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 “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.”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.
This Tiny Tropical Healthy House (TTHH) was unveiled this morning at James Cook University in Townsville.THIS house designed by a James Cook University Professor is the epitome of low-key living. JCU’s Engineering Professor Anne Steinemann and her team have created a Tiny Tropical Healthy House (TTHH) that has good indoor air quality and is resilient in tough tropical climates.The project which was unveiled this morning at James Cook University campus in Townsville was constructed without using petrochemical glues, and instead uses metal flashing, mechanical fixings, and wall frames assembled using screws and rivets.READ MORE Property prices expected to increase by 10%Townsville dubbed a regional real estate hotspot “The tiny house is constructed with stainless steel, known for its low-offgassing and inert properties and its resistance to microbial growth and infestation,” Professor Steinemann said. We have avoided the use of any petrochemical-containing building materials, such as manufactured wood, recycled products, treated lumber or composites.“In addition to being healthy, it’s designed to be energy efficient, cyclone rated, affordable, adaptable, and transportable.” Professor Steinemann said there was a need for a healthy house suitable for the tropics.“We spend most of our time indoors, and levels of pollutants in homes are usually several times higher indoors than outdoors,” she said. The house also uses climate-sensitive design, with open windows to encourage cross-ventilation.“In this way, the tiny house eliminates the need for airconditioning and mechanical ventilation,” Professor Steinemann said“The tiny house can be rotated according to the direction of the wind and sun.” More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 “Energy efficiency measures that involve more airtight buildings, lower ventilation rates, increased reliance on airconditioning, and less use of open windows can actually worsen indoor air quality,” Professor Steinemann said. READ MORE
This season’s Newmarket 1,000 Guineas-winning rider Wayne Lordan will take the mount on Royal Ascot fourth Taj Mahal.John Gosden’s Epsom third-place finisher Cracksman has the assistance of Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen, deputising for the injured Frankie Dettori. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has five runners in this evening’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh – including Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles.O’Brien’s top jockey Ryan Moore has opted to take the mount of the favourite.Seamie Heffernan, successful in the race for O’Brien on Soldier Of Fortune and Frozen Fire, continues his association with Capri, who finished sixth at Epsom. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay
Our second #FIBAWC title defense has us facing off against Turkey, Czech Republic & Japan 👊🏽A post shared by USA Basketball (@usabasketball) on Mar 16, 2019 at 5:01am PDT”It’s exciting to learn the makeup of our preliminary round pool and to know we will be playing our first three World Cup games in Shanghai,” Popovich said. “I think all of the pools are well balanced and I know very well there are many national teams who have a legitimate shot of winning the 2019 World Cup.”Our group, Group E, features Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey, so we’ll face three well coached teams and a variety of playing styles. Selecting and preparing the USA team in a short amount of time will be a challenge and repeating as gold medalists for a third straight FIBA World Cup is something everyone associated with the USA team will embrace.”Since their 101-95 defeat to Greece in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 World Cup, the USA have not lost in the competition en route to titles in Turkey (2010) and Spain (2014). Adding to that success the three straight gold medal achievements at the Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016) Olympic Games and the Americans have been on quite a roll.”OUR GROUP, GROUP E, FEATURES CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN AND TURKEY, SO WE’LL FACE THREE WELL COACHED TEAMS AND A VARIETY OF PLAYING STYLES.”- PopovichWhile the tournament tips off on August 31, the USA’s first game won’t be until September 1 when they take on the Czech Republic in Shanghai. At the same venue, the Americans will go up against Turkey on September 3 and Japan on September 5. View this post on Instagram USA Basketball and national team coach Gregg Popovich have a better idea of the challenge that awaits the country when it goes after a FIBA Basketball World Cup three-peat this summer in China.At the live draw, the USA were drawn in a competitive Group E with Turkey, Czech Republic and Japan. The USA won’t be announcing their squad for some time but James Harden, a star in the 2014 title-winning team, has already stated that he wants to play in China. The past two @FIBAWC’s, we rolled with some young guys. You may have heard of them.In September, the USA Men go for a third straight gold in China. Who should suit up this time around? pic.twitter.com/NvwKjT1Q5T— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 18, 2019The United States, coached by Jeff Van Gundy, won 10 of their 12 games in the Americas Qualifiers to book a spot in this year’s 32-team World Cup.