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The 4 most confusing computer technology terms explained

<p>Before we get started, here is a quick overview of the amount of space available in computers.</p> <ul> <li>The letter “G” (for “giga”) before a unit of measure means the value is multiplied by 109 (one billion).</li> <li>The letter “T” (for “tera”) before a unit of measure means the value is multiplied by 1012 (one million million).</li> <li>Therefore, 1 Tera = 1,000 Giga and 1 Giga = 1,000 Mega.</li> </ul> <p>Some of the most confusing terms are:</p> <p><strong>1. Processor speed</strong></p> <p>This is the speed at which a computer can run applications.</p> <p>It is measured in hertz (abbreviation: Hz). As technology develops, recent computers’ processing speeds have come to be noted in either MHz (megahertz) or GHz (gigahertz) because they are so fast.</p> <p>The higher its processing speed, the faster a computer will be able to run word processing applications (Word), music players, imaging software, etc.</p> <p>For example, programs will respond faster on a computer with a 2 GHz processor than on one with a 1.66 GHz processor.</p> <p><strong>2. RAM (Random Access Memory)</strong></p> <p>A type of computer data storage; in common usage, RAM basically represents the memory available to the programs running on your computer (word processor, music player, internet browser, etc.).</p> <p>More RAM allows you to run more applications at once.</p> <p>For example, you could surf the web while listening to music, chatting with a friend on an instant messaging program, and working on a word processing document without your computer slowing down-but only if it has a sufficient amount of RAM.</p> <p>If not, you could experience a delay in the different applications’ response, causing them to “freeze” temporarily.</p> <p>Therefore, the more RAM there is on your computer, the better. Newer computers usually have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.</p> <p><strong>3. Hard disc drive</strong></p> <p>More commonly referred to as the “hard drive”, this is where your computer stores data such as music files, photos, videos, and various documents.</p> <p>The storage capacity of hard drives is measured in bytes. The bigger your hard drive, the more files you can store.</p> <p>Nowadays, most computers usually come with a hard drive of over 500 GB. There are also external hard drives, which are not built into a computer.</p> <p>You can connect them to your computer through a USB port (see next point), allowing you to store your files.</p> <p>It is recommended to back up (i.e. copy) your files onto an external hard drive; in the event that your computer crashes, at least you won’t have lost all your data (music, photos, documents, etc.).</p> <p>Some newer external hard drives have a capacity of over 5 TB (5,000 GB).</p> <p><strong>4. USB (Universal Serial Bus) Port</strong></p> <p>This is the place where you plug in devices that may not have come with your computer. The “U” in “USB” stands for “universal”, which means that this port is usually found on both Mac computers and PCs, and is the standard type of plug for most computer add-ons like external hard drives, joysticks (to play games), and digital camera and cellphone cables.</p> <p>Mainly, USB ports allow you to use these devices, or in the case of camera and cellphone cables, transfer data (files such as music, pictures, etc.) from your computer to the other device, or vice-versa.</p> <p>The USB port is also where you would plug a USB key, which is basically a small memory stick (perfect to keep in your purse!) where you can store data to transfer it from one computer to another, or just as a back up for safekeeping.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Marieve Inoue, Divine.ca. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/science-technology/4-most-confusing-computer-technology-terms-explained?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Brain training: Games and apps to keep your mind active

<p>For those of us who grew up without the Internet to help us with our homework or an iPhone to carry around in our back pockets, technology in this digital age can seem daunting indeed. </p> <p>Our kids or grandkids may have even tried to keep us up to date by buying us the latest gadget – perhaps even gifting a smartphone, an iPad or some other tablet for Christmas or a birthday. </p> <p>Well pull it out of the drawer, dust it off, plug it in and start to use it for a little brain training. Why? Because those “apps” that young kids these days keep talking about can actually help to keep your mind sharp. </p> <p>Apps is short for Applications, the programs that operate on your device. Microsoft Word, the calculator and the digital album you keep your photos in are all examples of apps on your computer, tablet or smartphone. </p> <p>There are plenty of fun brain training apps that can help keep your mind active and stimulated. Mental exercise is good for your general health and wellbeing and potentially helps prevent the onset of dementia. </p> <p>Rather than simply relying on the weekend newspaper’s crossword or Sudoku to give your brain a workout, here are six exciting and creative apps to keep your mind active.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lumoslabs.lumosity&amp;hl=en">1. Lumosity </a></span></strong></p> <p>This application is among the most popular in the world, boasting millions of downloads and subscribers. It offers users an array of games, which test your mind in the most interesting ways possible. Focusing on core skills related to memory, focus, problem solving and flexible-thinking, Lumosity is an app with the potential to really increase your mental dexterity and offer noticeable results. </p> <p>Price: Free for limited access; subscriptions are $15/month or $80/year. <br />Available for Apple and Android. </p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wonder&amp;hl=en">2. Elevate</a></span></strong></p> <p>Elevate is an amazing app that has made waves in the digital world. The application won the coveted Best iPhone App of 2014 from the Apple App Store. This pays testament to both its popularity and effectiveness. The brain training exercises are fun and challenging, offering users the chance to hone their skills in listening, memory and comprehension. Elevate is a “freemium” app, which means that a basic version of it is available for free, however, there are also in-game purchases available for consumers.  </p> <p>Price: Free for limited access; in-game purchases range from A$0.99-A$193.34 per item.<br />Available for Apple and Android.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yourelink.Eidetic&amp;hl=en">3. Eidetic</a></span></strong></p> <p>A comprehensive brain-training package, the app offers users the chance to focus their attention on improving their memory function. The program is based around offering real-world help with memory improvement, offering difficult puzzles for the user. The application is easy to use, with plenty of in-app assistance offered to even the most inexperienced user. There are in-app notepads and statistics to aid in the understanding of your brain training progress.</p> <p>Price: Free.<br />Available for Android.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cognifit-brain-fitness/id528285610?mt=8">4. Cognifit Brain Fitness</a></strong></p> <p>Put together by a team of neuroscientists, Cognifit Brain Fitness is one of the best brain-training apps available online. The games are enjoyable and designed to keep you coming back for more. There’s also a handy progress tracker that allows you to follow and monitor your brain development.</p> <p>Price: Free for up to 4 games; annual subscription fee of $120.<br />Available for Apple.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/happify/id730601963?mt=8">5. Happify</a></span></strong></p> <p>This bubbly app proves that happiness can be learned. After research revealed the healing power of positive thought, the app developers decided to put the theory to the test. Proceeding on the basis that positive reinforcement can lead to a happier life, Happify offers users a simple way to reflect on their thoughts. The program offers a series of quizzes and polls, as well as a ‘gratitude journal’ that allows for reflection and ordered thought. The end results, according to developers, will be a series of new, positive life habits. By learning new behavioural patterns, the brain can be re-trained into a happier form.</p> <p>Price: Free; but also has in-app purchases.<br />Available for Apple.</p> <p><strong><span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-zen/id689013447?mt=8">6. Personal Zen</a></span></strong></p> <p>This charming little app is one of the funniest on offer, allowing players the opportunity to interact with two animated characters. Developed by US researchers, the principle behind the app is simple: by focusing on positive energies, the brain is relaxed and therefore more malleable. After a little bit of game play, users often report feeling more tranquil and mentally focused. It’s also a good all-around diversion and relaxation aid!  </p> <p>Price: Free <br />Available for Apple.</p> <p>Would you try one of these brain-training apps? How do you prefer to keep your mind sharp?  </p> <p><em>Written by Tom Raeside. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/health/wellbeing/brain-training-games-and-apps-to-keep-your-mind-active.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a></span>.</em></p>

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Don’t fall for this latest Facebook scam

<p>If you come across a “Secret Sister" gift exchange invitation on your Facebook newsfeed then head the other direction, because the seemingly innocent gesture is one giant scam.</p> <p>The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the social media con.</p> <p>Inspired by Secret Santa, the exchange involves purchasing a $15 gift to send to your “secret sister” only to receive 6 to 36 gifts in return.</p> <p>And while it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is. The entire concept is shrouded in flaws. It starts off with six people on your friends list spreading the word and recruiting six participants each. Then, the total 36 people involved (six groups of six) are expected to send a gift to the same person on the top of the “Secret Sister” list.</p> <p>It is then that they recruit another six people to send a gift to the next person on the long list, and while the person who kickstarted the entire gift exchange may receive something on their doorstep, the further your name goes down on the list, the less of a chance you have.</p> <p>But before you turn to your friend and confront her for attempting to scam you, it’s important to note that they most likely have no idea of the pyramid scheme, and probably shared the post because they thought it would be a nice idea.</p> <p>The <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/style/secret-sister-holiday-gift-exchanges-are-scam-t142112" target="_blank">TODAY</a> </em>show revealed that the scheme falls into “illegal gambling” as you receive less than what you originally hoped for.</p> <p>It’s also safer to not take part in the exchange as handing out your home address and other personal information to strangers on the internet is never a good idea.</p> <p>The Better Business Bureau advises those who received an invitation to join a “Secret Sister” gift exchange to ignore it and report the post on Facebook.</p>

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Scam alert: Fans lose thousands of dollars from fake Olivia Newton-John impersonators

<p>Olivia Newton-John has found herself embroiled in a fraud scheme, where impersonators scam her fans out of thousands of dollars.</p> <p>According to Newton-John’s publicist, a few people pretending to be the 70-year-old singer have asked fans on social media sites to donate to her cancer treatment centre, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Centre. These fake accounts have successfully swindled large sums of money out of fans’ pocket.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Folivianewtonjohn%2Fposts%2F2311011185578242&amp;width=500" width="500" height="383" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“If you get a message from anyone saying they are Olivia – this is a scam!” publicist Michael Caprio wrote on Newton-John’s official Facebook page. </p> <p>“Olivia does not direct message anyone on her social media pages so, beware.”</p> <p>Caprio said his team is currently working to get the fake accounts shut down.</p> <p>Some fans responded that they had been approached by the scammers. “A few months ago a person pretending to be Olivia Newton-John contacted me via Messenger,” one fan commented. “I thought it was suspicious that Olivia contacted an ordinary man like me asking ‘Hi’ and ‘How are you?’”</p> <p>Another fan confirmed that type of tactic is common. “They contacted me but I knew it was a scam. I also got contacted by the fake Cher and the fake Barbra Streisand.”</p> <p>Have you received any suspicious message from a ‘celebrity’? Let us know about your encounters with scammers in the comments below.</p>

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The top 10 worst passwords for 2018

<p>Coming up with (and remembering!) a hard password can be difficult. Most of us tend to stick to easy to remember patterns or words that we use in our everyday lives. However, this makes your accounts easier to hack into.</p> <p>SplashData, who are a password management and security system organisation, took the time to evaluate over 5 million passwords that had been leaked on the internet. This was to evaluate what trends and habits users continued to fall into. It appears that none of us have learned to make more secure passwords, especially with five of the passwords in a row being numbers.</p> <p>Without further ado, the worst passwords for 2018 are:</p> <ol> <li>123456</li> <li>password</li> <li>123456789</li> <li>12345678</li> <li>12345</li> <li>111111</li> <li>1234567</li> <li>sunshine</li> <li>qwerty</li> <li>iloveyou</li> </ol> <p>The CEO of SplashData, Morgain Slain, explained why you should stay away from pop culture or movie references in your passwords as well.</p> <p>“Hackers have great success using celebrity names, terms from pop culture and sports, and simple keyboard patterns to break into accounts online because they know so many people are using those easy-to- remember combinations,” he said.</p> <p>It’s with these tips and tricks that hackers can gain access to your accounts. However, Slain states that the reason they publish the worst passwords is to raise awareness.</p> <p>“Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online,” says Slain. “It’s a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year.”</p> <p>If you see your password in the top 10, maybe take this as a sign that it’s not as secure as once thought. Check out the full <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.teamsid.com/100-worst-passwords/" target="_blank">list here</a>.</p>

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Husband criticises wife’s funeral outfit – describes it as “too much”

<p>When attending a funeral, everyone knows that it is essential to make sure your outfit is smart, modest and most importantly, black.</p> <p>However, one woman has asked for fashion advice after her husband complained about the dress she was planning to wear to a funeral.</p> <p>Sharing a photo of the dress on <a href="https://www.mumsnet.com/"><strong><u>Mumsnet</u></strong></a>, the woman’s black dress has divided the internet, with public opinion split on the outfit choice.</p> <p>In the post, she explained that she intended to pair the black dress with “black tights and black ankle boots with a small heel".</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 385.9223300970874px; height: 500px;" src="/media/7822310/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e823e93a7cb041a0b008129c810bb608" /></p> <p>She added that her 5-foot height also made the dress more modest as the hem sat at “practically knee-length” on her.</p> <p>But her husband didn’t believe the dress was suitable for the occasion.</p> <p>“I thought it was perfect but [dear husband] seems to think it’s ‘too much’. So [would it be unreasonable] to wear it?” she asked.</p> <p>After sharing her post, the woman was flooded with responses of varying opinions.</p> <p>Some said the dress was offensive as it is the sort of style one “would wear on a night out” and “a bit short”.</p> <p>Others suggested ways that she could make it less stylish.</p> <p>“Do you have a pair of black jeans or trousers you could wear underneath? That would be more suitable than tights,” one wrote. “Also could you wear a vest or crew neck t-shirt underneath?”</p> <p>However, others believed that everyone was overreacting over the dress.</p> <p>“Good grief. Please don’t wear it with trousers and a crew neck. You’re going to a funeral, not a nunnery,” one fired back.</p> <p>The woman has not yet revealed if she will wear the dress to the funeral.</p> <p>Do you think the dress is inappropriate for a funeral? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's strict rule for daughters

<p>Despite the accolades and Academy Award, Nicole Kidman has proven that when it comes to raising her children, she’s just like us.</p> <p>Living in Tennessee with her husband Keith Urban, Nicole has revealed the one thing her children Sunday, 10, and Faith, 7, are not allowed to do.</p> <p>And that’s obsessing over the internet and television.</p> <p>To make sure this doesn’t happen, the 51-year-old has banned handheld electronic devices from their home.</p> <p>“We have a no-devices house. Their friends can’t bring devices over. The general rule is: play, hardcore and outside,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/au" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>“We have periods at home when we don’t turn on the TV and try to have a detox from it all,” she said.</p> <p>And she stands firmly behind her decision and says she would “recommend [it] to anyone” as she claims her children find entertainment through backyard activities and playing with animals.</p> <p>Growing up, Nicole belonged to a Catholic family and she still upholds the tradition of attending church.</p> <p>“We go to Catholic church, or sometimes we will go to a gospel church for the music. That singing and joy is so wonderful,” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.theguardian.com/observer" target="_blank">The Observer</a>.</em></p> <p>But her father revealed he was an atheist when Nicole was a teenager.</p> <p>Recounting the memory of her father Antony, Nicole said: “He was a very gentle man, with a really strong social conscience. He told me he would still live by the Ten Commandments, but he was an atheist. And I said: ‘No, I want you to believe in God!’”</p> <p>“It was difficult for a child. I still go to church. I love the ritual. But that’s me and my choice.”</p>

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Princess Charlotte’s surprising royal lookalike

<p>While Princess Charlotte has been compared to Princess Diana and even the Queen, there is a new member of the Royal Family that fans believe the 3-year-old shares an uncanny resemblance with.</p> <p>Last week, Diana’s niece, Lady Kitty Spencer, shared a sweet throwback photo of herself as a child.</p> <p>Royal fans were quick to point out the resemblance between Prince William and Prince Harry’s cousin and Princess Charlotte.</p> <p>The 27-year-old daughter of Diana’s brother Charles Spencer and Victoria Lockwood captioned the photo: “First day of school #tbt”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqexQAQhkBd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BqexQAQhkBd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">First day of school 🤓 #tbt</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/kitty.spencer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Kitty Spencer</a> (@kitty.spencer) on Nov 22, 2018 at 3:22am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The vintage snap shows a four-year-old Kitty wearing a gingham dress, white socks and black pumps.</p> <p>Some fans initially believed the photo was a shot of Charlotte.</p> <p>“I just thought palace released a new pic but then read the caption and name,” one user wrote.</p> <p>Another added: “Princess Charlotte has the Spencer genes. You look so similar on this”.</p> <p>On Charlotte’s first day at Wilcocks Nursery in January, she also wore the same style of shoes but in red.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7822109/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8707130fdf1541cfad85b9cadbf9b2d3" /></p> <p>Kitty has remained close to her royal cousins following their mother Diana’s passing, attending both William’s wedding in 2011 and Harry’s nuptials earlier this year. </p> <p>Do you think Princess Charlotte and Diana's niece Kitty look alike? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Bride replaces wedding vows with fiancé’s cheating text messages

<p>A heartbroken bride has confronted her fiancé at the altar of her wedding ceremony after finding out that he was cheating on her the night before their big day.</p> <p>Casey* was celebrating her final night of being unmarried with her bridesmaids when she received a text message from an unknown number, reported <a href="https://www.whimn.com.au"><strong><em><u>Whimn.</u></em></strong></a></p> <p>Casey was expecting a congratulatory message but instead received a series of screenshots from a conversation involving her boyfriend of six years, Alex*, and another woman.</p> <p>The conversations between Casey’s boyfriend and the ‘other’ woman, who she described as looking the “complete opposite of her”, went back months.</p> <p>The sender wrote to Casey: “I wouldn’t marry him. Will you?”</p> <p>The texts also included selfies of the pair and immediately Casey knew “there was no questioning the legitimacy” of the screenshots.</p> <p>Casey said every message was a “dagger to her heart”, but didn’t know what to do as the wedding would be taking place in a few hours and it was already paid for.</p> <p>So she hatched a plan for the next day. </p> <p>“I was going to go ahead with the wedding as expected, and ‘out’ him in front of our friends and family,” she said.</p> <p>After walking down the wedding aisle the following day, Casey announced there would be “no wedding” instead of reading her vows.</p> <p>“It seems Alex is not who I thought he was,” she told her guests, before reading out every single message he had sent to the other woman.</p> <p><em>"Your body is f***ing incredible. And s** do you know how to use it. I wish my GF (girlfriend) had half the skills you do."</em></p> <p><em>"I miss you so much…I’ve never had this kind of connection before."</em></p> <p>All colour left Alex’s face and Casey let her weeping eyes rise and meet his.</p> <p>The embarrassed groom didn’t have anything to say but walked out of the church in shame with his best man close behind him.</p> <p>“I love all of you and as horrible as this is, I’m glad you all are here,” Casey bravely told her guests.</p> <p>“There will not be a wedding reception today, but instead, there will be a celebration of honesty, finding true love and following your heart even when it hurts.”</p> <p>Although it was not the day Casey has planned, she said despite the heartbreak, the reception was “one hell of a party”.</p> <p><em>*Names changed for confidentiality </em></p>

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Why this mum isn’t going to tell her kids it’s Christmas Eve

<p>A mother has faced scrutiny over her controversial decision to not tell her children it’s Christmas Eve.</p> <p>Posting under the username “Mama Hechtick”, the mum asked for people’s opinions on parenting forum Mumsnet, as she explained that her reasoning behind not telling her children it’s Christmas Eve is, so they could have a good night’s sleep.</p> <p>“I have this idea, that for this year we won’t tell DC [Dear Children] it’s Christmas Eve,” wrote the mum. “We don’t do Christmas Eve boxes and they are usually disinterested in their advent calendars by mid-December so don’t really countdown as such.”</p> <p>According to the mum, her children, who are aged five and six, are unable to rest before Christmas day due to the sheer excitement. She plans to hide the fact that it’s Christmas Eve and wake them up early the next day and tell them it’s Christmas, as she believes that is more exciting.</p> <p>“I’m thinking that waking them up early and telling them it’s Christmas morning will be a far bigger and exciting surprise,” she explains.</p> <p>“Would I be unreasonable or mean for doing this,” she asks.</p> <p>“I think it’s the only year we’d get away with it. We don’t have any plans for Christmas Eve except a fairly quiet day with just us at home. Friends I’ve briefly discussed this with seem a bit off with it.”</p> <p>But her question had many parents disagreeing with the decision.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t,” said one mum. “The build-up is so exciting for children, don’t take that away from them.”</p> <p>“Waiting for Santa is half the fun,” says another. “I think it seems a bit mean.”</p> <p>“Don’t you put out milk and biscuits for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer, or track Santa online, watch a Christmas movie or read the night before Christmas?” asked one mum. “It’s not something I would miss out on but if you don’t do anything at all then why not?”</p> <p>“You can’t do that,” said another. “When I was a kid, I was so excited for Christmas Eve. Trying to stay awake to see Santa, the excitement of the next day, don’t take that away from them just so they get a good night sleep.</p> <p>“Kids aren’t kids for long, let them enjoy the build-up and don’t suck the fun out of it.”</p> <p>What do you think? Do you think the mum should keep Christmas Eve from her kids? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Internet is divided after woman claims it’s “too early” to celebrate Christmas

<p>A blogger has caused an uproar after she claimed that it was too early for Christmas decorations, as it’s only November.</p> <p>Beauty YouTuber Niomi Smart tweeted to her thousands of followers that it was too early to get into the festive spirit after she spotted a Christmas tree in someone’s window.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Just spotted a Christmas tree in someone’s window... a little early, no? 🎄</p> — Niomi Smart (@niomismart) <a href="https://twitter.com/niomismart/status/1060163205178245120?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>The tweet has garnered over 2,100 favourites and 96 retweets but not everyone was supportive, as many disagreed with the popular blogger.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Never too early! Lol <a href="https://t.co/fOkAGszowk">pic.twitter.com/fOkAGszowk</a></p> — MacNC45 (@angelaraynell) <a href="https://twitter.com/angelaraynell/status/1060165920876847105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">7 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Clearly outraged, a few users claimed it is “never too early” to get into the Christmas spirit.</p> <p>“Not early at all. My decorations are going up this weekend,” said one user.</p> <p>“Just put mine up today! Season goes by too fast. It makes me happy,” wrote another.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Noooo never too early! Just done mine <a href="https://t.co/GDeZudgwr9">pic.twitter.com/GDeZudgwr9</a></p> — Clarey (@Clarey_82) <a href="https://twitter.com/Clarey_82/status/1061362344650006528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 November 2018</a></blockquote> <p>But despite the controversial claim, there were a few that agreed with Ms Smart.</p> <p>“Mine goes up the week before Christmas, and comes down on the Twelfth Night,” said a follower.</p> <p>One person said: “Agreed! In Canada, most of us wait until after Remembrance Day for any kind of decorations.”</p> <p>When do you start putting up Christmas decorations in your house? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Woman's ridiculous list of rules for husband

<p>One wife is receiving backlash after sharing the list of rules she expects her husband to follow.</p> <p>Writing on the Facebook group “Get It Off Your Chest”, the woman by the name of “Rosiee” explained that she wanted feedback on the list of rules she wrote for her partner.</p> <p>Admitting that she re-drafted the rules because she was told the first lot were a bit “harsh”, she asked for “honest opinions” from online users.</p> <p>Rosiee shared the 10 commandments for her man, which included “no female friends”, “no social media” and “must work minimum 50 hours a week”.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 373.2612055641422px;" src="/media/7821932/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca3850b4f57a43519afb00f137b48a67" /></p> <p>The wife also believes her husband should keep the house clean at all times and not go out without her present.</p> <p>Since sharing her rules, Rosiee has been flooded with criticism for her extreme policing of her husband.</p> <p>“You should just get a dog,” wrote one Facebook user.</p> <p>“This is your husband right?” asked another. “I don’t think he agreed to be your slave when you married him.”</p> <p>“I have guy friends that are married,” wrote one woman. “It’s no problem. My boyfriend has great female friends. Again, no problem. If you have mutual respect and true love, you don’t need these rules.”</p> <p>While the users don’t know Rosiee personally, they suggested that the strict rules were a reflection of her “insecurities” and fears that her partner would cheat.</p> <p>According to therapist Shannon Thomas, partners who are controlling develop into “toxic people”.</p> <p>Speaking to <u><a href="https://www.whimn.com.au/"><strong>whimn.com.au</strong></a>,</u> Thomas said: “Toxic people have the ability to affect all areas of our lives, and we are often blind to this.”</p> <p>“We make excuses for them. We believe and internalise the lies they feed us. And, in turn, that affects how we view ourselves and our worth. Toxic people receive pleasure from taking joy away from the things we once loved, such as work, friendships, hobbies, and even our love for ourselves.”</p> <p>Thomas said the best way to gauge if you are in a toxic relationship is to reflect on how they make you feel after spending time with them.</p> <p>“The best gauge is to see how you feel after interacting with someone – our physical and emotional reactions to people are our best indicators.”</p> <p>Many commenters on Rosiee’s post suggested that her husband should respond to her list of rules by doing one thing: “Run!”</p> <p>Have you ever been in a controlling relationship? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Bride receives upsetting "accidental" text from mother-in-law

<p>A bride-to-be was left speechless after being on the receiving end of a rather nasty text from her future mother-in-law that was supposed to be sent to someone else.</p> <p>Posting under the screen name Bamboo2u, the distressed woman took to internet forum Reddit as she sought advice for how to handle her future mother-in-law who was caught “talking sh*t” about her mum after a day spent wedding dress shopping.</p> <p>The woman recounted the day's events and claimed that during the hunt for a wedding dress, her mum suggested to keep her maiden name for work but take her husband's name for everything else. To which her mother-in-law agreed as she does the same.</p> <p>According to the poster, the day went smoothly, and her mother-in-law has never shown any hostility towards the bride’s mother before.</p> <p>“So later that night after we all parted ways, I get a text message that was ‘accidentally’ sent to me. It was from my fiancé’s mother. I made the mistake of reading it from my car with my fiancé in the car,” she wrote.</p> <p>“The text said the whole day was a sh*t show and that my mum advised me to not take my fiance’s name for career reasons.”</p> <p>The woman was “hurt and pissed” that her mother-in-law was talking badly about her mum behind her back and that she was concerned over what she has said about her to other people in the family.</p> <p>The mother-in-law also refused to issue an apology and wouldn’t look at her when they met after the incident.</p> <p>Most users on the popular forum sided with the bride, as they considered the mother-in-law to be out of line, with many saying she should be excluded from the rest of the wedding planning.</p> <p>“I think it’s hypocritical that she is passing judgement on your mum for the very thing she does,” said one user.</p> <p>Do you agree with the bride being upset with her mother-in-law? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Can you see what’s wrong with this photo of a crow?

<p>A photo of a crow is making users on social media do a double take as all is not what it seems.</p> <p>Originally posted on <a rel="noopener" href="https://imgur.com/JAW80Ee" target="_blank">Imgur</a> and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/confusing_perspective/comments/9rsqo3/cat_shapes_like_a_bird/" target="_blank">Reddit</a>, the photo shows a black bird standing on its side on a tiled surface, but on closer inspection, you realise you’ve been fooled.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7821788/cat.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6e0da6ec94074e8a8a7180490c13aa40" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Photo: <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/confusing_perspective/comments/9rsqo3/cat_shapes_like_a_bird/">Reddit </a></em></p> <p>Have you noticed it yet?</p> <p>The big reveal sent Twitter into a meltdown after it was revealed that the crow isn’t actually a crow, but it’s a black cat with his head tilted.</p> <p>The “bird’s” beak is the cat’s ear, and if you look closely, you’ll notice the cat’s second eye is on what is supposed to be the crow’s neck.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/5iragBms6W">pic.twitter.com/5iragBms6W</a></p> — Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertMaguire_/status/1056368608031444992?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 October 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/X2ktE7Qr86">pic.twitter.com/X2ktE7Qr86</a></p> — 🔊AudiO∇Owl 🦉 (@pheealzabub) <a href="https://twitter.com/pheealzabub/status/1056375861820166145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>After people realised they were tricked, a few hilarious reactions ensued.</p> <p>One person posted, “Damn kitty you got me there,” while another said, “Holy crap, totally got me.”</p> <p>“Usually, once you see it, you can’t unsee it. But every time I look at it, I still see the bird,” wrote one user.</p> <p>How long did it take you to figure it out? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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CHOICE reveals: How long your appliances should really last

<p>As consumers we’re lucky that we have an abundance of appliance choices to choose from to suit every budget. With toasters starting at $20 reaching all the way up to $150, there is something out there for everyone.</p> <p>But just how long should you expect an affordable appliance to last in comparison to its higher-end counterpart? <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.choice.com.au/" target="_blank">Choice</a></em> has released new guidelines, showcasing the “reasonable” life expectancy of household appliances.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fchoiceaustralia%2Fposts%2F10156656490116163&amp;width=500" width="500" height="669" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>According to the consumer group, while your cheap toaster could die out within two years, you can expect your expensive fridge to last over 10 years.</p> <p>The results of the research were based around 1000 people who took part in the survey, along with in-house product testing and manufacturer feedback.</p> <p>“In most cases the lifetime for electrical appliances should go way beyond the one-to-two-year manufacturer’s warranty,” said spokeswoman for Choice, Nicky Breen.</p> <p>If a product turns out to be faulty, shoppers have the right to a full refund or replacement under New Zealand Consumer Protection. The rule applies regardless of the consumer being within the official warranty period.</p> <p>But according to Ms Breen, it isn’t that simple as consumer guarantees tend to be a “little confusing”.</p> <p>“The law says you’re entitled to a remedy if a fault develops within a reasonable amount of time, but it’s not clear what that reasonable time is,” she said</p> <p>“You may buy a TV or fridge and it develops a fault within a year or two, you take it back to the retailer and there’s an impasse. What we’re doing is urging people to use these guidelines.”</p> <p>According to the results of the survey, a fridge should last around six to 13 years, while washing machines and dishwashers have a lifespan of five to 11 years. A laptop will give you four to eight years depending on how expensive it is, and a smartphone should last between three to six years.</p> <p>“Someone should start a GoFundMe to put this on billboards outside of Harvey Norman and The Good Guys,” said Facebook user, Kristen Hall.</p> <p>Others compared appliances today to the ones sold in the past. “Washing machines, the prehistoric ones, lasted and lasted, 25-plus years and still working,” said Helen Valen.</p> <p>“Had to replace them just because we got sick of waiting for them to fail and they didn’t look their best anymore. Same with stoves. So, it’s not the technology, it’s the design for failure/obsolescence business model."</p> <p>Naomi Agar pointed out that her mum’s fridge had to be replaced last year, after 47 years. “My microwave purchased in “’88 is still going”, she said.</p> <p>But not everyone was convinced as some pointed out the discrepancies in the survey results. “The mobile phone one is a joke,” Karla McClelland said. “The latest Samsung and Apple phones don’t last more than two years before something stuffs up.”</p> <p>Adam Scott questioned the life expectancy of a laptop saying, “Where did you get that figure? The life expectancy of a spinning drive is two years, three maximum,” he said.</p> <p>“The heat paste on the CPU will be chalk after a few years, leading to the CPU and GPU overheating. That’s if the power brick hasn’t died by then. Oh, and the battery will have well and truly died by then.” </p> <p>Do you agree with these results? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Buckingham Palace left red-faced after Princess Eugenie blunder

<p>On Friday, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank said “I do” in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>While the wedding was quickly overshadowed with the announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child, a mistake by Buckingham Palace has added to the insult.</p> <p>The official Instagram account of The Royal Family made one disastrous blunder while announcing the sale of commemorative mugs marking last Friday’s nuptials.</p> <p>The post, which informed followers that the limited edition mugs were available “only till Saturday”, mistakenly referred to Princess Beatrice, rather than Eugenie.</p> <p>“This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the wedding of HRH Princess Beatrice of York and Mr Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description,” the caption said.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 313px; height: 418px;" src="/media/7821438/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5e178aa9c1e4366a095fb6c1e229f37" /></p> <p>Princess Beatrice is Eugenie’s older sister and was chosen to be her maid of honour on her wedding day.</p> <p>The post was quickly deleted and has been uploaded again with the correct details.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpBd3i5DdWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Available only till Saturday! This exclusive mug issued in commemoration of the Wedding of HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Mr. Jack Brooksbank is now available for purchase by following the link in the description! #RoyalWedding Purchase yours today!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/buckinghamroyal/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@buckinghamroyal) on Oct 16, 2018 at 10:43pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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How to check if your Facebook account has been hacked

<p>Between September 14-27, 30 million Facebook accounts were hacked, and now the social media juggernaut has unveiled a <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">website</a> that will help you determine if your account has been compromised.</p> <p>“We're very sorry this happened,” it said of the incident. “Your privacy is incredibly important to us, and we want to update you on what we've learned from our ongoing investigation, including which Facebook accounts are impacted, what information was accessed and what Facebook users can do about this.”</p> <p>Facebook has made a move to assure its users, which according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/" target="_blank">Statista</a></em> amount to over 2.2 billion monthly active users worldwide, <span>that sensitive information like passwords and financial information were not accessed by hackers.</span></p> <p>“There's no need for anyone to change their passwords,” said the company.</p> <p>But other information was hacked, reported <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/can-check-facebook-account-hacked-042356675.html" target="_blank">7News</a></em>, such as phone numbers and email addresses, and in the case of 14 million accounts, the type of information that you can see on your friends’ accounts such as location, birthdate and relationship status.</p> <p>You can find out simply if your Facebook account has been hacked. On the Facebook advice website, scroll about halfway down to the question, “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” and you’ll have a notification there, specific to your account, if you have been affected.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 123.021px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7821357/facebook-notice.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/94961eb42d334a35a773be434fdab00b" /></p> <p>You’ll also be provided with account-specific information if you are logged in to Facebook.</p> <p>One expert argues that in light of the hacks, Facebook should be offering users free “credit monitoring” in case sensitive financial information may be accessed.</p> <p>“Those personal details could very easily be used for identity theft to sign up for credit cards, get a loan, get your banking password, et cetera,” said Patrick Moorhead, founder of Moor Insights &amp; Strategy.</p> <p>“Facebook should provide all those customers free credit monitoring to make sure the damage is minimised.”</p> <p>Facebook has declined to say where the effected users are located, only saying the breaches were “fairly broad”. The company says it will contact those account holders who have been hacked.</p> <p>According Facebook, the hacks are currently being investigated by the FBI, but the Bureau requested it didn’t discuss the culprits behind it.</p> <p>You can find more information at the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec" target="_blank">Facebook advice site</a>.</p> <p>Did you find the Facebook advice helpful? Let us know in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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The palace bungles Princess Eugenie wedding tweet – can you spot the blunder?

<p>The official Royal Family twitter account was forced to delete one tweet about Princess Eugenie’s upcoming wedding because of a glaring error.</p> <p>The Queen’s granddaughter is set to say “I do” to her fiancé later today in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – the same location as Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier this year.</p> <p>Although it is the second royal wedding of the year, the error in the tweet led fans to question whether less attention is being given to Eugenie’s nuptials.</p> <p>Can you spot the mistake in this tweet?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 275.97402597402595px;" src="/media/7821307/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a6f0971ae6f14875a778ebcfa720ace4" /></p> <p>The tweet bungled the name of Eugenie’s partner, referring to him as Mr Jacksbrook rather than his correct surname, Mr Brooksbank.</p> <p>The account, which has 3.81 million followers, quickly received backlash for the typo.</p> <p>One person replied: “I believe “Bank Jacksbrook” is his super secret spy name.”</p> <p>Another said: “It’s Jack Brooksbank, or Jacksbrook to his rapper crew.”</p> <p>The tweet stayed on the account for 40 minutes until someone alerted the Royals to the error.</p> <p>The tweet was later reposted with the correct spelling.</p> <p>Eugenie, 28, will have a traditional church service which will be followed by the newlyweds embarking on a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor.</p> <p>Guests will then move to the Queen’s residence for an afternoon reception at Windsor Castle.</p> <p>In the evening, there will be a formal sit-down dinner at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, the residence of her parents Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.</p> <p>The following day, the newlyweds and their friends and family will be enjoying a festival-themed afternoon party.</p> <p>Princess Eugenie first met Jack when she was 20 years old while at a Swiss holiday resort in Verbier.</p> <p>Will you be tuning in to watch Princess Eugenie’s wedding tonight? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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Warning: WhatsApp voicemail scam gives hackers access to your account

<p>A worrying new WhatsApp hack allows cyber criminals to access victim’s accounts via their voicemail inbox.</p> <p>According to <a href="https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/10/08/attackers-use-voicemail-hack-to-steal-whatsapp-accounts/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>Naked Security</u></em></strong></a>, a blog run by British security company Sophos, scammers are attempting the attacks at night so they can take advantage of the app’s six-digit verification code.</p> <p>The attacks have become so prevalent that Israel’s National Cyber Security Authority issued a nationwide warning.</p> <p>Hackers start the scam by installing WhatsApp on their own phone using a legitimate user’s phone number.</p> <p>To verify the login attempt, WhatsApp sends a six-digit verification code via text message to the victim’s telephone.</p> <p>However, hackers are carrying out this scam at night, so victims are most likely sleeping rather than checking their phones.</p> <p>WhatsApp then allows the hacker to send the six-digit verification code via phone call with an automated message.</p> <p>As the victim is not on their phone, the message ideally goes to voicemail.</p> <p>The cyber criminal then exploits a security flaw in many telecommunication networks which allows customers to use a generic phone number to call and retrieve their voicemails.</p> <p>For many mobile phone owners, only a four-digit pin is required to access their voicemails – which if they haven’t changed is commonly 0000 or 1234 by default.</p> <p>Hackers will then enter the password and gain access to the victim’s voicemail inbox, allowing them to retrieve the WhatsApp message containing the six-digit code.</p> <p>Once the scammer enters the code into their own phone, they have complete access to the victim’s WhatsApp account.</p> <p>To avoid being hacked, it is recommended that users turn on two-factor authentication on their account, adding an extra layer of security.</p> <p>“Using application-based 2FA ... mitigates a lot of the risk, because these mobile authentication apps don’t rely on communications tied to phone numbers,” Sophos researchers explained. </p> <p>This can be done by navigating to Settings in WhatsApp, then tapping ‘Account’.</p> <p>Users must then press on ‘Two-step verification’ and tap ‘Enable’.</p> <p>Experts also encourage users to have a strong PIN on their voicemail inbox.</p> <p>Have you encountered this WhatsApp scam? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Barack Obama’s heartfelt tribute to Michelle on 26th wedding anniversary

<p>Barack and Michelle Obama have been known to inspire couples around the world with their love and appreciation for each other.</p> <p>And on Wednesday, the pair celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary by taking to social media and sharing a heartfelt message for one another.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Happy Anniversary, <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MichelleObama</a>. For 26 years, you’ve been an extraordinary partner, someone who can always make me laugh, and my favorite person to see the world with. <a href="https://t.co/s8xoZ9j2YR">pic.twitter.com/s8xoZ9j2YR</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1047564181266939905?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Posting on Twitter, the former US President shared a photo of Michelle and captioned it: “For 26 years, you’ve been an extraordinary partner, someone who can always make me laugh, and my favourite person to see the world with.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@barackobama</a> for 26+ years of love, trust, and respect - for being a man who always lifts up and honors me and our wonderful girls. Each day I’m with you, I’m reminded of what a treasure you truly are to us all. <a href="https://t.co/dfgJRMyWJj">https://t.co/dfgJRMyWJj</a></p> — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelleObama/status/1047567519370956800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 October 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Michelle then replied to the tweet with a message of her own, saying, “Thank you @barackobama for 26+ years of love, trust and respect – for being a man who always lifts up and honors me and our wonderful girls.</p> <p>“Each day I’m with you, I’m reminded of what a treasure you truly are to us all.”</p> <p>The duo formed a bond in 1989, after Barack was mentored by Michelle at Chicago law firm Sidley Austin.</p> <p>But despite their loving relationship now, Michelle says she wasn’t fond of Barack at first.</p> <p>“Barack about a month in, asked me out, and I thought, ‘No way. This is completely tacky,’” she told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://abcnews.go.com/" target="_blank">ABC News</a>.</em></p> <p>But she later gave in and agreed to go on a date to the Art Institute of Chicago and later watched the 1989 Spike Lee film <em>Do the Right Thing</em>.</p> <p>“He showed all the sides – he was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive. The fountain – nice touch. The walk – patient,” Michelle revealed to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>.</em></p> <p>The power couple decided to tie the knot after three years of dating on October 3, 1992.</p> <p>Taking to her Instagram earlier in the year, Michelle shared a rare photo of the two from their wedding day, giving an inside look into their relationship.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BjHhl_lgrQN/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October, 1992 with a nasty head cold. Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared and we ended up dancing almost all night. Twenty five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/michelleobama/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Obama</a> (@michelleobama) on May 23, 2018 at 4:03am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“You can’t tell it from this photo, but Barack woke up on our wedding day in October 1992 with a nasty head cold,” she wrote in the caption.</p> <p>“Somehow, by the time I met him at the altar, it had miraculously disappeared, and we ended up dancing almost all night.</p> <p>“Twenty-five years later, we’re still having fun, while also doing the hard work to build our partnership and support each other as individuals. I can’t imagine going on this wild ride with anybody else.”</p>

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