This Paypal email scam is another dangerous one that relies on your instant emotional reaction. If you have a PayPal account you are probably accustomed to receiving this sort of email each time you use your account to purchase something online.

PayPal email screenshot

Hovering over the “click here” link reveals it will not be sent to PayPal but some other address

First impressions count

The thought process that quickly runs through your head after receiving an email like this is usually something like the following:

    1. Is this real?

    Yep, the email looks authentic, it has the PayPal logo, and PayPal email addresses in the body, and the sender appears to be “services@paypal.com.au”.

    2. I don’t remember making a purchase of that amount recently.

    There is no description but there is an email address that the payment was sent to. It’s a PayPal.com address and if I hover over the address the pop up displays the same address, indicating it is not being cloaked, a tactic that scammers often use. But why is the purchase being sent to PayPal and not to some vendor of a product or service? Hmmm.

    3. Has my PayPal account been hacked?!

    OMG! My account has been hacked and someone is purchasing stuff with my money??? Quickly, how do I stop this transaction?

    4. Cancel, cancel, cancel!

    Look near the lower part of the email is an option to cancel this payment. Phew!

    To cancel this payment please click here

But wait! Don’t rush to click that link just yet. Hover once more and you’ll notice that this loads a website that begins with what looks like a legitimate PayPal URL but it soon becomes apparent that this PayPal part of the URL is just the subdomain of some other *foreign domain!

Another scam attack thwarted

That was a close call! The emotional attachment to our money is strong and whenever we suspect that our financial accounts have been compromised it is important to act quickly.

Had you clicked on that link in the email it is possible that you could have loaded a nasty website that installed a trojan, or launch some kind of attack on your computer, or, perhaps more likely, taken you to a website that is a clone of the PayPal site to fool you into entering your Paypal username and password. I can’t say for certain what the outcome will be as I am not willing to take the risk, and neither should you be.

* The scammer’s URL has been altered in case some of you more click-happy people can’t help yourselves. ;-)

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    rwnd on the iPhone6Move aside Vine and Instagram, RWND is a fun new free app from Melbourne startup Zarfo that is taking the world by storm.

    Ain’t nobody got time for that!

    Instagram has the capacity to record 15 seconds of video, Vine has 6 seconds but the kids, their attention spans are getting shorter every day. RWND allows you to record a maximum of 2 seconds of video and then plays it back in reverse to create a video that has a total duration of 4 seconds. This simple rewind effect, combined with everyday life activities is recipe for some often hilarious outcomes.

    If you find yourself only watching half an Instagram or Vine video before flicking to the next video then RWND is the app for you.

    RWND Top Three of the Week

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      iApple MailWatch out for more scam emails. Here’s one I received this morning pretending to be from Apple.

      You’ll need to update your apple account

      It appears I have been logged out of my apple account and to get back in I need to update my account. Hmmm…my “apple” account? I think they mean my “Apple” account.

      Lets have a closer look at the contents of the email:


      Contents of the Apple Scam Email

      Don’t take the bait! Hover first

      The unsuspecting recipient of this email would click on the ‘Update Now’ link, be taken to the scammer’s website, which probably looks identical to the Apple website, and enter their Apple ID and password.

      By hovering the mouse cursor over the “Update now” link we can determine where the link would take us without actually clicking it. Doing so on this email reveals that the link doesn’t lead to www.apple.com. Instead, our browser would load up the intruder’s domain – www.gaminges.com, and to a javascript (“js”) folder. Potentially nasty.

      contents of the fake email from Apple

      Hovering over the link pops up the destination URL.

      Identifying the sender

      We can also determine who the sender is. Just click on the little downward pointing arrow to the right of the sender’s name and a drop down menu appears. And look at that – the sender’s domain is not apple.com but iapple.com.

      identifying the sender

      Note that the domain of the sender is iapple.com

      Dear Costumer, please update your account informations.

      Though I do enjoy dressing up occasionally, I don’t think that is what the author of this email intended. Nor did they realise that the plural of “information” is… “information”.

      Definition of a costumer

      Be on the lookout for emails like this arriving in your inbox. One day these scammers will learn proper grammar, making it less obvious.

      Always remember though, don’t click on links without hovering over them to check them out first.

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        Beware: Facebook Scam Emails

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        You have a new personal message

        I recently received a email with the familiar Facebook colour scheme and layout. I noticed that the sender was not “Facebook” but was from some stranger, “Ava”.

        The subject heading of the email read:


        You have unread messages that will be deleted in a few days


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          Keyboard Kung Fu logoHave you ever tried to memorise a list of keyboard shortcuts? Most of us have found a list of keyboard combinations and pinned them on the wall next to the desk in the hope that they’ll become a part of everyday keyboard use and increase productivity. I’ve done that a few times. I started using a Mac several years ago and have only recently learned more than the handful of general keyboard combos that make life easier.

          So I’ve started a series called “Keyboard Kung Fu” to help make learning the useful keyboard manoeuvres much easier and more fun. For now I’ll be focusing on the Mac but may cover Windows keyboard shortcuts at a later time.

          How to Memorise More Keyboard Combinations?

          The problem with the list of keyboard shortcuts that you pinned next to your computer was that there is nothing memorable about two or three symbols or words printed in black on a white page. There is nothing for your brain to hook onto to make one line any different or distinctive from the rest of the items on the list.
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            Are you receiving Twitter notifications on your iOS device that have nothing to do with you? There’s a fix for that.

            New Notifications Center

            With the release of iOS 7 came the redesigned three-fold Notifications Center to give easy access to the day’s events, all your notifications or just those notifications that you’ve missed. What’s more, the Notification Center can now be reached directly from the lock screen, making access much easier and faster.

            Screenshot of iOS 7's Notification Center

            Receiving unwanted alerts in Notification Center


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              Vine Arrives on the Web!

              Vine Vintuitive logo combinedAt the end of last year Vine rolled out it’s vanity URLs in preparation for the web version of Vine. Today Vine has come to the web.

              Easily Share Your Vine Page

              An aspect of Vine that has frustrated users in the past is the inability to share your profile with others on the web. That’s all in the past as users can now simply hand out their Vine vanity URL: https://vine.co/vintuitive
              Now you can like, comment, and share and browse videos just as you do on the mobile app.
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