iMessage Down

Many people have rung/text me today stating that their iPhone isn’t sending messages. It appears that iMessage is down this morning. Could be the weather. Could be Apple. Could be ???

If you need to send a message that is normally iMessage and it’s not sending. Hold your finger on the message till you see “SEND AS TEXT” just for now and let’s hope it fixes itself soon


We Did It – Have You ?

We Did It – Have You ?

As everyone knows we like to be with or ahead of the game here at DESC Computers even if that means with a new operating system.

The new IOS 11.0 was released from Apple today for their devices

First thing we did here was our iPad’s – Just in case – and guess what – we couldn’t WAIT to do our phones!!!! The update is great and has some really cool features. The ones that we like here are


Screen Shots are now really manageable – you can take a shot – write on it quickly etc. and then text it, email it, save it to Dropbox or whatever you want to do it and then it doesn’t automatically save. You can now dump it straight away without it clogging up the memory of your phone


The next thing we really liked was the live photos and what you can do with them !! Live. Loop. Bounce. Long Exposure – oh what fun!!



BUT BE WARNED!!! – if you have outdated apps that are a “OMG what am I going to do without them” – don’t do the update until you find another similar. Most people know that I am a weather freak! I have about 10 apps on my iPhone to tell me what the weather is doing. Yes I know I can look outside but hey – I’m weird! This is the message you get when you try and load the apps



Oh and I forgot to mention the knew control centre screen – pretty nifty I recon šŸ™‚ Fully customised now. Really Exciting. Below are what can be turned on/off – Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls



One of the great features that I think is essential for women and men who walk/jog etc alone – the EMERGENCY CALL feature – tapping the side button about 5 times repeatedly and it will call 000 – it does give you the option to cancel the call to 000 and a siren warning you that it is about to call. You can cancel the 000 call and then ring your list of emergency contacts if you wish.- but wow – great one Apple!!
Settings > Emergency SOS > Auto Call – you can even turn off the warning alarm






Who’s Excited ?

Who’s Excited ?

Here at DESC Computers we are excited. A new iPhone is to be released and we WANT it !!

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are open to pre-orders on now with the release of the phones on Friday September 22nd.

If you are like us, we are waiting for the iPhone X or Ten, whatever you wish to call it – the release date for the X is Friday November 3rd, but pre-orders start at 6:01pm AEDT on October 27th – not that we are counting down the time – oh boy are we counting down the time!!!

Why are we choosing the X ? In our opinion why upgrade to something similar to what we have (we have the iPhone 7) that look and feel the same. Yes, we know it’s faster and slimmer and blah blah but we want the new NEW one! Like all gadgets, we like to BE THERE FIRST !

If you want to compare the 8 to the 10 below is an article that we found the most useful



FaceBook TALKED to me!

FaceBook TALKED to me!

PopUp on Facebook

Like everyone, I love looking around Facebook. All the cute cats (yes, I am a cat crazy person), good luck stories, bad luck stories, stories and pictures of friends and family – absolutely everything that is out there for the world to see!

The other night I decided to read a “feel good story” – next thing I know a man is telling me through my speakers that my computer has been blocked!

He tells me that I can’t shut the browser or my computer will shut down and never start again and that I need to contact Microsoft immediately before I lose everything.

Well blow me down with a feather – I decided to tempt fate and all that there is holy – I CLOSED THE BROWSER!

What happened next just took my breath away – Ā NOTHING! Why did nothing happen? I have ESET Internet Security and it grabbed the trojan as it was trying to access my computer and deleted the file. No Harm, No Foul! It did pop up a really nice image that “could have been” Microsoft – but it wasn’t

Beware what you click on when surfing the net. It can look harmless enough – but is it really ?

I use a couple of things to keep my (and my clients) computers safe – Addons to my browsers

WOT – Web of Trust – it works like a traffic light – showing what the rating of the websites are.

  • Green – Safe
  • Amber – Be Careful
  • Red – STOP!!

ABP – Adblock Plus – stops those annoying Pop-Ups – but it can sometimes block good popups too – so you do need to be aware!


Fake Microsoft Trojan

Have you been caught ?

Have you been caught ?

Who hasn’t received an email telling them that a “distant relative has died and they are the sole beneficiary” or UPS (United Parcel Service) has a parcel for you. All you have to do is “click the link” to arrange a delivery. Yes – they are scams, along with the following that we received here in our inbox this week.


The Original Email

Our first we received was a MyGov email – I knew I was a MyGov member so I looked it over carefully before taking these screenshots, then DELETING the email

Showing the information

Firstly look closely at the email – you will see things a little different to a real MyGov email

The worst thing about these emails – they are done for no real purpose other than infecting your computer with a virus and cause you a major headache.


Most likely CryptoLocker Virus

Then we received one from Australia Post – yes we get many parcels delivered to our address and sometimes miss them. When I received this email – I had to look twice then again I hovered over the link – as guess what – another fake! This time I was suppose to download the file – print out the attachement and visit Australia Post. The minute I had of opened the zip file – there goes the virus, right through my computer – Probably a virus called “CryptoLocker” Nasty NASTY virus that holds your files to ransom – 9/10 times irretrievableĀ files.

Good ‘ol Apple

Lastly for the day good old Apple Email stating that my case was still opened and unless I solved the problem, they would terminate my account. Trojan based website again.



PLEASE PLEASE remember – make sure you have a reputable antivirus program, always keep your definitions up-to-date and that your program is scanning regularly.

We use and sellĀ ESET Antivirus (Internet Security) – That’s how we know exactly what these emails are sending us. Those links would have infected our computers – yes, even our Mac computers – and the viruses/trojans/malware tried – by ESET stood true to it’s word and protected us.


Did I download the zip file from Australia Post and “test” the CryptoLocker virus against ESET ? No, we like to push the boundaries here, but NEVER EVER with a zip/exe file! Those people can be WAY ahead of most of the antivirus programs out there and we like our computers WAY TO MUCH! Stay save out there!

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