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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 OTA update Vodafone Australia.

The new update for Vodafone / Samsung is being pushed out tonight. Just turned mine on and an update is showing. So far the download stated a total of 117.46MB. Will update when it completes.I may be one of a few who may have got this or noticed it as the download was quite fast.Installation requires a reboot and full battery or at least have the phone on charger, running out of battery during a firmware update can brick your phone.Once the firmware install is done, the usual optimisation of apps starts.I have not noticed any specific changes bar the "Safety Assistance" section in settings. This section allows you to send an emergency distress message to 4 nominated contacts.I will update this blog as I find changes or differences the phone.Performance of the system seems to be slightly better with memory sitting at around 70 - 80% usage (used to be about 96% for me due to the amount of apps I have running, Slider, ZdBox, etc.).

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HTC One update 4.3 Jellybean Australia

The long awaited HTC One update to Android Jellybean 4.3 for Australia is finally here. I am the owner of a HTC One with Vodafone, I am not entirely sure this roll out pertains to all carriers.The update  is a two step process with the phone requesting an initial software install to prep the phone (quite fast, took roughly 2 minutes) to download and install. Then after rebooting, the phone advises that a new update is available to download.
The download is relatively slow (probably because there are many users doing the update) and the size is about 680MB.
Updates to the blog to come when the install completes.Ever since the update, the phone has been more susceptible to crashing when running apps. This could be attributed to memory handling, as it didn't use to be this unstable.
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Beware of infected emails carrying Cryptolocker ransomware

Be very careful not to open any emails with suspect attachments!If you do not recognize the sender or are not certain of the content of an attachment, either delete the email and attachment have your IT department check it for you.
Ransomwareis a malware that encrypts your files and the coder, malware writer or hacker, then requests a ransom to have your files decrypted. Once your are infected or your files have been affected, you would have to pay a ransom of US$300 or 300 EUR to have it decrypted. There is no way to reverse this process unless the ransom is paid. We have heard of organisations (schools especially) that have had to pay up to $5000 to decrypt their files. Although the malware can be removed (by means of anti-malware software such as Trendmicro Titanium), your files will remain encrypted unless you pay for the decryption key. Files will show up as "Corrupted file" or "Unable to open - File is Corrupted", because it has been encrypted.The malware is …

Steps to stop SPAM getting in your email.

If you're anything like me, you probably loathe getting bombarded by spam. Here are a few simple general rules to try and help you avoid getting SPAM from marketers or internet sites. Have separate email addresses. Do not use your primary or work email to register on websites. Create a Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo mail account, and use this instead. This will help ensure that you only receive relevant email to your primary account. Keep the spare email account for the 'fluff' stuff such as registering for competitions, or surveys, or sales etc.Do not provide your primary or work email address on competition forms or dockets in shopping centres, this follows rule 1.Only give your primary email address to people whom you trust or need to urgently liaise with.
Ensure you always have a good reliable anti-virus and/or anti-spam software to stop your computer from being maliciously hacked or hijacked. A majority of spam come from innocent users whose computers have been hijacked…