Microsoft has just broken Windows 10’s antivirus protection

Do NOT trust Microsoft to protect your computer. This is why I recommend people use another antivirus and spyware detector. I recommend Avast, and Malwarebytes, which work well together. Available for PCs, Macs, Android and iOS phones and tablets. Both are free but are also inexpensive if you want automatic scans. They are on my devices.

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-has-just-broken-windows-10s-antivirus-protection-apply-this-fix-straight-away

Slam the scam – Protect yourself against fraud

Know how to recognize a scam

There are many fraud types, including new ones invented daily.

Taxpayers should be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a fraudulent communication that claims to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requesting personal information such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number.

These scams may insist that this personal information is needed so that the taxpayer can receive a refund or a benefit payment. Cases of fraudulent communication could also involve threatening or coercive language to scare individuals into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Other communications urge taxpayers to visit a fake CRA website where the taxpayer is then asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. These are scams and taxpayers should never respond to these fraudulent communications or click on any of the links provided.

To identify legitimate communications from the CRA, be aware of these guidelines and know what to expect when the CRA contacts you.

For full details, please visit the website below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/corporate/security/protect-yourself-against-fraud.html?utm_campaign=gc-cra-arc-scamswinter2020-1920-0170&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook—5620656-268441453&utm_content=static-enslamcallerid-en-463189399-129086859

Liberals give big 3 wireless providers two years to cut prices by 25 per cent

The Liberal government is giving Canada’s big three national wireless providers two years to cut their basic prices for cellphone services by 25 per cent — and telling them it will step in to cut prices if they don’t comply.

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains issued the ultimatum today along with new spectrum auction rules that could open up Canada’s wireless market to new competition.

“Yes, affordability is a challenge and we need to see lower prices,” Bains told CBC news. 

Bains said the government expects Bell, Telus and Rogers to reduce the cost of their 2 to 6 gigabyte data plans by 25 per cent within the next two years. That would mean offering a talk, text and data plan costing less than $40 monthly.

The mandated reduction would apply only to post-paid plans where consumers already own their devices or purchase a new one at full price.

The government has set benchmarks for specific plans based on market prices in early 2020. Bell, Telus and Rogers will be expected to lower their prices within the next two years.

The price reductions for the three national carriers could look like this:

  • 2 GB plans that currently cost $50 would drop to $37.50.
  • 4 GB plans that cost $55 would drop to $41.25.
  • 6 GB plans that cost $60 would drop to $45.

The government said it will track and publish trends in mobile plan prices every quarter, using data from Statistics Canada. If, at the end of two years, wireless companies fail to reduce their prices, the government would introduce regulatory measures to bring about those price cuts.

Read the full article at: www.cbc.ca/news/politics/wireless-cellphone-fee\