These days we use the web for all kinds of activities, both business and entertainment related – watching movies, connecting with family, managing our finances – which can enhance our lives by putting the world at our fingertips. The downside is that every time you connect to the Virtual World, you are also exposing yourself up to the cybercriminals. They are out there and they keep evolving in new ways to catch consumers off-guard and use your private information for their purposes, which not always match with you interests.
Also, severe computer crashes may often be result of deliberate efforts of the virtual hooligans in form of viruses, worms, or Trojans, as some internet users are interested in causing havoc or vandalizing your computer. This offered training course provides a guide to the downsides of living with the Net. Advice on how to deal with these dangers is provided, and security issues like spyware and adware are explained in details. The training course also will help parents to enhance children protection online, and will offer useful links to various helpful websites, which will help with deal with appeared problems and complications.
Training Course: Living with the internet: keeping it safe
What this unit is about?
The recent huge increases in ownership of home computers and ever-widening access have been obvious boons to many peoples' lives but, as with many things that improve life, there is a downside. The downside with computers is that software crashes, hardware fails and some Internet users want to cause havoc or vandalize your computer. In this unit we will look at a few of the problems that other people may cause you.
Normally when we talk about malicious software we are referring to viruses, worms and Trojans (which are collectively referred to as malware). But there are other items that can arrive in your mailbox that can be equally frustrating or annoying: mail messages that contain unwanted offers or misleading information, which cause loss of time and, in some cases, money. These messages normally come under the collective title of spam. Advertisers and criminals are also trying to use your web browser to deliver misleading pages, or programs that are trying to steal your financial details or even your identity.
The training course will address the following topics:
* Malware, Virus, Trojan, Worm
* Patches and antivirus software
* Email attachments
* Identifying hoaxes and protecting against them
* Money fraud
* Protecting against spam
* Protecting against adware and spyware
* Cookies and how to control them
* Home page hijackers
* How do you protect children online?
Duration: 10 hours.
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with computer software and hardware.
Training institution: OU- The Open University, UK.
The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them. The OU has developed its own style of distance learning called 'supported open learning'.
Open learning means our students work wherever they choose - in their own homes, workplace or at a library or study center - and can plan their study around their other commitments.