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 “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.”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.
The plan to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan was revitalisedRegion Three Vice Chairman Sheik Ayube– Business Ministry opens bidsGovernment has revitalised plans by the previous Administration to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).The Business Ministry, in a local newspaper advertisement, is inviting interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for this undertaking.According to the Government ad, investors should have the capacity to take possession of the property immediately after signing the contract.The size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, and blanching, and dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.The move to establish a plantain chip factory, in order to push the local manufacturing sector, was touted by former President Donald Ramotar in the lead-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections.This project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme which commenced back in 2014.These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three and one in Enmore in Region Four, and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam.When the new Administration assumed office, this much-anticipated initiative was shelved.Just earlier this year, residents were calling on the Government to move ahead with the plan to open the factory to provide jobs for the people on the island.Region Three Vice Chairman Sheik Ayube had noted with concern the apparent neglect of the project.Shortly after their demands, the National Budget 2016 was presented in the National Assembly and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin indicated that the project was back on the cards.He explained that the entire Rural Enterprise Development initiative was put on hold to facilitate a review.Gaskin announced that as a result of the review, Government decided on some modifications and will complete three of the four projects that were begun under the initiative.He noted that the building earmarked in Leguan for the factory was constructed with no consideration for how either “a person or a plantain” could get from the main roadway into the factory when it became operational.Nonetheless, he said this would be addressed by Government.With regard to the development of a plantain chip factory in Wakenaam, the Business Minister said Government was unable to proceed with that aspect of the plan because the area in question was prone to flooding and erosion, and therefore posed a risk to the entire operation.Meanwhile, the Business Ministry is also moving apace to open the call centre in Enmore.An invitation for bids is being advertised for the completion of phase two for the call centre, which would include building works and the construction of external works along with facility.