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Facebook is throwing in the towel on Moments as the company kills off yet another of its apps. The photo-sharing app will close down on February 25, meaning there's just a month left for the service.

If you're one of the relatively small number of users, you don't have long to grab a copy of the photos you want to save. Facebook has set up a special website to help you to download copies of your images.

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Given the small user base for Moments, it is little wonder that Facebook is pulling the plug. There have not been updates in quite some time, so the writing really has been on the wall for a while. News of the impending closure was first reported by CNET which quotes a statement given by Rushabh Doshi, director of product management for Moments.

He says:

We're ending support for the Moments app, which we originally launched as a place for people to save their photos. We know the photos people share are important to them so we will continue offering ways to save memories within the Facebook app.

If you have photos that you want to keep, you'll have to visit Facebook's new site to Export Your Moments. From here you can download photos to a device of your choice or save them as a Facebook photo album. Facebook says that this option will be available until May this year.
Safety and Security / SCAMMER ALERTS.
January 06, 2019, 10:28:15 PM
There seems to be an increase in 'cold call' scammers in Australia and elsewhere. Reports are coming in of offshore syndicates run by Americans, Britons and Canadians targeting people with increasingly sophisticated cold call scams.

The scams typically involve 'brokers' spruiking shares in international companies. Unfortunately the 'shares' just do not exist. Losses are being shown as over 100million in Australian dollars with money being transferred to 15 countries.

Indications are that Australia has become the number 1 target of cold call investment scams based in The Philippines.

There have also been calls from a supposed law firm in Switzerland telling a scam victim that money had been recovered from a bitcoin wallet and saying that under Swiss law there was a 3% recovery fee.

Please take care on ANY deals over the internet as they can so easily be scams.
News & Announcements / HAPPY NEW YEAR!
December 31, 2018, 06:42:39 PM

A safe and prosperous new year to all our valued members. Thank you all for your help last year.


Elderly people are "under siege" from sophisticated and persistent scammers, a charity claims.
These include mail order, online and phone frauds, with some claiming to be HMRC or the police and threatening arrest, Age Cymru said.
It estimates up to 150,000 older people across Wales are conned each year, for an average of £1,200 each.
Margaret Smeed, 84, was bombarded with calls from companies after ordering Christmas gifts through a catalogue.
South Wales Police, which is working with the charity to help identify and support elderly victims of fraud, said the scams were getting increasingly sophisticated.
Insp Cheryl Griffiths said the force had seen an increase in the number of scammers claiming to be from the HMRC, saying the victim has not paid their tax bill.
"They'll tell them if the bill isn't paid then a warrant will be issued for their arrest," she said.

More in the link.
News & Announcements / MERRY CHRISTMAS.
December 23, 2018, 10:13:11 PM
A very merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year to all our members.

Thank you for your support.


The Adobe Flash Player has been found to contain a critical security bug along with another high-impact vulnerability. The issues are being tracked in the CVE-2018-15982 and attacks using these weaknesses have already been reported. All users using the Flash Player should update their installations as soon as possible to avoid being hacked.

It specifically mentions Mac as well as Linux as well as windows.
Entertainment Zone / VERY funny.
December 15, 2018, 08:50:21 PM

Quora has sent out notifications to all of its users notifying them that it has been breached. According to the information received, an unknown hacker or collective was able to access their database of user data on Friday (November 30). An investigation has started to find out how this has happened and to remedy any possible Quora security issues.
Safety and Security / How to Live Without Google.
December 02, 2018, 02:20:57 AM
Tracking and privacy concerns with Google? there are alternatives.

More than 50 people have been arrested in India for their alleged involvement in fake security warning scams.
The New York Times said that Delhi police made the arrests during raids on 26 call centres linked to the scams.
Software giant Microsoft helped police trace who was behind the large-scale operations.
It said it received more than 11,000 calls per month about fake security warnings and that many people lost significant sums to the fraudsters.
"This is an organised crime," Courtney Gregoire, an assistant general counsel in Microsoft's digital crimes unit told the US newspaper.
Microsoft has estimated that fraudsters make about $1.5bn (£1.2bn) a year through fake Windows support calls.

Raids on 16 call centres were carried out this week and, earlier in November, another 10 locations were visited by police.
The raids were prompted by Microsoft filing complaints with local police in New Delhi about call centres it claimed were involved in the fraudulent operations.
Typically, said Microsoft, attempts to trick people revolved around pop-up warnings that falsely claimed that a person's computer was infected with a virus.
Fixing the non-existent virus could involve ringing a tech support centre. An operator would talk a victim through a fake fix and then charge them for the work.
In another version of the scam, staff at call centres claimed to be calling from Windows official support saying they had spotted that a person's computer has been hacked or harboured a virus. Again, victims were expected to pay to fix the non-existent problem.
Some people caught out by the scam paid up to $1,000 for the fake tech support, said the newspaper.
Microsoft has published advice about ways to spot the fake calls and avoid becoming a victim.

Black Friday sales could be targeted as "prime pickings" for cyber-crime, the UK's cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers.
The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of "malicious" online threats.
It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season.
Entertainment Zone / Grease - Central Station Antwerp
November 12, 2018, 09:14:36 AM
Safety and Security / RANSOMWARE, Spyware and addware.
October 13, 2018, 08:45:36 PM
There seems to be an increase in these types of scams. Especially Ransomware.

What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their system, either by locking the system's screen or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid.

What can be done? First of all don't fall for it. Lets imagine that you do actually pay these scammers the money demanded, how do you know they will remove anything or just ask for more money from you? Plus by doing so you are giving the scammers more information, not a good move.

Sometimes it seems that your computer is locked and you cannot do anything except do as they say. WRONG!
You can always close down your computer by pressing the power button for several seconds and this will close down your computer.
Second step- run an anti virus program.
Third step- Change your password.
It is always helpful to run Ccleaner from Piriform to clean out any residual nasty bits. It is available in a free version for Pc's and macs.

After taking ALL these steps it is a good move to change your password again, and run another AV scan for your peace of mind.

As a further precaution do regular back ups so that you can always do a re-install in case anything is lost. This is especially important if you run a business so that you can always recover the information you need to keep a business up and running.
Entertainment Zone / King Kong. REALLY. Where?
October 08, 2018, 12:28:29 AM
Entertainment Zone / There's life in us oldies still.
October 07, 2018, 12:48:13 AM
Entertainment Zone / I hope this is a photo chop!
October 02, 2018, 07:05:49 PM
Entertainment Zone / Now ya talking!
September 05, 2018, 08:43:26 AM
Entertainment Zone / AWESOME.
August 06, 2018, 08:25:25 AM
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