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Steve

My Brothers, I am posting this very important article, as I am a 15 + year subscriber to using BITDEFENDER Products.

Not once has their software let me down. They are voted best all round in my opinion.

The Bitdefender team is constantly on the lookout for cyberthreats that may impact you. Researchers at Bitdefender Labs have recently seen waves of fraudulent and malicious emails exploiting the humanitarian crisis and charitable spirit of people across the globe.  Unfortunately, the war in Ukraine is a gold mine for scammers and criminal groups who are using fraudulent emails and SMS messages asking recipients to donate money.  Scammers are impersonating the Ukrainian government and international humanitarian agencies.

To stay safe from these malicious attacks and others, here are some recommendations from the Bitdefender team.

#1  Don’t open emails or attachments from untrusted senders, especially if they try to induce a sense of urgency, no matter how ‘official’ they seem.

#2  Look out for emails asking for donations, even ones using trusted names of organizations.
If you want to donate, go to directly to the charity organization website to make a donation.

#3  Beware of text messages from unknown senders.
If you don’t know the sender, don’t click links arriving via instant messaging apps or SMS and block the caller.

#4  Be aware of misinformation campaigns.
The use of “deepfakes” and other methods to spread misinformation is on the rise. A red flag is a message that urges you to share that information further. Before you send along the message, be sure it’s from a trusted source.

#5
  Use strong passwords for your online accounts.
Passwords that are unique, long (at least 12 characters), and feature multiple characteristics and combinations are the most secure. Make sure you use a different password for each account. A password manager can help simplify management and keep you safe.

#6
  Use a virtual private network (VPN) on all public WiFi connections.
VPNs like Bitdefender add an additional layer of protection between your devices and the internet. Most public hotspots offer little privacy protection.

#7 
Advise your family and friends to install a security solution on all devices.
Modern security solutions prevent users from accessing malicious links, block malware before installation, and notify users when they receive malicious content. This is particularly important now, as some ransomware operators have pledged to help Russia execute cyberattacks against rival nations.

#8
  Stay up to date on cybersecurity news, alerts, and tips by subscribing to the Bitdefender Consumer Insights blog.

The security team is constantly reporting the latest news on malware campaigns, ransomware, cybercrime, and recommendations for staying safe and secure. For more than two decades, Bitdefender products have helped consumers, businesses and governments around the world stay on top of cyberattacks.
Testament to this is our long history of awards from independent testing organizations such as AV-TEST and PC Mag, as well as the technology integration partnerships developed through time.
We would like to thank you for your trust and to emphasize that, with Bitdefender on your side, you can rest assured you are protected.
Stay safe,
Bitdefender Team

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5th Annual Writing Contest

by Steve

The Question

The cement which binds a lodge together is the regular meetings of its members. For the first time ever, in our recent history, we have been unable to meet. We have taken part in a long, dangerous and compulsory experiment. For the first time in our long history we have had to submit Our Craft to life support by placing it in an artificially induced coma and keeping its life breath of meetings flowing by using the artificial ventilator of the video get-together. With the advent of vaccines, we are faced with the risky business of arousing this slumbering giant. Because of the losses by death, resignation, and some decline of interest, there is a real danger that the habit of monthly Masonry in our lodges will crumble and fail. We need to do something, but what?

Do you agree or disagree with this statement and what, in your opinion, will the new reality look like?

The Rules

1200 – 1500 word essay of original thought (no more)

Double spaced, 12 pt font.

Name, Lodge Name and Number with title on front cover of essay

If using quotations please identify the sources.

<author> <date of resource> <title> <publication house>

The Dates

Entries will be received after December 30th, 2021 until January 31st, 2022

Winners will be announced March 1st, 2022

The Prizes

Prizes of quality Masonic Books will be awarded to the First, Second and Third place papers. All entries will be eligible for a discount of $50 in the registration fees for the Ashlar College Educational Program.

Good Luck

All entries to cfoxon@shaw.ca

Chris Foxon, Dean Ashlar College

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The Question

Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of other men —above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”

A. Einstein – Living Philosophies

How has COVID – 19 made you realize the essential nature of human kind and the need to help each other, especially in a time of crisis?

The Rules

1200 – 1500 word essay of original thought (no more)

Double spaced, 12 pt font.

Name, Lodge Name and Number with title on front cover of essay

If using quotations please identify the sources.

<author> <date of resource> <title> <publication house>

The Dates

Entries will be received after November 30st until January 31st, 2021

Winners will be announced March 1st, 2021

The Prizes

Prizes of quality Masonic Books will be awarded to the First, Second and Third place papers. All entries will be eligible for a discount of $50 in the registration fees for the Ashlar College Educational Program.

Good Luck

All entries to cfoxon@shaw.ca

Chris Foxon, Dean Ashlar College

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The Question:

“Define what Modern Freemasonry means to you, and how is this helping the fraternity to grow and prosper in your local community. “

The Rules

1200 – 1500 word essay of original thought (no more)

Double spaced, 12 pt font.

Name, Lodge Name and Number with title on front cover of essay

If using quotations please identify the sources.

<author> <date of resource> <title> <publication house>

The Dates
Entries will be received after November 30st until January 31st, 2020
Winners will be announced March 1st, 2020

The Prizes
Prizes of quality Masonic Books will be awarded to the First, Second and Third place papers.
All entries will be eligible for a discount of $50 in the registration fees for the Ashlar College Educational Program.

Good Luck

Chris Foxon, Dean

Ashlar College

Email your entries to cfoxon@shaw.ca

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Who were the 15 original members of the ASC
when it was established in 1919?
Some are among the best-known cinematographers of all time, yet others are not well remembered.

By Robert S. Birchard

The American Society of Cinematographers succeeded two earlier organizations — the Cinema Camera Club, started by Edison camera-persons Philip E. Rosen, Frank Kugler and Lewis W. Physioc in New York in 1913; and the Static Club of America, a Los Angeles–based society first headed by Universal cameraperson Harry H. Harris.

From the beginning, the two clubs had a loose affiliation, and eventually the West Coast organization changed its name to the Cinema Camera Club of California. But, even as the center of film production shifted from New York to Los Angeles — the western cinematographers’ organization was struggling to stay afloat.

Rosen came to Los Angeles in 1918. When he sought affiliation with the Cinema Camera Club of California, president Charles Rosher asked if he would help reorganize the faltering association. Rosen sought to create a national organization, with membership by invitation and with a strong educational component.

The ASC charter, dated January 8, 1919.

The reorganization committee met in the home of William C. Foster on Saturday, December 21, 1918 and drew up a new set of bylaws. The 10-member committee and five invited Cinema Camera Club member visitorswere designated as the board of governors for the new organization.

The next evening, in the home of Fred LeRoy Granville, officers for the American Society of Cinematographers were elected — Philip E. Rosen, president; Charles Rosher, vice president; Homer A. Scott, second vice president; William C. Foster, treasurer; and Victor Milner, secretary.

The Society was chartered by the State of California on January 8, 1919.

So, who were the 15 founders of the ASC?
Click to read the full story on the ASC website

 

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