A Winter Friend

> This article is so befitting for all of us… take time to ponder… the last statement cannot be refuted:-   
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>                           I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL AND WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE.  I STOPPED THEN AND STARTED OVER, READING SLOWER, AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD…  IT MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK.   
> So, please    READ SLOWLY!   
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> AND THEN IT IS WINTER   
> You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.   
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> I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But here it is… the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.   
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> But here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey… they move slower and I see an older person in myself now.   Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.
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> Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory!  Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!
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> And so… now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!   But at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over.   A new adventure will begin!
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> Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I’m happy to have done.   It’s all in a lifetime.
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> So, if you’re not in your winter yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!   
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> You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so, LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember. and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!   
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> “Life” is a GIFT to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.   Make it a fantastic one.   
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> Remember:   “It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   
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> ~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!   
> ~Going out is good coming home is even better!   
> ~You forget names… but it’s OK, because other people forgot they even knew you!!!   
> ~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.   
> ~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.   
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> ~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep.”   
> ~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..   
> ~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”…???   
> ~Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.
> ~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless?!”   
> ~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.   
> ~Everybody whispers.   
> ~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.   
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> ~But “Old” is good in some things:
> Old Songs, Old movies …
> and best of all, our dear …OLD FRIENDS!!   
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> Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!” 
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> Send this on to other “Old Friends” and let them laugh in agreement!
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> Sent from Jack’s iPad

Cyber Crime Update

Cyber Advice and June Summary

What cybercrime has been reported in our area? ??

In June we had a total of 242 reports made to Action Fraud for our area. Of these reports, hacking of social media and email remained the most commonly reported by volume, along with numerous reports of phishing scams in circulation.

Remember these top tips to protect yourself online:
Use strong, secure passwords. These should be a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters, and contain numbers and symbols. Refrain from using personal things such as a family name or pets name in the password.

Turn on 2FA for your accounts: Two factor authentication adds an extra layer of security for your accounts. Often a second piece of information is required to log in, such as a code text to your mobile phone. 2FA can be turned on in your account/security settings, and is available to use on things such as email, Facebook, Amazon, and online banking.

Use secure Wi-Fi: Make sure that you only use secure Wi-Fi when doing things like online banking or shopping. When out and about and a secure Wi-Fi network isn’t available, utilise mobile data.

Back up important data: Make sure that you utilise cloud based and physical storage to back up important pieces of data such as files or photos. If the worst should happen to an account or device, you will have the back up.

Ensure devices and software is up to date: Out of date software/devices are often insecure devices. Make sure that devices are up to date and running the latest software so that they are not susceptible to malware or vulnerabilities. If your device has the capability to turn on automatic updates, do so.

Utilise antivirus and firewalls: Make sure that you run regular scans on devices, and ensure that malicious software is not present.

Monitor your online privacy: Ensure that you monitor all online activity, and be mindful of what information you are putting online. Do not disclose any personal information or make it publicly available. Similarly, monitor what you post online as anything negative could have serious ramifications.

Avoid scams: Be wary of unsolicited emails or text messages. If you don’t know who the sender of a message is, delete it. Do not reply to scam messages, and do not give out any personal or financial information.

Check for data breaches: You can see if your email address has been part of a data breach by visiting www.haveibeenpwned.com. If you have been subject to a breach, this means that information such as emails, usernames and passwords could have been leaked on the web. Don’t panic if you find you have been subject to a breach, but ensure that you then change passwords for your email and associated accounts, and also turn on 2FA for those accounts.

For more information on staying safe online, please visit www.getsafeonline.org or www.internetmatters.org.
To report cybercrime, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.
Please feel free to contact our Facebook page for advice, call 101, or email us at cyber.protect@durham.pnn.police.uk
Message Sent By
Katie Cain (Police, Cyber Harm Reduction, Durham)

Phishing Expeditions

We have a received an email from HQ,

please see below.

I have received a few phishing emails, supposedly, from some of our “members”, even one in my own name! The last one was in fact from someone in Spain!

I just mark them as spam and delete them once they are in the spam box. I don’t need to remind everyone (but I am) please do not reply or click any link or box.

GF