News this week

Our regular summary of news in education and technology, and you can contribute. Submissions of tips and stories will be gratefully appreciated (Contact Us), and don’t forget to tell us your name and sources.

Technology

Many companies and regular people are currently learning the hard way the reason why keeping up to date software is vitally important. The WannaCry attack that began on Friday (BBC), infects Windows computers with older operating systems, or those that have not had recent security updates. We strongly advise you to update your operating system now, and all the anti-virus and anti-spyware software now. Do not use “free” software, only high quality paid-for versions.

Is HelloSpace.Me affected by WannaCry? No. All our software uses up to date security installations and patches. We also use up to date, strong, robust anti-virus and anti-spyware software. The website operating system runs on secure and up-to-date Linux, and also uses up-to-date anti-virus software. We prefer Linux as it is one of the most secure types of operating system, and is less of a target to hackers as Windows is.

What more can you do to be safe against WannaCry and other future threats? Follow and check technology news sites, blogs, and especially Twitter feeds regularly. We especially recommend The Next Web (TNW), Mashable, and the BBC. HelloSpace.Me follows these and more on Twitter, so following us and checking our retweets can help. Additionally, keep a backup of all your important data. This means do regular exports of your WordPress blog, your website, and keep these stored on a highly secure cloud service like Tresorit.

Finally, nothing is 100% secure. Keep redundant backups of everything. Also consider running an old computer on Ubuntu Linux instead of Windows, or have a Mac (vice-versa if you’re a regular Mac user). Having diversity of systems gives you security options, so you still have quality access to the internet, information, and resources. 

In other news, if you have this feature turned on, your WordPress software should have been automatically updated to version 4.7.5. You should have received an email confirming this. We strongly recommend that you turn on the auto update especially for security reasons. There will also be feature updates, which will make life better too. 

HelloSpace.Me

HelloSpace.Me will be at the JALTCALL annual conference in Matsuyama. Please swing by and talk to us.

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Conferences

Submit your 2-3 line conference announcement at Contact Us.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Submissions have closed. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions was 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

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