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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Recalled

Tue March 11, 2014

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of all Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras:

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

It deemed that a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinder can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user.

Canon has received one report of itching and two reports of eye redness and pain.

The camera was sold and purchased from OfficeMax, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target and Walmart and on various websites including Amazon.com, Best Buy.com and BHPhotoVideo.com from October 2013 through January 2014 for about $430.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon to arrange a free repair.

Read the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Recall.

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Nikon Offers Free Repairs For The D600

Thu February 27, 2014

Nikon is offering free inspection and repairs of its full-frame D600 DSLR to address potential dust and oil buildup problem on the image sensor. Send your D600 in for a free cleaning and repair even if the warranty has run out.

In its D600 Technical Service Advisory, Nikon states:

Nikon is making available to all owners of D600 cameras (even if Nikon’s product warranty has expired) this customer-service measure, which includes the inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly and related parts of your camera, FREE OF CHARGE as well as the cost of shipping D600 cameras to Nikon and their return to customers via Purolator by using a dedicated shipping label.

To start the process:

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McAfee Canada Alert: Beware of Tax Scams!

Mon March 18, 2013

Canada Revenue Agency's image: Tax Fraud

Canada Revenue Agency’s image: Tax Fraud

This video presents “Canada’s new weapon against identity theft”:

  • Jun 28, 2012: The new Identity Theft Support Centre opened to help Canadians protect themselves from fraud
  • Shirlee Engel reported as follows

Here is an advisory from McAfee Canada for Canadians preparing to file their taxes:

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McAfee Canada Warns Canadians of Tax Scams

Tax season is in full bloom, and McAfee Canada would like to issue a word of caution to Canadians preparing to file their taxes.

Last year, identity fraud cost Canadians $15,981,763.45[i][i]. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is expecting more than 25.4 million[ii][ii] people to submit their tax returns by April 30, 2013. Almost two-thirds of Canadians now file their returns online[iii][iii] and the CRA is encouraging more people to follow suit. This is definitely a favourite time of year for cybercriminals.


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McAfee Canada Alert: Complex Passwords; Infection Rates of Canadian-hosted URLs

Wed March 6, 2013

McAfee's infographic illustrating the infection data for suspicious Canadian-hosted URLs in 2012

McAfee’s infographic illustrating the infection data for suspicious Canadian-hosted URLs in 2012

McAfee Canada would like to call your attention to two pressing security concerns that Internet users need to watch out for, and provide some tips on how to stay safe online. With the recent Evernote breach of 50 million passwords leaked, McAfee Canada would like to remind users to be aware of and protect against security threats (some of which are coming from our fellow Canadians), and cultivate safe surfing habits.


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Apple: You’re holding it wrong, again!

Thu October 11, 2012

In a post that tries to pre-emptively prevents a revolt among iPhone 5 users, Apple has admitted to an apparently pretty bad “lens flare” issue in its camera. Users have been reporting a purplish haze at the edges of pictures with bright scenes. We usually call this “Purple Fringing.” It can be caused by the lens and/or sensor. Apple’s solution, though, takes the prize: “You’re holding it wrong, again!

Read Apple’s advisory. I am surprised they didn’t just put it down as a new filter effect, as their advisory seems so titled: “iPhone: Camera image effects.”

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Canon EF 40mm Pancake Lens Advisory

Sat August 11, 2012

Canon has posted an advisory concerning its new EF40mm f/2.8 STM “pancake” lens. The problem is that the autofocusing function of the lens may not operate correctly if pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag).

A workaround is to simply detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations. A firmware to address this issue will be available for download in late August, 2012.

Read the advisory at: Canon.

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Suffering Allergic Reaction to Canon T4i? You’re not dreaming.

Fri July 6, 2012

Canon has published an advisory that some people may suffer an allergic reaction to Zinc bis used in the front rubber grips of the EOS Rebel T4i. While Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions yet, they are warning that, “in rare cases when this substance comes into contact with skin, allergic skin reactions may develop. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms, such as red eyes, may develop.

Free repair service for affected cameras will be available by mid July 2012: the rubber grips will be replaced.

To see if your camera is affected, read the advisory at: Canon.

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McAfee Advisory: Travel Safely This Summer with Digital Devices

Mon June 11, 2012

Summer is fast approaching and many of us are planning vacations. Of course, digital devices get packed with the other essentials. There are, after all, many free Wi-Fi hotspots along the way that allow us to check email and even conduct business (on the sly).

However, according to McAfee Labs, millions of new malware samples get created every year, and the majority target those very same free Wi-Fi networks you are planning to access. Here are some facts about the new dangers you may face with your digital devices on the road and tips about what you can do to reduce the likelihood of falling into one of the traps.

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McAfee Advisory: Best Practices for Internet Password Safety and Data Security

Thu June 7, 2012

McAfee Offers Best Practices for Internet Password Safety and Data Security

LinkedIn experienced a data breach yesterday whereby 6.5 million passwords were compromised. McAfee recommends that all LinkedIn users, regardless of whether they were affected, change their passwords immediately to ensure the security of their personal data.

At a time like this, it’s important to reiterate the importance of frequently changing passwords to any and all online accounts. While many websites, including LinkedIn, utilize encryption measures to secure data, it’s good practice to maintain an ever-changing and complex password. The longer your password remains the same, the more likely it will be discovered by someone seeking to gain access to unauthorized information.


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