Cyber Monday Safety Tips

cyber mondayCyber Monday is tomorrow and that means people will be surfing the web with their debt and credit cards ready to buy stuff for cheap. Although Cyber Monday is a great and happy day for the consumer, it’s also a great and happy day for hackers!

We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you stay safe when shopping online:

1. Secure your wireless network
Make sure you have a password on your WiFi and that others can’t access your personal information without your knowledge.

2. Use an anti-phishing software
It has alerts that help detect phishing scams. Also, watch for cyber scammers sending phishing emails. If you get an e-mail touting a great sale, it is better to copy the web address from the email and key into your browser rather than clicking the link.

3. Don’t Trust all those emails
When your inbox floods with those “great Cyber Monday deals” emails be aware that some of them aren’t safe. Those deals that seem too-good-to-be-true can be scams. Cyberattacks take but a split second to occur sometimes all that’s required is clicking on a link in an email. Look for clues to malicious links, such as an extra “.cc” at the end of what would otherwise be a trusted domain name. Take the time to make sure you’re on the correct website.

4. Look for the https://
The “s” stands foe secure. Along with the https in the web address also make sure you see the small lock icon in the address bar when you get to the payment steps.

5. Use a different password for every site
Never use the same password across your accounts or sites. Your passwords  should contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

6. Use trusted vendors.
Limiting your shopping to established and trusted vendors limits your chances of being accessible to hackers. Bookmark the most trusted online retail sites to make sure you don’t get redirected to fake sites. Consider using a payment system such as PayPal. If the company you purchased from gets compromised, your information will be safe because you used PayPal and hackers won’t have access to your personal information.

7. Be even more mindful when shopping on your phone or tablet. 
Mobile shoppers need to be even more vigilant about security. The number one thing you should do when shopping on a mobile device is to password-protect the phone or tablet.  If you’re shopping from a tablet or smartphone on Cyber Monday, use a trusted vendor’s app, not a Web browser. Vendors have more control over their own apps than they do over mobile browsers.

6. Take action immediately if you suspect identity theft. 
Review credit-card and bank statements regularly during the shopping season.If you find a transaction that doesn’t match your purchases, your account may have been compromised. Contact your credit card company, your bank, and the police. 

Black Friday Safety Tips

Today is Black Friday which means people will be running around town from mall to shopping center for the best deals on everything. Although today is a day where you can come up on some huge savings, it’s important to protect yourself as while you’re making purchases.

We’ve compiled a list of things you should consider today if you are doing Black Friday shopping:

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Tech Training Tuesday: Top 5 YouTube Tips

top 5 YouTube Tips

Learn the top 5 ways you can market your brand and earn revenue from your videos on YouTube, in this short course with Anson Alexander. Learn how to create a consistent brand experience across your YouTube channel and your website, use SEO and other video optimization techniques, get visitors to watch multiple videos, and scout out what’s working for other channels.

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the top of this post and you will be redirected to the YouTube Tips video!

How Technology Can Help You During FInals Week

keep-calm-and-make-it-through-finalsFinals week will be amongst us 2 weeks from today. Several times students find themselves struggling to NOT procrastinate and focus on their work. In today’s world there’s several distractions and many of them involve technology.

But, technology doesn’t have to help you procrastinate, it can actually positively help you during finals. There are several apps and websites that can be used to make you more productive during the stressful time of finals!

GOOGLE CALENDAR
Getting organized is the first step towards staying on track and saying no to procrastination. There are several calendars you can use, but Google Calendar allows you to easily sync your calendar to your phone. Likewise,any changes made from your phone will be synced back as well! It’s a great tool to set alerts and reminders for yourself about what you should be working on at specific times.

COLD TURKEY/ SELF-CONTROL
Cold Turkey is a free productivity program for Windows systems that you can use to temporarily block yourself from social media sites, addicting websites and games that can lead to procrastination. It allows does scheduling, which allows you an allotted time for a study break that you can set yourself.
SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. All you do is set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click “Start.” You will be unable to access those sites, even if you restart your computer or delete the application, until that timer expires.

QUIZLET
Flash cards are one of the most effective ways to study definitions and multiple choice tests. Quizlet is a modern interpretation of these flash cards. You will have to type your own answers into the flashcard form so it will be a little bit of work. Once you finish you’ll be able to quiz yourself and keep track of the questions you missed. You can also download the app for an iPhone or Android to use for last minute study before class.

GOOGLE DRIVE
Google Drive, is a great way to create a comprehensive study guide that professors will sometimes not provide. All you need to do is create a study guide doc and share it with your classmates. You all can virtually help each other by filling in any gaps on the study guide and you can see live edits.

Tech Training Tuesday: Online Portfolio

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Have ever wanted to start an online portfolio on your work? Or maybe you already have one, but want to improve it. Learn how to build an advanced portfolio site that showcases various types of content using the free open-source application WordPress. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen demonstrates creating custom post types, differentiating and classifying content with custom taxonomies, and working with custom post templates. The course also shows how to embed YouTube videos, build index pages, display the latest posts from different custom post types, and hook custom post types into separate themes. Exercise files accompany with the course.

Topics include:

  • Exploring online portfolios
  • Creating the site architecture
  • Incorporating advanced custom post type functionalities
  • Hooking a custom taxonomy to a post type
  • Understanding how hierarchy relates to taxonomies
  • Populating content into custom post types
  • Handling multiple post type templates
  • Displaying a list of links to the latest custom post type posts
  • Building static pages for the front and the blog
  • Creating a contact page with a contact form

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the Online Portfolio course!