CC156 HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION – LEVEL 1

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Thu Feb 5 and Thu Feb 12 2015 – 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                     Flash Drive Required

If you ever connect your computer to the Internet, you personally must use the proper tools and procedures to assure yourself of the security of the sensitive and valuable personal information you store on your computer. Your goal should 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.

Protecting your personal information and your personal computer are easy and straight-forward. It’s just a matter of learning how to do it and then maintaining a common-sense attitude whenever you’re traveling on the Internet -- just as if you’re walking through a big city or an unfamiliar neighborhood.

During this 2-session workshop, we’ll describe and specify the approaches you should take. Topics will include learning the proper use of security software (antivirus and anti-malware), 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 these security practices on your own at home on your own personal computer. In some cases, however, you may need to consult with an “expert” technician to fix security deficiencies you uncover.

PREREQUISITES

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

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