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Buckingham Palace left red-faced after Princess Eugenie blunder

<p>On Friday, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank said “I do” in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>While the wedding was quickly overshadowed with the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child, a mistake by Buckingham Palace has added to the insult.</p> <p>The official Instagram account of The Royal Family made one disastrous blunder while announcing the sale of commemorative mugs marking last Friday’s nuptials.</p> <p>The post, which informed followers that the limited edition mugs were available “only till Saturday”, mistakenly referred to Princess Beatrice, rather than Eugenie.</p> <p>“This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description,” the caption said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 313px; height: 418px;" src="/media/7821438/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5e178aa9c1e4366a095fb6c1e229f37" /></p> <p>Princess Beatrice is Eugenie’s older sister and was chosen to be her maid of honour on her wedding day.</p> <p>The post was quickly deleted and has been uploaded again with the correct details.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Available only till Saturday! This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the Wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description! #RoyalWedding Purchase yours today!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/buckinghamroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@buckinghamroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 10:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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How to check if your Facebook account has been hacked

<p>Between September 14-27, 30 million Facebook accounts were hacked, and now the social media juggernaut has unveiled a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">website</a> that will help you determine if your account has been compromised.</p> <p>“We're very sorry this happened,” it said of the incident. “Your privacy is incredibly important to us, and we want to update you on what we've learned from our ongoing investigation, including which Facebook accounts are impacted, what information was accessed and what Facebook users can do about this.”</p> <p>Facebook has made a move to assure its users, which according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/" target="_blank">Statista</a></em> amount to over 2.2 billion monthly active users worldwide, <span>that sensitive information like passwords and financial information were not accessed by hackers.</span></p> <p>“There's no need for anyone to change their passwords,” said the company.</p> <p>But other information was hacked, reported <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/can-check-facebook-account-hacked-042356675.html" target="_blank">7News</a></em>, such as phone numbers and email addresses, and in the case of 14 million accounts, the type of information that you can see on your friends’ accounts such as location, birthdate and relationship status.</p> <p>You can find out simply if your Facebook account has been hacked. On the Facebook advice website, scroll about halfway down to the question, “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” and you’ll have a notification there, specific to your account, if you have been affected.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 123.021px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821357/facebook-notice.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/94961eb42d334a35a773be434fdab00b" /></p> <p>You’ll also be provided with account-specific information if you are logged in to Facebook.</p> <p>One expert argues that in light of the hacks, Facebook should be offering users free “credit monitoring” in case sensitive financial information may be accessed.</p> <p>“Those personal details could very easily be used for identity theft to sign up for credit cards, get a loan, get your banking password, et cetera,” said Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights &amp; Strategy.</p> <p>“Facebook should provide all those customers free credit monitoring to make sure the damage is minimised.”</p> <p>Facebook has declined to say where the effected users are located, only saying the breaches were “fairly broad”. The company says it will contact those account holders who have been hacked.</p> <p>According Facebook, the hacks are currently being investigated by the FBI, but the Bureau requested it didn’t discuss the culprits behind it.</p> <p>You can find more information at the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">Facebook advice site</a>.</p> <p>Did you find the Facebook advice helpful? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The palace bungles Princess Eugenie wedding tweet – can you spot the blunder?

<p>The official Royal Family twitter account was forced to delete one tweet about Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding because of a glaring error.</p> <p>The Queen’s granddaughter is set to say “I do” to her fiancé later today in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – the same location as Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier this year.</p> <p>Although it is the second royal wedding of the year, the error in the tweet led fans to question whether less attention is being given to Eugenie’s nuptials.</p> <p>Can you spot the mistake in this tweet?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 275.97402597402595px;" src="/media/7821307/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a6f0971ae6f14875a778ebcfa720ace4" /></p> <p>The tweet bungled the name of Eugenie’s partner, referring to him as Mr Jacksbrook rather than his correct surname, Mr Brooksbank.</p> <p>The account, which has 3.81 million followers, quickly received backlash for the typo.</p> <p>One person replied: “I believe “Bank Jacksbrook” is his super secret spy name.”</p> <p>Another said: “It’s Jack Brooksbank, or Jacksbrook to his rapper crew.”</p> <p>The tweet stayed on the account for 40 minutes until someone alerted the Royals to the error.</p> <p>The tweet was later reposted with the correct spelling.</p> <p>Eugenie, 28, will have a traditional church service which will be followed by the newlyweds embarking on a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor.</p> <p>Guests will then move to the Queen’s residence for an afternoon reception at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>In the evening, there will be a formal sit-down dinner at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, the residence of her parents Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.</p> <p>The following day, the newlyweds and their friends and family will be enjoying a festival-themed afternoon party.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie first met Jack when she was 20 years old while at a Swiss holiday resort in Verbier.</p> <p>Will you be tuning in to watch Princess Eugenie’s wedding tonight? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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Scam alert: AGL issues warning over fake email scam

<p>AGL Energy has issued a warning to its customers after a scam email that looks to be an electricity bill is making rounds to people’s inboxes.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, AGL posted an image of the hoax email which shows a scammer posing as the power company.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">We have received reports of hoax emails in circulation with the subject line "AGL electricity bill” falsely claiming to be from AGL. Learn how to identify this hoax or scam email and what to do if you receive one here: <a href="https://t.co/v1vAeVdhA8">https://t.co/v1vAeVdhA8</a> <a href="https://t.co/RCYCT94s6m">pic.twitter.com/RCYCT94s6m</a></p> — AGL Energy (@aglenergy) <a href="https://twitter.com/aglenergy/status/1049462003390136320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 9, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The screenshot shows the sender's name as “AGL Energy” and displays a fake overview of the bill plus a date for when the payment is expected to be in by.</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/agl-warns-customers-over-fake-bill-email-scam/news-story/8073698eb0abf00951f286de40874f76" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, the AGL General Manager of Technology Service and Risk, John Taylor, said that “emails like this are an industry-wide issue.”</p> <p>“It’s thought that hundreds have been targeted, including non-AGL customers,” said Mr Taylor.</p> <p>“This issue highlights why AGL is supporting Stay Smart Online Week to promote how people can protect themselves from cybersecurity threats such as hoax emails.”</p> <p>Mr Taylor has advised recipients of the email to delete it immediately and to not click on any links included in the copy.</p> <p>Emails from AGL should be sent from the email address <a rel="noopener" href="mailto:agl@energy.agl.com.au" target="_blank">agl@energy.agl.com.au</a> and included in the email would be the supply address and account number.</p> <p>Those who received the email or have clicked on links that they may be wary of should get in touch with the AGL Help Desk, which is a 24/7 service, on 131 AGL (131 245).</p> <p>It is also recommended to run an anti-virus software on your computer in case the links or email contained harmful content.</p> <p>For more information on how to spot a scam email, visit the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/" target="_blank">Scamwatch</a> website. </p>

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Warning: WhatsApp voicemail scam gives hackers access to your account

<p>A worrying new WhatsApp hack allows cyber criminals to access victim’s accounts via their voicemail inbox.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/10/08/attackers-use-voicemail-hack-to-steal-whatsapp-accounts/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Naked Security</u></em></strong></a>, a blog run by British security company Sophos, scammers are attempting the attacks at night so they can take advantage of the app’s six-digit verification code.</p> <p>The attacks have become so prevalent that Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority issued a nationwide warning.</p> <p>Hackers start the scam by installing WhatsApp on their own phone using a legitimate user’s phone number.</p> <p>To verify the login attempt, WhatsApp sends a six-digit verification code via text message to the victim’s telephone.</p> <p>However, hackers are carrying out this scam at night, so victims are most likely sleeping rather than checking their phones.</p> <p>WhatsApp then allows the hacker to send the six-digit verification code via phone call with an automated message.</p> <p>As the victim is not on their phone, the message ideally goes to voicemail.</p> <p>The cyber criminal then exploits a security flaw in many telecommunication networks which allows customers to use a generic phone number to call and retrieve their voicemails.</p> <p>For many mobile phone owners, only a four-digit pin is required to access their voicemails – which if they haven’t changed is commonly 0000 or 1234 by default.</p> <p>Hackers will then enter the password and gain access to the victim’s voicemail inbox, allowing them to retrieve the WhatsApp message containing the six-digit code.</p> <p>Once the scammer enters the code into their own phone, they have complete access to the victim’s WhatsApp account.</p> <p>To avoid being hacked, it is recommended that users turn on two-factor authentication on their account, adding an extra layer of security.</p> <p>“Using application-based 2FA ... mitigates a lot of the risk, because these mobile authentication apps don’t rely on communications tied to phone numbers,” Sophos researchers explained. </p> <p>This can be done by navigating to Settings in WhatsApp, then tapping ‘Account’.</p> <p>Users must then press on ‘Two-step verification’ and tap ‘Enable’.</p> <p>Experts also encourage users to have a strong PIN on their voicemail inbox.</p> <p>Have you encountered this WhatsApp scam? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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How to take action against pesky telemarketing calls

<p>There is nothing more frustrating than being in the middle of something important, only to have a telemarketer claiming to be from an insurance company blow up your phone.</p> <p>Even after you have rejected their advances and given every indication that you are not interested, they still have a special talent of keeping you on the phone until they’re able to squeeze every detail out of you.</p> <p>But while it seems like a never-ending cycle, and something you think you’ll have to deal with for the rest of your life, there are ways to avoid those pesky phone calls.</p> <p>Telemarketers target over 1000 Australians per day, as they blow up their phones in order to sell what they’ve been told to. Most people don’t want to hear from them and now that landlines cease to exist in many homes, they now contact you on your mobile phone instead.</p> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.donotcall.gov.au/consumers/check-your-numbers/" target="_blank">Do Not Call Register</a>, run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a list of numbers that telemarketers are legally not allowed to contact. If the law is breached, the telemarketer company is then given a hefty fine.</p> <p><strong>So, how do you get on that list?</strong></p> <p>Simply visit their <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.donotcall.gov.au/consumers/check-your-numbers/" target="_blank">website</a> and register your details, including your mobile phone number. Once that is complete, telemarketers are then notified, and the calls should stop.</p> <p>According to consumer rights organisation, <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.choice.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Choice</em></a>, only 14 per cent of Australian’s have registered their mobile numbers to the Do Not Call Register.</p> <p>ACMA’s general manager of content consumer and citizen division Jennifer McNeil describes the online register as a “do not disturb sign out on your hotel door, but it’s for your phone.”</p> <p>She does point out that it “won’t stop all calls.”</p> <p>“There are some entities that can still call you by law,” she said. Such as Government organisations, education institutes, and registered charities just to name a few.</p> <p>But there are still rules that apply, as they cannot contact you before 9 am or after 8 pm on a weekday and if they’re wanting to call on a Saturday, then it can only be between 9 am and 5:50pm. They are not allowed to call you at all on a Sunday.</p> <p>Here are a few other ways you can avoid telemarketing calls:</p> <p><strong>1. Block their number</strong></p> <p>While it may seem like the obvious thing to do, many people aren’t aware that you’re able to block numbers through your smartphone.      </p> <p>“If you get a pesky number calling all the time, and you recognise it, just block it through your phone settings,” says Ms McNeil.</p> <p>“There are also products available that allow you to screen landline calls.”</p> <p><strong>2. Always be aware of what you’re signing up for</strong></p> <p>So, while none of us ever read the terms and conditions, because let’s face it, who has time for that? Turns out it’s actually important in this case.</p> <p>If you ever wonder how telemarketers get your number in the first place, it’s most likely because you made an account on an online store and that specific store has passed along your information to other research companies.</p> <p>While it seems unethical and a serious breach of privacy, it would be clearly stated in the agreement form which is why it’s important to go through it.</p> <p>“There will usually be a special box in the terms where, if you’re not careful, you will end up giving your permission to be contacted by anyone for marketing purposes,” Ms McNeil says.</p> <p><strong>3. Don’t hang up</strong></p> <p>Our first instinct when we hear a telemarketer on the other line is to hang up, but according to <em>Choice</em>: “If you simply hang up on a telemarketer, your number could stay on their calls list, so you may be hassled again.</p> <p>“The best way to ensure they don’t keep calling is to ask them to remove your number from their list,” said the consumer company.</p> <p>It’s recommended to give a firm but polite response letting them know you aren’t interested and to remove your number from their contacts list.</p> <p><strong>4. Lodge a complaint</strong></p> <p>If you’ve tried all of the above and the calls just won’t stop, then it’s time to go straight to the top and lodge a complaint with ACMA. Ms McNeil says that those frustrated with constant calls can complain about companies who are being non compliant and a thorough investigation will be conducted.</p> <p>“It’s through these sorts of complaints that we are able to issue infringement notices and stop relentless and unnecessary calls,” she says.</p> <p>“It’s very important to make a record of when the call was made and the name of the business who called you, so we can investigate properly.”</p> <p>In 2017, ACMA received over 12,600 complaints in the last four months of the year and 890 businesses were needed to be reminded of the legal rules they need to abide by.</p> <p>Will you be trying out any of these tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Barack Obama’s heartfelt tribute to Michelle on 26th wedding anniversary

<p>Barack and Michelle Obama have been known to inspire couples around the world with their love and appreciation for each other.</p> <p>And on Wednesday, the pair celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary by taking to social media and sharing a heartfelt message for one another.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Anniversary, <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MichelleObama</a>. For 26 years, you’ve been an extraordinary partner, someone who can always make me laugh, and my favorite person to see the world with. <a href="https://t.co/s8xoZ9j2YR">pic.twitter.com/s8xoZ9j2YR</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1047564181266939905?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Posting on Twitter, the former US President shared a photo of Michelle and captioned it: “For 26 years, you’ve been an extraordinary partner, someone who can always make me laugh, and my favourite person to see the world with.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@barackobama</a> for 26+ years of love, trust, and respect - for being a man who always lifts up and honors me and our wonderful girls. Each day I’m with you, I’m reminded of what a treasure you truly are to us all. <a href="https://t.co/dfgJRMyWJj">https://t.co/dfgJRMyWJj</a></p> — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama/status/1047567519370956800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Michelle then replied to the tweet with a message of her own, saying, “Thank you @barackobama for 26+ years of love, trust and respect – for being a man who always lifts up and honors me and our wonderful girls.</p> <p>“Each day I’m with you, I’m reminded of what a treasure you truly are to us all.”</p> <p>The duo formed a bond in 1989, after Barack was mentored by Michelle at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin.</p> <p>But despite their loving relationship now, Michelle says she wasn’t fond of Barack at first.</p> <p>“Barack about a month in, asked me out, and I thought, ‘No way. This is completely tacky,’” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://abcnews.go.com/" target="_blank">ABC News</a>.</em></p> <p>But she later gave in and agreed to go on a date to the Art Institute of Chicago and later watched the 1989 Spike Lee film <em>Do the Right Thing</em>.</p> <p>“He showed all the sides – he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive. The fountain – nice touch. The walk – patient,” Michelle revealed to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>.</em></p> <p>The power couple decided to tie the knot after three years of dating on October 3, 1992.</p> <p>Taking to her Instagram earlier in the year, Michelle shared a rare photo of the two from their wedding day, giving an inside look into their relationship.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjHhl_lgrQN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjHhl_lgrQN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold. Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michelleobama/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Obama</a> (@michelleobama) on May 23, 2018 at 4:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October 1992 with a nasty head cold,” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>“Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared, and we ended up dancing almost all night.</p> <p>“Twenty-five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.”</p>

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How to protect your Facebook account from being hacked

<div class="replay"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/09/security-update/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> has announced that 50 million accounts have been compromised by hackers who “exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code”, allowing them to access personal details of its users.</p> <p>Now <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/your-stolen-facebook-account-can-be-bought-for-just-390-on-the-dark-web/news-story/0ec028c40c5c348edcdd99a5480971af" target="_blank">news.com.au</a> </em>reports that login details for Facebook accounts are being sold on the dark web for as little as $3.90.</p> <p>But there are ways you can act now to protect your Facebook account from being hacked.</p> <p><strong>1. Make sure you use a strong password</strong></p> <p>Remembering passwords is a bane of modern life, and it’s tempting to repeat passwords or make them something we’ll easily recall like birthdays, pet names, family members or “1234”!</p> <p>It may seem an obvious solution, but it can’t be stressed enough how important it is to have a strong and unique password for your Facebook account. Make sure to use a combination of numbers, symbols and upper and lowercase symbols.</p> <p><strong>2. Use two-factor identification</strong></p> <p>Two-factor identification simply means having a code as a second layer of protection for your account on top of your password. The code can be sent to you on a different device like your smartphone, which makes it harder for hackers to access your account even if they do find out your password.</p> <p>You can learn more about two-factor identification <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/two-factor-authentication-for-facebook-now-easier-to-set-up/10155341377090766/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>3. Set your devices to lock quickly</strong></p> <p>It may seem inconvenient, but the faster your device locks, the less time someone has to physically access it. So if you don’t have your devices set to lock, it’s well worthwhile. And make sure, just like any passwords, that those for your devices are unique and hard to crack. That means no birthdays!</p> <p><strong>4. Reconsider what information you share</strong></p> <p>Of course, social media is made for sharing our information but it could be a good time to reconsider what private information you’re willing to share on Facebook. So think twice before sharing personal tidbits about your life on your Facebook page. </p> <p>You can find more ways to secure your account at <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</p> <p>What do you do to protect yourself online? Tell us in the comments below.<span class="detail_tools"><span class="who_watched"><span class="people_count_container"><span class="people_count current"></span></span></span><a class="likebtn"><span class="post_like_button icon icon-dapulse-thumb"></span></a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p>

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8 Facebook scams you need to avoid getting tricked into

<p>You might just use Facebook for watching funny cat videos, but crooks use it to steal your money and information.</p> <p><strong>1. Taking quizzes</strong></p> <p>Your friend just found out what ‘80s pop star is their spirit animal and now you can’t wait to find out either.</p> <p>Don’t let your curiosity get the better of you, though.</p> <p>Some Facebook quizzes will ask for access to your profile, and others will even go a step further by throwing certain questions into the quiz itself, says Adam Levin, founder of global identity protection and data risk services firm CyberScout and author of <em>Swiped</em>.</p> <p>“They’re purely to gather information because … they could be the answers to security questions,” he says.  </p> <p>Only take quizzes on sites you know and trust and create fake answers for password recovery questions so they’re hard to crack, says Levin.</p> <p>It might be easy enough for Facebook scams to figure out your mother’s maiden name, so leave an easy-to-remember lie instead. </p> <p><strong>2. Insane giveaways</strong></p> <p>Free iPad giveaway? Sign me up! But wait – before you click that sweepstakes link, ask yourself whether it seems real, says Eva Velasquez, CEO and president of Identity Theft Resource Centre.</p> <p>“Yes, there are legitimate sweepstakes and raffles and giveaways, but there’s usually an end goal there,” she says.</p> <p>Most companies are hoping the promise of a free iPad (or flight or jewellery) will entice you enough to, say, sign up for a newsletter or buy a product.</p> <p>Before you give any personal information to a company, weigh the chances of winning with what you'll lose giving up personal information.</p> <p><strong>3. The “new” old friend</strong></p> <p>Be sceptical if you receive a friend request from someone you could have sworn already had a Facebook page.</p> <p>Sure, some people like to clean house by ditching their old profiles, but other friend requests aren’t so innocent.</p> <p>Scammers will clone a person’s entire Facebook profile, creating a fake profile of a real person. From your “friend’s” page, the hacker could send a link for a get-rich-quick scheme or a cute quote.</p> <p>It’s the kind of thing you’d ignore from an anonymous e-mail message, but not from a loyal friend.</p> <p>“They’re banking on the fact that you will trust the message,” says Levin.</p> <p>The problem is, clicking that link could add malware to your computer.</p> <p>Before you accept a weird friend request, shoot over a text or call the person to confirm it’s not a fake account.</p> <p><strong>4. A friend’s strange request</strong></p> <p>Even if you haven’t received a new request, don’t immediately trust a message from a friend you can’t see face-to-face.</p> <p>Hackers can find a person’s password and break into their account, then message their friends. The person might claim to have lost their wallet in Europe and ask you to send money. It might sound obvious enough now that it’s a scam, but those messages could tap into your fear, so you don’t think straight.</p> <p>If you’re wondering if your “friend” is who you think it is, get in touch on a platform other than Facebook. Ringtones sound different in other countries, so you’ll be able to figure out if your friend is travelling, even if they don’t pick up the phone, says Levin.</p> <p>Still not sure? Again, get in touch off of Facebook to find out what’s going on. </p> <p><strong>5. Gossipmongers</strong></p> <p>Whether you know the person who posted it or not, you might go into panic mode when someone leaves you a message warning, “OMG look what they’re saying about you” and click the link to find out what’s going on.</p> <p>“It’s really about engaging your curiosity and getting your curious nature to say, ‘I want to know,’” says Velasquez. But don’t click!</p> <p>A vague message (“Did you see this picture of you?” vs “LOL at your face eating cake at Sam’s party last weekend”) is suspect, and clicking it could load malware onto your computer, says Velasquez.</p> <p>Text your friend to confirm the link is real.</p> <p><strong>6. Coupon codes</strong></p> <p>Liking a store or restaurant’s fan page – or even keeping an eye on the ads – can be a great way to stay in the loop when there’s a sale. </p> <p>If a post shows a promo code and it works, lucky you! You just saved some cash.</p> <p>But be sceptical if you need to give personal information or create an account to unlock the savings.</p> <p>In some Facebook scams, a site poses as a real store but is phishing information.</p> <p>“Open a new browser tab and Google it,” says Velasquez. “Go to the source and see what’s going on.”</p> <p>If there’s a genuine promotion, you can bet the store’s official site will let you know. </p> <p><strong>7. Fundraisers</strong></p> <p>Particularly after a major tragedy, you’ll see plenty of ads and posts from charities offering to help the victims.</p> <p>While some of those fundraisers really will go to the people who need it, others could just be scammers preying on your caring spirit, says Levin.</p> <p>For one thing, clicking a link from those schemers could put malware on the computer. Worse? Your money won’t go to victims of the tragedy, but straight in the pocket of a crook.</p> <p>To keep your money safe, do a Google search of the site instead of clicking the Facebook post link, says Levin. </p> <p>Seek out a trusted charity instead of donating to the first you see advertised.</p> <p><strong>8. Secret Santa</strong></p> <p>It sounds like a great idea: some stranger is setting up a “Secret Santa,” where you send one person a $10 gift, and three other people will send you one, too.</p> <p>But like those old snail mail lottery ticket chains, there’s no guarantee you’ll get your money back in these Facebook scams.</p> <p>If no one else follows through sending your gift, you might not get anything in return.</p> <p>“You just gave your home address to a stranger with a list of stuff you like,” says Velasquez.</p> <p>“Is the return really worth the investment?” </p> <p><em>Written by Marissa LaLiberte. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/8-facebook-scams-you-need-avoid-getting-tricked?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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Cassandra Thorburn hits back again: “Not tolerating it anymore”

<p>Yesterday, Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn made headlines after she answered questions about her highly-publicised divorce while appearing on <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Studio 10</em>.</p> <p>Now, the journalist-turned-children’s book author has responded to the criticism she received after appearing on the show.</p> <p>Cassandra shared a screenshot of a Facebook message from a man named Guy who sent an unflattering shot of her from the interview with the caption: “FUGLY…”</p> <p>“What about this bully, yes Guy you have taken a freeze-frame of someone making a face and what’s your point? Calling me FUGLY and sending me a frame does what for you? #callingoutthebullies #nottoleratingitanymore,” she wrote.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoLzmdaAM_5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoLzmdaAM_5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Cassandra Thorburn (@cassthorburn)</a> on Sep 26, 2018 at 2:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Cassandra commented under the photo to declare to all online trolls that she would be “calling them out from here in”.</p> <p>During her <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Studio 10</em> interview, Cassandra said she paid no attention to the public scrutiny surrounding her split from <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today</em> host and ex-husband Karl.</p> <p>“I just don’t think it’s relevant to me. The world is full of judgments, but they don’t really know what’s going on … The only priority I have is making sure my children are happy and in a good place. I don’t owe anyone anything,” she said.</p> <p>During her appearance on the show, Cassandra <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/do-i-need-a-man-to-be-happy-cassandra-thorburn-snaps-at-studio-10-hosts"><em><strong><u>snapped at host Sarah Harris</u></strong></em></a> after she was asked if she was open to finding love again.</p> <p>“You are a great mum, and I know your life is all about them at the moment, but is the door open to maybe … love again?” Sarah asked.</p> <p>“What? So, I need another – so do I need to have a man?” an exasperated Cassandra replied. “Do I need to have a man to continue on?”</p> <p>To move on from the awkward moment, Sarah insisted the remark was light-hearted.</p> <p>Although Cassandra did not approve of the topic, she admitted that she wasn’t ruling out the possibility of finding love in the future.</p> <p>“I think you have to be open to anything coming your way in life, but at the moment, I’m not focused on it,” she said.</p>

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Newly single mum divides the internet over changing her baby's surname

<p>Most people generally have their future children’s name thought of before the test of time. And once a couple find out they are pregnant, that’s one of the main topics of discussion to make sure both parties agree with what the child will go by for the rest of their life.</p> <p>But that’s just the first name – what about the baby’s surname?</p> <p>A mother looking for advice turned to parenting forum<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/am_i_being_unreasonable/3371050-to-want-daughter-to-change-name?pg=1" target="_blank">Mumsnet</a></em>, asking whether she should change her one-year-old baby’s surname – and it has the internet divided.</p> <p>Posting on the forum, the confused mother wrote, “I’m just about to get divorced and my 1yr DD [darling daughter] has his surname,” she wrote.</p> <p>The woman went on to clarify that she will be changing her surname back to her maiden name and doesn’t want her daughter to carry a different name due to the father’s choice of walking out on them because they’re “too much hassle".</p> <p>“He said to me he finds being a dad stressful and he wants to focus on himself,” she continued.</p> <p>She said she knows that he won’t be fond of the decision, and she is aware that she will need his permission to have it changed.</p> <p>She has asked the internet if it would be unreasonable to change both hers and her daughter's to a double-barrelled surname, combining both his and her names.</p> <p>“I know its just semantics, but I always dreamed of having a child and I love being a mum and I don’t see why I have to lose our family name connection because I married the wrong man.”</p> <p>Her post gathered mixed responses as some people felt it wasn’t important to have matching names, suggesting the woman simply keep her married name to match her daughter.</p> <p>“What’s in a name?” asked another, who said she should ask her dad’s permission, but then “if he says no then that’s that isn’t it? It won’t really affect her life so don’t let this upset you too much.”</p> <p>A few wise posters advised the mother to focus on the future:</p> <p>“If you were to marry again in the future would you take your new spouse’s name? Would any of the children of that marriage take your ‘maiden’ name or their father’s name. Your dd [darling daughter] could turn out to be the only one with your ‘family name connection’.”</p> <p>They then went on to suggest that the mum just leave it as it is for now and allow her daughter to make her own decision in the future.</p> <p>Others mentioned that the father, who is no longer in the picture, shouldn’t have a say in what their child is called.</p> <p>“If he’s really said he wants out because he wants ‘Me Time’ and you’ll be the main carer of DD [darling daughter] then yeah why shouldn’t she have your last name?” replied one person.</p> <p>Another user questioned as to why he would “really give a sh*t what her name is” if he didn’t want to be a dad. “Just tell him you’d like her to have the same surname as you and to sign here please.”</p> <p>And one poster responded bluntly, writing, “I would change it. Why does your name trump his? Because he cannot be bothered to be part of your family so why should he have the family name.</p> <p>“Just because he’s the biological father didn’t mean he’s the proper dad. You and your dd [darling daughter] will have a bright future without this deadweight. Sorry he turned out to be such an arse.”</p> <p>Do you think the newly single mum should change her child's surname to her own? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Widower’s advice to woman goes viral

<p>No one wants to be stuck in a relationship with an unsupportive partner. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, reach a career milestone or start a new hobby, the support of the people you love is important.</p> <p>Earlier this week a young woman took to the internet to ask for advice on how to deal with her boyfriend making comments about the way she looks.</p> <p>“Advice needed: I’m losing weight, but my partner is still giving me a hard time about my appearance,” the 21-year-old wrote on <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/loseit/comments/9g5jk5/advice_needed_im_losing_weight_but_my_partner_is/"><em>Reddit</em></a>.</p> <p>“We were going swimming the other day and I commented that the water was cold. I was met with the response ‘trust me you have more than enough insulation,’” she continued, now in the deleted post.</p> <p>While many responded with outrage at the woman’s boyfriend’s attitude, it was the reply from a widower about his regret for not being more supportive of his wife’s body image that really struck a chord with readers.</p> <p>“This is extremely blunt, but there is a lot of wisdom behind this,” he started his response.</p> <p>“I am an old man now, and my wife is gone. She was the most beautiful woman I have ever known, inside and out, … but she often struggled to see that.”</p> <p>The man looked back at the time his wife “started dieting and working out extensively” and because he was busy with his own commitments and was “absorbed” in his work he didn’t really notice.</p> <p>It started an argument where the man’s wife asked whether he didn’t find her attractive anymore because of her weight.</p> <p>“One of my biggest regrets that still haunts me to this day is that I ever made her feel less than beautiful,” he continued.</p> <p>“It still hurts me to think of the days and months where she was eating less in the hopes that I’d love her more. It makes me angry at myself.”</p> <p>The man then went on to offer some advice to the original poster about her relationship and how she was being treated by her boyfriend.</p> <p>“As the user I’m replying to said, the weight you need to lose is not from yourself,” he wrote.</p> <p>“I am sure that your partner has benevolent feelings towards you, but he is behaving in a fundamentally unloving way to you. He’s giving you unhealthy food for your soul.”</p> <p>He also advised the young girl to speak to her boyfriend about how his treatment was making her feel.</p> <p>“If he loves you, I think he would be horrified to realise what his words do to you. If he does not realise that, you need to feed your soul a better diet,” he finished his post.</p> <p>The widower’s heartfelt response received a metaphorical round of applause from the forum with many praising him for his thoughtful and enlightening reply.</p> <p>“Everyone is human, and no one is perfect, especially in a relationship. You realised that inadvertently hurt her and changed course. That’s what a kind, loving person does,” one user responded.</p> <p>“Your post is incredibly valuable for women whose partners disrespect them in the way OP’s (original poster) partner does, because it helps them realise that there are people out there that care and want their partners to feel good.”</p> <p>Many thanked the poster as it allowed them to realise the mistakes they were making in their own relationships.</p> <p>“I think your post also helped a lot of people that read it too. It reminded us to make sure we stay supportive and attentive to our partners. Reckonings are never easy, but they can be cleansing,” another user said.</p>

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Have a healthier relationship with your phone

<p>If you find yourself checking your phone several dozen times a day, don’t worry, it’s not quite your fault.</p> <p>Lots of apps and programs, especially social media apps, have been designed to capture your attention and make it difficult for you to put your phone down.</p> <p>Unfortunately, though, there’s a down side to all this connectivity.</p> <p>A study released last year showed that people with a longer average screen time, and those who used their phones close to bedtime, had poorer sleep quality.</p> <p>Another recent study, released in the journal The Lancet, revealed that the use of your phone in the wee hours of the morning could increase the chances of developing psychological issues such as depression, bipolar disorder and neuroticism.</p> <p>While the phone is undoubtedly important in our daily lives, we can all agree that we shouldn’t have to pay such a steep price for it in terms of compromising our health. It’s time to take some steps to cultivate a healthier relationship with our phones.</p> <p>Here are a few dos and don’ts: </p> <p><strong>DO</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Turn off app notifications</strong></li> </ul> <p>Every time a notification goes off, it serves as a trigger for us to immediately pick up our phones.</p> <p>Turning off notifications will ensure that we don’t constantly feel pressured to check what’s going on.</p> <p>If you must, just leave notifications on for chat functions so you don’t miss important messages.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Go grayscale</strong></li> </ul> <p>Setting your phone to grayscale can help you reduce the number of times you check it.</p> <p>This piece of advice comes from Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google who co-founded The Center for Humane Technology.</p> <p>The reason behind this is that certain colours used by the apps, such as red and bright blue, subconsciously excite us and entice us to check our phones.</p> <p>By going grayscale, you lose such triggers.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Leave your phone behind</strong></li> </ul> <p>Spend some time physically apart from your phone.</p> <p>Start small by first leaving your phone in your bag when you work out at the gym, and work towards leaving your phone at home when you have a jog around the neighbourhood.</p> <p>After a while, you may get more comfortable with the idea of spending more time apart.</p> <p><strong>DON'T</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Charge your device in the bedroom</strong></li> </ul> <p>Alternatively, make sure your phone is out of reach or placed at the other end of the room.</p> <p>This makes sure that you don’t check it first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Place your favourite app shortcuts on your home screen</strong></li> </ul> <p>With such quick access to these apps, you’ll be tempted to constantly check in.</p> <p>Instead, keep only important tools on your home screen and relegate the other apps to the back pages.</p> <p>This way, you have to type the app name and do a search whenever you want to launch it, which just might be enough to discourage you from using it.</p> <p><em>Written by Siti Rohani. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/have-healthier-relationship-your-phone?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <span><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestsubscribe?utm_source=readersdigest&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;utm_medium=display&amp;keycode=WRA85S">here’s our best subscription offer</a></span>.</em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Lotto “winner” who claimed $4.5 million jackpot is exposed for using fake ticket

<p>A British man has been charged with lottery fraud after nearly a decade for using an alleged fake ticket to claim a $4.5 million jackpot.</p> <p>Hertfordshire Police said 53-year-old Edward Putman had been charged with fraud by false representation after an investigation into the incident that occurred in 2009.</p> <p>The winning numbers 6, 9, 20, 21, 31, 34 were drawn on March 11 and matched a ticket bought in Worcestershire, about two hours away from where Mr Putman was living at the time.</p> <p>When no one came forward to claim the prize, Mr Putman saw it as an opportunity to take the jackpot for himself. The £2.5 million ($4.5 million) was paid out by National Lottery operator Camelot, even though the ticket Mr Putman provided did not have a working barcode.</p> <p>“In 2015 an investigation was opened by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit after evidence came to light that the claim was not genuine,” police said in a statement.</p> <p>As reported by <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/11/lotto-winner-charged-fraud-claiming-25m-jackpot-almost-10-years/">The Telegraph</a></em>, at the time of the incident, Mr Putman asked for “no publicity” after winning the jackpot. With the money he obtained, he went on to purchase two homes in the village of Kings Langley – one for £600,000 ($1.1 million) and another for £400,000 ($730,000). He also went and bought over a dozen cars.</p> <p>The issue is said to have been “immediately brought to the attention of the Commission and police” and after conducting an in-depth investigation, the UK Gambling Commission fined Camelot £3 million ($5.5 million).</p> <p>Mr Putman was reportedly arrested in 2015 but released without charge.</p> <p>The investigation conducted by the Commission concluded that “whilst it could not be certain a fraud had taken place, it was more likely than not that a fraudulent prize claim had been made and paid out” on a “deliberately damaged ticket.”</p> <p>“The Gambling Commission’s chief concern is to ensure the National Lottery is run with integrity and that player interests are protected,” Commission chief executive Sarah Harrison said in a statement at the time.</p> <p>“Camelot’s failures, in this case, are serious and the penalty package reflects this. Importantly, the package also ensures that good causes will not lose out as a result of Camelot’s licence breach.</p> <p>“Lottery players can feel reassured that our investigations have found no evidence of similar events happening and that controls are in place today to mitigate against future prize payout failings of this type.”</p> <p>Mr Putman was released on bail to appear at St Albans Magistrates Court on October 16.</p>

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Why seniors should embrace the internet

<p><strong><em>Barbara Binland is the pen name of a senior, Julie Grenness, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is a poet, writer, and part-time English and Maths tutor, with over 40 years of experience. Her many books are available on Amazon and Kindle. </em></strong></p> <p>Our news age… Seniors online! Yes, we have embraced digital technology, the internet and all its benefits. Otherwise, we would not be reading this website for baby boomers. This is a growing trend, expanding and educating retired people in the uses of the digital world of the 21st century.</p> <p>Anyone can buy a computer in any format, to learn to acquire basic mastery of the necessary skills. Genius! We have turned on the internet! Great, we now have a portal to a whole world of opportunities.</p> <p>Is there a health condition in the household? Browse, and learn reliable information about the condition, treatments and their side-effects. Online support groups are available.</p> <p>Need to do banking or financial transactions? Yes, we can handle them online.</p> <p>Housebound? Online, we can find cyber buddies, social media, chat rooms, and websites for likeminded people, new friends anywhere in the world.</p> <p>Want to contact family and friends far away? There is Skype, and Facebook, and other social media. We can make cyber pen pals, to create bridges across the globe, and make new friendships, with email buddies.</p> <p>Can’t travel? Digital travelogues are very popular.</p> <p>Retired, and no longer in the rat race? Well, there are employment opportunities online, to work at home. Or we can seek employment opportunities by browsing.</p> <p>Want to fulfil dreams of exploring old and new hobbies? A whole world of websites and free informational emails await, with tips. YouTube has coaching in refreshing old skills, or learning new hobbies.</p> <p>Or do we want to play music of view movies? Online is answer!</p> <p>Maybe we want the latest news, and to read the daily newspapers online, and read news for around the whole wide world. Or we can browse for general information of interest, and even study courses online.</p> <p>Maybe we need a larger font, that is all. So, scroll and click, and we can increase the print size.</p> <p>Want new ways to spend money? Online shopping is the solution!</p> <p>But, if we have technology issues, geeks are available. Our server can assist, or we can hire a local computer expert. Or we can ask some young acquaintance, as millennial hi-tech savvies are groomed in the digital world, they can often solve issues in a flash. Here is a sensible tip: ask the problem solver to write it all down, then practise.</p> <p>Never be afraid to ask questions, we are all like Neanderthals to these young ones. But our retirement brains can embrace these changes in a positive way. How do you enjoy the internet today?</p>

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How to mass delete emails on your smartphone

<p>The iPhone is one of the most successful smartphones in the world, with over 700 million iPhone’s in use in the year 2017, it’s easy to see why people love the nifty device so much. Thanks to Apple, you’re able to have the entire world in the palm of your hand. Whether you want to take an instant photo, or you want to cruise the web, the possibilities are endless.</p> <p>But every once and a while, there are features you come across that make you question why you own one in the first place. One of those features is the email system. For the longest time, Apple has made it unnecessarily difficult to delete mass messages in its Mail app.</p> <p>If you’re someone who is the recipient of spam emails, or pointless messages that clutter your inbox, then keep reading as there is a way to organise your inbox and quickly delete unwanted messages.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:291.3862718707941px;" src="/media/7820664/trash.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f3900b82ed648bfb9c33b3b90aabb2a" /></p> <ol> <li>Open the Mail app and click on inbox.</li> <li>Once you’re in your inbox, tap the “Edit” button in the top right corner.</li> <li>Now select any message to put a checkmark next to it.</li> <li>With one finger, hold the “Move” button that’s found at the bottom of the screen, and with the other finger tap on the message you previously marked to unmark it.</li> <li>You will now be presented a new screen with the “Trash” option.</li> <li>Select “Trash” and all your unwanted messages will disappear from your inbox!</li> </ol> <p>While it can be a little tricky to wrap your head around, once you get the hang of it, it’ll become second nature. Also, it stops you from having to manually select each message and delete it one by one.</p> <p>Did you find this helpful? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman mocked for "selfish" funeral review

<p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">A woman is facing backlash online after expressing her outrage over the food that was available at a family funeral.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The user, known as ‘Jan’, submitted a review to TripAdvisor where she expressed her outrage at not having any gluten-free options at Elmbank Hotel in England, where the funeral was held.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Despite calling the venue three days prior, the woman was disappointed to find there was no gluten-free bread, leaving her to “munch on some lifeless salad”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">She wrote: “I was told they don’t have gluten-free bread but if I wanted to take my own they’d make a sandwich for me!?”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">“In this day and age, you’d think they‘d get their act together. It’s quite a common dietary requirement.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">She also slammed the hotel’s beverage service, saying she had to ask specifically for decaffeinated coffee.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: center; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;"><img style="width: 500px; height:344.82758620689657px;" src="/media/7820633/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f73012289b8c4a9a87277a4a8ccfcbea" /></span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Continuing her bitter rant, she wrote: “I had to sit there, at lunchtime, munching on a chicken drumstick and some lifeless salad. Next stop Tesco’s on the way past!”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">The one-star review quickly received backlash, with some labelling Jan as “insensitive” and “selfish”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">She was also criticised for having no sympathy even though she is gluten-free by “preference”.</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One user wrote: “Glad you saw fit to add the *by preference. I don’t know a coeliac who could be this insensitive, they know suffering and would never be so insensitive.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">One person wrote: “The genuine coeliacs I know would never complain about this sort of thing.”</span></p> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; background: white; vertical-align: baseline; box-sizing: border-box; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-numeric: inherit; font-variant-east-asian: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: 'Helvetica',sans-serif; color: black;">Do you think her harsh review is justified? Share your thoughts in the comments below.</span></p>

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“It’s a scam”: Carrie Bickmore warns of face cream hoax on Facebook

<p>Social media site Facebook has been criticised for failing to act against a scam that has ripped off Australian’s all around the nation – including<span> </span><em>The Project</em><span> </span>host Carrie Bickmore.</p> <p>The Gold Logie award winner was the latest victim in the elaborate hoax where scammers had claimed that she had been forced to leave<span> </span><em>The Project</em><span> </span>to focus on selling face cream.</p> <p>It was only after Ms Bickmore was targeted that the social media website decided to investigate the scam further.</p> <p>Legal experts say that Facebook should have acted sooner, as the criminals have repeatedly billed victims for months.</p> <p>The social network could be held legally responsible for their lack of action against the hoax and for the defamation of high profile Australian media personalities.</p> <p>Other celebrities affected were Lisa Wilkinson, Delta Goodrem, Sonia Kruger, Jackie O and newsreader Deborah Knight, who shared her experience on Facebook last month as the fake articles were damaging her reputation.</p> <p>The most recent scam falsely claimed that Ms Bickmore was “the victim of restructuring” at Channel Ten and would now invest “more time into her beauty business.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="/media/7820541/carrie-fb.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68762b65de6040dc929b0c93efef98fb" /></p> <p>But Ms Bickmore took to Instagram to warn fans and said, “do not click on the link to purchase the product – it’s a scam and they will take your money.”</p> <p>Earlier this year, similar scams went around with one claiming<span> </span><em>The Block’s</em><span> </span>co-host Sherry Craft had breached her contract with Channel 9, and another saying that Sonia Kruger had been fired.</p> <p>A spokesman from Facebook told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/the-projects-carrie-bickmore-caught-in-facebook-scam-costing-fans-thousands-of-dollars/news-story/afd283d85e46e5c5210b868749702c42?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;login=1" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em><span> </span>that the ad featuring Ms Bickmore was removed after countless users reported it, and the account behind the scam had been “disabled.”</p> <p>“We do not allow adverts that are misleading or false on Facebook, and we removed several adverts that violated our advertising policy,” he said.</p> <p>“We encourage anyone who sees an advert that they believe infringes an individual’s rights to report it, so the content can be reviewed and removed by our teams.”</p> <p>But for many who ordered the advertised products, the warning came too late, as victims claim they’ve been charged up to $525 after they ordered “free samples.”</p> <p>“I got done on one of these scams when they used Lisa Wilkinson,” said one victim. “I usually am so careful, but they tricked me into a ‘sample,’ pay on postage, and it cost me $480.”</p> <p>After launching an investigation,<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/the-projects-carrie-bickmore-caught-in-facebook-scam-costing-fans-thousands-of-dollars/news-story/afd283d85e46e5c5210b868749702c42?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;login=1" target="_blank">News Corp</a></em><span> </span>contacted a call centre operator and claimed that the hoax was a US based operation and was responsible for billing “customers” $US131 every two weeks until told to stop.</p> <p>Cove Legal principal and media lawyer Roger Blow said that these scams have become such a regular occurrence that it was Facebooks “responsibility” to shut them down.</p> <p>“This is part of a commercial enterprise, they’re doing this regularly, and Facebook should, in my view, have people investigate how they’re getting access, what accounts they’re using, and from now on properly scrutinising these ads before they get out,” he said.</p> <p>“They owe it to the community who is getting scammed and they owe it to the celebrity.”</p> <p>Mr Blow also highlighted the avenues affected celebrities could take to resolve the issue, including misleading and deceptive conduct, using a celebrity’s image without consent and defamation.</p> <p>“Facebook makes a lot of money and this is the kind of space where they should be investing more of their money to provide better levels of protection.”</p> <p>Have you or anyone you know been affected by the hoax? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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5 ways to declutter your devices

<p>With spring right around the corner, you may have already set your clean-out schedule. Whether that’s throwing away old clothes, going through cupboards that you haven’t rummaged through in a while, or making donation bags of things you don’t need.</p> <p>But have you ever stopped to think that with the amount of time we spend on our digital devices, that they’d need a clean-out too? Luckily, the tech experts at <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.asus.com/au/" target="_blank">ASUS</a></em> have shared a few tips and tricks to organise your digital life and get rid of clutter.</p> <p><strong>Laptops and Desktops:</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Declutter your desktop</strong></p> <p>If your desktop is looking manic and in need of some organisation, then it’s time to decide what you need to keep and what you want to part ways with. For files that you don’t need anymore, hold CTRL (for Windows) or Command (for Apple iOS) and click on all the files that you want to delete. This allows you to select multiple files at once. Then lastly, drag and drop them into the recycle bin and you’ve successfully cleared your desktop.</p> <p>For files that you need, make separate folders and categorise them so you know what goes where. For example, have all your finances in one folder and your to-do lists in the other. To do this, right-click on your desktop, select New from the drop-down menu and then choose Folder. Label the folder and then drag your files into it and it’s as easy as that.</p> <p><strong>2. Erase old downloads</strong></p> <p>With the introduction of streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify, there’s simply no need to keep a large number of files on your device. Not only do they take up space, but they can slow down your laptop or computer as well. So, if you have old movies, music or videos that you know you don’t need to hang onto, throw them in the recycling bin and your device will thank you.</p> <p><strong>3. Try the in-built cleaner</strong></p> <p>If your laptop is constantly showing messages for low storage capacity, then it may be the number of unnecessary files on your device. If you’re on a Windows device, then search for “Disk Clean-up”, follow the prompts and then allow the cleaner to get rid of any unnecessary files.</p> <p><strong>Tablets and Phones:</strong></p> <p><strong>4. Categorise your applications</strong></p> <p>Categorising applications will make sure your phone screen always remains neat and organised. The best way to do this is to leave your four most used apps on the home screen, and the remainders in their respective folders such as social media, shopping, games, photos etc.</p> <p><strong>5. Back up photos</strong></p> <p>Some of us can have over 1000 photos on our phones, and while they bring back many memories, chances are you hardly go back and look at them. Which is why, instead of letting them sit on your phone, back them up on an external hard drive. Not only will it free up space, but your photos will be kept safe also.  </p>

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Donald Trump accused of sharing ‘fake’ tribute to John McCain

<p>US President Donald Trump has been slammed for his condolence message to Republican Senator John McCain, who died over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer.</p> <p>Trump took to social media to offer his sympathies to the McCain family, writing: “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!”</p> <p>However, Trump’s decision to share an image of himself alongside his condolence message angered many.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm7HFb3gMOc/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm7HFb3gMOc/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/realdonaldtrump/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> President Donald J. Trump</a> (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 25, 2018 at 6:26pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Actress Mia Farrow was one of the many to slam Trump’s social media post.</p> <p>“While he was ill, you mocked him cruelly. Just as you fail to see what makes America great, you will never understand why John McCain was a great man,” she tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">While he was ill, you mocked him cruely. Just as you fail to see what makes America great, you will never understand why John McCain was a great man.</p> — Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiaFarrow/status/1033700079499194368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Many others on social media criticised Trump’s post as “fake condolences”, with many questioning his sincerity.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">FAKE CONDOLENCES. Here's the truth: <a href="https://t.co/oQMWwcQpg4">pic.twitter.com/oQMWwcQpg4</a></p> — Ron Kurtz (@theRDKX259) <a href="https://twitter.com/theRDKX259/status/1033795570387824648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">You sent fake sympathy on Instagram with your own picture. Shameless. <a href="https://t.co/xXIhcYgQb5">pic.twitter.com/xXIhcYgQb5</a></p> — Bros4America (@Bros4America) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bros4America/status/1033540064561623040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The rest of the world is paying tribute to true American hero John McCain, and you’re paying tribute to yourself by retweeting old tweets and posting a picture of yourself on Instagram. You are the epitome of a sick narcissistic animal. Shame.</p> — Tim Silver 🌊 (@simtilver) <a href="https://twitter.com/simtilver/status/1033725243649601536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 26, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Trump came under fire in 2015 for attacking McCain – a Vietnam vet who was captured in 1967 as a prisoner of war – on the campaign trail by claiming he was not a war hero.</p> <p>“He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured,” he said at the time.</p> <p>McCain, who died aged 81, had been a fierce critic of Trump in his final years.</p>

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