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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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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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