Phishing is one of the easiest forms of cyber-attack for a criminal to carry out, but one which can provide the perpetrators everything they need to infiltrate every aspect of their targets’ personal and working lives.
Usually carried out over email – although the scam has now spread to social media, messaging services, and apps – a basic phishing attack attempts to trick the target into doing what the scammer wants. That might be handing over passwords to make it easier to hack a company, or altering bank details so that payments go to fraudsters instead of the correct account.
The aim and the precise mechanics of the scams vary: victims might be tricked into clicking a link through to a fake webpage with the aim of persuading the user to enter personal information – it’s estimated that an average of 1.4 million of these websites are created every month.
Other campaigns involve tricking users into downloading and installing malware – for a stealthy approach to theft – or inadvertently installing ransomware, providing the attacker with much more immediate profit.
How to avoid falling victim to phishing attacks:
ALWAYS look at the entire address of the sender. Anything that looks suspicious, click DELETE immediately.
Be cautious with links – If you get an email or notification from a site that you find suspicious, don’t click on its links. It’s better to type the website’s address directly into a browser than clicking on a link. Before you ever click on a link, hover over it with your mouse to see where it is going to take you. If the destination isn’t what the link claims, do not click on it.
Watch for typos – Phishing scams are infamous for having typos and bad grammar. If you receive an email or notification from a reputable company, it should not contain typos.
Do an online search – If you get a notification that seems shady, you should do an online search on the topic. If it is a scam, there are probably people online complaining about it and you can find more information.
Check your online accounts.
Have strong security software – having strong protection on your family’s gadgets is very important. The best defense against digital threats is strong security software.
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Terrell Brown, Jr., a guard for Shoreline’s men’s basketball, has been named the NWAC Under Armour player of the week.
Brown Jr., Garfield HS/Seattle, has been a force all season for the Dolphins averaging a conference-leading 29.2 points per game (ppg) and steals with 58 (3.4 spg). This past week, Brown Jr. netted an average 28.0 ppg to go with 20 rebounds and 10 assists.
“Terrell Brown is a great player, a great student, and even a better teammate, said Shoreline head coach, Aaron Mackey. “As a freshman, he has flourished in a leadership role and our team is better for it.”
Congratulations to Terrell and the men’s basketball team. #GoPhins!
TheDream.US expects to provide scholarships to 10 to 20 students on the UW campus in Seattle each year. The scholarship award will cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $7,250 per year, renewable for up to two years, with a maximum award of $14,500. Students who receive the scholarship must be accepted to and enroll full-time at the UW’s Seattle campus in the fall of 2018-19.
The application period for the 2018-19 scholarship closes on March 1, 2018***. TheDream.US awardees are notified in late April. Students who have graduated with an associate’s degree or will be graduating this spring can apply for the scholarship here.
***Note that the application date for UW itself is Feb. 15. Apply for transfer to UW here.
You may have read a Seattle Times’ article this weekend about a Shoreline international student being detained at the border. Here is additional information that can be shared with students or employees regarding the student’s situation:
If you have any questions about F-1 immigration regulations, please contact Samira Pardanani, Executive Director for International Education (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-546-4697). To learn more about campus and community immigration resources, please visit www.shoreline.edu/immigration-resources.
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Shoreline’s Annual Commencement Ceremony date has been changed to Thursday, June 21, 2018. Previously, commencement was scheduled for June 10, 2018, which is the third to the last day of Spring quarter classes. The Joint Union/Management Committee recommended moving commencement to the day after finals. The Board of Trustees approved this change at its January 24th, 2018 meeting. Additional information is forthcoming.
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Here are the events happening around campus for the week of Mon., Jan. 29.
Mon., Jan. 29
College Rep. Visit – UW (School of Social Work): Table in the PUB
Mon., Jan. 29: 11am-1pm
College representatives will be at Shoreline’s campus to meet with interested students. Reps will discuss topics such as academic programs, campus life, financial aid, and admission procedures for their college. They can answer other questions students may have too.
Employer of the Day – Talk 4 Less Wireless: PUB Lobby Info Desk
Mon., Jan. 29: 11am-1pm
Come discuss the great opportunities for students with Talk 4 Less Wireless in customer service and sales!
Employer visits are posted as a public service for informational purposes only. This does not indicate any specific endorsement or relationship with Shoreline Community College.
UW Seattle Application Help: PUB 9202
Mon., Jan. 29: 12:30-1:30pm
University of Washington Seattle applications for summer and fall 2018 are due Feb 15. Come to this session to learn about the parts of the application, how to create an application account, ask your questions, and learn about resources to help you.
FAFSA Workshop: Workforce Education, 5101
Mon., Jan. 29: 2:30-4pm
Need help completing your Financial Aid application? Come to a FAFSA Workshop. A Financial Aid advisor will be available to help you.
Tues., Jan. 30
Transfer 101: PUB 9208
Tues., Jan. 30: 3-4pm
Thinking about transferring to a university for Fall 2019? Come get an overview of the process and the steps that you need to do now to get ready.
Wed., Jan. 31
Study Session sponsored by Multicultural Center: PUB 9301
Wed., Jan. 31: 12-3pm
Come enjoy a quiet place for students to study.
United Club Council Meeting: PUB 9208
Wed., Jan. 31: 1:30-2:30pm
Each quarter Student Life hosts 2-3 United Club Council meetings for club representatives. These meetings include important reminders from Student Life, club announcements, and time for clubs to network with each other. Each club is required to send at least one representative and all club members, leaders, and advisors are welcome to join.
Men’s Basketball vs. Everett at Home: Gym (3000 bldg)
Wed., Jan. 31: 7:30-9:30pm
Come cheer on our Phins at home.
Thurs., Feb. 1
WP&DSS Meeting: Room 1725
Thurs., Feb. 1: 1:30-2:30pm
Worldly Philosophers and Dismal Scientists’ Society (WP&DSS or ECON club) has a meeting on every Thursday!
Transitioning from Military to Civilian Culture: PUB 9208
Thurs., Feb. 1: 7-8:30pm
What sorts of challenges have military veterans confronted as they transition from military to civilian cultures, and what kinds of assistance and support have they received? Collaboration with Veterans Services.
Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, Director, WA Department of Veterans Affairs
To learn more about the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs click on this link.
Fri., Feb. 2
Filipino American Student Association (FASA) Club Mtg.: Room 1522
Fri., Feb. 2: 12:30-1:30pm
This is FASA’s first Club meeting for winter quarter 2018. Club meetings are held bi-weekly.
Spindrift is Shoreline Community College’s student-run — and award-winning — Art and Literary Journal. It has a rich history of publishing outstanding student, local, and regional art and literature since 1966. The deadline to submit work for the 2018 edition is Wed., Jan. 31.
Check out the submission guidelines.
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Faculty, staff, and current students are invited to come enjoy the slopes at Stevens Pass with Shoreline’s intramurals department.
Event Date: 2/10/18 8:30am-7:00pm
The charter bus will leave Shoreline’s campus at 8:30am and leave the pass at 4:30pm, returning to campus around 7pm (depending on traffic). The trip is open to faculty, staff, and current students and participants can choose to ski, snowboard, or snowshoe.
$102.75 equipment rental & lift ticket
$66.75 lift ticket only
$28.00 snowshoe rental & trail pass
$17.60 trail pass only
Space is limited to 50 so sign up now! For paperwork contact Stacie Attridge email@example.com or office 3033.
Participants pay their portion at a 20% discount by 2/2/18 to the Shoreline Community College cashier.
The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. Through collaborative action, the SJC engages and builds awareness of social justice programming and critical pedagogies. We are a new group that is recruiting members from all over campus—anyone interested in creating and supporting a campus devoted to social justice issues is welcome! Details about our first meet and greet and how to sign up to participate are on the college calendar under SJC Open House on Jan. 25th.
SJC Mission Statement: To build a campus where equity and justice are valued and realized.
Vision Statement: The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. Through collaborative action, we engage and build awareness of social justice programming and critical pedagogies. The Social Justice Collective prioritizes campus-wide collaboration, institutional change, and equity for the Shoreline Community College campus.
Social Justice: A continual call to advocacy that encompasses fairness, access, and opportunity.
Support: Building powerful support systems for students, staff, and faculty that will influence change.
Anti-Oppression: Recognizing, naming, and dismantling systems of privilege and hegemony.
Collaboration: Sharing of power throughout our campus communities through strategic planning and teamwork.
Equity: Ensuring that more than equality is necessary to address the institutional distribution of resources based on need.
Radicalism: A conscious commitment to question and analyze the operation and distribution of institutional power.
Accountability: Sharing our stories and experiences to influence our campus communities and their positionality.
If you can’t make it to the meet-and-greet, sign up for future notifications.
Are you interested in being able to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis or non-crisis situation and where to turn for help?
Before you can know how to help, you need to know when to help.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized program designed to build mental health literacy within our communities — or a basic understanding of what different mental health illnesses and addictions are, how they can affect a person’s daily life, and what helps individuals experiencing these challenges get well.
You will learn about:
· Depression and mood disorders
· Anxiety disorders
· Substance Use disorders
· How to help someone who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or harm
Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency — the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack — even with no clinical training — becoming a Mental Health First Aider will train you to provide initial help to people experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders as well as how to help someone who may be experiencing thoughts of harm or suicide.
This 9-hour training is FREE to Shoreline Community College employees and students and will be offered in two (2) – 4.5 hour sessions:
Friday, February 16 AND Friday, February 23 from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm (Bring your lunch – and an afternoon snack will be provided).
You MUST attend BOTH training sessions to receive a MHFA handbook and become a certified Mental Health First Aider.
Please email Sheryl Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and/or find out more information. Once registered, details as far as room location, etc. will be shared.
MHFA website: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/
Be well!! – Sheryl Copeland and Gwyn Hoffman-Robinson (training facilitators)