HAL-PC Monthly eBulletin - November 2005

Welcome to the November edition of the HAL-PC monthly member eBulletin. If you wish to stop receiving these bulletins, send an email to e-bulletin-off@hal-pc.org. This month: Protect Your PC, Nationwide Dial-up for the Holidays, HAL-PC Holiday Party, Classes, Volunteer of the Month, Magazine.



Phishers grow ever more sophisticated. One of the favorite methods of obtaining your personal/financial information is the fake message telling you that your eBay/Amazon/PayPal information has been compromised/expired/must be confirmed. The email will provide a link to a web page where you will be asked to fill in your account information or change your password. Phishers will often create html email and web pages that mimic the look and feel of the legitimate site. The link may look real, but if you mouse over it and look in the status bar of your email client, you will see that it does not point to the ligitimate site. It may have only an ip address, or it may have the site name somewhere in the link, but not the real domain name. A recent phish referring to Amazon contained a link that appeared to be to Amazon.com, but really pointed to mail.american.hu. Another seemed to be a report from a disgruntled eBay user threatening to report the recipient to eBay if his package didn't arrive. That message came not from eBay, but from s001.puredns.nl. If you suspect a communication from an online service may be genuine, visit the website directly through your browser and contact their customer service! ALWAYS ASSUME SUCH COMMUNICATIONS ARE FAKE!!



Don't forget your HALNet account in your holiday preparations. Dial-up users can take advantage of HALNet's Nationwide Dial-up plan. Look up the HALNet access number for your destination and you'll be all set! If you're an ADSL user, you can add Nationwide Dial-up for only $5.00 a month! Call our business office at 713-993-3300 to sign up for ADSL dial-up.


Candy Cane

Friday, December 2, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Get into the holiday spirit! Stop by the suite on Friday December 2nd from 4 to 8 pm and share in some holiday cheer. Come join fellow members, volunteers, staff and friends. Hot wassail and cold punch, as well as snacks, will be served. A door prize will be awarded hourly. No matter when you stop by, you will have a chance to win a prize!

Upcoming Classes - HAL-PC Headquarters

Map To Facility

Starting November 15
MS Outlook Email
Instructor: Mel Babb

Starting November 16
MS PowerPoint Level 1
Instructor: Mel Babb

Starting November 22
Windows XP Intermediate
Instructor: Bear Jones

Starting November 29
Windows XP Intermediate
Instructor: Bear Jones

Quickbooks Level 2
Instructor: Marie Jones

Starting December 3
Introduction to Computers
Instructor: Tomika Elizondo

Starting December 6
Windows XP
Instructor: Bear Jones

Ease Into eBay-Buying
Instructor: Marie Jones

Starting December 7
Introduction to Microsoft Office
Instructor: Bear Jones


In the July through September 2004 issue of HAL-PC Magazine on page 3, bold blue letters read: "HAL-PC MAGAZINE LOOKS GREAT!". There are many contributers and writers. However, one stands out as our November Volunteer of the Month. Beverly Rosenbaum is a 1999 and 2000 Houston Press Club "Excellence in Journalism" award winner and has been a treasured member of HAL-PC since 1988. Most of that time, she has been a contributing editor for HAL-PC Magazine. Beverly's regular columns, "Trumors" and "From the Email Bag" are very popular with readers and they add distinction to the magazine. For all of this, we salute her as our November Volunteer of the Month.


Look for your monthly online edition of the HAL-PC Magazine featuring Home Networking With HALNet ADSL, Holiday Gift ideas, Google Mail, Tech Tips, reviews and more!

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