As the scope of cyber­se­cu­rity con­tinues to evolve, so, too, do the demands facing those entering the field. This has prompted many in higher edu­ca­tion to revisit the ques­tion: What’s the best way to pre­pare stu­dents to enter the field? And for those inter­ested in pur­suing a career in cyber­se­cu­rity to ask: What do I need to know?

During a round­table Tuesday morning, a panel of five experts in dif­ferent sectors—including finance, health­care, and higher education—discussed the com­plex nature of cyber­se­cu­rity and the “soft skills” required to suc­ceed in the ever- changing cyber landscape.

Titled “Cre­ating Aligned and Rel­e­vant Path­ways for Stu­dents” the event was co- hosted by Northeastern’s Lowell Insti­tute School and the Business- Higher Edu­ca­tion Forum.

The Lowell Insti­tute School offers sci­ence, tech­nology, and engi­neering bachelor’s degree com­ple­tion pro­grams for stu­dents who already have some col­lege credit. It also offers post- graduate stu­dents and pro­fes­sionals the oppor­tu­nity to pursue new or related careers in those growing industries.

Here are five tips for those looking to break into the cyber­se­cu­rity field, with insight from the round­table experts.

Be a good communicator

All five of the experts said they had inter­viewed a can­di­date for a cyber­se­cu­rity posi­tion who pos­sessed a strong tech­nical under­standing of run­ning a cyber­se­cu­rity oper­a­tion but who strug­gled to explain how it worked to someone without a tech­nology background.

This posed a grave problem for someone like Jim Graham, sales engi­neering man­ager at the cyber­se­cu­rity com­pany Imperva, whose busi­ness relies on employees’ ability to explain to other com­pa­nies what his can offer.

Or, for someone like Ari Seit­elman, infor­ma­tion assur­ance engi­neer at Raytheon, a U.S. defense con­tractor, who needs people within his team to be able to effec­tively com­mu­ni­cate with each other.

“Those com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are impor­tant,” Seit­elman said. “The larger part is being able to trans­late these tech­nical solu­tions to your audi­ence. You have to make sure that you can not only com­mu­ni­cate what you’re doing, but artic­u­late these tech­nical solu­tions in a way that people who aren’t in that field can understand.”

Craig Ben­nett, director of cor­po­rate com­pli­ance at Dea­coness Med­ical Center, recalled joining the team at Dea­coness in 2004, when the hos­pital was in the midst of con­verting from paper med­ical files to dig­ital files.

“Some of the best people I dealt with from an IT per­spec­tive were those who came from dif­ferent dis­ci­plines,” he said, such as soci­ology or psy­chology. “They brought to the table that crit­ical thinking, which was really impor­tant in healthcare.”

Under­stand that cyber­se­cu­rity is “not just a tech­nical issue; it’s a human issue”

Cyber­se­cu­rity is more than just a neb­u­lous con­cept tucked into the deep web, the experts argued Tuesday.

Kemi Jona, founding director of the Lowell Insti­tute School and asso­ciate dean for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion in the Col­lege of Pro­fes­sional Studies, said, “Cyber­se­cu­rity is not just a tech­nical issue; it’s a human issue, a sys­tems issue, an eth­ical issue—it impacts everything.”

In fact, Mark Nar­done, chief infor­ma­tion secu­rity officer at North­eastern, posited that cyber­se­cu­rity is hardly a tech­nology problem at all.

“If you look at the new aspects of cyber­crime, they’re just dig­i­tized ver­sions of the oldest con in the book: the con­fi­dence game,” he said. “That is, tricking someone using social engi­neering, just now through a dig­ital format.”

Dis­cern why people get conned

Graham said that the largest- scale cyber­at­tacks tend to stem from phishing—a tactic whereby a hacker scams an account holder into releasing impor­tant infor­ma­tion by posing as a legit­i­mate company.

If that’s the case, and if, like Nar­done said, cyber­se­cu­rity is just the latest ver­sion of the oldest trick in the book, then why do people keep falling for it? That’s what cyber­se­cu­rity teams have to figure out, said Michael Woodson, infor­ma­tion sys­tems secu­rity director at State Street Corp., a finan­cial ser­vices company.

“It’s a matter of saying, ‘Let’s peel back the onion and con­sider, what were they thinking? What did they do?’ It’s about taking a human approach to cyber­se­cu­rity,” Woodson said.

Main­tain a strong moral compass

There’s an eth­ical com­po­nent to cyber­se­cu­rity as well, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to teaching, Nar­done argued.

“We’re basi­cally talking about teaching people how to com­pro­mise accounts, how to com­pro­mise sys­tems, and if we’re going to be teaching those skills, we need to be teaching it in a way that makes stu­dents under­stand the ethics of it,” he said. “Just because you can do some­thing, doesn’t nec­es­sarily mean you should.”

Find the right bal­ance between secu­rity and usability

It’s also impor­tant to strike a bal­ance between incor­po­rating too many secu­rity mea­sures and leaving a system open to attack, Graham said.

“Secu­rity is a bal­ancing act. You can make things so hard on the end user that they start writing things down on sticky notes and putting them under their key­board or on their desk,” he said. “You don’t want to crack down so hard that people can’t remember their passwords.”

Source:  northeastern.edu

Categorized in Internet Technology

For the past few months, we here at Android.AppStorm have been collating our best tips, tricks, features, and shortcuts. Some are useful, some are geeky, some are just for fun.

As with all such lists, you’re probably aware of some of these tips already – but I bet you don’t know all of them! Did you know that you can search your text messages, Kindle books, and tweets all at once? Or that CyanogenMod 7 lets you disable two-thirds of the LEDs in your display, to save battery? Or that you can force websites to show you the full version of their site, even though you’re on a mobile browser? Read on to find out more…

Less-Than-Obvious Menus and Screens

These menus, screens, and settings aren’t exactly hidden, but they’re easy to miss.

1. Extra Wi-Fi Settings

In the Wi-Fi Settings menu, hit Menu > Advanced for extra settings, and to find your MAC and IP addresses. This is also the place where you can change the Wi-Fi sleep policy (the point where it switches back to 3G).

2. More Camera Options

The little kitchen timer icon in the Camera app hides a lot of options: metering mode, ISO, color effects… it’s not just for focus and exposure settings!

3. Bigger Battery Graph

For a detailed analysis of how your phone is losing battery, go to Settings > About Phone > Battery Useand tap the graph at the top of the screen. The screen that appears contains a visual timeline of the phone’s signal strength, Wi-Fi connection, sleep status and charging status since the last time the phone was 100% charged.

Bigger Battery Usage Graph

If you’re running low on battery faster than you expect to, take a look at our article How to Improve the Battery Life of Your Phone.

4. Change Default Apps

If you have an application set as the default for some action – for example, a particular browser is the default for opening web pages – you can change that. Find the app in Settings > Manage Applications, then tap Clear Defaults.

This also applies to launchers. If you want to try another one, then remove your current selection as the default; whenever you press Home it’ll let you choose between all the launchers you have installed, until you select a new default.

5. Get the Date With a Tap, Anywhere

You can quickly see the day of the week and month by tapping and holding the notifications bar, without having to pull it down.

6. Access Your Contacts on the Computer

Assuming you’ve linked your phone to a Google account, you can view all your phone contacts (with their numbers, email addresses, and any other info you have about them) at google.com/contacts.

(This came in very handy when I had my phone in for repairs for a few days! – Ed.)

7. Silence the Ringer

When someone calls you, you can mute the incoming call ringer without hanging up or accepting the call by pressing the volume rocker.

On HTC handsets, you can open Settings > Sound and Display and enable “Quiet ring on pickup” to make it fade to silent as soon as you pick it up.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 (as found on the Galaxy Nexus) is still pretty new, and I’m sure we’ll gather more tips over the next few months, but here’s what we have for now.

8. Tweak Your Home Screens

If you’ve rooted your handset, you can use Trebuchet Launcher to remove the persistent search bar and adjust the number of homescreens.

Alternatively, you can use Nova Launcher, which doesn’t require root. However, without rooting, you won’t be able to view widgets in the App Drawer.

9. Enable Near Field Communications

Enable NFC by opening Settings > Wireless & Networks > More, then checking NFC. And if you’re wondering why, read this explanation of the technology.

10. Monitor Your Data Usage

Check your data usage by going to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Data Usage. You’ll see a breakdown of all data transfers and you can tap any app to see how much data that specific app is using.

The Data Manager

You can also set a 3G limit here; after this point, 3G data will automatically be disabled – useful for anyone on a restricted plan.

11. Easily Create Folders

On any home screen, create a folder by dragging and dropping one app on top of another. To rename the folder, tap it, then tap the name.

12. Resize Your Widgets

For widgets that support resizing, you can long-press the widget on your home screen to make controls appear; drag these to change the width and height.

13. Use the Audio Equalizer

There’s an audio equalizer built in to the stock music player. Just hit Now Playing > Sound Effects to open it.


The browser may be the app you use the most, so here’s a handful of tips to help you use it better.

14. Change the User Agent

Some websites will automatically serve you a mobile-friendly version of their site, if they detect you’re using a phone. But these versions can sometimes be severely cut down versions of the main site, with far fewer features.

You can tell websites to serve you desktop versions by changing the browser’s User Agent setting to Linux Desktop or Mac Desktop. Alternatively, you can select iPhone, iPad, different versions of Android, or even IE6.

15. Alter the Default Zoom

By default, when you open a page, your zoom level will be set to Medium. You can change this to Far or Close by altering the “Default zoom” option in the settings.

The other setting that affects this is “Open pages in overview”, which makes new pages open zoomed all the way out when checked.

16. Quickly Access the Address Bar

Instead of scrolling all the way back up to the top of the page, you can just hit Menu to make the address bar appear.

On devices designed for Ice Cream Sandwich, which have no Menu button, you can do a “pull-down” gesture to achieve the same thing.


There are a lot of keyboards to choose from, each with their own tricks; here, we’ll just look at a few tips that apply to all keyboards in general.

17. Quickly Switch Keyboard

Instead of diving through the Settings menu to switch keyboard, you can do it from within any app: just long-press a text field and tap “Input method”, then choose your new keyboard from the list.

18. Alternative Symbols

Some keys can display more than one symbol: you can long-press the key and swipe over one of the symbols that pops up to insert it. For example, long-tap “c” and you can insert a “ç”. On the default keyboard (and some others), the letters that hide extra symbols have an ellipsis (“…”) in the corner.

Most keyboards also have a whole set of alternative keys, accessed by pressing a key marked “?123” or “ALT” or similar. HTC Sense has two menus, but it’s easy to miss the second one: it’s opened by pressing a key marked “1/2”, which some people naturally assume means a “half” symbol!

19. Hide the Keyboard

You can almost always toggle the keyboard by long-pressing the Menu key. On Ice Cream Sandwich, this won’t work, but most keyboards let you dismiss them by swiping down within them. (One exception is Swype, for obvious reasons.)

Why would you want to do this? Well, sometimes text fields trigger the keyboard when you don’t want it covering half of the screen, and sometimes the keyboard doesn’t automatically appear when you do want it
– this often happens with web pages that require text input, but don’t have any text boxes.

20. Quick Contractions

The standard keyboard’s auto-correct is great, overall, but there are circumstances where it can’t guess what you’re saying. In particular, it can’t automatically change “ill” to “I’ll” or “well” to “we’ll”, which is frustrating but understandable. However, it will automatically change “il” to “I’ll” and “wel” to “we’ll” (unless you have “il” and “wel” saved in the dictionary), so remembering this could help you stay in flow when typing.

It also seems that “iys” and “thays” get changed to “it’s” and “that’s”, respectively.


A few phones don’t have notification LEDs (or trackballs), but they’re definitely in the minority. Assuming you have one, here are a couple of things you should know.

21. HTC Charging Light

On HTC handsets, when plugged in and charging, a green LED does not mean that the phone is fully charged; it means it’s at 90% charge or more. (You can see the current charge level in the Clock app, if you don’t have a widget for it.)

22. Get More Control Over the LED

The app Light Flow can offer you much more control over your LED: you can alter which types of notification trigger the light, automatically turn the LED off at night, and assign different colours to different types of notification.

These small changes make it easier to tell when you’ve got an important notification at a glance, without having to touch the phone.


We’ve covered how to take screenshots on Android before, both with and without root (and with and without having to plug it in to a computer). A few phones offer different ways of doing this, however.

23. Samsung Galaxy Phones

Samsung Galaxy phones offer a shortcut to let you take a screenshot immediately, without having to root. On most devices, that shortcut is Back + Menu; on the Galaxy S II, it’s Home + Power. In either case, the shot will be saved to a folder called “ScreenCapture” on the SD card.

24. Ice Cream Sandwich

One of the new features in Android 4.0 adds the same sort of feature to all phones: just hit Power + Vol Down to snap a shot of the screen.

Taking a Screenshot on ICS


You will perhaps not be surprised that Google’s Search app does a little more than just search the web.

Note: a new version of the app was released on 11th Jan, with a cleaner interface.

25. Search Apps, Texts, and More

Besides Google, you can also search through your SMS history and music tracks, as well as any app that supports it (your Kindle books, your Evernote notes, your Twitter tweets, and so on).

From within the app, press Menu > Search Settings > Searchable items, and choose the apps and areas you want to search. The search results will show Google listings at the top, and other results at the bottom.

(In the previous version of Search, you can do the same thing by tapping the logo in the top-left and selecting the little dial button.)

26. Auto-Complete

When typing a query, a list of auto-completions will appear. Tap the words to go directly to a search for the selected query; tap the arrow on the right to just add the words to your query, so that you can type more.

Search history, auto-complete arrows, bookmark search, and contact search.

27. Remove Items From Your Search History

For results in your search history (the ones with a little clock on the left), long-press any to get an option to remove it from your history.

28. Assign an App to the Search Button

Certain apps let you assign a long-press of the search button as a shortcut to run them. Voice Search is the default, but you can also assign Screenshot Now to take a screenshot, or SoundHound to identify the song, for example.

Just remove the currently selected app as the default (explained in an earlier tip), then long-press Search to select a new one.

CyanogenMod 7

CyanogenMod 7 is the ROM of choice for most of the Android.AppStorm team – and if you’re not sure why, check out Rita El Khoury’s article, 10 Reasons You Should Try CyanogenMod 7. It’s no wonder that we’ve got a few CM-specific tips, then.

29. Use Lockscreen Gestures

You can enable lockscreen gestures that let you quickly jump to an app or perform a task directly from the lockscreen. These can be enabled and customized from Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Lockscreen.

Lockscreen Gestures

Lockscreen Gestures

30. Quickly Dismiss Any Single Notification

In the Notifications panel, swipe to the right on a notification to remove it. (This has since been introduced as a stock feature in Ice Cream Sandwich.)

31. Change Number of Recent Apps

You know in Android 2.x you can long-press the ‘Home’ button on your phone for a list of the recently used apps? In CM7, you can change the number of apps in this list: open Settings > CyanogenMod Settings > Input Settings > Long-press home settings, and change “Number of recent apps”.

32. Force-Kill Apps With the Back Button

In Settings > Applications > Development, there’s an option called “Stop app via long-press”, which, when checked, allows you to force-kill the current foreground application by long-pressing the back button. Useful if you frequently use an app that’s a bit flaky, but watch out: some apps use a long-press of the back button as a shortcut for another feature (for example, it shows the History in the default browser).

33. Save Power by Going Monochrome

You can use RenderFX to set a single colour for the display to use – for example, pick red and you’ll eliminate the green and blue pixel usage, thereby saving power. The option is in CyanogenMod Settings > Interface > Render Effect.

34. End a Call With a Button Press

You can enable an option that let’s you end a call by pressing the Power button, instead of having to tap the screen. The setting can be enabled in Menu > Settings > Accessibility, and is called “Power Button ends call”.

35. Change Volume Without Unlocking

You can change your ringer volume quickly, while your phone is locked, by tapping Power to turn on the display, then holding Power to open the power menu, and then using the volume keys to adjust the volume.

(This also gives you a quick way to switch to Silent Mode or reboot the phone from the lock screen.)

36. Edit Notification Power Widget Buttons

Above the notifications, when you swipe down the bar, is a set of icons for toggling Wi-Fi, silent mode, and so on. You can choose what to show in here in Settings > Interface > Notification Power Widget > Widget Buttons.

Notification Bar Power Widget

Notification Bar Power Widget

I find it useful to have the Torch in this bar, for fast access.

Long-pressing on some of these icons will load additional options, or open the related app.

37. Show Battery Charge in Notification Area

You can replace the vague power icon with one that shows the percentage charge in Settings > Interface > Status Bar Tweaks > Battery Percentage.

Troublesome Ads?

Ever seen an ad appear in your notifications? This is thanks to a service called AirPush, which developers can use in their apps. Rather annoyingly, AirPush ads don’t indicate which app they come from.

An ad for AirPush, showing an AirPush ad.

38. Discover Which Apps Use AirPush

You can use AirPush Detector to find the app responsible for putting ads in your notifications.

I was surprised to find that 45% of readers were happy with the idea of using notifications for purposes other than… well, notification.

Google Maps

Google Maps is one of Android’s Killer Apps. It’s great on the surface, but even better if you know a bit more about it.

39. Transit Navigation

Transit Navigation adds support for public transit: buses, trains, and so on. It not only tells you which routes to take, it also alerts you when it’s time to get off at the next stop.

40. Share Your Location

Tap your location on the map (you can hit the button in the top right to pan the view to this), then hit the “My location” popup that appears. From here, you can send the location to other people, via SMS, email, Facebook, or any other method in the Share menu.

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Source : android.appstorm.net

There’s a lot of misinformation about security online. The truth is that by taking a few simple steps you can make yourself much safer. Here are the basic, super easy ways to do it:

Use a unique Password, but don’t worry too much about complexity

Conventional wisdom says that if you use a long password with crazy letters, numbers, and symbols, your account is safe. The fact is, a password like “annexrubykneadtone” is just as secure as “J+e}F*b>J*S;36fSvbSLX)R}” as long as it’s unique. When a hacker is trying to break into your account, the first thing they’ll probably do is search through previous database dumps for your email address. If you’re using the same password across multiple services, a hacker who finds it can access many of your accounts.

There’s a helpful webste for checking to see if your email address has been included in a database dump, but it doesn’t include every dump. If you use unique passwords for each service, you know that if one of them gets breached, all of your other accounts will be safe. This doesn’t mean that you should make your password short and easily guessable, obviously. And don’t include any personal information that could be easily researched.

When it comes to things like securing your hard drive or external drives with encryption, complexity actually becomes a little more important than it would be for an online service. Offline drives are susceptible to brute force attacks, where a hacker rapidly guesses millions of passwords. There’s a surprisingly easy way to create strong passwords that you can memorize, but that will be able to stand up to a brute force attack. You could also use this method for creating passwords for your online accounts, though it may be a little time consuming.

Use two-factor authentication whenever possible

Two-factor authentication has made the internet much more secure. Generally, two-factor authentication requires that you enter a code generated by an app on your phone or sent to you via text message, in addition to your account password. It ensures that even if a hacker has your password, they can’t get into your account. You should use two-factor authentication on everything you can, from your bank account to your social media accounts to your email. Sure, it can sometimes be a pain in the ass, but it is so worth it.

Here’s a handy guide for services that offer two factor authentication.

Use an ad blocker

Ads are known to spread malware. For that reason alone, you should block all of them. Seriously! I say this as someone whose rent is, in part, paid by ad revenue. With ads, there is no upside when it comes to your security online. My favorite ad blocker is uBlock Origin, because it gets the job done and is easily customizable. (Bonus tip: Chrome is generally regarded as the most secure browser, because it receives frequent automatic security updates.) You might think that ads on sketchy porn sites or illegal streaming services are the only ones that can infect you, but ads on huge mainstream news websites like The New York Times and the BBC have been found to distribute malware.

Source : http://gizmodo.com

Categorized in Internet Privacy


The domain name of your website needs to be catchy and descriptive of the content that one would find by visiting. It needs to be memorable and easy to type by even the most novice of Internet users. Although you might have the perfect name for your site in mind, there are several ways that it could be detrimental to your purposes. Once you pay to register a domain, there may be no going back. What can you do to avoid making mistakes when registering a domain?

Things to avoid when registering domain names

Depending on how long you pay for the registration of your domain, it may be the name of your website for several years. In most cases, you may not be able to change this once it has been registered. Pay attention to how you’re setting up your website in order to avoid embarrassments or errors.

Too long to type

You don’t want a domain name that takes too long to type. Even if your company has an excessively long name, it would be better to condense it for Internet use. For example, a company named “Bob’s Coffee House and Internet Cafe” would be considered too long. This could be condensed in ways such as, “BobsCoffee.com” or abbreviations such as, “BCIC.com.” Once visitors are on the website, you can then have the full name of the company displayed.

Play on words

Some domain names have innocent enough intentions. However, domains don’t normally separate specific words in order to promote the site. Some names can be assumed to mean one thing and not something else. For example, a website for pens, named “penisland.com” could be viewed as something less innocent. The popular tech-help website of “ExpertsExchange.com” can also be misread as something else entirely. In some cases, a play on words such as this may not be realized until much later. If you can avoid such word play, it may be better for your site.

Improper TLD extension

The Top Level Domain extensions are also important when considering the name. Although the most common TLDs end with .com, .net or .org, there is currently a wide list to choose from. Some extensions have specific requirements such as living in Asian countries when registering .asia names. Many people associate the extension with what the website delivers. For example, .org is usually associated with organizations and non-profit establishments while .gov is associated with government websites.

Names which are too focused

Generalizing what your business does may be more pertinent for those looking for your content. For example: If you serve award winning chicken at your restaurant, you may be tempted to use “BestChicken.com.” However, you then alienate those individuals looking for the steak and other foods you may serve. Not everyone likes the taste of chicken and someone may be looking for information regarding steak. If you serve many different foods, a better domain name would be, “CookedDelicacies.com.” Although, it may be better if you could use the restaurant’s name as it will help in online branding and marketing.

Brainstorm other ideas

Before you’re ready to register a domain, brainstorm and come up with different variants. This will help in case the name you’re looking for is unavailable. Many people have spent quite a bit of time looking at the computer screen as they try to come up with a name that hasn’t been taken yet. This is where a thesaurus can come into use as you find similar words in order to create a unique site. Having a short list such as this could save you a lot of time while helping you find the names you want to use instead of automated suggestions.


Before you submit your order to register a name you want to use, always spellcheck. All too often, website owners will submit an order and register a name that has been misspelled. While some people will simply use the domain name anyway, others may be more inclined to make another purchase to get the name they want. Instead of owning a single domain, these individuals now have two. Take a moment and make sure the name is exactly how you want it spelled.


Although domain names can use hyphens, it’s best if you could avoid these at all costs. Many professionals believe that a hyphen makes the site look cheap and unorganized. There have also been studies performed where hyphenating the domain name to accentuate keywords had no real effect in search engines. In fact, these sites performed poorly against sites with the same name without a hyphen.

What to look for when setting up a domain name

By taking some time and planning out the strategy of your website before registering a domain name, you can optimize the chances for future success. From the marketing aspect of your site to using specific keywords, it can all play into how well the site will perform.

Social marketing

If you could match your website to a social media handle, you can begin to create an even flow of cross marketing. For example, the Twitter handle “@google” is related to the popular search engine “google.com.” Matching the social media aspect to your website may help strengthen the online reputation of your site.


Try to use at least one keyword in your domain that refers to what you’re trying to accomplish. Although it may not play a part in optimization techniques, it can still help people identify your content. It helps visitors relate what to expect within your site. A domain named, “ChadsFishEmporium.com” would prompt potential visitors to believe that it’s a website related to fish. Would you trust a site named “Fax.com” or “CarFax.com” when looking for automobile information?

Site preservation

People will often use the TLD extension of a site in order to ride on the coattails of the success of someone else. Instead of .com, someone could use your site’s name using a .net. If an unsuspecting visitor uses the .net extension instead of your .com, the other website owner could steal your traffic. This is why many people will purchase various extensions and have them redirected to the primary website.

For example, “google.net” is automatically redirected to “google.com” when someone types it into their browser. Many website owners don’t put much thought into protecting their sites from such extension hijacking. If you can afford to do so, buying your domains with those various TLDs can help protect your site from those looking to cash in on your success.

The integrity of your domain name will play a prominent role in how well the site will perform on the Internet. Take the time to develop a domain name that is effective and logical for what you wish to accomplish. It will directly affect your online reputation.

Source:  http://internet.com/domains/registering-a-domain-name-mistakes-not-to-make/


Categorized in Internet Ethics


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When applying for college scholarships and trying to determine which are worth your time and effort, consider the amount of work required, the dollar amount and the level of competition for the scholarship. A common marketing ploy is to offer as little money as possible and with few, if any, filters.

Being selective in your search is perfectly fine – just be sure to begin your scholarship search early so you will have time to apply to those that truly suit you.The scholarship search process has levels. As long as you begin early, you can start by applying for easy scholarships and work your way up to the more competitive ones.

Being selective does not mean only applying to large-dollar, well-known scholarships. Small-dollar scholarships can add up.

Here are some tips for conducting a more selective scholarship search.


1. Take it easy: Starting out with easy scholarships can be particularly helpful for students who are new to the scholarship search process. Easy scholarships have a short and simple application process, do not require an essay or project and have less competition with greater chances of winning.

For example, if your last name is Zolp, you are attending or planning to attend Loyola University Chicago and you are Catholic, you easily qualify for the Zolp Scholarship. How many people will fit such a unique profile?

High school seniors or first-time college freshmen who are Alabama residents and plan to attend college in Alabama are eligible to apply for the CollegeCounts Scholarship Program as long as they have a minimum 2.75 GPA.Easy scholarships – even at $500 per award – may be worth your time if your odds of winning are good. After all, that's $500 that you don't need to repay after graduation.

These are just a few of the easier and more specific scholarships out there. Don't discount contests and sweepstakes as well, even if they are more widely offered. However, bear in mind that the easier the scholarship and the fewer requirements to enter, the less chance you have of winning.


2. Know your big-name scholarships: Corporate-hosted and large-name scholarships probably ring a bell for most college-bound students. These scholarships are not only prestigious but also reputable, and they can be worth thousands or even tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Typically, they require more work and an impressive profile, and they can be fairly competitive.

Recipients can also reference these scholarships as accomplishments on their resumes, which may offer the students benefits beyond the monetary award, including a supportive network of fellow awardees as well as the scholarship committee.These scholarships are a great fit for students with a competitive edge, a drive to succeed and outstanding grades and extracurricular involvement. They're not necessarily the easiest to apply to, but they offer large monetary awards to successful applicants.

In the world of scholarships, the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is open to stellar community college students who are also Phi Theta Kappa members as well as heavily involved in their communities.

The famous RMHC U.S. Scholarship is open to ambitious high school seniors residing in participating Ronald McDonald House Charity chapter areas. To qualify, applicants must be younger than 21 years old, be a U.S. resident and be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school.


3. Avoid scholarships that charge a fee: Students should never pay for a scholarship search or application fee. Even if the fee is a small, scammers can collect thousands in application fees, doling out a small fraction of the proceeds and pocketing the rest of the money.

Legitimate scholarship providers and services will never require a fee – be sure to read the rules carefully when applying and run in the other direction if prompted for credit card information.Don't worry, though – there are plenty of legitimate options and organizations that don't charge a fee to process your application.

Ford Motor Company, for example, has partnered with The Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund to offer the $1,500 ¡Adelante! Fund Ford Motor Company/Future Leaders Scholarship for deserving Hispanic college students majoring in a science, technology, engineering and math field.

4. Consider your return on investment: All students should consider their return on investment when searching for scholarships. Churning out essays may be easy for students with strong writing skills but the average 500-1,500 word essay may take a bit longer for others.

Strong writers should certainly submit their well-written essays, especially if they're confident they can win a scholarship available to a broad pool of applicants. They should also determine whether they can reuse any of those essays for more than one scholarship application, if the scholarship rules allow.

For example, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund offers a writing contest for grades K-12 on the theme of the Second Amendment. Although the age range is fairly broad, strong essay writers have a chance to win $1,000 by competing against fellow students in their age group.

Undergraduate and graduate women who are interested in various aspects of international business and relations and have solid writing chops can enter an essay on the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences for a chance at winning one of two $1,500 WIIT Trust Scholarships.

Source:  http://www.usnews.com/education/scholarship-search-insider/articles/2016-06-30/tips-for-conducting-a-more-selective-scholarship-search






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