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Introduction to PC Security

Learn why you’re at risk and what you can do to protect your precious personal and business data from the outside world. This 6-week course, taught by a security expert, will quickly bring you up to speed on the fundamentals of PC and network security.

You will understand and explore the vulnerability of operating systems, software, and networks. Then, you’ll get into the minds of hackers and crackers, developing an understanding of the exploits they use to access your computer without your knowledge. You will find out why, where and how viruses, worms, and blended threats are created. You will learn a safe way to handle files and data across the Internet through a virtual private network. By the end of this course you will be able to install and configure a firewall to build an impenetrable moat around your computer or network.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Introduction to PC Security Details + Objective

Course Code: pcs

You Will Learn
  • Learn to assess your own risk on your computer or network
  • Learn the weak links of security in software and operating systems
  • Learn to protect your network from hackers
  • Learn priceless information on protecting your computer and keep personal data private
  • Learn to build a firewall
  • Learn to set up your own Virtual Private Network
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Understand when your computer is being attacked
  • Understand the many vulnerabilities of operating systems, software, and networks
  • Know how to protect your network from hackers
  • Keep your personal data private
Introduction to PC Security Outline
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Week 1

You will learn the facts and myths about PC security. You will be introduced to the language of security and what you need to know about each acronym. You will be able to assess your own risk and perform a self-assessment to evaluate just how vulnerable you are to security flaws. Then you will discover the basics of networks and how your PC connects to them.

Week 2

Learn how computers talk to each other and to other devices. You will also learn how, why, and where the weak links of security are in software and operating systems. Then you will investigate the world of viruses, worms, and blended threats.  You’ll learn what they are and the differences between all three. You will learn why people create them and where they come from.

Week 3

Become acquainted with the ware family. They are the products that download themselves onto your computer without your consent or knowledge. You will also learn how to remove these unwanted guests. Then you will find out if someone really can control your computer without your knowledge. You will also gain information on protecting your computer and your network to keep your business and personal data private.

Week 4

Have you ever tried to access the Web but received an error saying the page can’t be displayed, you aren’t connected, or you don’t have access?  Denial of Service attacks and SYN flooding are two types of network attacks that often go unnoticed on personal PCs and small networks. After this lesson, you will know what happened to your Internet connection. Then you will be introduced to firewalls.

Week 5

You will learn how to configure your firewall and maximize your network security. Then you will learn that laptops and wireless connectivity are two technologies that aren’t as secure as they appear. You will understand why after this lesson.

Week 6

Learn what a Virtual Private Network is, how it’s different from standard networks, how it works, how to secure it, and how to set up your own. Then you will learn a simple method for staying up-to-date with security issues that only pertain to you.  You’ll also learn about emerging security technology, sources to use that will help make the job of managing and securing your network easier, and creating a checklist to keep handy. Finally you can test yourself to see how well you’ve secured your own PC or network.

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Introduction to PC Security Instructors
Debbie Mahler

Debbie Mahler teaches students at the college and university level on a wide range of business-related topics, worked for nearly 15 years in the PC repair business, has a successful online IT business, has written six books, and writes for several newsletters and other publications. Long before PC security was a front-page topic, Debbie Mahler was reporting on, and educating the public about, viruses and other security threats. It was this early groundwork that earned her the title of Symantec Software Partner and Security Specialist. Debbie holds a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Psychology with graduate work in Organizational Psychology and Computer Information Systems. She was a presidential scholar and graduated with high academic honors including Phi Theta Kappa.

Introduction to PC Security Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

A familiarity with general computing terminology, an understanding of any operating system you are using (as in: Mac, Windows, Linux) and an ability to locate programs and change settings.

Introduction to PC Security Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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