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Date(s) - 05/11/2016
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
CLASS ENROLLMENT: 24 maximum.
CLASS LOCATION: Silicon room at the HOA2 Arts and Crafts Center
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of Windows 7 class or experienced in navigating and using Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac system; comfortable using an Internet browser.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: One 75 minute session
This is a discussion/demonstration class only. There is no hands-on.
In this class, we will review what you need to know about keeping your computer as safe as possible from viruses, malware, and intrusions from the “bad guys” that are out to steal you passwords, credit card numbers, social security number, and otherwise invade your privacy. If you are not paying attention to these kinds of things, you could one day wake up to find your email hacked, your bank account empty, your credit rating destroyed, and … you get the idea.
What would you do if …
*** Someone got into your email account, changed your password so you couldn’t get in, and began emailing all your contacts, masquerading as you? – We’ll tell you how to prevent that.
*** Someone guessed your password to your online bank account and emptied out your checking and savings accounts? – We’ll tell you how to prevent that.
*** Someone hacked into Twitter, stole thousands of passwords (including yours), and armed with your password, logged into your Amazon account and ordered thousands of dollars worth of stuff on YOUR credit card? – We’ll tell you how to prevent that.
*** You downloaded an apparently innocent program that was packed with a hidden malicious routine, that began scanning through your entire disk drive, harvesting passwords, credit card numbers, social security number, and all other sensitive information you had stored there? – We’ll tell you how to prevent that.
*** You are very careful about not storing passwords on your computer, you have very strong passwords for accessing your online financial records, but somehow your banking password got picked off by a criminal just as you were logging into your account? – We’ll tell you how to prevent that.
This class is not just about installing antivirus software. We’ll talk about techniques for building robust passwords that are easy to remember but hard to crack. We’ll introduce you to ways to safely store your passwords away from prying eyes. We’ll deal with how to protect sensitive data through file and disk partition encryption. And we’ll review free software that will help you keep your data locked up and private.
CLASS MATERIALS: Class notes and both paid and free software download sites will be distributed during the class. Bring your own flash drive so you can copy these files and take them home with you.
INSTRUCTOR: Richard Beaty. See the club Website Contact page for the instructor’s contact information.
Enrollment is closed for this class.