‘Safety’ Posts

Degree Mills and How to Avoid Them

Degree Mills and How to Avoid Them

In a time where everyone seems to have a degree, people are going to extreme lengths to get one. Yet, some people in the business of spreading knowledge aren’t in it for your growth and development; they are in it to make big bucks. These same people, better known as con-artists, pose online as legitimate ...

Why You Should: Control Facebook & Other Internet Tracking

Why You Should: Control Facebook & Other Internet Tracking

Facebook tracks all users as part of its program to send them targeted adds. It places tracking cookies on your computers and mobile devices to snoop out your location and your online activity. Once these tracking markers are buried in your computer or mobile device, Facebook can track even those who have turned off their ...

Has Pokémon Go Installed Hidden Malware on Your Phone?

Has Pokémon Go Installed Hidden Malware on Your Phone?

With the rapid rise of Pokémon Go, many players may be focused on finding, catching, and socializing—-unaware of what’s happening behind their screens: malware. This latest security issue follows recent concerns that the iOS version of Pokémon Go can grab user data through access to players’ Google accounts. Pokémon Go combines the classic 20-year-old franchise ...

Staying Safe During an Attack on Campus

Staying Safe During an Attack on Campus

Around 2:00AM on Sunday morning, an armed man entered a nightclub in Orlando, Florida and opened fire on the people inside. Forty-nine innocent people were shot and killed, while 53 others were severely injured, some of them still in critical condition as of Monday, June 13th. If you’ve turned on a television or read a ...

Why You Should: Understand Consent

Why You Should: Understand Consent

The statistics are increasingly startling and upsetting—as of 2015, it was reported that 1 in 5 women will be raped in their lifetime, and 27% of women in college will experience some kind of unwanted or undesired sexual contact. As one of the most underreported crimes, sexual assault is alive and well on college campuses ...

How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

Last summer, I went abroad for the first time, and I went entirely by myself. Needless to say, my mom was not very excited when I told her I booked the trip, and she continued to panic about my impending departure as I counted down the days. I had no idea what to expect, and ...

Eleven Things First Time Renters Should Do

Eleven Things First Time Renters Should Do

So you’re leaving the dorms (or your parent’s house) and heading out on your own. Congratulations! Here are some tips to help you navigate apartment hunting and utilities. Do keep in mind that your particular rent situation will vary based on what you’re renting (house, apartment, room, duplex…) and where you’re renting it. 1. Know ...

Online Resources for Mental Health

Online Resources for Mental Health

Everyone deals with difficult times at one point or another. Students are not immune to emotional flareups and concerns about their mental health. One in five young Americans experience a mental health issue, and nearly half of them do not seek treatment when they need it. Nonjudgmental support is more important than ever before, according ...

Smartphone AI in Emergencies

Smartphone AI in Emergencies

Your smartphone has a secret. Its built-in personal assistant feature failed the performance test. Android, Windows and Apple mobile devices, despite their so-called intelligent coding, need more learning in order to help you in a personal, mental or medical crisis. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMMA) Internal Medicine published in ...

Tips for Relocating for School

Tips for Relocating for School

The movies always seem to portray going-away-to-school the same exact way: some fresh faced kid packing their beat up car with stuff and hitting the road to go away to school. Growing up, I always assumed that when you went away to college, you actually went away—as in out of the state, or even across ...

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

How to Safeguard Your Android Devices

Students often have hectic schedules and an overwhelming amount of tasks to complete. So, it’s no wonder that worrying about the safety and security of highly vulnerable smartphones and tablets rarely number among their concerns. But the damage a breach of these devices causes far outweighs the inconvenience of staying mindful of their safety. These ...

Why You Should: Beware Malware

Why You Should: Beware Malware

It may already be invading your mobile device Mobile phones and tablets are great devices. They are one of the marvels of surviving social and academic communication. The Android platform that runs these mobile tools are lower cost and much more customizable than their Apple and Windows counterparts. But Android phones and tablets are much ...

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