Be sure to check out our Blogs and discover all the new Free Training!

Education Online: Free Office Software and Web Design Training Tutorials and Courses



Newsletter for EducationOnlineForComputers.com
Computer Software Education, Training & Tutorial Resources


*** ISSUE #33 - January, 2007 ***


    EducationOnlineForComputers.com


This Newsletter is only sent to its subscribers
and is available on the web at
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com/newsletter33.html

Newsletter Archives are here:
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com/newsletter.html

Subscribe and unsubscribe instructions are at the end.

Please forward this newsletter to all your friends
and associates who might be interested!



In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, & other Adobe / Macromedia Applications

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

6)... Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is our January 2007 issue (#33) of our Free monthly Newsletter for EducationOnlineForComputers.com, giving you the most current Free online Microsoft Office and Web Development Software Training and Tutorial Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and will help you advance your career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, from a user's perspective.

By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do. The best of these resources will be added to our Member Training pages and the remainder to our Free Training pages.


*** Current Issue ***

In this issue we are featuring a total of 49 Computer Software Application training, learning and tutorial web sites, with a total of 138 tutorial courses linked. It features many Free Microsoft Office, Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Web Development training tutorials for your learning profit and enjoyment. 

Please take a look at and bookmark our Blogs, these will be updated daily and weekly with New Free Training and Tutorial Resources, as I discover and evaluate them:


EducationOnlineForComputers.com Blogs:

       - Free Microsoft Office Application Training

       - Free Web Development Training

       - Free Adobe & Macromedia Training


Intelligentedu.com Blogs:

       - Free Technical Computer Training

       - Free Computer Books & Ebooks


To get your Free MS Office and Web Development Software Training updates via RSS, please copy (right click and copy shortcut or link location) and paste these urls into your RSS reader:
Free_Microsoft_Office_Training_Tutorial_Resources_rss2.xml
Free_Training_Photoshop_Flash_Dreamweaver_FrontPage_Adobe_Macromedia_rss2.xml
Free_Web_Development_Training_Tutorial_Resources_rss2.xml


Please visit our New Free Training and Tutorial Search Engine, Edcomp.com - We have deployed a new website at www.edcomp.com that is a search engine with a large database of over 150,000 free IT education and training web resources, with another 70,000 free resources reserved exclusively for paid members. If you're an educationonlineforcomputers.com member, go to http://www.edcomp.com/members/ to access the special members' page for searching 220,000 free training web resources.


For your convenience, this newsletter is also available to subscribers in HTML format at this special url:
http://www.educationonlineforcomputers.com/current_news.html

If you are looking for free technical or programming training, please visit our sister site:
http://www.intelligentedu.com.

Also, please check out our new free computer training search site at www.edcomp.com.

I wish you the best with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love Newsletter and Web Site Editor
webmaster@EducationOnlineForComputers.com
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com

 



"Learn New Skills and Increase Your Earning Power
 - With Free Online Computer Training!"


*** Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com *** 

Our Members' Site contains the web's best Microsoft Office and other software training resources and tutorials. This content is individually linked and presented in a way to expedite and facilitate your computer learning experience. We have done all the web research and presentation work for you so you can concentrate solely on your computer training. For short FAQ Answers, please see the end of this newsletter.

The total price to join as a member is only $14 total for 2 months, $24 for 4 months, $32 for 6 months, or $56 for a whole year. The funds generated will assist us to help all those seeking computer education and application end-user training. Here's the link to see what's available on our member's site and to sign up.

 



EdComp.com:
http://www.edcomp.com/

This is our new free computer and IT education and training search engine housing over 140,000 free training internet resources! Just type in a topic you're looking for and get tons of great web resources instantly. These search results are much better than the big search engines, like google. You can also check out our predefined search results page giving you tons of free training resources: http://www.edcomp.com/predefined.htm.

 



--> Here is Your Reward for Subscribing to this Newsletter <--

*** Get Your Free Microsoft Office Forms and Templates ***

Click here for tons of Free Office Forms and Templates

 




 

2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

TrainingByEmail

Visit TrainingByEmail to receive Free Training for Word, Excel, Outlook, C#, ASP.Net, and SQL via your email every week! We will send out a new training in the topic of your choosing every week. You can then save this, print it out, or delete it all at your convenience. And you can't beat the price, FREE!

 



Office 2003 Tutorials using Pictures

This new software tutorial web site, In Pictures, hosts and offers free online Microsoft Office Tutorials. These Office tutorials will help you learn how to use many of the features of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Publisher. The tutorials on this site are based on pictures, or illustrations and screen shots demonstrating the tasks and features being taught. These software tutorials were developed as part of a research study performed for the U.S. Department of Education. Every user who completed  these illustrated Office tutorials reported that they were able to learn and understand the Office applications more quickly and easily compared to using traditional software training methods.

These Office tutorials are based on the following learning and training techniques:


Word 2003 Tutorials using Picture

Word Basics

Long Documents

Special Features

Advanced Word


Excel 2003 Tutorials using Pictures

Performing Basic Calculations

Formatting Worksheets

Manipulating Data

Advanced Calculations

Making Data Visible


Access 2003 Tutorials using Pictures

Database Basics

Working with Tables

Working With Forms

Working with Queries

Working with Reports


PowerPoint 2003 Tutorials using Pictures


Creating a Presentation

Customizing Presentations

Working with Animation

Preparing Live Presentations


Publisher 2003 Tutorials using Pictures

Publisher Basics

Enhancing Documents

Refining Documents

Brochures & Newsletters

Advanced Features

 



In Word, How Do I ...

Here is a nice Microsoft Word Tutorial from Monroe City Schools that demonstrates and teaches basic Word features that are important to understand and know how to do.

 



Microsoft Word Training Course Workbooks

Teach-ict.com is a great software teaching and learning site that provides free training content for Microsoft Office and other applications. This site was developed by teachers, its coursework materials are high quality and are targeted to both students and teachers. Here are their Word Training Course Workbooks that cover Formatting techniques, Tabs, and Mail Merge.


Workbook 1 - Formatting Techniques
This training workbook teaches you how to perform basic formatting techniques. You are asked to correct the Water.doc lesson document.


Workbook 2 - More Formatting Techniques
This training workbook teaches you how to perform further formatting techniques. You are asked to correct the Colliery.doc lesson document.

Workbook 3 - Learn How to Use Tabs
This training workbook offers you the opportunity to practice setting tabs. You are asked to correct the Tabs.doc lesson document.

Workbook 4 - Mail Merge #1
With this training workbook you will learn how to perform mail merge using data from an Access database and exporting into a letter in Word. Complete step-by-step directions for doing this are given in the Task Intructions document. The Wedding.doc and Wedding.mdb files are provided so you can use them to do the Mail Merge.

Workbook 5 - Mail Merge #2
This workbook gives you a second tutorial session to learn how to set up and perform a Mail Merge. After downloading the two f iles below, you will merge the data from the database file (Fancydress.mdb) into the correct sections on the pre-prepared letter (Fancydress.doc).

 



Excel Training Course Workbooks

Teach-ict.com is a great software teaching and learning site that provides free training content for Microsoft Office and other applications. This site was developed by teachers, its coursework materials are high quality and are targeted to both students and teachers. Here are their Excel Training Course Workbooks that cover many of Excel's basic and advanced features.

Spreadsheet Workbook 1 (.doc)    
This training workbook shows you how to create a new spreadsheet using Excel. The following skills are covered:


Spreadsheet Workbook 2 (.doc)
This Training workbook shows you how to create a new spreadsheet using Excel. Students should download the ski.xls file to their area. They should then complete workbook 2 before being given a copy of 'ski holiday budget task' to complete. The following skills are covered:
Spreadsheet Workbook 3
(.doc)
This training workbook shows you how to create a new spreadsheet using Excel. The following skills are covered:
Spreadsheet Workbook 4 (.doc)
This training workbook shows you how to create a new spreadsheet using Excel. The following skills are covered:
Spreadsheet Workbook 5 (.doc)
This training workbook shows you how to create a new spreadsheet using Excel. The following skills are covered:
More Training for learning some of Excel's advanced features
:

 



84 Excel Tutorials and Tips

Here is an excellent set of 84 Excel articles, tutorials, and tips covering Excel 2007 New Features, Links and Hyperlinks, Drawing Objects in Excel, and General Excel Topics. These tips and tutorials are provided by these well developed Excel tutorial sites: MrExcelChip Pearson, and John Walkenbach, hosting a total of over 500 Excel Tutorials.

These  Excel Tutorials and Tips are listed below in these categories:

 



132 More Excel Tutorials and Tips

Here is a rich group of 132 Excel tutorials and tips covering the Excel Environment, Excel's Menus, Other Applications and Excel, Reference Resources for Excel. These free training Excel pages are offered by MrExcelChip Pearson, and John Walkenbach, which, as a whole, provide over 500 Excel Articles and Tutorials.

These Excel Tutorials and Tips are shown here in the following categories:

 



All Excel Keyboard Shortcuts

Thinkfree.com's Doc Exchange is a site that encourages their users to share their documents with one another. You can use their search feature to find documents in areas you are interested in. Here is a helpful little document I found that shows all of the Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Excel. These will really help those power Excel users who need to use many of Excel's features in their day-to-day work and tasks. If you fall into that category, I hope this helps you out.

 



Microsoft Access Training Course Workbooks

Teach-ict.com is a great software teaching and learning site that provides free training content for Microsoft Office and other applications. This site was developed by teachers, its coursework materials are high quality and are targeted to both students and teachers. Here are their Microsoft Access Training Course Workbooks that cover the following Access topics: creating a database, using fields, records, data types, primary keys, importing data, validation rules, creating and  using queries, creating forms from tables and queries, creating reports from tables and queries, reports with grouping, and formatting.


Database Workbook 1
 (.doc)
Learn how to create a new database using Access. The following skills are covered:


Database Workbook 2
 (.doc)
Learn how to use queries and create forms. The following skills are covered:

Database Workbook 3 (.doc)
Continuing on from the first two workbooks, this workbook teaches how to create reports and formatting. The following skills are covered:
Database Workbook 4 (.doc)
This workbook goes through all of the skills taught in the first three workbooks and can be used as a learning session to bring all of these skills together.

Database Task 5 - Data Validation (.doc)
Here is Task 5, where you will get to practice creating data validation rules. Answers are given so you can see if you have created your validation rules acurrately.

Database Task 6 - Queries (.doc)
This last task offers more learning material that demonstrates how to create and use queries.

 



Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Here are two web resources that will help you create an effective, well receieved, and attractive PowerPoint Presentation. The first one listed here outlines the planning steps you need to take for creating a Powerpoint presentation, including the word layout, fonts graphics, special effects, handouts and notes, and practicing. The second one reviews important advice regarding: your audience, speaking clearly, using templates, self-evident content, contrasting colors, effects and transitions, guidelines for wording, fonts, and punctuation, and using clip art and graphics.

Creating a Great Presentation

  1. Plan
  2. Organize
  3. Develop Content
  4. Work on the word layout
  5. Work on the fonts
  6. Work on the graphics
  7. Use graphs appropriately
  8. Special Effects Use them at your own risk
  9. Use Handouts and Notes
  10. Practice before you preach

Creating an Effective PowerPoint Presentation

 

   


 

3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


Macromedia Flash 8 Ebook

Here is a freely available Flash ebook in pdf format that goes into a good deal of depth and understanding on how to use this important graphics, animation, and multimedia web application. It teaches and describes, in easy to follow language, how to use Flash to its fullest extent, and how to make compelling web page animations and graphics. This ebook is 10.1mb in size and contains 409 pages.

The following Flash features are described and explained:

 



Flash Tutorials from InsideGraphics.com

InsideGraphics.com offers free graphics software tutorials and online training, tips, and tricks for Photoshop, Flash, Image Ready, and Corel Draw in the areas of animation, effects, art, drawing, colors, buttons, textures, patterns, digital, retouching, and designing. Here are their Flash Tutorials teaching you how to do lots of graphic effects, animations, and text effects using Flash.

Main


Learning Tools

Text Efects

 



Graphic Imaging Editing Tutorial using Photoshop

Here is a Graphic Imaging Editing Tutorial that teaches the basics of creating, manipulating, and preparing graphics for the Web. You will learn how to acquire an image from a file, camera, or scanner and then work on it in image editing software. This image editing tutorial then shows you how to do the basic editing necessary to make the image ready for the Web. These images are also are able to be used in a presentation application, such as PowerPoint, or in a favorite word processor, such as Word.


Four Steps to Graphic Image Editing

Acquire the Image

Save in the File Format of Your Graphic Image Editing Software
Alter the Image
Save as in the File Format for Your Project
Which Graphic Format Should I Use?

 



Introduction to Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a good Photoshop Tutorial teaching you many of the important tools and features of this graphics editing and manipulation application. It is provided by the Information and Instructional Technology Services department at the University of Rhode Island. (9 pages, 65 kb, pdf format)

Photoshop Course Objectives:

These Photoshop Tools and Features are Taught:

 



Dreamweaver Tutorials from the Univeristy of Minnesota

The Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth provides freely available self-paced Training documents and Workshops for web development and Dreamweaver. Here are their Dreamweaver Workshop Tutorials which will get you going with using Dreamweaver. These will teach you how to create a web site, work with images and hyperlinks, create and edit tables, use some management tools, and learn about Dreamweaver  behaviors in regards to JavaScript and PHP. A Dreameaver demo is available if you'd like to try this web development application before buying it.

Making Your First Web Page with Dreamweaver

In this beginning Dreamweaver tutorial you will learn how to create a simple Web page, adding content and hyperlinks, naming your files, and performing some basic exercises. 

Taking Dreamweaver to the Next Level

Using this tutorial workshop, you will learn to insert and manipulate images, and create and edit tables.

Dreamweaver Management Tools

This management tools workshop will show you how to define a site, use library objects, create and apply templates, and perform find and replace on your web pages and site.


Having Fun with JavaScript and PHP

Here you will learn what "behaviors" are in Dreamweaver and how to use and code them. Dreamweaver "behaviors" are interactive components which give a web page the power to handle interactions with users, called "events", and to provide responses to these events, called "actions". Events and actions are programmed into a web page using JavaScript, which is placed into the web page source code along with the usual HTML. 

Some of the behaviors shown here can be developed in Dreamweaver without actually going through the process of  writing JavaScript. Dreamweaver will automatically put the JavaScript code into your web page through your use of the menu options available.

Having fun with JavaScript

These JavaScript examples will show you how many interactive features are accomplished. You can examine the details for each by clicking on the "example" link on the left. You can also look at the actual HTML and JavaScript source code (the programming instructions the browser uses to perform the desired behavior) used for each example by clicking on the "view source" link on each Javascript example page. You can insert most of these JavaScript examples into your web page using Dreameaver, so you really do not need to know how write JavaScript if you don't want to learn this.

Having fun with PHP

Here you can learn to use PHP within your web pages. You can examine the details for each PHP example by clicking on the "example" link on the left. You can also look at the actual HTML and PHP source code (the programming instructions the browser uses to perform the desired behavior) used for each example by clicking on the "display" link on each PHP example page.

 



Dreamweaver 8 Tutorials using Pictures

This new software tutorial web site, In Pictures, hosts and offers free online Software Tutorials. This blog post details and links to their free Dreamweaver 8 Tutorials. These Dreamweaver tutorials will help you learn how to use  Microsoft Dreamweaver 8. The tutorials on this site are based on pictures, or illustrations and screen shots demonstrating the tasks and features being taught. These software tutorials were developed as part of a research study performed for the U.S. Department of Education. Every user who completed  these illustrated Dreamweaver tutorials reported that they were able to learn and understand Dreamweaver more quickly and easily compared to using traditional software training methods.


Dreamweaver Basics

Navigation & Layout

Utilities

Interactivity

Advanced Layout

 



Director Support Manuals

Here are the curent Support Manuals and Documentation for Macromedia Director MX 2004. Using Director, you can develop high-performance multimedia content and applications for CDs, DVDs, kiosks, and the Internet. Director's product manuals are available in PDF format for download or in HTML for online viewing.


Getting Started with Director (HTML | PDF 1816kb, 84 pages)

This support manual, Getting Started with Director contains the essential information that you need to get started, including information about installing the latest version of Director. This manual also guides you through the workspace and offers a tutorial, designed for those who are new to Director.


Using Director
(HTML | PDF 5901kb, 500 pages)

Using Director explains how to use all of the features and functionality offered in Director. This is a printed version of the electronic documentation included with the product. This support manual includes comprehensive descriptions and detailed step-by-step instructions that explain how to use all of the features in Director.


Director Scripting Reference (HTML | PDF )

Director Scripting Reference provides a complete reference of the Director application programming interfaces (APIs), including both Lingo and JavaScript syntax. This is a printed version of the electronic documentation included with the product. This reference manual provides conceptual and how-to information about scripting in Director, and also provides reference descriptions and examples for the scripting application programming interfaces (APIs) that you use to write scripts.


Using Director MX 2004 Behaviors

Behaviors are prewritten Lingo scripts that allow you to quickly add interactivity to your movies. This Director tutorial will teach you about the behaviors included in Director MX 2004.
Building Your First 3D Movie in Director

Learn the skills you need to build 3D effects in a Director movie, including creating 3D text, using behaviors to rotate a model, changing camera angles, and enabling navigation. 
Download a printable version of Building Your First 3D Movie in Director, including the tutorial's collateral material. (.zip, 1.6MB)



 





4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

 


Web Style Guide, 2nd edition

This free book, The Web Style Guide, 2nd edition, teaches you Web page and Web site design principles, along with tips and tricks, ranging from interface design to editorial style and graphics. It provides you a high level of understanding which will assist your Web development and design efforts. Whether you're a newbie to Web design and development or a veteran, this book will give you insight into Web site design that you have not had before, bringing you a more reasoned and realistic perspective. The information given in this Web Style Guide is based on the functional concepts of design, but it also discusses Web site accessibility, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and flexible page design. Material covering information architecture, site maintenance, and multimedia design is also included. The second edition offers added illustrations and updated Web site examples to show current best practices.

Chapter 1: Process

Chapter 2: Interface Design Chapter 3: Site Design Chapter 4: Page Design Chapter 5: Typography Chapter 6: Editorial Style Chapter 7: Graphics Chapter 8: Multimedia

 



HTML & CSS Tutorials using Pictures

This new software tutorial web site, In Pictures, hosts and offers free online computer Tutorials. This blog post details and links to their free HTML and CSS Tutorials. These HTML and CSS tutorials will help you learn how to use HTML and CSS. The tutorials on this site are based on pictures, or illustrations and screen shots demonstrating the tasks and features being taught. These software tutorials were developed as part of a research study performed for the U.S. Department of Education. Every user who completed  these illustrated HTML and CSS tutorials reported that they were able to learn and understand HTML and CSS more quickly and easily compared to using traditional software training methods.


HTML Basics

Navigation & Layout

Interactivity

Advanced Layout

 



Replacing outdated DHTML with DOM Scripting in your JavaScript

This JavaScript Tutorial is aimed at beginners to help them understand how old and outdated JavaScript techniques can cause issues on a web page. The tutorials proceeds by analyzing the source code of a web page that was written several years ago using concepts that were ok good to use then, but in the current Web will render inaccessible or broken pages in a browser.

Three dynamic elements using JavaScript are reviewed and explained from the point of view when they were originally developed, and then a more current method of re-writing them is demonstrated making them more hardened and less error-prone in regards to DOM scripting. The tutorial starts with providing some understanding about what DHTML and the DOM are. The example web site containing the JavaScript code examples are available for download as a zip file. Here is the PDF version (202KB) of this tutorial.  

Table of Contents



 





5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites


Free Windows XP Tutorials

Learnthat.com has written and hosts the following Windows XP Tutorials to assist you in learning and using this Windows operating system.

Windows XP Basics

Windows XP Functionality

Windows XP Dialup & Networking

Windows XP Utilities/Add-ins

 



23 Windows XP Tips

1. Finding my IP address
2. Locking your Desktop
3. NetMeeting on XP
4. Disabling Windows Messenger
5. Restricting a users Logon hours
6. Disable the Splash Screen
7. Burning a CD in XP
8. Keeping XP up to date
9. Using System Restore
10. Disable Balloons
11. Changing the Owner of the System
12. Lock the Taskbar
13. Clear up that type
14. Disable Autoplay CD
15. Compatibility Mode
16. Windows Logo Key
17. Windows XP PowerToys
18. Finding the Registration Information
19. How-To Articles By Microsoft
20. Creating a Shortcut to a folder on the Desktop
21. IE Script Debugger Error
22. IE saving images as .bmp instead of jpeg
23. How to set all folders to List instead of the default Icon View


 




6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning

The following programs are totally Free, no popups, adware, spyware, or shareware.


VCDEasy 1.1.5.2

VCDEasy allows you to play your videos (from DV camcorder, DivX, DVD,...) and your pictures (from digital camera, scanner,...) on most of the home DVD Players. How? VCDEasy allows you to build easily VideoCDs (VCD/SVCD)! All you need to do is to provide VCDEasy with MPEG files compliant with the VideoCD specifications. 'Novice' users can simply select (VideoCD ready) MPEG files and click the 'go' button, while 'advanced' users can configure/use almost all aspects of the VideoCD specifications (PlayBack Control based interactivity, Chapters, Menus support, CD-i support). (9.88 MB)

 



AceMoney 2.1.9

AceMoney helps you organize and manage your personal finances quickly and easily. It supports all the features required for home or even small-business accounting. AceMoney makes it a breeze to create and manage your budgets. The free program has more than 100 pre-defined spending categories, and you can define your own. You can set up budget limits for every category and track the difference between actual and budgeted values. (340 KB)

 



XDesk95 2.11.0.0

XDesk95 is a free personal organizer including a Calendar, Diary, Alarm Clock, User-Definable Notes Tree of text and tables, Dialer, Mailer and Scientific / Engineering Calculator. It is designed to be easy to use yet powerful. It remains active in the system tray. (579 kB)

 



SlowView 1.0 RC2

SlowView is a free multimedia viewer. Working on all Windows platforms, it supports more than 50 image, video, and audio formats! Among the most known are: JPEG, GIF, MNG, PSD, TIFF, TGA, MP3, AVI, MOV, and many others! You`ll be able to browse images in thumbnail mode, or one by one. You'll find such features, as creation of custom image effects, batch processing, or catalog creation. It supports Drag-n-Drop, wheel mouse, and other technologies. (844 KB)

 



Massiva X0.59

Massiva is a free 32-track MIDI sequencer. Massiva provides support for standard MIDI, Sound Blaster AWE and Live sound cards. With Massiva you can: edit music in real-time; step record with a MIDI or PC keyboard; auto-compose simple drum, bass, or chord patterns; and edit velocity and control changes. Massiva includes a song and part editor. (1353 kB)

 



MP3Clip 0.92

Easily split mp3 files based on time lengths Splits on frame boundaries so no quality or functionality is lost! Can split up very large files as well as small files Create virtually an unlimited number of tracks. (264 KB)



  




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.


January 2007 Question of the Month: 

What are the details of the security vulnerability affecting Adobe Acrobat  and Adobe Reader, and is a fix available yet?

Answer:
The software flaw affects Adobe Reader and Acrobat on Windows,  Macintosh, and Linux versions and is being called severe because it can be remotely exploited. Here are some details about this critical security hole in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, from an article from informationweek.com.

For Adobe, six vulnerabilities affecting its popular Reader and Acrobat products were discovered in the past two weeks, one of which could be used in cross-site scripting attacks.

Attackers could exploit one group of vulnerabilities by creating rigged PDF files and getting unsuspecting users to open them. These flaws are more dangerous because remote attackers could use them to execute malicious code and take over affected machines, Adobe said in an advisory last week. The advisory noted that a malicious file would have to be loaded in Adobe Reader.

Adobe assigned its highest threat rating of "critical" - 4 on a 4-point scale - to the vulnerabilities. Symantec Deepsight rated the severity of the flaws as 8.3 on a 10-point scale, while Secunia said they were "highly critical" -  or 4 on a 5-point scale.

Craig Schugmar, a threat researcher with McAfee's Avert Labs, says the spate of Adobe vulnerabilities is part of an ongoing shift by hackers away from operating system-focused bugs and toward application flaws.

Widely deployed, cross-platform applications are especially attractive to attackers, which means other Adobe products such as Flash and Shockwave also could be targeted, according to Schugmar.


Adobe has now released a security update for Acrobat and Adobe Reader which fixes multiple critical security holes that could allow a hacker to take control of a compromised computer. In its security bulletin, Adobe said that the fix for Acrobat addresses several vulnerabilities, and includes an update for cross-site scripting (XSS) that could enable malicious scripts the ability to completely take over a computer system.

Jeff Love
Site Editor
EducationOnlineForComputers.com

 




8) Please Support Our Training Mission

http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com

How You Can Support Our Computer and Software Training Mission

Please help support EducationOnlineForComputers.com's Computer and Sofware Education and Training Mission by visiting our sponsors below and requesting more information. By doing so, you will be helping people who want to learn to use computers in an Information Technology career.



EdComp.com:
http://www.edcomp.com/

This is our new free computer and IT education and training search engine housing over 150,000 free training internet resources! Just type in a topic you're looking for and get tons of great web resources instantly. These search results are much better than the big search engines, like google. You can also check out our predefined search results page giving you tons of free training resources: http://www.edcomp.com/predefined.htm.



ITT Technical Institute: Choose from their many programs:


University of Phoenix Online: Advance your career
  


DeVry: Online degrees for working adults
 


 


EducationOnlineForComputers.com
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com

Free Computer Software Training Now!

A free and member-based software educational and training portal web site. We have compiled, categorized, described, and linked many sites that will be of keen interest to computer software application end-users seeking free training and knowledge. Many subject areas are covered, including Microsoft Office, Flash, Photoshop, Dreamwever, FrontPage, Web Development, Windows, Linux, and Computer Hardware. You are able to study and learn all about computer software via Free training, courses, tutorials, documentation, articles, tips, notes, and help. Check us out today.

Copyright Notice: Please note that all of the items hyperlinked are copyrighted by their authors and/or publishers. You are eXPected to look for, read, and adhere to such notices. Downloaded and online material is copyrighted whether or not a copyright notice is present.

 



***EducationOnlineForComputers.com's Member Site ***

Our Members' Site contains the web's best computer software training resources and tutorials. This content is individually linked and presented in a way to eXPedite and facilitate your software and computer learning eXPerience. We have done all the web research and presentation work for you so you can concentrate solely on your computer training.

EducationOnlineForComputers.com Member Site FAQ Answers:

  1. All of the web sites and pages in our members site are not in the free section of our web site. The member site training is more detailed and the best available. The online training resources in our members' site are linked and laid out in a much more detailed fashion than those in the free section. This will save you time in finding all the best free training on the web.
  2. You can choose to pay using either Paypal or 2Checkout. If paying pay check and you live in the U.S., please select 2Checkout.
  3. You have a choice to select the non-recurring or recurring method of payment. If you select non-recurring, when your membership period eXPires, you will not be automatically charged another fee on your credit card or check.
  4. The total price to join our member's site is only $14 total for 2 months, $24 for 4 months, $32 for 6 months, or $56 for a whole year. The funds generated will assist us to help all those seeking software application education training. Here's the link to see what's available on our member's site and to sign up: http://tinyurl.com/7ien You can email Jeff Love with questions at webmaster@educationonlineforcomputers.com

I will give you 5 Great Free Bonuses when you sign up now.

These are as follows:

  1. 28 Modules of Soft Skills Training, covering topics such as Coaching, Delegating, Finance Essentials, Hiring, Leading and Motivating Team, Making a Presentation, Managing Your Time, and Setting Goals.
  2. 19 Online Business and Reference Books, including titles such as Scientific Advertising, The Art of Electronic Publishing, and Small Business Manual
  3. 12 Instructive e-Books, including On Line Stealth Marketing, 7 Secrets to Unlimited Traffic, and Increase Auction Profits.
  4. Instant and Easy Online Access to the 24 Best Free Computer Help & Support Sites.
  5. 45 of the Best, Completely Free Programs and Utilities.



To Subscribe
to this Free monthly Newsletter of Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources simply send a blank email to this address:

newsletter-sub@educationonlineforcomputers.com 
(You will need to confirm using a link in a confirming email.)

Or go to this web page and use the subscribe form
http://www.educationonlineforcomputers.com/newsletr_sub_unsub.html


To Unsubscribe
from this Free monthly Newsletter of Computer Education, Training, & Tutorial Resources simply send a blank email to this address:

newsletter-unsub@educationonlineforcomputers.com
(no need to confirm)

Or simply go to this web page and use the unsubscribe form:
http://www.educationonlineforcomputers.com/newsletr_sub_unsub.html

 


Thank You!
webmaster@educationonlineforcomputers.com  
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com