Course Description

How secure is your computer right now? You probably don’t know. Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the modern world, but if you’re like most people, you have no clue how they work or what the real threats are. It’s not your fault. Where would you have learned about this? While there are tons of resources on cybersecurity for technically savvy people, there are almost none for regular, everyday folks. That’s where this course comes in. The instructor will explain the basics of computers, networking, security, and privacy—in plain English, using simple analogies—and then will show what can be done at home to make your computer (Mac or Windows) and even your mobile devices (iPhone or Android) more secure. There will be optional reading and activities using the recommended textbook. The course includes six lectures and three sessions of “office hours” when students can receive individual help. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion.


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Section Title
Cybersecurity 101: Practical Tips for Non-Techies
Online - Zoom
6:30PM to 8:00PM
Sep 16, 2020 to Nov 11, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: The fourth edition of the book will be out by September. If it's not available before the course starts, the instructor will provide the first few chapters in PDF form.

Recommended text:
Carey Parker, Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Security for Non-Techies (9781484238516).