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 “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.”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.
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoReturning home to the UW Field House for the first time in almost a month, the UW women’s volleyball team got to cleaning right away, sweeping a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend.The 14th ranked Badgers defeated Michigan St. (30-22, 30-25, 30-26) Friday and No. 24 Michigan (30-24, 30-19, 30-16) Saturday to remain undefeated in Big Ten play and improve their record to 13-2.”I think there always is that pick up in intensity when the Big Ten comes around,” senior Amy Bladow said following Friday’s game. “I definitely think that in the locker room we know that every game is important, every night, and every team that comes here to play us or where we go wants to take a win off of us.”Saturday night, in front of a season-high 4,679 fans, UW rolled to a 3-0 victory behind standout performances by Carlini and freshman Brittney Dolgner. Dolgner continued her improved play of late and led the Badgers in scoring, registering a team-high 13 points on 11 kills and four blocks. “Since I am one of the shorter girls, I need to go around the blocker and … I am getting used to getting around the blocker better,” Dolgner said of leading the team in kills each of the last two Saturdays. In game one, UW jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead thanks to the strong serving of Carlini, who registered two service aces during a five-point run. The Badgers would never relinquish the lead en route to a 30-24 victory.More than just control of the game, UW held control of the match across all three games, a fact head coach Pete Waite believes can be attributed to the maturity and confidence of a roster laden with upperclassmen. “Part of [playing with swagger] is being home and it makes them feeling extra good, but they have been doing it on the road as well,” Waite said. “I think that comes with the maturity on the team and the fact there are a lot less weaknesses in the group.” Game two saw Michigan change their defense up, substituting Megan Bower in as libero in place of Kerry Hance. “I don’t think so,” Waite opined as to whether the change in libero was the factor in the early tightness of the second game. “That’s a good team … even coming into this match [U of M] changed some positioning as far as outside hitters, but we try and not let that affect us.” UW seized control of the see-saw second game during a stretch keyed by junior Taylor Reineke. Starting with a kill to make the score 14-12 in favor of UW, Reineke then teamed with Dolgner on a block. Two points later, Reineke took her turn serving and won four straight points — including an ace immediately following a U of M timeout. Game three was UW’s most complete of the weekend, as they dominated the entire game. The Badgers led 7-1 before U of M head coach Mark Rosen burned the team’s first timeout. The timeout did little to faze the Badger’s attack, as UW stretched the lead to 10-2 before U of M regained their footing, albeit only briefly. U of M won the next two points, but Erin Penn’s kill to bring Big Blue to within six at 10-4 would be the last point the Wolverines would score before the game was well out of reach. UW won 11 of the next 12 points, including the next eight, to build an insurmountable lead. The UW run was again uninterrupted by a U of M timeout. “The team is just really locked into each other right now,” Waite said of the sustained runs. “I think they are really playing as a unit, and when you do that, it is really hard for opponents to score.” In their first Big Ten home match of the year on Friday, UW swept MSU in three close games. UW was led by Amy Bladow’s 11 kill, 14 point effort. Dolgner pitched in 13 points, and Carlini added 12.5 to pace the Badger offense. The victory moved the Badgers to 3-0 in the Big Ten and extended two winning streaks: seven matches in the Big Ten dating back to last season and five matches overall.