Monthly Archives: December 2015

Winter Break is a Busy Time for UITS

As Finals wrap up and the campus is preparing for a short slumber during the winter break, the staff and students with UITS are rocking and rolling as they unload, unpack, and install upgraded technology in selected computer labs around campus.  The upgraded technology has been purchased with the Student Tech Fee funds and is available for all enrolled students in CCT407, CCT450, and Stanley Hall 207.

UITS takes advantage of the downtime to complete upgrades and maintenance so that the Faculty, Students, and Staff will have the best in class technology available.

Photo of students unloading computers from the truck.
Unloading the new computers for the open labs.
Photo of students installing computers in the lab.
Students installing upgraded technology in the computer lab, CCT450.
Photo of students installing technology in Stanley Hall 207.
Upgrading the technology in Stanley Hall 207.

Using Your Debit Card Safely

Just because you usually use your debit card in public places doesn’t mean you’re always safe. Information/identify theft can take place just about any time or anywhere – at an ATM, in your favorite coffeehouse, or when you’re buying something online.


Here are some smart ways to help protect you and your money.

Rule number one. Keep your PIN a secret. Memorize your PIN, and never write it on your card or store it with your card. Do not let anyone else enter your PIN for you. Don’t give your PIN over the telephone. No company or person should ever ask for your PIN, not even your bank or credit union. If you use your debit card to make a purchase by phone, never disclose your PIN. (Did we mention, keep your PIN a secret?)

Watch your email. Your tech savvy friends know, email is probably the most common method of identity theft and electronic fraud. Don’t provide your debit or credit card number, PIN or other personal information in response to an unsolicited email or online request. Electronic security pros recommend different PINs for different accounts. And it’s a good idea to change your PINs often.

Be smart online. The Web is a big place, and it is not getting any safer. So be careful when shopping online – whether you’re buying gifts or just adding a few features to your favorite multiplayer game persona. Look for secure transaction symbols, such as the little “lock” logo in the lower right-hand corner of your browser window and Web addresses that start with “https.” Log off from a site after you complete a purchase, and if you can’t log off, close your browser to protect your personal information.

Don’t wait. If your card is lost or stolen, report it to your financial institution right away. By notifying your bank or credit union immediately, you reduce the chance that your card will be used improperly. Even better, you limit your potential liability – translation: the money you actually lose – for unauthorized transactions by scammers or hackers.

Keep an eye on your money. Review account statements from your financial institution or credit union when you get them. Or better yet, sign up for electronic banking to get secure online access to your account day or night. Report any problems or questions, including transactions you think may be unauthorized, right away. Again, quick action can limit misuse and save you money.

Protect your card. If the magnetic stripe on the back of your card is damaged or demagnetized, the “swipe and buy” process cannot work. So don’t expose your card to magnetic objects, dirt and grit, keys or other objects that can nick the stripe.

Here are some additional tips on the secure use of debit cards and ATMs:

  • Block the view of others when entering your PIN at an ATM or debit terminal
  • Don’t let a cashier or anyone else enter your PIN, even if they are helping you with the transaction
  • Make sure your ATM or debit transaction is complete, then review your receipt before leaving the terminal
  • Be aware of your surroundings before using a public terminal, such as a walk-up ATM in a mall or at a gas station
  • It’s smart to take a friend with you when using a public ATM or debit terminal at night or in a remote location
  • If anyone or anything seems suspicious when you are using a public terminal, leave the area immediately
  • If you get cash during an ATM or debit terminal transaction, put it away before leaving the terminal
  • If someone follows you after you have conducted a transaction at a public terminal, go to a crowded, well-lit area immediately and call the police

Reference: DebitSavy “Using Your Debit Card Safely”