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Course Description

How secure is your computer right now? Computers and the internet have revolutionized our world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. While there are tons of resources on cybersecurity for technology experts, there are almost none for average computer users. That’s where this course comes in. The instructor will explain the basics of computers, the internet, security, and privacy—in plain English, using simple analogies—and then show you basic steps to keep your computer secure. Optional reading and activities will be available in the recommended textbook. The course includes six lectures: (1) Cybersecurity Basics; (2) The Internet, Encryption, and Passwords; (3) Computer and Network Security; (4) Online Privacy and Safe Web Surfing; (5) Secure Communication and Mobile Security; (6) Odds and Ends, Tinfoil Hats, and Gold Stars. There will also be three sessions of “office hours” when students can receive individual help via Zoom. • Lecture + Q&A.
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