Madeline Dickson

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My list of 6 valuable resources that will help you to learn English without being bored

While studying English on my own, I found a lot of handy and interesting websites that I want to share with you. If cramming is not for you, do not be upset, there are many fun and engaging ways to learn a foreign language.

In this post, I offer you fourteen useful resources that will make the educational process an exciting experience. You will find a lot of games, videos, crossword puzzles, and many other interesting learning activities and materials.

The dull learning process is going to turn into a thrilling adventure. Choose which methods you like, maybe several at once. Remember that the key to success in learning a language is consistency.

BBC Lenaring English

This website is for learning the British English. It has a large number of learning activities, videos with captions, and audio transcriptions. A separate section is devoted to pronunciation. You will surely enjoy the course called 6 Minute English that has short, six-minute videos on various topics. Each video has its text version.

Busuu

It is quite easy to find an English-speaking companion on Busuu (in addition to English you can learn eleven other languages). This site offers a large number of lessons which will help to memorize words, practice pronunciation, and learn other aspects of English. Your work will be assessed by native speakers. You, in turn, can check how they complete their tasks when they study your mother tongue.

Duolingo

Even children are going to like this website. There are a lot of written tasks and dictations. There is a vocabulary section where you can practice the words you already learned. During a single course, you can learn up to two thousand words. As you progress through the lessons, you will help others to translate websites and documents. In addition to the website, there are iOS and Android apps.

ESLPod

This website offers you plenty of podcasts on a variety of topics. Vocabulary is easy to digest and absorb due to easy-going delivery methods and humorous components.

Two minute English

This resource will better suite those who prefer to watch videos. Most of the videos do not actually last two minutes. They are usually a bit longer and last about four or five minutes, but this is unlikely to be a significant matter. You can upload videos to your phone to watch and listen on your way to the work. It may be very convenient for many of us.

British Council: LearnEnglish

Here you will also find a big number of training materials: videos, podcasts, games. Most importantly, you will get access to a massive section dedicated to preparing for the IELTS exam.

Bottom line

More and more people turn their eyes to online education. Studying online is a comfortable, cost-effective, and time-saving learning tactic. However, you should understand the risks. With the rise of such threats like crypto-viruses and Skype cyber predators, you may easily become a victim.

Madeline Dickson

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What You Need To Know About Ransomware And How To Protect Yourself!
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What You Need To Know About Ransomware And How To Protect Yourself

Madeline Dickson

Madeline Dickson posted in blog My Blog

The Thor ransomware infection chain

The Windows infection dubbed Thor represents a widespread ransomware lineage. It started with a Trojan that encrypted victims’ files and appended them with the .locky extension. As the time went by, the criminals in charge were making tweaks to their code. The latest update has brought about a new .thor extension, new ransom notes, and a number of changes imperceptible to the naked eye.

Thor is the first sample from this family that completely switched from online to offline data encryption, although some unsuccessful experiments in this regard had taken place earlier. Offline, or autopilot, encryption means that the ransomware is a self-contained threat which can operate without reaching its Command and Control infrastructure for commands and crypto keys. To the average victim, this means that their security setup is less likely to detect the pest and prevent it from rendering their files inaccessible.

The way this malady proliferates isn’t too technically complex. Its distributors use a botnet to spawn numerous spam messages to a vast range of targets, including end users and organizations. When such an email is received, the recipient will see an attached file masqueraded as a budget forecast, invoice, subscription cancellation request, failed delivery report, order information or some other arresting document. The ZIP archive, when extracted, returns a JS or VBS file that activates the ransomware installation routine.

When inside a computer, this offending program encrypts all personal data, makes filenames unidentifiable and concatenates them with the .thor extension. Then, it drops ransom notes named _WHAT_is.html and _WHAT_is.bmp, the latter taking over the desktop wallpaper. These documents tell the victim to go to a Tor gateway called Locky Decryptor page and send 0.5 Bitcoins to a wallet address provided there. Unfortunately, there is no free tool that restores encrypted .thor files. The applicable defenses revolve around exercising caution with spam and having a plan B, where file backups pose the best mitigation strategy with ransomware.

Sources:

1. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/locky-ransomware-switches-to-thor-extension-after-being-a-bad-malware/

2. http://soft2secure.com/knowledgebase/thor-files

3. https://www.hackread.com/history-evolution-locky-ransomware/

4. https://www.proofpoint.com/us/threat-insight/post/Locky-Ransomware-Cybercriminals-Introduce-New-RockLoader-Malware

Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman

Home Page | Sublime Succulents

Check out some of these articles on succulents! You'll find all kinds of tips and tricks - you might even learn something!

Check out this site created by my friend, Patrick! He wanted to learn how to create his own website, so he decided to make it about something he is passionate about: succulents! Not only is his design nice, but his articles are awesome! "I started out reading the articles because I like Patrick, but I finished them because they were good!" -Audrey, his girlfriend, a completely unbiased source.

Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor Very well done. Have to admit I didn't know the names of any other than "Aloe Vera". Does the Aloe grown indoors have the same medicinal properties?

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Vidushi Sharma

Vidushi Sharma I JUST saw this and I am in love. I love, love, love succulents (as you probably know, judging from my cactus-themed party last year.) Have you heard of this? http://mentalfloss.com/article/67770/there-video-game-where-you-just-take-care-succulents

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball

Found this idea on http://www.studiodiy.com/ It's almost time to prepare for Valentines Day! I always like to make my friends, family, and loved ones more personal gifts. I feel like DIY projects are more meaningful than just a Hallmark card! What do y'all make your loved ones for Valentines Day?

Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball also, i love "BAE Mine!"

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny posted a photo in blog 'Lalka's Knittin...'

Fringed Red Scarf

Category : Knitting

A little something I completed just in time for winter -- the very iconic red knit scarf. It's warm and has a lovely pattern. I'm sad it's so difficult to get a picture of this red!

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma @Lalka too good.. beautiful color and pattern.

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma I'd like to restart knitting and might need your help!

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny That's great!! What might you need help with?

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma After I actually get my needles and wool, I'll need help understanding the terminology! I learnt it in India and in Hindi and do not understand the way patterns are described here.

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Kiplani

Kiplani

9 DIY Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Let's be upfront: Sometimes, achieving better mental health requires professional help. People may need a therapist, or even medication, to deal with disorders like depression or anxiety. But those serious diagnoses aside, we could all do with a little brain tune-up.

A different kind of DIY ..."Learn to not sweat the small stuff..."

Ted Tyler

Ted Tyler Looking at the big picture acts as a positive reinforcement for me, candidly there are many occasions I get stuck in the rut.

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Sarah Kimball

Sarah Kimball So important

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny posted a photo in blog 'Lalka's Knittin...'

Stockinette 8-Stitch Blue Headband -- Sale Announcement

Category : Knitting

With the arrival of my blue yarrn, I would like to announce that I will make a small number of custom pieces per week for sale. You can specify a color, width and stitch pattern for headbands (which take aobut a week to make). Send me a message to talk about specifics or other kinds of pieces that you would like made!

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma What an awesome idea,Lalka! I have done huge amounts of knitting years ago but the only two names of stitches we used were ultra and seedha-- meaning reverse and straight!!! Then there were techniques like loops, or skip, etc. I am wondering is stockinette the stitch name?!

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny The names I often use refer to patterns of stitches. This pattern alternates between "straight" and "reverse" every stitch. (I think the appropriate name is actually ribbing.

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Lalka Bunny

Lalka Bunny posted a photo in blog 'Lalka's Knittin...'

'Marshmallow' Bow

I learned shaping with this piece. This method of shaping called "increasing" is done by increasing the number of stitches in a row of knit stitch every row or so.