macs don’t get viruses or malware, but that’s incorrect. Whilst they may not be as susceptible to them as Windows PCs, there are certainly dodgy apps floating around for all platforms. How to Remove Malware From a Mac Do you know the name of the app bothering your Mac? You can stop it running by […]