Search form

Back to Blog

Web Giants Warn of Malware

FBITwo giants of the Internet want to make sure you can still get to them after July 9.

Google and Facebook are actively scanning the computers of their users to find some of the nearly 1 million people who have been infected with the DNSChanger malware in the U.S. Google is displaying a warning across the top of its search results page, while Facebook has placed a similar warning at the top of its post-login page. If a user’s computer is infected, Google and Facebook will know and display the warning. Users who are not infected will see no warning at all.

With so many computers potentially impacted by the DNSChange malware, it is no surprise that these two mega-sites want to help eliminate it. Any machine afflicted with the DNSChanger will not be able to connect to the Internet after July 9.

As reported by CNet, the whole problem goes back to an online criminal ring from 2007 that was tinkering with computers' settings and then directing users to rogue servers that the criminals had set up. These servers then re-directed users to malicious Web sites. Late last year, the FBI arrested the ring and seized the rogue servers. But since so many infected computers relied on the servers to reach the Internet, the agency opted not to shut them down and instead converted them to legitimate DNS machines. Due to the high cost associated with operating these servers, the FBI has decided to shut them down on July 9, leaving any infected computer that has not been fixed with no way to reach the Internet.

The Google and Facebook warnings offer links to information on how to remove the DNSChange malware. Anyone who thinks he may be a victim is encouraged to run a Google search, or log in to Facebook to find out for sure.

More

Incorporating Podcasts Into Your...

Raise your hand if you love a good podcast! I know I do! I am in my car a lot, and podcasts always make the traffic seem so much lighter! I also work from home, so I normally have a podcast going during the day. You can choose from thousands of podcasts that spark your interest, give you new information, and broaden your world view!

Being a teacher, I am always trying to research new ways to get my students involved in using their imagination, listening, and comprehension skills,...

World Giraffe Day is June 21st!

The Giraffe - Possible Interactive Notebook Activity

by Gail Skroback Hennessey
 
In less...

Summer Is Here: Professional...

Hello and Happy first few weeks of summer.  School is out and I know you are excited to just hang out with your family, and do what you want to do for a little bit!  This is something you need to do to recharge your batteries because as we know school will start back up soon!  We also know that teachers normally still work in the summer.  We do something that make us feel productive right?  It can be anything: reading, writing, researching, staying in touch with families, buying supplies for...

The Need for a “Mental” Education...

I think most involved with education would agree that students need physical education—knowledge of diet, personal hygiene, and regular exercise (though, there has been efforts to cut back on this subject). In schools, there is an established physical education curriculum and time set aside for physical activity to coincide with academic study.

However, this is not good enough.

As we witness continued and new waves of societal problems: mental health crisis such as sharp...

Administrators Visibility

With schools slowly returning to normalcy, it is more important than ever to have the administrative team visible to students, teachers and parents.

A principal and administrators must be flexible to accommodate the changing needs and expectations of the school and community. Now more than ever, students, staff and parents need to see the principal and administrators in the halls, at bus duty, in the classrooms, in the cafeteria and at extracurricular activities. It is also...

World Ocean Day is June 8th!

World Ocean Day, 2021 The Theme is "The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods".  What do you think this means?

Using Steam and Stem in the ECE...

As we get ready to head in to summer, I know you are thinking about taking a break! You should be.  But, as a teacher, I know my brain was always thinking, “what is something new I will try next year”?  I am going to break down STEAM and STEM learning this summer in a several part series, to make it easier to try to organize and decide what YOU want...

Don’t Throw Out New Teaching Tools with...

The COVID pandemic caused k-12 teachers and higher education faculty to suddenly shift to using more technology, to teach virtually and remotely, to keep learning going in new ways. Educators were pushed out of their comfort zones, having to quickly learn new knowledge and skills.

For instance, some k-12 teachers were required to use course management systems such as Canvas—tools traditionally reserved for the college-level- to organize online work, grade assignments, and communicate...

Focusing on Learning

Principals can help shift the focus from teaching to learning if they insist that certain critical questions be considered and principals are in a key position to pose those questions. How can we continue to reduce student misbehavior and increase time on task? Is the redirect process working? What do we want our students to know and be able to do? Teachers are not teaching if students are not learning.

The focus of high performing schools are not on are you teaching but what are the...

Pages