Safer Internet: Introduction: Topics


No. of Sessions

  • summaryTypical privacy & security recommendations could be summarized in 5 minutes or so: free 1-page 'cheat sheet', or the Quick Start section {TCYOP-3: 9-10; TCYOP-2: 8-9; TCYOP-1: 11-12}; there are many articles with titles such as "10 Things You Can/Should...", e.g.,
  • Protecting Your Digital Life in 9 Easy Steps 1. Download Signal, or Start Using WhatsApp to send text messages; 2. Be wary of clicking on unfamiliar links or documents and apply software updates; 3. Protect your computer’s hard drive with FileVault or BitLocker — and back up your data to an online backup service, external hard drive, or both; 4. The way you handle your passwords is probably wrong and bad (use strong unique passwords, stored in a password manager); 5. Protect your email and other accounts with two-factor authentication; 6. Use a browser plug-in called HTTPS Everywhere; 7. Invest in a Virtual Private Network, or VPN; 8. Remember that incognito mode isn’t always private; 9. Do sensitive searches in DuckDuckGo; 5/16/2017
  • However, if you'd like to understand background, context, tradeoffs, see demonstrations, and ask questions (and have me speak more slowly), six sessions turns out to be about right. In Fall 2017, these are now 2 (instead of 1.5) hour sessions so we should be able to cover and discuss more.

What We Won't Cover

  • Problems with your specific device & configuration (esp. non-Internet related); however, I may include tips about usage and costs; also see More Help section for learning, troubleshooting recommendations
  • Other non-digital privacy / security issues: paper, home, surveillance, death, etc. -- some in Offline Reference sections
  • Other Internet technical questions and social issues -- ask me to re-offer OLLI course: Internet History and Issues
  • Some [2] intermediate and most [3-4] advanced issues, depending on time and class interest