benefits of the Internet
are obvious: access to a wealth of information, entertainment,
and more. The dark side, however, is increasingly apparent as millions
of users spend time online: a deluge of spam emails, hackers attempting
to make use of our computers, spyware tracking our every online move,
more. This course is an attempt to look at what home-users can do do
themselves, their computers, and their personal information safe online.
focusing on Windows
users; the issues
involved are important for users of Macs, Linux, or other systems, but
there are a different set of resources and solutions for each computer
system. Hopefully users of other systems will be able to find the
this course focuses
on security issues
for everyday computer users over the Internet, users should be aware
many computer security problems get less attention because they are
high tech: your computer can be stolen (an especial problem for
owners), with all the data lost, for instance. Do you have your
written down on a Post-it Note attached to your monitor?
Kevin Mitnick has
he called 'social engineering'; ways that with a telephone, he could
employees into giving him access to corporate network. It's won't
if you've installed the latest antivirus or firewall software if you
someone your password over the phone, or if your computer is stolen
your desk or car.
In the fall of 2004, AOL and the National Cyber Security Alliance (http://www.staysafeonline.org)
Americans about security issues, then had computer
technicians check the PCs used by the people polled to examine the
match between the survey answers and the the state of the users'
85% were running antivirus software; 71% thought it was being updated
at least weekly (automatically or manually). Only about half were.
Perhaps as a result, 19% (nearly one fifth) of the PCs were
virus-infected. 80% had some sort of spyware on their systems; only a
third were running a firewall.
This course was originally developed for a
course offered by
Department of BC's Capilano College, at North Van
Campuses. These online pages were initially posted as a resource for
enrolled in the course and for the general public, but are being
updated on an ongoing basis,
-- Alan Zisman
CyberSafety course includes the following modules:
Online Checklist for Kids Safety
- the other resources listed for kids were a bit broad & a bit
daunting as to where to start; this is an easy to follow checklist that
makes staying safe online more practical.
- has a really great section on password security, something that
wasn’t addressed in the other listed resources without drilling deep
Safety Tips (FBI) - has a bunch of educational games that are geared to younger children and some good stuff for parents to read too.