スマホ時代だからこそ身に付けたい,基本的な情報リテラシー – Gihyo Jp

コンピューターやインターネットに触れる入り口といえば,かつてはパソコンが一般的でしたが,今はスマートフォンから入る人が多いのではないでしょうか。スマホ自体,かつてのパソコンを大幅に凌駕する性能を有していますし,誰でも(比較的)簡単に使えるようになっています。インターネットには繋がっているのが当たり前です。

当たり前に使えていると,なんとなくコンピューターやインターネットについても分かった・使いこなせている気になっていませんか?

スマホしか使っていないから,キーボードが使えない?

パソコンを使う上では絶対に避けて通れないキーボード入力ですが,スマートフォンならもっと簡易なフリック入力などが主流です。そのため,普段からSNSやブログなどでアクティブに活動しているような人でも,いざパソコンを使うとなると困ってしまうことも増えているようです。

SNSやブログならそれでも十分でしょうが,事務作業や論文執筆などといった本格的な作業には,まだまだパソコンが必要です。かつてのパソコン入門の定番であったキーボード入力の練習は,今でもまだ避けては通れません。

キーボードのホームポジションと各指の分担

キーボードのホームポジションと各指の分担

OSが変われば使い方も変わる?

スマホでも,OSのメジャーバージョンアップであったり,機種変更で別のOSのスマートフォンに乗り換えたりすれば,これまでとは違う使い方を要求されることがあります。特に最近は,パソコンもスマホも自動的に更新がかかるようになっていますから,特定の使い方だけを学んでいても,ある日突然別の操作方法に変わってしまうことがあり得ます。

漠然と目の前の操作を行っているだけでなく,普段から自分が行っている操作の意味や意図を理解しようとしていれば,操作方法が変わってもすぐに新しい方法を習得することができるでしょう。

クラウドサービスを連携させることで解決する手も

あの作業はスマホのほうがやりやすいけど,この作業はパソコンのほうが捗る,みたいなこともありますよね。得意な作業はそれぞれ得意な機器で行ったほうが効率的です。

インターネットを介してデータを同期・共有するクラウドサービスを利用すれば,作業中のデータや素材をさまざまな機器で共有して利用することができます。例えば,キーボードがニガテなら,スマホで文章を作成してパソコンに同期することもできるでしょう。出先でメモがわりにスマホで撮ってきた資料をもとに,パソコンで書類を作成するようなことは当たり前に行っている人も多いかと思います。完成したデータもクラウドにおいてあれば,いちいちメディアを持ち歩かなくてもいつでも参照することができます。

講習会の資料もカメラで撮影

講習会の資料もカメラで撮影

インターネットを使うルールやマナー

コンピューターやインターネットとはいっても,それを使っているのは人間です(今はBotやAIもたくさんいるでしょうが)⁠お互いにトラブルなく使うためのルールやマナーへの理解も欠かせません。

例えば著作権問題や名誉毀損などは,インターネットでよくトラブルになる原因の一つです。たとえあなたの手元のスマホに表示されている画像であっても,その著作権者は別の誰かです(ご自身で撮影された場合はともかく)⁠クローズドなチャットアプリであっても,その先にいるのは生身の人間です。人としての基本的な立ち振る舞いは意識したいものです。

おかげさまで第3版

本書[改訂第3版]基礎からわかる情報リテラシーは,特定のソフトの特定のバージョンの使い方を解説することを目的としたものではなく,基本的なコンピューターの使い方,考え方について解説した本です。初版から10年,多くのみなさまにご支持いただき,この度第3版となりました。

今回は昨今の情勢に合わせてスマホからコンピューターやインターネットに触れた層に配慮し,クラウドサービスについても触れています。また最終的にはRによるデータ処理についても取り上げており,⁠次に繋がる⁠構成となっています。ぜひお手に取ってみてください。

MAC to hold December roundtables – Lagniappe

The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will host a pair of organizational roundtable discussions aimed at coalescing the Mobile Bay artistic community and improving MAC’s presence. All arts organizations and their members are welcome to attend, regardless of their membership status with MAC.

The first meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.. The second is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

MAC Director Shellie Teague said the aim is hold these powwows quarterly to coordinate needs and services. She pointed to performing-arts organizations’ overlapping seasons and issues with fundraising as an example.

“We’re trying to become a more unified voice for the arts community,” Teague said. “This hasn’t been done in a few years and we need to hear pros and cons from the artists. We also want to know how to improve MAC membership, how to make it more valuable.”

Teague pointed to nuts and bolts issues as well. MAC is trying to improve its online calendar interface and accessibility in time for a new website due to roll out soon.

“We need to improve our messaging and make people realize this is like a chamber of commerce for the arts,” Teague said.


MOJO sounds the horn for trumpet legends
Aside from the saxophone, no instrument has as close an association with jazz as the trumpet. From the brightness of Louis Armstrong, the soaring virtuosity of Dizzy Gillespie, the spare tenderness of Chet Baker or the whispery efficiency of Miles Davis, a galaxy of jazz stars have coaxed a multitude of human emotion from its bell.

On Monday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Chip Herrington Quintet will salute trumpet legends in the monthly offering from the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). The post-Thanksgiving evening also includes MOJO’s lightning-quick annual general meeting, in which a slate of officers and board members will be elected.

Entrance is $15, $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.

For more information, call 251-459-2298, go to mojojazz.org or email [email protected].


Holiday fun for furry friends
The Baldwin County Humane Society is putting art in the spotlight with its 22nd annual Christmas by the Bay event on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. when political cartoonist J.D. Crowe serves as emcee. The winner of the Mobile Arts Council’s 2017 Arty Award for Visual Artist will unspool his caustic wit in helping raise funds for the volunteer-driven agency that relies entirely on donations.

The Sicily Swing Trio will supply musical entertainment. Tamara’s will provide food. Also on hand will be some adoptable rescue animals.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and available at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, call 251-928-4585.

Freddie Mac: Housing still on track for best year in a decade – HousingWire

Despite the slowdowns this year, 2017 is still on track to be the best year for housing in a decade, according to Freddie Mac’s November 2017 Outlook.

Freddie Mac explained this year’s modest economic growth, robust jobs gains and low interest rates made the environment more favorable for mortgages. But despite these factors, the housing market began to stall in the summer and fall this year due to a lack of affordable homes for sale.

And Freddie Mac doesn’t expect the favorable environment to continue, saying the next couple of years will see interest rates begin to increase.

“It’s unlikely the economic environment will be much more favorable for housing and mortgage markets in 2018 and 2019,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “We forecast that interest rates will remain low by historical standards, but gradually creep higher over the next two years.”

Freddie Mac decreased its prediction slightly to just 1.2 million housing starts in 2017. Back in September, the mortgage giant said it expected housing starts to come in at 1.22 million for the year.

It also predicted 6.13 million home sales in 2017, saying that despite the rough second half of the year, it is still on track for the best year in housing in a decade. Even amid the rising interest rates and other struggles to come in 2018, Freddie Mac forecasted sales will continue increasing in 2018 and 2019.

Next year, Freddie Mac predicts housing construction will gradually pick up, helping supply more homes in inventory-starved markets.

“We also forecast that housing construction will gradually pick up, helping to supply more homes to inventory-starved markets,” Becketti said. “More housing supply and modestly higher rates will lead to a moderation in house price growth. Refinance activity will drop to very low levels and the mortgage market will be dominated by purchase activity.”

ディープラーニングのすごさを体験! 人工知能で画像を加工できるツール5選

新しい技術が発表されるたびにネット上でひとしきり話題になるのが、ディープラーニングを活用した画像加工。一般的な画像処理ソフトでは到底真似のできない加工の数々は、どのような処理が行われているか見当もつかず、驚かされることもしばしばだ。

また最近では、これら技術をそのままブラウザ上で体験できるサービスが、併せて公開される例も増えている。当初からセットで公開されるケースもあるが、公開された技術をぜひ自分でも試してみたいという読者の声に応える形で登場するケースも少なくなく、長期に渡ってSNS上で話題になるので、目につく機会はひときわ多い。

今回は、個人が無償で試せることを条件に、いまオンラインで利用可能なディープラーニングやAIを用いた画像加工・作成サービスをまとめて紹介しよう。

白黒写真が自然なカラーに「Automatic Image Colorization」

Automatic Image Colorization

白黒写真に自動的に色をつけるサービス。100年前の白黒写真などを自然な色合いでカラー化することを目的としている。使い方は、画像を選択したのち「色付け!」ボタンをクリックするだけ。

写真のディテールが滑らかに「Let’s Enhance」

Let’s Enhance

写真画像を高解像度化するサービス。ブロックノイズの除去およびディティールの復元を行いつつ、解像度を2倍に向上する。画像のダウンロードには無料の会員登録が必要。最大サイズは5MBまで。

線画を自動で彩色「PaintsChainer」

PaintsChainer

線画に自動的に着色するサービス。プリセットされた3種類の着色スタイルから選択する以外に、線画上にヒントを書き込んで着彩を行うことも可能。このほか自動ペン入れツールも用意している。

イラストを高解像度化する「waifu2x」

waifu2x

低解像度のイラストを高解像度化するサービス。ノイズ除去はなしを含め5段階、拡大はなし/1.6倍/2倍から選択できる。最大サイズは5MBまで。新たに写真の高解像度化にも対応した。

アニメ調のキャラクター画像を生成「MakeGirlsMoe」

MakeGirlsMoe

アニメ調の二次元キャラクターの画像を生成するサービス。パーツを組み合わせるジェネレータサービスに見えるが、実際には機械学習によって生成されている。作成できるのはバストアップ画像のみ。

ハイエンドとしての生まれ変わりは成功しているか? – ゼロから開発したノートPC「LAVIE Note NEXT NX850/JA」

NECパーソナルコンピュータ(NECPC)が、同社製PC「LAVIE」の2017年秋冬モデルとして投入した15.6型の新シリーズ「LAVIE Note NEXT」(以下、NEXT)。リニューアルにあたり、常識やしがらみを取っ払い、”ゼロ”ベースから必要な機能のみを取り入れて開発したという意欲作だ。

今回はその最上位モデル「NX850/JA」(以下、NX850)のレビューをお届けする。グレイスブラックシルバー、グレイスホワイト、グレイスゴールドの3色のうち、グレイスブラックシルバーを試用した。量販店の店頭価格は税込203,020円前後。

LAVIE Note NEXT NX850/JA

■試用機の主な仕様  
[製品名] LAVIE Note NEXT NX850/JA  
[CPU] Intel Core i7-8550U(1.80GHz)  
[メモリ] 8GB(4GB×2)  
[グラフィックス] Intel UHD Graphics 620(CPU内蔵)  
[ストレージ] 128GB SSD(PCIe)+1TB HDD  
[光学ドライブ] BDXL対応ブルーレイディスクドライブ  
[ディスプレイ] 15.6型ワイド液晶(1,920×1,080ドット、タッチ非対応)  
[OS] Windows 10 Home 64bit  
[サイズ/重量] W361×D243×H25mm/約2.3kg  
[店頭価格] 税込203,020円前後  

フォーマルな印象の落ち着いたデザイン

まず、目を引くのがデザインの変化だ。NX850の前身となる、15.6型ノートPC「LAVIE Note Standard」シリーズ最上位「NS850/HAB」(以下、NS850)は顔が映り込むほどツヤツヤ&ピカピカながら随所に丸みを取り入れ、リッチさの中にもカジュアルさが漂う外観を採用していた。

また、NS850では重低音の効いた高音質スピーカーを、キーボードと画面の間の目立つ場所に存在感たっぷりに配置。電源やボリューム調整、操作頻度が高い機能に素早くアクセスできる「マイチョイス」ボタンなどのワンタッチスタートボタンもヒンジ近くに備えていた。

LAVIE Note NEXT NX850/JA グレイスブラックシルバー。直線的で角ばったフォルムは無骨だが格好いい

これに対し、NX850では「紙の束」をモデルにした”四角”が強調された直線的なデザインで、どっしりした金属感も相まって大変落ち着いたフォーマルな印象を受ける。直販のダイレクトモデルではグレイスレッドを用意しているが、前述の通り、店頭ではグレイスブラックシルバー、グレイスホワイト、グレイスゴールドの3色となる。フラッグシップの店頭モデルに赤のないラインナップは久しぶりではなかろうか。

キーボードとディスプレイの間のスペースは実にすっきりして、大型スピーカーも「マイチョイス」ボタンも、電源ボタンさえ取り払ってしまっている。

北島氏、五輪“リサイクル”メダルPR「僕もパソコン100台回収」 – サンケイスポーツ

携帯電話やパソコンなどからのリサイクル金属100%で作られた金メダルを手にする北島康介氏=21日、東京都庁

携帯電話やパソコンなどからのリサイクル金属100%で作られた金メダルを手にする北島康介氏=21日、東京都庁【拡大】

 2020年東京五輪・パラリンピックのメダルに、使用済みの携帯電話やパソコンなどに含まれる金属を活用する取り組みをPRするイベントが21日、東京都庁で行われ、競泳男子平泳ぎで04年アテネ、08年北京両五輪2冠の北島康介氏(35)が出席した。

 東京大会の約5000個の金、銀、銅メダルをリサイクル金属で製作するという初の試みで、年末の大掃除の時期も目前に、北島氏は「僕もパソコン100台は回収したい」と意気込んだ。

PC使用時間を記録 県職員の「働きすぎ」解消へ – 中日新聞

 県は二十一日の県議会行財政・働き方改革特別委員会で、職員の働き方改革の一環として、パソコンの使用時間を記録して実際の勤務時間を確認する方法を試験的に導入する方針を明らかにした。
 県人事課によると、職員は出勤時に「共通事務支援端末」と呼ばれるパソコンにログインし、退庁時にログオフする。現状でこれらの時間は機械的に記録されており、職員が申告する残業時間がパソコンの使用時間より短い場合、上司が職員に直接確認するなどしてサービス残業を防ぐ仕組みにする。
 十二月から県総務部で、来年一月以降に知事部局で試行的に実践する。
 県議会の議論では、職員の労働時間の把握にタイムカードの導入を求める意見も出ていたが、県の試算で初期投資に五千五百万円、維持費に年四百万円が必要と判明。新たな機器の購入が不要なパソコンの使用時間を活用することにした。
 県では昨年、国の定める過労死ラインに達する長時間労働や、出先の土木事務所で違法な時間外労働があったことが表面化。県職員の長時間労働解消などに取り組んでいる。
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BundleHunt、7ドルのディスカウント料金を支払うと、50種類のMacアプリが格安購入できる「Buy What You Want & Create Your Mac Bundle」を開催 – エキサイトニュース

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Women’s Cross Country Places Eight on the Academic All-MAC Team – EMU Eagles

MAC Release

CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com)

– The No. 27 Eastern Michigan University women’s cross country team placed eight student-athletes on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, the league announced Tuesday, Nov. 21. A total of 83 student-athletes were named to the team. The Eagles’ eight selections were tied for third-most in the conference.

The Academic All-MAC honor is to recognize student-athletes who excel in both athletics and in academics. To qualify, student-athletes must have at least 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have played in at least 50 percent of the contests in the particular sport.

Receiving the honor for the Green and White were: senior Jordann McDermitt (Davison, Mich.-Davison), redshirt senior Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind.-Fremont), junior Sydney Meyers (Zionsville, Ind.-Zionsville), redshirt senior Alsu Bogdanova (Kazan, Russia-Lyceum #83), redshirt junior Natalie Cizmas (Clinton Twp., Mich.-Chippewa Valley), seniors Jenna Wyns (Londerzeel, Belgium-Sportschool KA2) and Lauren Pottschmidt (Granger, Ind.-Penn), and redshirt junior Allie Knoll (Warren, Mich.-Warren Mott).

McDermitt, an exercise science major who holds an impressive 3.97 GPA, capped off her incredible career as an Eagle with team-best finishes in all but one of the seven meets she participated in this year. Highlighted by a fourth-place finish at the MAC Championship which earned her First Team All-MAC honors and assisted the team to its third consecutive conference title, the Davison, Mich. native continued her postseason success with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. Her fifth-place garnered all-region honors, and helped propel the Eagles into their third ever at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. Additionally, McDermitt ran to a top-15 finish in the star-studded Notre Dame Invite, as well as a top-30 finish in the tough field of runners at the Nuttycombe Invitational, which earned her MAC Runner of the Week honors. The senior captain also placed second in both the Commodore Classic and George Dales Invite. This marks the third Academic All-MAC honors McDermitt has garnered over her career.

A nursing major, Aldrich maintains a 3.93 GPA. The Fremont, Ind. native participated in six meets for the Eagles during the 2017 campaign. Aldrich marked a career-best 6K time of 21:36.3 as the fifth EMU runner to cross the finish line in the MAC Championship, playing a key role in the Eagles capturing the conference title. The redshirt senior also competed in the tough Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, and finished with the team’s third-best time at the George Dales Invite, placing fifth. This year’s honors are the third Academic All-MAC of Aldrich’s career.

A marketing major with a 3.88 GPA, Meyers finished as one of EMU’s top-five runners in all but one meet she participated in. The junior was the fourth Eastern harrier to finish in the MAC Championship, placing 11th to garner Second Team All-MAC honors and help the squad win its third straight conference title. She followed up her impressive conference performance with a 34th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, serving as the third Eagle to cross the finish line. Additionally, Meyers competed in the three toughest regular season meets the team participated in this season: the Nuttycombe Invite, Notre Dame Invite, and the Commodore Classic. This serves as the second time Meyers has been named to the Academic All-MAC squad.

A student-athlete in an individualized studies program, Bogdanova boasts a 3.85 GPA during her time at EMU.  The redshirt senior has also had great success in athletic competition, as she finished either first or second on the team in every meet she competed in this season. Bogdanova was a vital piece in the team winning its third conference title, leading the Eagles with a second-place performance, finishing in 20:50.2 to claim runner-up to the MAC Champion. A week later Bogdanova continued her success with an 11th-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional, earning all-region honors. The Kazan, Russia native also had impressive performances throughout the regular season, placing in the top-40 in both the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, as well as placing fifth in the Commodore Classic and third in the George Dales Invite. This is the second year in which Bogdanova has earned Academic All-MAC recognition.

Cizmas, an exercise science major with a 3.67 GPA, placed inside the team’s top-five finishers in every meet she competed in this season. A pivotal piece in the team’s postseason success, Cizmas placed ninth at the MAC Championships to earn Second Team All-MAC honors, before finishing fourth on the team in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The Clinton Twp., Mich. native ran strong to 46th and 80th-place finishes in the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invitationals, respectively. Additionally, Cizmas put up an impressive performance at the Commodore Classic, finishing 41st, while also placing sixth in the George Dales Invite as the fourth EMU harrier to finish the event. With this year’s honors, Cizmas has now been placed on the Academic All-MAC team twice in her career.

A psychology major with a 3.59 GPA, Wyns participated in six meets for the Eagles, including both the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and the MAC Championship. Wyns also competed in the Notre Dame Invite, placing 123rd, and the Nuttycombe Invite, where she placed 147th. The Londerzeel, Belgium native also ranked 12th in the George Dales Invite, helping the team take the meet title. This is the second Academic All-MAC honors Wyns has received in her career.

Pottschmidt, who also serves as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President, currently holds a 3.52 GPA while majoring in general business. Competing in four meets this season, Pottschmidt was the second Eastern runner to cross the finish line in the EMU Fall Classic, placing 20th in the event. She also competed in the tough Nuttycombe Invite, notching 84th out of the strong pool of runners, while placing 13th in the George Dales Invite with a time of 22.56. Pottschmidt has now earned three cross country Academic All-MAC honors in her career.

A redshirt junior with a 3.25 GPA in health administration, Knoll participated in seven meets for the Eagles, including the National Championship, Great Lakes Regional, and the MAC Championship race. The Warren, Mich. native was a part of the core group of Eastern runners, as she also participated in the Notre Dame and Nuttycombe Invites, placing 78th and 150th, respectively, with her time of 17:46.1 in the Notre Dame race serving as a career-best 5K performance, and her 21:42.8 in the Nuttycombe serving as a career-best 6K time. Knoll also participated in the tough Commodore Classic, finishing 54th in the event. Additionally, the redshirt junior ran to a ninth-place finish at the George Dales Invite, serving as the sixth EMU runner to cross the finish line.

EMU concluded its season at the NCAA Championship, Nov. 18, as the only team representatives from the MAC, placing 27th with a team score of 603 points. Its performance in the national title race was just three weeks removed from the MAC Championship, which saw the Eagles take home their third straight conference title, finishing with 45 points to tie the program’s second-best conference championship score in history.

2017 MAC Women’s Cross Country Academic All-MAC Team

Alyssa Thomas, Akron, Sophomore, 3.20, Nutrition

Mackenzie Andrews, Akron, Sophomore (R), 3.805, Physical/Health Education

Haley Hess, Akron, Sophomore, 3.30, Exercise Science

Elizabeth Mosier, Akron, Junior (R), 3.540, Nutrition/Dietetics

Tarike Osuobeni, Akron, Junior, 3.731, Political Science

Hannah Pineault, Akron, Sophmore, 3.932, Chemical Engineering

Vanessa Rivera, Akron, Sophomore, 3.441, Education

Brooke Talhelm, Ball State, Sophomore, 4.000, Pre-Nursing

Stephanie McElhaney, Ball State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.941, Exercise Science

Peyton Kneadler, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.844, Pre-Psychological Science

Jessica Bryzek, Ball State, Senior, 3.747, Biology

Maritza Rodriguez, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.694, Elementary Education

Meliza Rodriguez, Ball State, Sophomore, 3.513, Marketing

Kitty Taylor, Ball State, Senior, 3.354, Art

Rachel Durbin, Bowling Green, Graduate Student, 3.426, Human Movement Sport and Leisure Studies

Allison Holahan, Bowling Green, Sophomore, 4.0, Biology

Elena Lancioni, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.923, Exercise Science

Kelsie Mothersead, Bowling Green, Junior, 3.952, Exercise Science

Rachel Walny, Bowling Green, Senior, 3.990, Exercise Science

Rachel Barich, Buffalo, Junior, 3.743, Special Studies

Chardae Henry, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.684, Psychology

Meghan LaTuso, Buffalo, Sophomore, 3.226, Communication

Charlotte Molloy, Buffalo, Senior, 3.713, Speech & Hearing Science

Carlye Stella, Buffalo, Senior, 3.756, Nursing

Taylor Aguillon, Central Michigan, Senior, 3.54, Community Health Education

Samantha Allmacher, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.97, Biology

Natalie Beaulieu, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.92, Undecided

Carissa Gobbi, Central Michigan, Sophomore, 3.94, Biochemistry

Megan O’Neil, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.73, Neuroscience

Erin Zdrojewski, Central Michigan, Junior, 3.74, Undecided
Jordann McDermitt, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.97, Exercise Science
Anna Aldrich, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt senior, 3.93, Nursing
Sydney Meyers, Eastern Michigan, Junior, 3.88, Marketing
Alsu Bogdanova, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt senior, 3.85, Individualized studies program
Natalie Cizmas, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt junior, 3.67, Exercise science
Jenna Wyns, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.59, Psychology
Lauren Pottschmidt, Eastern Michigan, Senior, 3.52 General business
Allie Knoll, Eastern Michigan, Redshirt junior, 3.25, Health administration


Jaimie Adams, Kent State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.761, Exercise Science

Morgan Arena, Kent State, Junior, 3.407, Fashion Design

Morgan Bing, Kent State, Senior, 4.00, Nursing

Olivia Davis, Kent State, Redshirt Sophomore, 3.954, Chemistry

Robin Foster, Kent State, Senior, 3.777, Nursing

Emily Henry, Kent State, Junior, 3.673, Human Development/Family Studies

Morgan Manuel, Kent State, Redshirt Junior, 3.254, Fashion Design

Allison Klonne, Miami, Graduate Student, 3.86, Marketing & Analytics

Maria Scavuzzo, Miami, Senior, 3.35, Nutrition

Sarah Starrett, Miami, Senior, 3.22, Psychology and Kinesiology

Alesha Vovk, Miami, Senior, 3.58, Kinesiology

Maegan Murphy, Miami, Sophomore, 4.00, Microbiology & Pre-Med

Tayler Broermann, Miami, Junior, 3.32, Psychology

Carly Davis, Miami, Sophomore, 3.74, Sport Leadership & Management

Claire Linn, Miami, Sophomore, 3.57, Business-Undecided

Taylor Malchow, Miami, Sophomore, 4.00, Biology & Pre-Med

Regan Smith, Miami, Sophomore, 3.78, Integrated Social Studies Education

Michaela Heit, NIU, Junior, 3.333, Biological Sciences

Ericka Hibser, NIU, Junior, 4.000, Biological Sciences

Lorena Martin, NIU, Senior, 3.306, Marketing

Vivian Overbeck, NIU, Sophmore, 3.934, Economics

Alyssa Atkinson, Ohio, Junior, 4.0, Engineering with a computer engineering track

Madison Sury, Ohio, Junior, 3.984, Journalism -Strategic Communications

Emily Deering, Ohio, Junior, 3.940, Business Pre-Law

Tiffany Hill, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.828, Mechanical Engineering

Abby Miller, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.728, Health Sciences and Professions – Undecided

Ellen Isaac, Senior, 3.564, Exercise Physiology

Emily Cass, Ohio, Sophomore, 3.545, University College-Undecided

Josie Woosley, Ohio, Junior, 3.379, Long Term Health Care Administration

Julia Mendiola, Toledo, Senior, 3.938, Biology

Stephanie Barlow, Toledo, Senior, 3.754, Early Childhood Education

Stephanie Sherman, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.854, Bioengineering

Maddie Ferner, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.612, Biology

Zita Molnar, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.827, Mathematics

Olivia Chinn, Toledo, Junior, 3.858, Exercise Science

Janelle Noe, Toledo, Senior, 3.845, Exercise Science

Athena Welsh, Toledo, Sophomore, 3.455, Pre-Business

Delainey Phelps, Toledo, Senior, 3.229, Clinical Nurse Leader

Sarah Anderson, Western Michigan, Junior, 3.55, Exercise Science

Hanne Christensen, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.66, English: Creative Writing

Kayla Dominguez, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.04, Anthropology and English

Claire Gilbert, Western Michigan, Senior, 3.49, Geography

Brittney Hall, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 4.0, Pre-Occupational Therapy

Autumn Lewis, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 3.83, Criminal Justice

Haley Ritsema, Western Michigan, Sophomore, 4.0, Pre-Dietetics

Think Having A Mac Protects You From Cyber Attack? No Longer – HuffPost UK

Mac versus PC, Apple versus Android. It’s a war that’s born a thousand memes, hundreds of advertising campaigns, and billions of search queries. In the security game, Apple have always had reasonable cause to be a little smug – its operating systems have traditionally been perceived as a haven from online attacks.

But in the last few years things have changed.

Apple is known for running a tight ship when it comes to allowing apps or tools into its ecosystem. This is often enough to discourage attackers, many of whom are designing attacks for easy wins. Criminals also often tend to go after the most frequently used operating systems, such as Windows and Android, in order to reach the largest number of victims. Protected by a lack of motivation, and iOS’s highly curated app ecosystem, Apple users have long considered themselves safe.

But malware affecting Apple users is on the rise – our research shows a steady increase in malware being detected throughout the course of last year. In fact, detections had tripled by November 2016 when compared to the start of that year. Contrary to popular belief, Apple users aren’t immune to malicious attacks.

Some people will still remember the menacing Flashback trojan from a few years ago that tricked users into installing rogue software that went on to steal their password information. Although it’s still seen as one of the biggest and most sophisticated of malware attacks on the Mac OS, cybercriminals are still plotting new threats.

For example, last year, KeRanger became widely known as the first ransomware to target the OSX operating system that powers Apple’s line of computers. Again, illegitimate software was to blame here. But this time, they demanded cash from their victims. Once installed, the ransomware scrambled the user’s personal files and then demanded a payment of over £300 to release them.

Does our research suggest that attackers are increasingly targeting Macs? Not necessarily. When we drill deeper into the data, we see that email campaigns are the major culprits, and such junk email can be successful in delivering malware across a full range of devices. The key takeaway is this: no matter what side of the Mac versus PC or iOS versus Android debate you fall on, you can unfortunately become a victim of cybercrime. That’s because – ultimately – people are the weak link in any line of defence, regardless of what operating system you use. It’s important to practice better security in all cases.

How to protect against Mac malware, including viruses and ransomware

Mac malware makes up a very small proportion of all malware, but a cautious approach, nonetheless, goes a long way.

Here are a few tips.

  • Think before you click: There’s been a rise in the number of Mac users being caught out by malware being spread by email, including malicious links and attachments. Never view, open, or copy email attachments or links unless you trust the sender.
  • Stay up to date: Zero-day vulnerabilities are usually patched quickly. Keep your operating system and all your software and applications up-to-date to ensure you have the protection against the latest threats emerging.
  • Protect yourself: Secure your Mac in the same way you would a PC. Use a robust and trusted internet security solution that includes antivirus, firewalls, browser protection and proven protection from online threats.