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  • Access geo-blocked Netflix, Hulu Plus and other streaming services on Apple TV

    Tips-and-tricks

    Update: Accessing other regions of Netflix is now only reliable on computers. We encourage you to check out your own Netflix region, particularly with Netflix Originals, the need to bypass these geo-blocks is reducing. This weekend in South East Queensland started indoors courtesy of heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Marcia. What better time to test how easy it is to bypass geo-blocking restrictions on streaming services on the Apple TV.
  • Find Out if You've Been Spied on—and Join the Fight for Privacy

    News

    Want to know if GCHQ spied on you? Now you can find out. Privacy International (PI) has just launched a website that lets anyone find out if their communications were intercepted by the NSA and then shared with GCHQ.
  • Lenovo ships computers with adware that breaks secure HTTPS connections

    News Security-advisory

    Yesterday we discovered Lenovo is pre-installing adware on notebooks that uses a “man-in-the-middle” attack to break secure connections on affected laptops to get access to sensitive data and inject advertising. To make things worse, Lenovo installed a weak certificate into the system in a way that means affected users cannot trust any secure connections.
  • Convienient carry-in location at Russell Island

    News

    We’re happy to announce our newest drop-off and pick-up location available at My Health Aisle, Russell Island’s health food store and wellness clinic. Whether you need a health boost for yourself or your computer, say hello to Kirsty Holmes, the owner of My Health Aisle.
  • Announcing Windows 10

    News

    Update: The technical preview is now available for download! Earlier today Microsoft announced the next release of Windows after 8/8.1 will not be called Windows 9, instead, Windows 10. Why not 9? Because seven, eight, ten.
  • IT Solver services unaffected by Shellshock software bug

    Security-advisory

    Dear customers, we would like to advise our services are not vulnerable to the Shellshock software bug. Shellshock allows unauthorised remote access to certain Linux, Macs, routers, web servers and “Internet of Things” devices that have a vulnerable version of command-line software called Bash. Researchers say Shellshock could be worse than Heartbleed. Patching Linux and Macs is easy, but security researchers are assessing the risk to our routers and “Internet of Things” devices such as smart televisions, kitchen appliances and security cameras.
  • Fix for loss of cellular service and Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 & 6 Plus

    Tips-and-tricks

    Update: iOS 8.0.2 is available. Remember before updating your iPhone, backup to iTunes on a PC or Mac. There is a workaround for those who have lost cellular service and use of Touch ID after updating to iOS 8.0.1 on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • How to protect our data in iCloud from snoops

    News

    This week the FBI is investigating an alleged iCloud celebrity hack, labelled The Fappening, after over 400 celebrities nude photos and videos leaked on the image board, 4chan.org/b. Apple’s iCloud service allows users to store photos and other content and access it from any Apple device.
  • Tech advice for Southern Moreton Bay Islanders

    Tips-and-tricks

    Power outages. We have somewhat unreliable power on the bay islands and as a business owner, I have put in measures to keep my business, IT Solver operational regardless of mains power availability. Protect your desktop computer and modem from mains power failures with an Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS, available at Officeworks from $119. Your access to cute cat videos will be uninterrupted if the modem is connected to a UPS. Mobile towers and ADSL exchange have about 48 hours of backup power provided by a generator before the diesel runs out.
  • How to block annoying ads and malware

    Tips-and-tricks

    Pop up ads, unwanted toolbars, flashing banners, YouTube video ads, tracking, redirected to a different search engine, system optimization tools. Ads on the internet are obtrusive, get in the way of enjoying content and are increasingly used to deliver malware. Malware (i.e. malicious software) is designed to take control and damage your computer.