New Partnership with Westpac – Scam Email

MyGov and Westpac customers should be wary of a MyGov phishing email doing the rounds claiming you can earn a 30% discount on your next “tax payment” and a $300 bonus deposited in your account.

The email has the subject of New partnership with Westpac. New Rewards.

The scam email contains the Australian Government logo and the MyGov logo to give itself some credibility. The scammers have also spoofed the sender email to make it appear as though it has come from MyGov.

The email then goes on to say that ATO has signed a strategic partnership with Westpac, and that if you add your Westpac account to MyGov, you will receive a welcome bonus of $300.

The offer of a bonus is a tactic used by scammers to get you to lower your guard and to take the bait.

Upon clicking the click you are directed to a phishing website used to harvest MyGov Credentials.

This would allow the scammer to access your MyGov records and everything attached to it. If you make the habit of reusing passwords the scammer could then use your password to log into your other accounts, such as your bank account, or email.

Phishing emails can be reported to allow the corporations being impersonated to take action by alerting customers to the scam, or by assisting authorities in taking down the scam.

ATO themed scams can be reported here: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Online-services/Identity-security/Verify-or-report-a-scam/

Westpac themed scams can be reported here: https://www.westpac.com.au/security/how-to-report/

Google also allow you to report phishing pages which they can then block directly in Google Chrome. You can do that here: https://safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?hl=en

Always be wary of emails offering a reward by doing very little. Phishing emails can be very well put together and anyone can fall victim. If something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.

Feel free to share this article with friends and family to help keep them safe and secure online. And don’t forget to check out our previous Tech Tips articles.

Are you running the latest version of Windows 10?

Windows 10 was first released in July 2015. It comes in many versions; Home, Pro, Pro For Workstations, Education, and Enterprise.

It also comes in many builds – The first build released for home users using Home or Pro was Windows 10 1507 which was followed quickly by the 1511 Feature Update. The next Feature Updates; 1607 (Anniversary Update) and 1703 (Creators Update) were released 2016 and 2017.

In 2017 Microsoft moved to a twice annual release model for new Feature Updates. This means another version, 1709, was also released in 2017.

Versions 1507 to 1709 all have one thing in common; they have reached their “end of service”. Your Windows 10 device should have automatically downloaded the latest Feature Update before the end of service date was reached – but sometimes things don’t go to plan.

When your device is “out of service” this means you no longer receive security patches for your operating system. This leaves your system vulnerable to attack by malware or hackers.

This means that currently there are 5 versions of Windows 10 that have joined Vista, Office 2007, and Windows XP, in the unsupported software graveyard.

Windows 7 is set to join them in January 2020 – and another build of Windows 10 (1803) is set to join them November 2019.

Windows 10 (1809) end of service is May 2019, and Windows 10 (1903) – The latest version – end of service is December 2020.

If you are not running the latest version (1903), then you should update as soon as possible to ensure you device stays up-to-date and secure.

To check your Windows Version hold the Windows Key and press the letter R. In the Run Dialog Box type in winver and press enter. A window will appear showing your current version of Windows 10.

Feature Updates can be installed via Windows Updates. This can be accessed by holding the Windows Key and pressing the letter R. In the Run Dialog Box type in control update and press enter. Click check for updates and the new version should download automatically. If it doesn’t, you may have to manually update using the upgrade tool provided by Microsoft

The upgrade tool can be download from here: https://microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10

When the tool is run, it will check to see if your device is compatible with latest Windows 10 and will then install the software. This may take a few hours.

If you require assistance downloading and installing the latest version Windows 10, feel free to contact us.

Upgrade to Windows 10

The end of Support for Windows 7 is quickly approaching. This means users still running Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches for their computer. This leaves them vulnerable to malware and hackers when browsing the web. It is time to start planning an upgrade to a modern and secure operating system.

Windows 10 was first released in July 2015. Like all things new, there were teething problems and small changes made it a little different to use than previous operating systems. These issues have now been resolved.

Many Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10. This was offered initially when Windows 10 was first released with many users picking the option to reserve a spot. If you did this but did not upgrade you can still upgrade for free.

Unfortunately if you don’t remember if you reserved a free spot, the only way to check is to install Windows 10. If you are required to pay, Windows 10 will run in an un-activated version for 30 days.

The upgrade tool can be download from here: https://microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10

When the tool is run, it will check to see if your device is compatible with Windows 10 and will then install the software. This may take a few hours.

More advanced users may want to download the Windows 10 ISO file, and install a fresh version of Windows. This can be picked as an option in the upgrade tool. The ISO will need to be written to a bootable USB or CD.

If you require assistance downloading and installing Windows 10 or purchasing a Windows 10 license, feel free to contact us.