Students can best protect themselves while shopping online by paying attention to who they are purchasing from, said David Seidl, Information Security Program Manager for Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, OIT is working to inform students of the dangers that can come from breaches in cyber security, including online shopping. Seidl said the two biggest areas where online shoppers neglect to protect themselves are in checking the credibility of the site they purchase from and the form of payment they use to buy their merchandise. “People will go to one website and get linked over to some fly-by-night site that’s not something like an Amazon,” he said. In order to prevent being scammed, Seidl said students can visit resellerratings.com, a website with ratings on different online retailers. “Resellerrattings.com generally gives you a star-based rating scheme. If you see it has 500 and has been in business for 10 years, then the website is probably okay,” he said. Another general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to think about the type of deal the website is offering. “One of the giveaways is that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t [true],” Seidl said. Another area where online shoppers run into problems is in the way they chose to pay for their purchases. Seidl said the best way to pay for merchandise purchased online is with a one-time use credit card number. “The basic concept is that you are able to go to a credit card companies website and click on a function that can generate a one-time use number,” he said. “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.” As opposed to giving a credit card number, where there is the possibility for someone to steal it and use it until the card expires, a one-time use number will be invalid after the transaction is completed, Seidl said. If, however, an online purchaser must choose between using a credit card or a debit card, Seidl said to opt for the credit card. Aside from potentially giving a website complete access to one’s checking account, there are also more safeguards put into place for credit card theft. “Credit cards have more protections by law so potential issues for you are much smaller,” he said. In addition to offering advice about online shopping, OIT is also hosting a number of speakers Tuesday at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall to advise on different topics related to cyber security. The first portion of the day features two speakers, who will address topics aimed at technologically oriented students and professionals. During the afternoon, events will be geared toward a wider audience, with speakers focusing on securing one’s mobile phone and tips for parents to protect their students online. A complete listing of the day’s events can be found on OIT’s website.
by: Alex CastleyI hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and is enjoying 2015 so far! I took a lot of time off during the holidays and found some time to relax. And, by found some time, I mean I became infected with a nasty sickness which forced me to lie on the couch and do next to nothing! Looking at the positive, I would have probably felt too busy to relax had this not have happened, so it’s a bit of a blessing in disguise. Whether talking about home life or work life, isn’t it true people tend to describe themselves as being “busy”? It’s a sad fact in modern society that people are always feeling busy. Often, we do it to ourselves; other times, we have little choice in the matter.Now that I’m back to work, I remind myself that no matter how busy I feel (whether real or perceived) I should always find time during the day to have some fun or do something creative. There’s simply no excuse not to inject a little fun into the busy workdays, as it can have countless benefits. For example, people tend to feel less stress and morale is often boosted when we can have true, authentic FUN at work.One thing my team does on a regular basis is what I’ve called “Coffee Poker”. It was based on an idea I read about when I was in University. For the life of me, I cannot remember where I read it or how a person could reference it. Anyways, the idea was presented in a case study in which the manager of a factory was having difficulty with staff absenteeism and punctuality. To cope with this, he/she decided they would deal a card from a deck of cards every day to each employee who arrives on time and stays for the entirety of a day (I’d like to think they would be relatively lenient with those staff members who are home sick). At the end of the week, the best five card hand would win a prize of some kind – something viewed as an incentive to most or all staff. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler on Thursday called on NAFCU members to contact their lawmakers and seek support for repealing the Dodd-Frank Act’s Durbin amendment through passage of the Financial CHOICE Act.“The House Financial Services Committee is expected to mark up the legislation as early as next Tuesday,” Thaler wrote in a message to association members. “It may see action on the House floor before the end of May. The merchants have launched a grassroots campaign to try to strike this provision from the bill.“NAFCU is asking each credit union to make as many contacts as possible from your executives, staff, volunteers or members in the next few days to the representatives of the districts where your credit union has a presence,” Thaler continued. “Now is the time for credit unions to take action and counter the merchants’ message and urge support for the Durbin amendment repeal.”