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Thu Oct 2 and Thu Oct 9 2014 – 2 sessions
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                    
Computer Teaching Center/IS
Instructor:  Jim Plummer (Parkwood)
Class assistant: TBD
Fee $8.00    Limit 10 Students                     Flash Drive Required

If you ever connect your computer to the Internet, you must assure yourself of the security of the sensitive and valuable personal information you store on that computer. Your goal must be twofold: to allow easy, productive use of data on your computer for yourself, while protecting it from theft, publication or tampering by outsiders (criminals) lurking on public networks.

This 2-session workshop will describe and specify how easy and straight-forward it is for you to protect yourself and your personal computer. These include learning the proper use of security software, maintaining a healthy suspicion of email attachments, using multiple hard-to-guess passwords, regularly downloading security updates and “software patches,” and routinely backing up your data.

This course has never been taught in this environment before so it will develop as is needed to satisfy the students that we encounter. Your input will be used as the course proceeds and we will do everything possible to help you resolve problems easier in the future.


Only a few prior skills or knowledge are required for this course, as it is intended for any resident who routinely uses a home computer. It is expected that you are at least familiar with your computer, to include basic use of a keyboard and mouse. Students should have completed at least one Computer College Prep School (0-Level) course, or have equivalent experience.