OLLI Course: Be Safer on the Internet

Course Summary

  • computer security? Fall 2018: Ashland
    previously offered: Fall 2017: Ashland; 2016 Fall: Ashland; 2016 Winter: Medford; 2015 Fall: Ashland; 2015 Spring: Ashland
  • Sessions: 6
  • Course URL: http://communicrossings.com/olli-course-be-safer-internet
  • To previous students: these pages are updated periodically -- be sure to check back for advice, esp. about issues highlighted in the news
  • In particular, the Course Updates page will highlight major issues, e.g., Meltdown/Spectre CPU vulnerabilities, latest software updates, Equifax hack, etc.
  • The goal of this lecture course is to help you improve the privacy and security of your personal information -- online and offline.
  • It presents preventive strategies, discusses trade-offs and prioritizes practical steps to reduce your risks (even from the NSA!) for computers, tablets, smartphones and the "Internet of Things".
  • Topics include strong passwords, password managers, software updates, local & cloud backups, WiFi and router setup,
    browsing, email, messaging, encryption, malware, ad blocking, VPNs, social media, travel.
  • Students should be familiar with the location of their system and browser settings.
  • Specific settings will be demonstrated only for latest macOS and iOS (iPad/iPhone) systems, Safari browser and selected apps.
  • However, users of Android, Windows and other/older devices could use provided references to adjust similar settings.
  • Recommended e-book: Take Control of Your Online Privacy (discounted version available).
  • More about the course: Introduction: Approach, Audience, Devices, Topics, E-books

About the Instructor