Monthly Archives: August 2017



The country is heading back to school and for college students, Cybersecurity 101 is in session. Dashlane, the leading password manager, is educating college students on the importance of protecting their digital identities and today announced a free, one-year subscription for its award-winning Premium service to all U.S.-based students and professors with a valid .edu email address. All current and incoming students can visit to sign up and ensure that their passwords, credit cards, and identities stay safe and protected online, whether on or off campus.

Have Students Studied Passwords?

It’s not just our favorite celebrities or websites that get hacked. Students and their educational institutions are uniquely vulnerable to cyberattacks and protecting passwords is the first line of defense. Furthermore, students may be prone to risky behaviors like oversharing on social media, password reuse, or sharing passwords between friends. Dashlane recently reached out to students from leading American universities, (including Brown, Colgate, Georgetown, Harvard, The University of Southern California, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others) to learn more about their online habits and security, and found that:

• Freshman 50: Almost half (48%) of students contacted are aware that they have already been hacked or compromised at some point. These are some of the top university students who grew up with technology, but are still left vulnerable without the right tools and information.
o What’s more, most students said they have more than three devices, making it even more imperative that they be able to log in and gain access to accounts securely across each of them.
• Campus Crawl…ing with Passwords: A separate Harris Poll commissioned by Dashlane found that younger Americans are consistently more trusting/trusted with sharing email and streaming service passwords – 64% of millennials (aged 18-34) admit to sharing or receiving passwords (vs. 37% of those 35+).
• GPA (Good Password Actions):
o Students seem to know better than to save passwords in their browsers – only 35% of those polled said they do it most of the time.
o They also know password length matters – nearly 75% go above and beyond traditional requirements and use more than 9 characters, and a lot actually go 13+ characters.
• Senioritis: Dashlane research shows that the average American has 150 accounts – all of which require strong, unique passwords. Unfortunately, students are reusing passwords like crazy: at least 73% of respondents said they do not have unique passwords for every account.

“Our hope is that everyone uses a password manager, especially students at this time of year as they settle into school physically and digitally, since young people as a demographic have more online accounts to keep track of than ever before,” said Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane. “We hope that this promotion not only teaches students how they can safely manage their online lives, but also help them save money to spend on necessities, like ramen and books.”

Crash-Course: Dashlane Cybersecurity 101

• Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi networks and devices. When using the computers in the library or connecting to public Wifi at a coffee shop, avoid logging in to sensitive online accounts, like an online banking account and your social media accounts.
• Look out for “phishy” activity. If you get an email, direct message, or a text message with a link or attachment from a person or service you don’t know, delete it. If you know the sender, verify that message is legitimate before clicking a link or downloading an attachment.
• Try not to overshare on social media. Be careful not to share posts that could reveal personally identifiable information like your street address, where you work, or any information commonly used as an account verification question. If you’re headed out of town for a weekend getaway or fall break, share posts about your trip after you return, rather than while you are away.
• Protect your online accounts and digital identity. Password reuse is a leading cause of account takeovers, so use unique passwords for each account . It’s tempting to use your dog’s name for every password, but it makes you very vulnerable to cyber criminals.

To learn more visit

About Dashlane
Dashlane makes identity and checkouts simple with its password manager and secure digital wallet app. Dashlane allows its users to securely manage passwords, credit cards, IDs, and other important information via advanced encryption and local storage.

Dashlane has helped over 7.5 million consumers in 150 countries¬ manage and secure their digital identity. Dashlane Business, a product designed to protect company passwords, is trusted by 6,000+ companies to create, enforce, and track effective access management. Dashlane features the only patented security architecture in the industry.

The app is available on PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, and has won critical acclaim from top publications, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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Erin Fisher

iFlipd and GoFundMe Make Paying for Textbooks Easier for College Students


Students can ease costs by starting a GoFundMe that will go directly toward their iFlipd on-demand textbook rental account

PORTLAND, OR. | AUG. 16, 2017: iFlipd, the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, announced a new partnership with GoFundMe, the world’s largest social fundraising platform, so college students can raise money from family, friends, and community organizations to help pay for their textbooks needs. All of the contributions raised go straight to the cost of the textbooks, so their supporters know their money is well spent.

“Paying for college is hard enough and many students can use some help. Our pay-as-you-go textbook solution provides a flexible experience at an affordable price,” said Kati Radziwon, iFlipd CEO and founder. “GoFundMe is the number one fundraiser for textbook costs to date and our partnership with them extends our simple and flexible payment process to a wider and needed audience.”

“With college tuition on the rise, it’s more important than ever to help support students pursuing their higher education,” said Rob Solomon, GoFundMe CEO. “Many students have a network of family and friends who are ready to help them out with expenses like textbooks. With this new partnership with iFlipd, we’re excited to make it easier and faster for college students to get the financial support they need.”

How can students start to raise money?
The process is simple for students to get started:

1. Create a free iFlipd account
2. Set up their GoFundMe account
3. Share their story, invite family & friends to help fund their textbooks
4. Apply the funds directly through iFlipd to rent and pay for textbooks

Why iFlipd?
As the only pay-as-you-go weekly textbook rental provider, iFlipd allows students to pay for only the time they need through weekly rentals. Students instantly have access to the books they need in print and eBook format. Students can return them any time they like while earning reward points each time.

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $4 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

About iFlipd
iFlipd is the first textbook pay-as-you-go rental platform that allows students to pay for only the weeks they really need textbooks. Through this payment model students are empowered to break up the traditional cost of textbooks. For more information please visit:

Media Contact:
Keith Bristol, iFlipd

Gilman Scholars now have more opportunities to study in New Zealand


Washington, D.C., and Wellington, New Zealand [August 15, 2017] – U.S. students seeking to study or intern in New Zealand have a new path to a world-class education. Education New Zealand (ENZ) and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. Department of State have each committed $50,000 over the next two years to support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. That means that at least 10 additional Gilman Scholars will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years. And, starting today, students can begin applying for the prestigious scholarship to fund study abroad programs in spring or early summer 2018.

The Gilman Scholarship enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. Since its inception in 2001, the program has enabled over 24,000 economically disadvantaged U.S. students to study or intern abroad, benefitting Americans from diverse backgrounds and universities.

“The Gilman – Education New Zealand partnership is an affirmation of the strong cooperation between our two nations,” said Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Mark Taplin when the partnership was announced in June. “Through this partnership, U.S. students who otherwise would likely not study or intern abroad will now have a deeper understanding of the global economy and global challenges that we face together.”

With acclaimed academic programs, a high quality of life, a rich culture and amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, New Zealand is a welcoming country for students of all backgrounds. Gilman scholars gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, and gain skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. And, like all U.S. students studying abroad in New Zealand, they get the opportunity to explore some of the active volcanoes, geysers, black sand beaches, and impressive glaciers that can be found only in New Zealand.

“We are excited to partner on a competitive and selective scholarship program that will increase the diversity of U.S. students studying at New Zealand universities and strengthen relationships among our allies,” said Education New Zealand Chief Executive, Grant McPherson.

Gilman International Scholarship by the Numbers
- 78,000: Number of applications received since the inception of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program in 2001.
- 22,000: Number of scholarships that have been awarded to students participating in Gilman study abroad programs and internships around the world.
- 3,000: Annual number of U.S. undergraduate students supported in this exchange program each year. Among them, almost half are the first in their families to attend college.
- 71: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that would not have been able to study abroad without the scholarship.
- 26: Percentage of Gilman Scholars in 2015-16 that were science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors.
- 10: Number of additional Gilman scholars who will study abroad at New Zealand universities over the next two years.

How to apply
Students wishing to apply for the Gilman Scholarship must be undergraduate Pell Grant students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education. U.S. students wishing to study abroad beginning between December 15, 2017 and April 15, 2018 must submit their online application by October 3, 2017. Students can determine eligibility, get tips for applying, and complete the online application by visiting

About Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Education New Zealand’s primary role in student recruitment is to market New Zealand as an education destination to international students. Through its research and marketing programs, collaboration with international education partners, and involvement in student recruitment and business development initiatives, ENZ aims to help their industry achieve growth. ENZ has staff in 18 overseas locations and its head office is in Wellington. Follow students studying abroad in New Zealand on Instagram @studyinnewzealand and by searching #StudyinNZ. Learn more:

About the U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) mission is to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. ECA programs, funding, and other activities encourage the involvement of American and international participants from traditionally underrepresented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Artists, educators, athletes, students, youth and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries around the globe participate in academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges. Follow students participating on U.S. Department of State exchanges at @ECAatState and by searching #Exchangeourworld. Learn more:


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Becky Brun
(541) 399-6813


Students Who Vote and Are Approved for a New Account Receive $50 Statement Credit1




Riverwoods, IL, Aug. 9, 2017 – Discover wants college students to make the final decision when it comes to the next Discover it® Student Card design. From Aug. 9 through Sept. 21, Discover is hosting a pun-inspired social media campaign through Facebook and Instagram asking students to go to and cast their vote for which design should become the next Discover it® Student Credit Card. Discover also is offering a $50 statement credit for students who apply through the link on the poll, are approved, and make purchase within the first three months.

“A card’s design can be a reflection of a cardmember’s personality,” said Christine Forman, a marketing director for Discover. “This social media campaign allows us to engage with college students in a fun way on Facebook and Instagram, and ultimately gives students an opportunity to make a direct impact by telling us which design speaks to their unique style.”

Participants can choose from the following six card designs: a colorful sunset, a selfie-inspired moustache, a hand giving the peace sign, a Frenchie wearing sunglasses, a vintage vinyl record and an iridescent pattern.

Voting closes Sept. 21 at midnight Central Time. Once all votes are tallied, Discover will announce the winning card design, and make it available in early 2018.


About Discover Student Cards  
The Discover it® for Students and Discover it® Chrome for Students Credit Cards offer students a great way to build their credit history early in their lives. These student cards come with many benefits including rewards on categories that students often spend in.

- The Discover it® for Students offers 5% cash back in categories that change each quarter, up to the quarterly maximum, when you sign up.

- The Discover it® Chrome for Students offers an automatic 2% cash back at gas stations and restaurants on up to $1,000 in combined purchases quarterly.

Both cards earn 1% cash back on all other purchases, as well as a Good Grade $20 Cashback Bonus if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening.2

For more information visit

About Discover
Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit

1 Get a $50 statement credit after you make your first purchase with a Discover it® for Students card within 3 months of approval. Offer only available to new cardmembers. Your statement credit will be automatically added to your Discover Card account within 1-2 billing periods.

2 Good Grades Rewards: Good Grade Reward only available to new cardmembers on or after 7/23/2015 who indicate on their application that they are currently enrolled in college, and whose accounts are current and remain open when the Good Grade Reward is requested. Students with a Discover it® or Discover it® chrome card who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent) during a School Year (September – August) may apply at for a $20 Cashback Bonus (“Good Grade Reward”). One Good Grade Reward per School Year, per account, up to a maximum of five (5) consecutive years from the date your account is opened. Terms of Good Grade Reward Offer are subject to change.

Media Contact:
Brittney Mitchell