Short course: Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy

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Short course: Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy


Introduction to Computer Security and Privacy

Course Overview

This short course aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of computer security and privacy. The course covers:

  • Basics of computer security and privacy
  • How to protect your computer and data
  • How to safeguard yourself from security threats
  • How to maintain the security of your computer system through regular updates

Course Level

The course is designed at Level 1, equivalent to a GCSE grade D. It focuses on fundamental knowledge and skills, making it easy to comprehend. However, it is a substantial course that will require several hours to complete.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the course, you'll have a solid understanding of:

  • Malware and phishing threats and how to avoid them
  • Creating strong and memorable passwords
  • Encryption techniques and software for encrypting your data
  • Secure messaging methods
  • Importance of keeping your computer up to date

Who Should Take This Course?

This course was developed in response to the WannaCry ransomware attack in May 2017. It's aimed at individuals working in organizations like the NHS to enhance their awareness of cybersecurity issues and promote safe computer usage.

If you use computers for everyday tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, email, and social media, and want to ensure your safety and that of your organization, this course is for you. Note: This course is not intended for power users or individuals working in cybersecurity.

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