Very Convincing Deceitful Web Pages that Install Spyware: Teachers, You Gotta Use your Noggin

This is a web site designed to LOOK like your computer. I am passing this along because it looks so much like a legitimate page on your computer.

One of our teachers called me over and I captured the screenshot so I could email it out to the other teachers at my school and also so you can see it as well. You can tell this is a scam because the URL is showing in the web browser bar.
My teachers are great about NOT clicking when they have a question and they skype me or ask me and boy, do I appreciate it.
So, here is a shout out today to one of our third grade teachers Mrs. Donna Worsham for using her “noggin” (as we say in South Georgia) and figuring out that she should call me and not click.
If you don't know ask someone who does.  Using your noggin is going to save your school time and money because it is easier to keep problems from happening than to fix them!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Bil Owen October 22, 2009 - 7:57 pm

I don’t know if this is helpful, but I always set up my display to “classic” look, using the setup for best performance (because I could care less about the “nice” look to the task bar and windows explorer). This will make it a visual clue that something is amiss when confronted by the web page look shown in your post. I might miss that the ulr in the address bar, and I am pretty computer aware. If suddenly everything looked nice and rounded and not “old-school look,” I know that something changed.

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