Mobile banking dos and don'ts

For mobile banking users, convenience outweighs security concerns

Just a few years ago, depositing a check required a trip to your local bank. Now, mobile banking allows customers to deposit checks, transfer money between accounts, check their account balance and more. But do these conveniences outweigh security concerns with mobile banking? For more than half of American adults, including MSU neuroscience freshman Ethan Kosmyna, the answer is yes. Fifty-eight percent of U.S. adults use a mobile device to manage their banking accounts at least once a month, according to a survey from the American Banking Association.

Sue Scheff discussed different types of trolls

Online justice: social accountability or harassment?

When someone posts something offensive online, other users are often quick to chastise that user for the post in question. “Social sites create opportunities to reflect the best and worst parts of ourselves,” said Lindsay Blackwell, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. Blackwell studies online harassment and said she sees a pattern of retributive justice online. Is the act of online shaming simply users holding others accountable for their words and actions, or do some people  take it too far? In a lot of cases covered in the news, victims of online harassment deal with negative effects after the ordeal takes place.

Wayback Machine crawl

Wayback Machine archives websites for over 20 years

Have you ever wished you could hop in an Internet time machine to see how the web or specific websites have developed over the years? Kelly Stec, an MSU doctoral student studying education policy, researches how political think tanks’ stances on legislation has changed throughout time. Stec, who is also a legislative assistant at the Michigan State House of Representatives, knew that in order to study this evolution, she needed to dig around the internet to find out how lawmakers felt about bills when they were initially introduced. There was a problem though: what if lawmakers deleted posts that they changed their mind about? Lucky for Stec, her advisor recommended she check out a website called the Wayback Machine to help with her research.

What happens when you delete a post from Facebook?

For social media users, there may come a time when they’d like to erase an embarrassing post, which sites like Facebook say is possible. “If you post something and later decide you don’t want people to see it, you can delete it,” Facebook says in its Privacy Basics section of the site. But once something’s “deleted,” what happens? When a user deletes something, Facebook is able to ensure users will not see the deleted post, but that doesn’t mean Facebook destroys all traces of that post completely, or that Facebook cannot retrieve it. “In modern, big cloud infrastructures, they basically never delete anything,” said Ken Birman, a computer science professor at Cornell who does research on cloud computing.

MSU students exercise their right to vote on Election Day

“It’s either you stand for something or fall for nothing,” said Michigan State University freshman Sam Bryant on voting in the 2016 Presidential Election. Thousands of MSU students feel the same way, with record-high numbers of new student voters registering to vote in this year’s election.

CATA offers free rides to voters on Election Day

Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, will offer free rides on Election Day, Nov. 8. A bus pass will not be required. CATA Director of Marketing Laurie Robison wrote in an email that “a valid voter registration card is all that’s required for a free ride aboard CATA on Election Day.”

Annual Great Pumpkin Walk takes place in East Lansing

East Lansing’s annual Great Pumpkin Walk brought hundreds of trick-or-treaters to the city’s downtown area on Oct. 27. Families from East Lansing and its surrounding area brought their children to trick-or-treat at the Great Pumpkin Walk, where attendees were abe to trick-or-treat at more than 50 downtown merchants. The Wild Goose Inn, located on Albert Avenue, also hosted its annual “Land of Oz” as part of the Great Pumpkin Walk, where volunteers from All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre dressed as characters from “the Wizard of Oz” and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. Trick-or-treaters will have another chance to trick-or-treat on Halloween, too.