IT News Week 4 of Nov 2018 - Disk 2

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For this week / last week, here are / were the biggest news:
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Huawei Themes Showcases Malaysian-Inspired Mobile Phone Themes
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Realme Smartphones Now Available in 500 Authorized Stores Across Malaysia
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Grab Joins NKF in Supporting Renal Patients
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Sophos: Every Day is Black Friday
  • Nov 23, 2018 - Kasperksy : Amazon Incident + Keeping Yourself Safe ~ Black Friday
Nov 23, 2018 - Huawei Themes Showcases Malaysian-Inspired Mobile Phone Themes

Huawei’s very own official Android application distribution platform, Huawei Themes recently collaborated with KDU University College for the Love Our Malaysia Themes Design, the first-of-its-kind workshop and contest.

The Borneon by Tee Kim Thiam and Yiing Yng

As a result, Malaysian-inspired wallpapers ranging from local delicious food such as nasi lemak and kueyteow to the iconic landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers were produced by the students and designers to capture a blend of beauty and unique culture of Malaysia. These impressive wallpapers are made available for downloads on Huawei Themes.

The winners of the Love Our Malaysia Themes Design were Tee Kim Thiam and Yiing Yng. Their winning designs of The Borneon was inspired by the amazing Borneo and Childhood, a nostalgic memory of childhood toys and snacks most Malaysians grew up with.

KLCC themeNasi lemak themeHang Tuah theme

Nov 23, 2018 - Realme Smartphones Now Available in 500 Authorized Stores Across Malaysia

Realme, the young smartphone brand that has been making waves since its launch in Malaysia earlier this month, today announced the availability of its smartphones at various dealers in the country. Beginning 24th November 2018, eager fans will be able to get a touch and feel of the phones at selected distributors such as Direct D, Mobile To Go, Seven Mobile, One digital store, Fix Express and many other retailers. These are part of the 500 retailers who will be offering the smartphones in-store across Malaysia.

Tiffany Teh, Brand Manager of Realme Malaysia, said the products offering of Realme and the availability at retailers allows consumers to experience the phone before buying, is in line with our aim to provide smartphones that the youth need that helps them in their daily lives.

  • Realme 2 Pro:
    • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM – RM 849
    • 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM – RM 949
    • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM – RM 1,099
  • Realme 2
    • 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM – RM 599
    • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM – RM 699
  • Realme C1:
    • 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM – RM 449
In a separate report, 1,000 units of the Realme C1 were reported to be sold at the commencement of the sale on LAZADA. Tiffany attributed it to the offerings of mega display and mega battery at a very friendly price point.

The next sale for the Realme C1 on LAZADA will be taking place at 10am on 29th November, at these promotional prices:
  • 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM – RM 399 (Regular retail price is RM 449)
Nov 23, 2018 - Grab Joins NKF in Supporting Renal Patients

Grab Malaysia and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia recently announced a fundraising partnership to purchase a dialysis machine for the underprivileged kidney failure patients. The collaboration between Malaysia’s first non-governmental organisation to offer haemodialysis treatment and Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payment platform will enable Grab users to convert their GrabRewards points into donation towards NKF.

From now until 31 December 2018, Grab users in Malaysia can visit their GrabRewards catalogue and convert their points into donations with the Grab app. Every 700 GrabRewards points can be converted into a RM5 donation towards NKF by Grab users.

Check out the details.

Nov 23, 2018 - Sophos: Every Day is Black Friday

There are no precautions you should take on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that you shouldn't also take on, any given Sunday, National Cookie Day, March Madness, the second fiscal quarter, the lunar phase cycle or at any other time, because the scammers never sleep.

To better protect yourself from scams, every day:
  • Use a web filter. Web filters, like the one included in Sophos Home, stop you from browsing to websites that are known to be used for scams, phishing or spreading malware.
  • Use a password manager. Password managers create, remember and enter passwords for you, and they won’t enter your password into a phishing site, no matter how convincing it looks.
  • If it looks too good to be true, it is. Scams make wild claims and use familiar brands or friends and family to make them seem trustworthy. Stay alert - if something seems off, it probably is.
  • Check your bank statements regularly. You can reduce the chance that you’ll become the victim of a scam but you can’t eliminate it, so make a habit of checking how your money's spent.
Nov 23, 2018 - Kasperksy : Amazon Incident + Keeping Yourself Safe ~ Black Friday

According to this source, a “technical error” resulted in Amazon made the names and email addresses of users visible publicly on its website. The flaw had since been fixed and Amazon was fast to mitigate via making public announcements and also emailing affected users.

According to Kaspersky, emails may seem a small matter compared to the theft of bank details or other data breaches, but this sort of information is in fact precious for scammers.

It’s important to understand that any personal data can be used by cybercriminals to target their victims. For example, if criminals compromise a company and get hold of their customer’s email addresses, they can create an automatized spam mailout that mimics an authentic email, and entices users to follow a malicious link or download a malicious file onto their devices.

Kaspersky recommends recommends taking the following precautionary measures:
  • Always check the link address and the sender’s email to find out if they are genuine before clicking anything – very often phishers create URLs and e-mails that are are very similar to the authentic addresses of big companies, yet differ from them with one or two letters.
  • To make sure you follow a correct link, do not click on it, but type it into your browser’s address line instead.
  • Do not enter your credit card details in unfamiliar or suspicious sites and always double-check the webpage is genuine before entering any personal information (at least take a look at the URL). Fake websites may look just like the real ones.
  • If you think that you may have entered your data into a fake page, don’t hesitate. Change your passwords and pin-codes ASAP. Use strong passwords consisting of different symbols.
  • Never use the same password for several websites or services, because if one is stolen, all of your accounts will be put at risk. To create strong hack-proof passwords without having to face the struggle of remembering them, use a password manager such as Kaspersky Password Manager.
  • To ensure that no one penetrates your connection to invisibly replace genuine websites with fake ones, or intercept your web traffic, always use a secure connection – only use secure Wi-Fi with strong encryption and passwords, or apply VPN solutions that encrypt the traffic. For example, Kaspersky Secure Connection will switch on encryption automatically, when the connection is not secure enough.

Be extra caution during e-commerce festivals such as 11-11 and Black Friday.