Something Seems Phishy

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Did you know that the most common way "hackers" get your information, is by you giving it to them? Most "hackers" use a scheme that is called phishing. They create elaborate websites that look just like a login page for your favorite websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc. Lately, a phishing group has been responsible for creating and sending an email with an attachment that get's you to enter in your Google account information. Here are some signs of the new Google phishing scheme:

1) Getting an email with, what seems to be, a Google account login page. It may look like this:

--If you are unaware if a page that looks like this is a real Google sign in page, look at the URL. Google will only ever use an <<HTTPS://>> site. If the site is anything other than that DO NOT TRUST it and exit! As well, if you are signing into something using your google account, the URL should be almost always be:
--This specific phishing scheme seems to be using a URL like <<data:text/html>> DO NOT TRUST IT

2) The email may look like this:

If you feel like you may have fallen prey to a phishing scheme, it is good to go through and change every single password you have for everything. It may also be a great idea to run a virus scan.

The upgrade that your computer needs. SSD

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Many computers start to run very slowly after a couple of years, even if there is a full re installation of the operating system, some machines will never run like they did in their first years. This can happened for various reasons. from the amount of microprocessor power and ram begin too low, to  the machine not being fully compatible with the new programs used on the machine. But most of the time, even Macintosh computers run slow due to the damage on the hard drive. Replacing it can improve drastically how the computer runs, with a small investment a old computer can fell like new again.

Why the hard drive does not last like the other parts?

Most of the computers that are sold come with a HDD or Hard Disk Drive.  This type of drive uses a magnetic storage. To keep it simple, HDD use a moving metal disk that writes data to it using electricity. This method is very efficient at storing huge amounts of data, and noways the price of this types of Drives is super cheap. A 1025GB HDD can be found at less than $50. While economic, HDD's have a problem: the moving parts. Since they move every time they read and write and since the storage is done by a physical change to the metal disk some small parts of the metal disk can become damaged to a point that no more data can be written or read from them. Computers Know about this problem and what they do is ignore that part that is not of use anymore. The problem with this is that eventually there are going to be so many of this useless parts that the machine will have a hard time trying to find good places to put new data, resulting in a very slow computer. This is called Data Degradation. It will be a good idea to read more about this now that you have the basic understanding of this. You can learn more here:

How can I fix a slow computer?

Now that it is known that HDD's are the cause of many computers running slow, replacing it can be a very helpful solution. Buying a hard drive other than a HDD is the way to go. Even though there are Hybrids type of Hard Drives, I personally believe that SDD's are the best investment someone can do regarding Hard Drives upgrades. There is ongoing discussion about this, if you are interested, research a little bit about Hybrid Drives vs SSD's but be sure that while they are different, both are a huge improvement over HDD's.
The price of a SSD goes from $80 for a 150GB Drive. This is a lot more expensive than a HDD and for a good reason.

How Does SSD work?

Solid State Drive or SSD, work completely different from HDD, SSD's store the information in many integrated chips, to keep it simple, imagine a lot of USB flash drives put together to from a big drive. That is a basic picture of how they work. Of course, there is a lot more to it, if you are interested in learning more about them you can do that here:
By using no moving parts, the writing and reading of data is way faster and the durability of the disk is way longer when reading data from the disk.

This table shows the main differences  between SSD and HDD

With this, we can see that there are many advantages in upgrading to an SSD.
If you think you want to upgrade your computer, talk to a DormNet assistant, while we cannot do that procedure for you since we do not have the equipment to open a computer, we will be happy to instruct you on who to contact for this task.


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Hi students of Harding University. My name is Mason Clemens. I am a senior Management Information Systems major from Cincinnati, Ohio. I enjoy listening to music, playing soccer, hiking, and watching The Office. 

Oh and I almost forgot to mention... I work for DormNet.

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Not too long ago, I was a wee little freshman here at Harding. I joined a social club, I attended a Wednesday night bible study, and I was involved in all sorts of extra curricular activities. There is no doubt I was living the Harding dream my freshman year. I was very content with my experience at Harding thus far, and I honestly cannot thank God enough for that formative year in my life. However, there was only one problem, my job. Financially, I knew I was going to need a job when I came to college. Naturally, I grabbed the quickest and easiest thing I could find at the start of my freshman year. I decided to work at a local call center because that was the only position available and it seemed pretty flexible. All I did was ask people to donate to nonprofit organizations. Though I am very thankful that God blessed me with a job that year, it was by no means fun and exciting. In fact, it was miserable.

Thankfully, the second semester of my freshman year the applications for DormNet went out. A buddy of mine who had been in my youth group was working there and told me to apply. He thought I would be a good fit for the team. So I applied, got an interview, then was given a job offer. I would start the fall semester of my sophomore year. I accepted the position. No big surprise there...

My time at DormNet has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had at Harding. For some people, it's hard to believe that working IT could be fun, but I can promise you that it's been a blast. This job allows you to use your tech skills to put a smile on a distraught student's face. You are immediately loved by that student when you fix their computer. They will be ranting and raving about you for a week. But more than just helping people with their computers, we like to have fun while doing it. We make hip playlists, we setup Christmas decorations, we have inside jokes, and we make awkward chapel announcements/videos. I have made all kinds of memories here. As I write this blog, I am reminded of the time a DormNet coworker hit Keith Cronk, the CIO of Harding, in the face with a paper plane. Also the time that I made a karate-like chapel video with Cliff and Clax. Oh and the time that a girl offered to hide me because males aren't supposed to be in female dorms. (P.s. I had a work order in Sears Hall and was authorized to be there to fix a student's WiFi. She quickly found out that I was not breaking any rules.) The list goes on. 

Image result for nerdBut it's truly the people that have made the difference. My DormNet family, which includes my coworkers and my manager, have made these last two and a half years tremendous. This is a wonderful work environment. The Christmas Party and the DormNet Awards Banquet are just a job perk. It's the meaningful conversations and the hysterical jokes we make every single day that has made this job so special. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for these nerds.

If your mission is technology, please apply for the best job on campus. We need you!

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If you have experience with PCs, Macs, printers, gaming systems, streaming devices, etc.
If you have good communication skills.

Click here to apply for the Fall 2017 DormNet Assistant Positions.

Windows Running Slow? Speed It Up With This Simple Trick!

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While PCs are getting faster, us as college students don't have the financial means to keep up. This means we are lugging around the same 20 pound PC our parents bought for us in high school. You may think, "My computer is just so slow, I need a new one!" Fret no longer, while your computer may be slow, there may also be a way to help it go a little bit faster while you finish out your college career. Saving you (or your parents) $$.

If you Google "Speed up my computer", most likely you'll get some shady tips to turn off things like "visual animation" which makes your screen look weird and even more outdated. DormNet sees hundreds of computers every year and every year we see students that have PC's that are swamped with programs that they no longer need or they never knew was there. The follow steps takes you though the process of uninstalling stuff. There are two different kind of things that you can uninstall: regular programs, or Windows apps that came on your computer. Let's look at uninstalling both kinds, 

Uninstall the stuff
If you bought your PC recently or from Best Buy, most likely there are random things installed on your computer that you never knew were there. Sometimes they can slow down your computer significantly and cause unwanted pop ups. You may also just have a ton of random software installed. It is best to take a quick gander and uninstall anything you don't need or want. Keep in mind that we are about to venture into some dangerous territory. If you have any questions about a program you are about to uninstall, do not hesitate to ask DormNet, Uninstalling the wrong things can lead to the death of your computer. A pro tip is to only uninstall the things that you know about and installed yourself and no longer need.

Uninstalling Programs:
  1. Right-click on the Start Button/Window in the bottom left-hand corner
  2. Choose the top choice 'Programs and Features'
  3. Take a hatchet to anything you don't need anymore but BE CAREFUL, only uninstall things you know. Don't uninstall things that you don't know about. Some of those programs are essential to your computer's health.

Some other fun stuff to uninstall are the apps that come pre-loaded on your Windows machine. These apps don't necessarily take up a ginormous amount of processor space but uninstalling them can help speed up your computer and free up storage space.

Uninstalling Windows Apps:
  1. Go to the Settings App
  2. Go to the Apps & Features page (or Search and apps for Windows 8)
    1. Select app sizes if Windows 8
  3. Click on the app you want to uninstall and then click uninstall
  4. Get rid of anything you don't need or have never even seen 

A Cashless Society

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A cashless society is one in which every financial transaction is conducted electronically, rather than with physical currencies. As a society, we have moved in this direction through the years. Starting in the 1990s, non-cash payments began becoming popular and by the 2010s digital payment methods were widespread. But, we are not totally cashless yet and it remains to be seen whether we should even switch to a completely cashless society. On the one hand, physical cash plays a part in corruption, tax evasion, money laundering, and other types of illegal activities. Cash allows anonymity, thus making these illegal forms of activity much easier to carry out. However, on the other hand, the lack of this anonymity might lead to a society where individual freedoms are limited because the government has access to all your financial information.

Countries That Have Done It

India is at the forefront of cashless societies. A decade ago, nearly half of India’s citizens did not have any form of identification. But in 2009, the government launched the largest and most successful IT project in the world. They created digital identities for 1.1 billion people. This laid the foundation for a digital economy. Their next project was to get everyone to open a bank account, and within three years more than 270 million people had done so. They also launched a Unified Payment Interface, which was a way for banks and people to transfer money to one another instantaneously and without transaction costs, regardless of their bank. In a move to curb corruption and eliminate counterfeit bills, the Indian Prime Minister announced in November that the country was discontinuing all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. It caused quite a lot of shock and resulted in setbacks for some people, but it was a bold move that will produce long-term benefit by accelerating the push to a totally digital and modern Indian economy.

Sweden is also quickly becoming a cashless society. Swedish buses have not taken cash in many years. Retailers, street vendors, and even churches, all prefer to receive payment in digital forms. Retailers are even legally entitled to refuse coins and notes. Cash transactions made up barely 2% of all payments in Sweden last year (compared to 32% in the United States). This figure is estimated to drop down to 0.5% by 2020. 900 of Sweden’s 1,600 bank branches don’t even keep cash on hand or take cash deposits anymore.

Pros and Cons of a Cashless Society

There are numerous advantages to a cashless society. One is increased security of funds. From bank robberies to purse snatchings, possessing cash puts a target on your back for potential robbers. While there are ways for robberies to happen to digital forms of currencies, through hacking, this is becoming less of a problem as digital security gets more sophisticated. There will also be decreased illegal activities, from exchanges on the black market, to under the table payments, to corruption. The processing of transactions will also become much more efficient – no more waiting behind people who are paying with cash or trying to write a check. Instantaneous payments instead of waiting for checks to post. It could also provide a boost to the economy through increased public spending - studies have shown that people are less likely to make small purchases when paying in cash because they don’t have the exact change or don’t want to break a larger bill (however, this may not be good for those who are trying to save money!).

However, there are some serious disadvantages to consider when thinking of moving a society to completely cashless. The first main issue would be that it could mean the end of privacy. Cash offers anonymity. If everything is paid in the form of digital payments, there is a digital trail of every purchase you make. While digital security is getting better, there are still hackers that can get a hold of this information. The second is it might give the government too much power – they can have access to this digital trail that you leave behind through purchases. It could also potentially have the power to totally freeze accounts of people and someone wouldn’t have any cash to make purchases.

In conclusion, a totally cashless society may not be the way to go, until we have some decentralized safety measure that ensures individual freedom. Otherwise, it could give rise to an Orwellian society where the government has too much power over people’s financials. There are major benefits in terms of crime and corruption prevention, however, so if safety measures can be attained then it might be worth going towards a totally cashless society.

Flying Higher, On the Go!

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For those of you who love to record your adventures, but like to keep a low profile, look no further. The Mavic, from DJI, is the option for you.

This nifty drone is designed to be the most compact full-capability flier to date. Folding arms, propellers, and even controller store away in a pouch that can be worn on a belt, as a fanny pack, on as a sling bag. How small you ask?

Small enough to fit in your hand. for those who prefer numbers, it is described by DJI as having dimensions 83 mm by 83 mm by 198 mm (3.27 in by 3.27 in by 7.8 in).

As far as capability, the Mavic sports a 4K camera and a maximum range of 7 km (4.3 mi), with Return to Home feature and an obstacle avoidance system able to detect objects up to 15 m (49 ft) away.

How much for this wonder of engineering, you may ask. To just purchase the drone, controller, MicroSD card, and battery charger, you're looking at $999.00 US. For $1299.00 US, you can get their Fly More bundle, which saves you $82 US on add-ons for the Mavic. For more in-depth details or to purchase the Mavic, check out its page on the DJI website.

Spread the Gospel Online

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If you're anything like me, you want to be able to spread the good news about Jesus, but you don't have any money to support yourself going on a mission trip. You know the saying "there's an app for that"? Well, there isn't an app for this, but there is a website! World Bible School is a church of Christ based organization that wants to reach out to people all over the world and teach the gospel.

Here is how to get started:

Visit the World Bible School website and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. You'll see two buttons, one that says "Help Someone Study" and another that says "Become a Student". Click on "Help Someone Study" and fill out the form (if you are not a member of a church of Christ, you will have to complete the course as a student before becoming a teacher). You'll have to wait for your application to be reviewed, but once it has been accepted, you are ready to teach!

Adding Students

"How do I add students," you ask? Simple! Login to "The Hub" is the first page that shows up when you log in. It has encouraging stories and other news from Christians around the world. If you look at the top right of your browser, you will see a navigation bar with a few options to choose from. Select "Student Board". From there, you will be taken to a page with a list of students who have signed up to learn more about God's word. On the right hand side of the browser, you can filter through the students by country and the language they speak, as well as their age and gender. Whenever you see a student that you would like to teach, simply click the "adopt" button and they will become your student. Introduce yourself and make them feel welcome, and encourage them on their journey to learn more about Christ!

World Bible School has great customer support as well, so if you ever have any questions on how to grade a lesson, or help a student to get better grades on their lessons, they are always willing to help. So if you want to help spread the gospel from the comfort of your home, sign up for World Bible School today!