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Week 2, Term 2, 2017
U3A Diary (a summary - details further down)
CAMPUS CLOSURE:**The Campus will be closed on Monday 1st May - Labour Day**
There are vacancies in the Tuesday Family History classes both the Beginners and the Intermediate, the Friday Getting to know your Computer &Windows 10 and also on Friday the Free Software Programs class.
Classes cancelled. The following classes are cancelled:
The Thursday BOOK MAKING class.
Peter Kolb has also cancelled his SKYPE class as no one turned up
Due to unforeseen circumstances the "Living Longer, Dying Well" course has had to be cancelled for this term.
Veronica Clarke, the Ukulele Fun & Strum Tutor has stepped down and we thank her for doing a great job and wish her well. We are pleased to announce that Julie Byrne is the new Tutor for Ukulele Fun & Strum on Thursday.
Des Jackson will be holding a special presentation titled Google Products on Monday 22nd May,time 1pm to 3pm In the MBR Room.
The presentation will be about what products Google develop and it will also concentrate on those that can be used by individuals as opposed to business.
Tutorial videos are included and, as usual, attendees can have a copy of the presentation to study at home.
Google is a very interesting company that has grown to a $350+ billion turnover organisation in the space of about 20 years. You will see that Google is involved in product development in many surprising areas.
Contact the office to have your name placed on the list of attendees.
On weeks where there is little news to provide to you I propose to include articles which I think would be of interest to you. This is the first one.
Protect yourself from hackers.
One of the most common methods of hacking email accounts has been and remains phishing.
Unfortunately attempts to gain access to personal data are increasing.
Phishing is a type of computer fraud, which uses social engineering principles to obtain confidential information from the victim. Scammers get in touch with the person and make him/her share their personal information. The various ways they use in doing it change frequently.
One of the popular scammer techniques is sending a potential victim messages on behalf of a well-known organisation or entity. They can be sent by email or by other means: social networking, forums and mobile phone messages.
If you receive an email from a bank or well known organization it is always good practice to look at the internet address(usually at the top of your browser) to see where it is sent from and if you see an address that does not bear any relation to the bank/organisation then do not open it if there is an attachment. Just delete it.
Such messages usually contain a link (a fake page) that contains malicious software.
Why scammers attempt to hack personal e-mails
Attackers seek to steal personal data and get into the user's email in order to find the card/bank account, business information, as well as to get information for other purposes. Users usually have a password to the account and this is usually where they will begin to attempt to access the account. Accordingly, an attacker who gains access to the password and then the computer can collect a lot of information about you and the services you use.
How to protect yourself
IT-specialists are convinced that most mail phishing attempts happen by stealing or guessing passwords. We have collected tips to help you to protect your account.
1. Different passwords for each major service
Use different passwords for each account you use. If you have the same password since you registered on a website - there are more chances that it may already be in the list of stolen passwords. And the more accounts of yours have same password, the more data you can lose if this password is stolen. Creating a separate secure password for every account helps to protect you and your digital data.
2. A long complicated password
«Password», «qwerty» and 123456 are examples of terrible passwords, because everyone knows them, including potential criminals. The longer the password, the harder it is to guess/break it for scammers and intruders. Do not use any popular phrases or text to build your password: research shows that people tend to use the same phrases, and you will definitely want a password known only to you. You can come up with a phrase known only to you, and link to a specific site in order to remember it in a better way. For example, for your email take some phrase, like "My friend Mark sends me one funny letter every day to xxxx ", and then play with it using numbers, symbols, and the first letters of each word - for example, "MfMsm1fledtxxxx".
3. Change passwords regularly.
Services can also be hacked and your passwords can be stolen, if you hear about such a thing happening change your password immediately (hopefully before it is used). Change your passwords often and keep a record of them in a safe place. You might also investigate the use of a Password Manager program (LastPass is an example of a good one), there are many of these available both paid and free.
These notes are just to alert you to keep your guard up and always remember that there are hackers out there. I also suggest that you subscribe to the Australian Government Website “staysmartonline.gov.au” which will keep you informed of scams and things relating to computer security. It is an excellent resource and provided free.
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