Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 405

Show 405 – Feb 28, 2022

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 


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FBI Says Advanced Smartphone Hijacking Campaigns Now Rampant! What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

TECH TIMES reports ~ The FBI issued a warning against the rising smartphone hijacking campaigns or SIM swapping hacks. Right now, this sophisticated scam technique is still affecting many phone owners across the globe. 

Unlike malware, ransomware, and other complicated malicious campaigns, this hijacking method can be done easily in a multi-stage heist. 

This means that SIM swapping is not the typical cyberattack that consumers usually encounter. If this malicious campaign happens, hackers can trick your wireless carrier to change your SIM. 

FBI Says Phone Hijacking Now Rampant

According to Fox News’ latest report, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the total number of SIM swapping complaints increased to 1,611 in 2021.

This is a massive jump in numbers since only 320 consumers were affected between the years 2018 and 2020. Aside from this detail, the FBI also explained why this hijacking method is alarming. 

“Once the SIM is swapped, the victim’s calls, texts, and other data are diverted to the criminal’s device,” said the security agency. 

It added that if the SIM swapping activity is successful, hackers behind the attack send “Account Recovery” requests. 

After that, your wireless carrier will send a one-time passcode or a link to the criminals’ SIMs, allowing them to control your device remotely. 

How To Protect Yourself

FBI’s official Public Service Announcement provided some tips on how consumers can actually protect themselves against SIM swapping attacks. These include the following: 

      • Use a variety of unique passwords to access online accounts.
      • Use strong multi-factor authentication methods such as biometrics, physical security tokens, or standalone authentication applications to access online accounts.
      • Be aware of any changes in SMS-based connectivity.
      • Avoid posting personal information online, such as mobile phone numbers, addresses, or other personally-identifying information.

These are just some of the methods you can try to avoid becoming a victim of phone hijacking. You can click this link to see more suggestions. 

On the other hand, the FBI also said that contacting your mobile carrier is a must if ever your smartphone is hijacked. But, you need to do this ASAP. 

MS  I know this is from the FBI BUT baddies have done this here as well! See next story!



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Sydney couple lose $39k after leaked class list exposes them to scammers

New Zealand Herald reports ~ A Sydney woman was working from home when her husband asked a question that would change their lives forever, and cost them more than $AUD37,000.

A group of Sydney parents have been living through a nightmare for the past six months after a cybercriminal assumed their identities and stole their life savings.

At least 17 sets of Year 12 parents from an eastern suburbs high school have fallen victim to a sophisticated “SIM swap” hack leaving them collectively hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Sophia thinks the “mess” started when a fraudster got hold of a class list sent around to parents which contained all their names and contact details.

“We believe that in our group a school class list was obtained through hacking an email account,” Sophia told

“The group of hackers then methodically worked through names on the list.”

Using the personal information they had acquired, the hacker was able to hijack the phones of some of the parents.

They remotely gained control of parents’ mobile phone numbers by convincing their telco provider Optus to switch their SIM card over to an eSIM card.

This meant the hacker could get into parents’ bank accounts by sending a password reset and intercepting the text message.

Sophia’s family lost a whopping $37,000 and nearly lost tens of thousands more in subsequent hacking attempts.

Question that changed Sophia’s life

Back in June last year, Sophia, her husband and her Year 12 son were working from home due to Covid-19 concerns when something strange happened.

“My husband was upstairs in our home office, it was quite late in the afternoon,” Sophia recalled.

“He was in a meeting and while he’s on this call, he called out to me ‘Did you do something with Optus? Something’s wrong with my phone.'”

His phone had changed to “SOS only” mode, indicating it had lost signal and was unable to make calls.

“He got this message which was something to do with a change to do with our bank, which is where our mortgage offset account is,” Sophia continued.

“We start thinking ‘oh crap.”

Sophia jumped on her own phone, which was still working perfectly, while her husband borrowed their son’s phone.

In the meantime, their son jumped on his computer to message his friends as he had heard this happening to some of their parents. Everyone who fell victim at the school was an Optus customer.

For an excruciating 40 minutes, Sophia called Optus while her husband was waiting for the bank to pick up.

“We were starting to get very stressed, my husband is getting notifications from the bank,” Sophia continued.

“He couldn’t log in but got an email about the contact details being changed.”

Unfortunately, by the time they got to the front of the queue for their phone provider and their bank, it was after business hours.

“The problem is both of them took so long to answer their phones, it was well over 40 minutes before we got to speak to a human,” Sophia explained. “It was probably a two-hour conversation.”

In the space of just 30 minutes, the hacker made 15 outgoing transactions, taking $39,000 out of their mortgage offset account.

They also tried to steal a further $15,000 attached to the family’s business bank account, held at another bank, but this attempt was blocked by automatic security protocols.

Sophia also aborted an attempt to rack up debt through their PayPal account by changing the password before the hackers could.

The couple lodged an investigation with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, but the investigation stopped once they were no longer customers at Optus.

In a statement to, an Optus spokesperson said: “The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, [the customer] and Optus resolved the issue with all parties reaching an agreement.”

They added: “Unfortunately, identity theft continues to be an economy-wide issue which opens the doors for fraudsters to access innocent Australians’ services in ways that can have real harm to them.

“Optus, along with the wider telco industry, is working to enhance existing protocols and controls to reduce unauthorised access to customers’ accounts and services.

“Optus takes customer security and data very seriously, we encourage customers to regularly change their passwords, not reuse passwords and protect their personal information vigilantly.”



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Check Your Attic 5 Older Apple Devices Now Worth Thousands

iDROPNEWS reports ~When we hear talk about “vintage” Apple products, we usually think of iPhones or Macs that have been phased out of service and can’t be used any longer. But you may not want to throw those away quite yet! Turns out, there’s another level of vintage where timeworn Apple products can become prized collectibles, especially if it was a model that heralded the beginning of a new tech age or innovation. And we’re not talking about just a few hundred bucks – some can go for thousands and thousands of dollars. Before you go digging in your drawers and closets, continue reading to browse some specific examples and how much they have sold for in the past.

6~1st Generation iPhone

A 1st generation, 8GB (yeah, they were smaller back then) model in mint condition can sell for thousands of dollars on auction sites, and eBay even has the latest in-the-package models listed for $25,000! Even a used model may fetch a price many times over what it originally cost.

5 ~ 1st Generation iPod

One deal on eBay even offered three 1st gen iPods with the three different storage options (5GB, 10GB, and 20GB, back in the day) for $50,000! Used iPods from this time period are often auctioned for several hundred dollars.

4 ~ 2nd and 3rd Gen iPods

Factory-sealed versions of the 2nd gen iPods, for example, have gone for up to $20,000.

3 ~ Apple Lisa

Lisa’s have sold for over $50,000 to collectors in the past!

2 ~ Macintosh 128K

asking prices anywhere from $949 to $6,000

1 ~ Apple-1 Computer

Today, a signed version of an Apple-1 is only expected to go for around $500,000 at the most.



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Apple reportedly pulls $2million sponsorship deal with Kanye West

It comes after Kanye said his new album would only be available on his Stem player

NME reports ~ It comes after West, who is now known officially as ‘Ye’, revealed earlier this week that the only way to listen to his forthcoming album ‘Donda 2’ will be via his own Stem Player.

The player is a device that was first released in conjunction with ‘Donda’ last year and allows users to remix the album’s songs using stems of vocals, drums, bass, samples and more.

Now, according to DJ Akademiks on Twitter, Apple have reportedly pulled their sponsorship deal with West over the move.

The deal, which is said to be worth $2million (£1.5milllion) was pulled according to Akademiks because they were going to stream his DONDA listening party event on February 22. 

Akademiks wrote: “Apple pulls $2 million + sponsorship deal from Kanye West after he announced he won’t be putting Donda 2 on Apple Music. They were going to stream the 22/02/22 event.”

It’s not the first time Kanye has claimed that one of his albums would be released exclusively through a certain platform. Back in 2016, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ was released solely to Tidal, with West claiming the album would remain a permanent exclusive to the streaming platform.

Less than two months later, it was released on other platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, prompting a lawsuit soon after, accusing West and Tidal’s Jay-Z of false advertising. The lawsuit was later settled, with its terms undisclosed.


Apple reportedly pulls $2million sponsorship deal with Kanye West


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Genius iMessage trick every iPhone owner needs to know will hide spam texts

New York Post helps us ~ 

How to filter Messages on iPhone

Every iPhone owner is being urged to learn an iMessage trick that cleans up your inbox.

If you’re a regular iPhone user, you’ll probably find that your Messages app is easily clogged up.

Often it’ll fill up with spam texts or verification code messages.

These texts can sometimes make it difficult to find important conversations.

Thankfully, there’s an Apple feature that lets you filter out texts from Unknown Senders.

It won’t block them (so you’ll still receive them), but it makes your iPhone inbox much tidier.

You can change the settings at any time if you don’t like the feature.

Importantly, you can very easily check messages from Unknown Senders if you need to.

First, make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest software.

Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check.

Then open Settings again and then choose Messages.

Scroll down and turn in Filter Unknown Senders under Message Filtering.

So how do you activate the filters?

Go to the Messages app, and choose Filters in the top-left corner.

Then you’ll see that your Messages are split.

You’ll have filters for All Messages, Known Senders and Unknown Senders.

So if you want the tidiest inbox, it’s probably best to leave messages filtered by Known Senders.

But you can check the filtered inbox for Unknown Senders if you have a particular reason to.

If you want to return to a regular inbox, just filter for All Messages.

These filters work for texts sent via SMS as well as iMessage.

And if someone you know is appearing in the Unknown Senders filter, add them as a contact to pull them through into the Known Senders inbox.

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Awesome iPhone hack goes viral on TikTok

Creative Bloq helps us ~ As demonstrated by tech TikToker (TechToker?) howfinity, to copy an image or text, all you have to do is select it and pinch closed with three fingers. And to paste the item somewhere else? You guessed it – pinch open with three fingers. For text, it doesn’t particularly save time – but for photos, for example, it saves having to highlight them.

The hack works on any content you can copy and paste, from photos to file attachments. And it’s going down a storm on TikTok. “Thanks, this is a game-changer!” one user comments, while another adds, “how do you find these hacks? This is why we need an iPhone manual.” That said, let’s spare a thought for those with long nails who appear to be struggling to make use of the trick.



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How to screen record on your iPhone and iPad

Geeky Gadgets helps us ~ The screen recording feature on your iPhone and iPad can be a useful feature, this guide will show you how to set up the screen record feature on the iPhone and iPad. It will also show you how you can easily access it on your device whenever you want.

This feature is built into Apple’s iOS software and it is something that you can easily set up on your device. This guide was written using iOS 15.3 on the iPhone, which is the current version of the software at the time of writing.

Screen recording on your iPhone or iPad is a handy tool, you can use it to record things like gaming or also make videos for tutorials and more. This is a tool that I find really useful for recording quick videos to show people how to do things on their devices.

How do I set up screen recording on my iPhone or iPad?

The first thing you need to do is turn the screen recording feature on for your device, this can be done from the Settings menu on your iPhone or iPad.  Follow the instructions below to turn screen recording on.

      • Go to Settings on your device.
      • Select Control Centre
      • scroll down to More Controls
      • Add Screen Recording
      • This feature has now been added to your Control Centre

How do I record a video with screen recording?

Now that you have the screen recording feature set up on your device, you can record a video of your iPhone or iPads display. This will record everything you do on your device. Follow the instruction below to record a video using this feature.

        • Open the control centre on your device.
        • Select the screen recording icon, a countdown timer will start.
        • When you are recording a video you will see the red icon in the top right-hand corner of your device.

How do I stop the recording on my iPhone or iPad?

To stop recording a video on your device, click the red screen recording icon on the top left hand of your iPhone or iPad. You will then be asked if you want to stop recording, click Stop. Your video will then automatically be saved to the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.

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How to use dictation on a Mac

digitaltrends helps with ~ Using speech-to-text has become a popular way to use dictation on a Mac. It allows you to dictate documents, emails, and even text messages rather than typing them. If you want to try dictation on your Mac, you can use a handy built-in tool, so you don’t need a third-party app or dictation software.

With the dictation feature included in your keyboard settings, you can speak your text in apps like Pages, Notes, and Mail. You can also adjust settings for a keyboard shortcut to activate dictation and the language you speak. Let’s take a look at how to use dictation on a Mac, along with some common commands.

Enable dictation on a Mac

The keyboard dictation is a feature that you need to turn on in order to use.

Step 1: Open your System Preferences using the icon in your Dock or the Apple icon in the menu bar, and choose Keyboard.

Step 2: Select the Dictation tab in the keyboard settings.

Step 3: Next to Dictation, pick On.

Step 4: You’ll see a pop-up message letting you know that what you dictate will be sent to Apple to convert it to text. If you want to continue, click Enable Dictation. Otherwise, choose Cancel.

Step 5: To use a different language, click the Language drop-down box and either pick a language from the list or select Customise to add one.

Step 6: To use a different keyboard shortcut to turn on dictation, click the Shortcut drop-down box and choose the one you want. You can also set your own keyboard shortcut by selecting Customise and entering the combination you want to use.

Step 7: To use a specific microphone for the input, click the Drop-Down Arrow below the Microphone icon on the left.

When you finish, close the System Preferences window, and you’re set.

Should you choose to turn off keyboard dictation later, return to the Keyboard settings in System Preferences and select Off on the Dictation tab.

Use dictation on a Mac

Once you have dictation enabled, you can simply use the keyboard shortcut to begin using it.

Step 1: Place your cursor in the app where you want to speak the text.

Step 2: Press the key combination or choose Edit > Start Dictation from the menu bar, and you’ll see a small microphone icon appear on the screen.

Begin speaking, and you’ll see your text appear in the app and the icon fluctuate for volume as you speak.

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