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Security vendor Avast says the chance of home PC users encountering cyber threats has increased by approximately 5% since last year.

Published in Home Tech

Scammers have stolen more than $7.2 million from Australians so far this year by gaining access to home computers, an increase of 184% compared to the same period last year.

Published in Security
Friday, 20 November 2020 12:32


GUEST RESEARCH:  Varonis, a global pioneer in data security, has just released its 2021 Financial Services Data Risk Report, which delves into the state of data security in the banking, insurance, and investment sectors.

Financial services remains one of the most targeted industries by malicious attacks, partly due to the sensitive data it collects from customers, with the average cost of a data breach among the highest of any industry at 5.85 million USD. Despite the need to protect this sensitive data, on average, every employee has access to nearly 11 million files.

The abrupt transition to remote work has exponentially increased this risk, with employees logging in through unsecured networks and home computers. Furthermore, it has potentially increased the response time to a data breach.

Some of the key findings include:

  • A financial services employee has access to nearly 11 million files. For larger companies, the number doubles to 20 million files.
  • 20% of all folders are open to every employee.
  • 39% of companies have over 10,000 stale — but enabled — user accounts.
  • Nearly two-thirds of companies have 1,000+ sensitive files open to every employee.
  • About 60% of companies have 500+ passwords that never expire.

The full Varonis report can be accessed here.

Published in Guest Research
BS? Yes, Microsoft is capable of a “better solution” for families wanting to buy Windows 7 in Australia, finally making it available at a compelling price, but is insisting on saying the deal is only available for a “limited time”, as if stocks would quickly run out of infinitely duplicable software, which is, as we know, BS.

Published in Fuzzy Logic
While 87 percent of Australians teens and adults have used the Internet, almost half of the remainder are over 50.

Published in Home Tech
Networked storage at home is quickly moving from the realms of geekdom into the mainstream. Western Digital's on the bandwagon with a redesigned version of its My Book World Edition NAS unit.

Published in Entertainment
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 08:08

Does crime pay? Online crims enjoy massive boom

Symantec’s latest report on the “underground economy” shows that online criminals are enjoying their biggest ever boom, just as the world is experiencing economic turmoil. Never before has online crime been so big or so bad – but there definitely are things you can do to protect yourself!

Published in Home Tech
Toshiba has announced that it too is joining the “Netbook” race, but given that the Intel Atom is a chip designed for exactly this type of low-spec computer, what’s more of a surprise is that it has taken Toshiba this long to join in the fun!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
While enterprises focus on using virtualisation to cut costs through consolidating servers in the data centres, the home and consumer desktop space has been largely ignored. But is it important for home users to have virtualisation on the desktop?

Hot on the heels of the Asus Eee PC comes more small subnotebooks, with Acer giving them the Intel inspired name of the netbook. Does the Intel Atom-powered Aspire One ‘netbook’ fill you with desire to acquire one?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Monday, 23 June 2008 09:41

Should you buy an Asus Eee 901 PC?

Due any day now is the Asus Eee 901, the successor to the subnotebook that did the most to kick off the cheap, yet fully useable, portable computing revolution. With so many cheap subnotebooks now on the way to Australia, is it worth taking the Eee plunge, or waiting a bit longer for more choice?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
While there’s no local launch date for the Eee PC desktop edition as yet, those lucky blighters in the UK are getting the first non-notebook Eee PC in less than two months. It bodes well for a rest-of-the-world launch long before the end of the year!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
The Intel Atom powered Asus Eee PC 901 arrives before the month is out, with price drops for the existing 900 and 701 models. But when will Australia see the Eee 1000H model with real hard disk and larger keyboard?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
A news report confirms that June 19, 5pm is the day Apple’s first store in the Southern Hemisphere will open – but is it also the day that Apple’s Australian resellers start going out of business?

Published in Mobility
Wow, leaving your Playstation 3 on 24x7 for a year and not even using it could cost AUD $250 in electricity alone – was your mother right when she said to turn things off at the wall?!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
The Asus Eee PC in subnotebook format has been the hit portable computer of the year, with the recent 900 series upgrade only brightening the Asus star. Now word comes that an Eee desktop – with the same Linux OS – will be launched at Computex and on sale later this year.

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Forrester Research has put out a US $279 report that few will buy, as it has been dissected across the web and its “important” predictions are now well known. Will Apple actually do any of the things Forrester has specula- er, predicted?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
With an apparent desire for “one digital media box to rule them all”, Internet video has finally come of age, according to Cisco, showing Internet video is highly popular in Australia and NZ. What are we watching?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
AMD’s new “GAME!” badge is an attempt to outdo Intel’s famous “Intel Inside” sticker of the 90s, but this time appealing directly to gamers who want a top-notch system without needing to know how to build one themselves. Will consumers follow AMD’s GAME!plan?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Thursday, 15 May 2008 08:09

Asus multi-touch mouse gives you room to zoom

I’ve just been having a play with the new Asus Eee PC 900 series, loaded up with Linux and 20 glorious gigabytes of space, that much nicer screen, a rather nifty multi-touch trackpad and that same ol’ keyboard. But this time, I liked it much more!

Published in Fuzzy Logic
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