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ANNOUNCEMENTS 
February 18, 2004
 
Hello Everyone,
These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you have trouble reading this email or cannot use the links, you may read them on the internet.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/announcements.htm
 
Here's the announcements:
 
1. If you received information on Missing Student Data and Exiting Students, a reminder that this is due in the office by February 22nd.  If you did not receive a packet of information, you do not have anything to return.  Barb
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2.  President's Day - Monday February 21st is President's Day.  The office will be closed and there will be NO classes in Marshall.
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3.  A new set of stories has been posted on the Reading Skills for Today's Adults webpage.  Set 3 consists of 10 new stories.  You can download the stories here:
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4.  A workshop about Advancing the Civil and Human rights of People with Disabilities and People from Diverse Cultures will take place on March 3, 2005.  You can read the brochure about the workshop here. This link is an Acrobat Reader (pdf) document.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/pdf/March_3_Workshop.pdf
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5.  Here's a reminder for outlying Districts ABEs to check your website and update your schedule.  Click on the link below and click on your link to see your present schedule .  Email me any changes.
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/districts
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6.  MN West - Granite Falls is having their Open House on March 31 from 5 to 8 PM.  There is a poster that you can print for you classroom.  Please make students aware of this.  Click on the link below.
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7.  Missed an announcement or need to refresh your memory on an item - check the Staff Information link and catch up on the announcements over the past month. 
Older announcements and items of interest can be found in The Archives.  (It has been reorganized recently for easier searching)
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8.  Read the latest update from Representative Seiffert here:
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9.  From Barry Shaffer:  ABE should be growing with importance on the economic front.  Read this Press Release from the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL).  Also, read the report Ensure Americas Future (a pdf file)  Click on the link below.
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10.  From Barry Shaffer: 
Here's an announcement for Metro area ABE Staff which is for your information.  We hope to eventually expand this Study Circle concept statewide. (Pat has requested information that comes from these Study Groups).
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/study_circle.htm
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11.  The non-confidential job postings that Job Service shares with us are posted on the ABE Website each week.  Check them out here. 
http://www.marshalladulteducation.org/job_listings.htm
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12.  I have a great program called Resume Pro (CD)If any of your students need to make a resume, let me know and I will get you the CD.
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13.  From the Trivia Department:  Are you good at "stereograms."  Here's a full page of them.  Just keep staring - see if the subject "pops out.".  (My favorite - the 2 hearts - see if you can see them),
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14.  Thought for the week:  Upon the subject of education...I can only say that I view it as the most important subject that we, as a people, can be engaged in,  -Abraham Lincoln
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15.  Tech Tip - Let's Go Phishing.

This is the kind of fishing spelled phishing - you dont want to do.  In this type of fishing, you are the fish.  Beware dont take the bait.

 

Heres how it works.  You receive an email from what seems to be a legitimate business organization, like a bank, a retailer, or an on-line business.  The email says that you are a valued customer but that your account is about to be suspended or closed.  You are asked to click on a link in the email which takes you to a very legitimate looking web site, and then to verify certain personal information about yourself say your social security number, your address, and your Visa credit card number, in order to update your account and keep it current and active.  If you take the bait (you are the fish), you are caught

 

Phishing has taken on a new twist recently called browser spoofing.  In this case, the email you receive has an link to an actual site, like www.paypal.com, for instance.  When you place your mouse over the link, you see the address in the lower left hand corner it says www.paypal.com.  Ah-ha you think it must be a legitimate link.  You click on the link and sure enough, it takes you to www.paypal.com. At least you think it is paypal.com because you look in the address bar and it says www.paypal.com.  This must be the real thing!  Well - its not!  In fact, you are at a phony site that looks just like the real paypal.com.  Its called browser spoofing.

 

Heres the good news about browser spoofing.  Most Internet Explorer browsers are not vulnerable to browser spoofing.  But many other browsers are, like Netscape, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Galeon, Camino, and Safari (Macs internet browser).  Wow if you are using one of these browsers beware!

 

Whether its phishing or browser spoofing, the threat is real.  So what do you do?  Be smart - protect yourself by following these simple rules.

 

(1)      Do not trust any links in emails you receive from unknown sources.  Be very suspicious if you receive an email that displays images and links and looks like a legitimate place, like Ebay, Paypal, Amazon, AOL, your bank or credit card company or any other company you do business with.  Do not click on these links.

(2)      When you are on the internet, be very suspicious of hyperlinks on web pages you have never visited before.  If you dont have a good feeling about a website leave!

(3)      You can eliminate your chances of being hijacked by a spoofed URL by manually typing in an address in the address bar

 

A computer villain may send out millions of these bogus emails and if they get just a handful of them to take the bait, they are successful.  Dont be one of their  success stories!

 

Read this fascinating article on how to catch "phisher" that appeared in Newsweek last week.

http://scj.msnbc.com/id/6919230/site/newsweek/

 

Here are Tony Bradleys 5 steps to protect yourself from becoming a victim of phishing.

http://netsecurity.about.com/od/secureyouremail/a/aa061404_2.htm

 

 

 

 

 


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