Category Archives: Computer Tips

  • Govt opens Sydney cyber threat sharing centre

    Fourth to come online. The federal government has officially opened a new public-private cyber threat sharing centre in Sydney, its fourth to go live across the country. The national network of centres was promised under the government’s cyber security strategy released in 2016. The initiative is being led by CERT Australia within the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). […]

  • Health breached privacy law in open data bungle: OAIC

    Findings of investigation released. The federal Health department breached privacy law when it released a botched dataset that allowed for the re-identification of patients, Australia’s privacy commission has found. In December researchers from the University of Melbourne revealed they were able to easily re-identify patients from the data without using decryption methods. Health had released the supposedly de-identified […]

  • Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have had data on 87 million people

    Privacy scandal widens. The personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous estimate of more than 50 million. Most of the 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, which worked on US President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, […]

  • Microsoft must add ‘controls’ for protected Aussie govt cloud

    To address “residual risks”. Australian government agencies have been told to use “additional configuration and security controls” before committing workloads to Microsoft’s new protected-level public cloud instances. The guidance, published late Friday, appears to treat Microsoft’s protected-level cloud services differently from similarly classified products on the government’s Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL). Microsoft’s protected classification […]

  • Mastering Mobility: ArubaOS 8

    Sometimes, when you think life’s handing you lemons, it’s really serving you lemonade.   That’s how we felt at Swarthmore College when refreshing our Aruba network introduced us to the many streamlining and automation advantages in ArubaOS 8, the backbone of Aruba’s Mobile First Platform.   A Familiar Story, With a Twist   Like so many organizations, we embarked […]

  • How to Pick a Managed Service Provider

    In today’s world, the challenge of staying up-to-date with the latest technology can seem overwhelming at times. Business owners — especially small business owners — may feel that they’re doomed to be lagging when it comes to the latest technology because they simply can’t afford it. However, this does not have to be the case thanks to […]

  • Researchers from Indian national institutes publish in predatory journals

    India not only publishes the most number of predatory journals in the world but researchers based in India are one of the biggest contributors to such bogus journals; an earlier study found that researchers in India accounted for 35 per cent of publication in bogus journals. Predatory journals very often trick authors into submitting papers, […]

  • Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature

    In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab […]

  • iPhone users complain iOS 11 slows down their apps

    Apple is catching some heat over the release of the new iOS 11. A litany of iPhoneusers are reporting experiencing a significant drop in performance after updating to the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. The issues range from reduced battery life to noticeably slower app performance, according to numerous posters on Reddit. Among other things, users are complaining that apps either […]

  • Google’s ARCore SDK brings AR creation tools to Android

    Augmented reality is about to get its big, mainstream moment thanks to Apple’s iOS 11 and the new iPhone, but another player intends to grab some of the mainstream AR action, too: Google. To that end, Google is introducing ARCore, a platform for developers that will allow them to build augmented reality apps on Android. Today’s release […]

  • You know things are bad when even the Google Pay Store is distributing malware

    Shady links, questionable emails, pirated videos, and … the Google Play Store? Malware authors have long used any and all tools at their disposal to trick victims into downloading malicious software, but the latest app-powered botnet uncovered by researchers in early August makes it clear that even marquee sources like Google may not be as […]

  • Razer reportedly working on gamer-focused smartphone

    Razer is a company known for its gaming mice, keyboards, and laptops, but the company could soon get into another product category: phones. Razer is working on a mobile phone, claims a new report from Bloomberg. Details of the device are unknown, but it’s said that Razer is targeting “hardcore gamers” with its upcoming handset. While […]