CC156 SAFE and SECURE PERSONAL COMPUTING – LEVEL 1

Sign up required
Tue Mar 4 and Tue Mar 11 2014 – 2 sessions
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                    
Computer Teaching Center/IS
 
Instructor:  Jim Plummer (Parkwood) jmplum@aol.com
Class assistant: TBD
Fee $8.00    Limit 10 Students

Owning a home computer can be one of your most enjoyable and productive experiences. However, every computer user must be aware of, and concerned about, the security of the sensitive and valuable personal information stored on your 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 the relatively easy, straight-forward actions you can take to protect yourself and your personal computer. These will include the use of anti-virus software and firewall, 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.

Questions during class time are encouraged. Some class time will be hands-on the teaching center computers, but the value in the course will be up to you in implementing proper practices. In some cases, you may need to consult with an “expert” technician to fix security deficiencies.

PREREQUISITES

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.

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