Mr Maksymiw's news w/c 16th January 2017
Mark Maksymiw (Headteacher)
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Email MalWare Warning
Dear Parents and Carers,
EMAIL MALWARE WARNING
Unfortunately, the Outwoods Edge email system has been the victim of a malicious MalWare attack today. Steps have been taken by the ICT Team to rectify the situation, however, we feel it prudent to inform you of the nature of the attack to ensure that you do not fall victim of this, or a similar threat.
This particular MalWare takes the form an email that has been sent to you from someone in your address book that you probably know and correspond with. In the email there will be no message, only the name of the person who has supposedly sent it to you. The email will contain an attachment which has some sort of plausible name, such as “invoice” or “image”. Once the attachment has been clicked to download, a window will pop up stating that you need to log back into your email account and ask you to re-enter your username and password. Should you do so, the MalWare will ‘steal’ your username and password and use this information to send similar malicious emails from your email account to all of the names in your address book.
How can I avoid email MalWare?
- Be vigilant – should you receive an email, especially one with an attachment, that has a slightly unusual title or no message, do not open it. Delete it.
- Contact the sender of the email straight away to let them know that their account has been compromised so that they can take appropriate action.
What should I do if I think that I may have been a victim of MalWare?
We all make mistakes… these emails are out to trick us! Don’t panic and follow these steps…
- Change your email account password immediately.
- Send an email out to all of your contacts to warn them of potential spam emails being sent from your email account.
- Run anti-malware software and scan your computer for viruses. There are a number of different anti-malware programmes that are available free of charge when you run their basic versions. We would recommend the following (make sure that you download the free version of each of these):
- Malware Bytes - https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/
- SuperAntiSpyware - http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html
- CCleaner - https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download
- Clear the browsing data from your Internet browser; make sure you select to remove cookies.
We would ask that the children do not use their school email until the end of the day on Wednesday 11th January when we will have ensured that all of the children’s accounts have been checked and any unsolicited emails removed. We would also ask you to be vigilant for this and similar spam malware so that we can prevent its dissemination.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Many thanks for your support,
Ian Reeve Mark Maksymiw
ICT & Computing Coordinator Headteacher
Mr Maksymiw's news w/c 9 Jan 2017
Happy New Year and welcome back to a new term at Outwoods Edge. I hope that you had an enjoyable break and a good Christmas if you were celebrating the festive season.
The children have returned to school full of tales of their adventures over the holiday. They have ‘recharged their batteries’ and got down to their work with renewed energy. I have been talking to the children about setting a goal for this term; something that will improve their work , a resolution to get better! This will be a theme for our assemblies next week.
Each of the classes have started a new topic this term and you will be receiving information about the areas of the curriculum covered by these topics. I hope you find this information useful.
Mark Maksymiw (HEADTEACHER)
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