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Living with the internet: Keeping it safe

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Computer crashes are often the result of viruses, worms or trojans as unfortunately some internet users want to cause havoc or vandalise your computer. This free course, Living with the internet: Keeping it safe, 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. The unit also deals with protecting children online, and provides links to various helpful websites which deal with the problems raised.

By the end of the unit you should be able to:

  • distinguish between different kinds of malicious software (viruses, worms and trojans) and protect yourself against them;
  • describe a range of security problems (spam, hoaxes, spyware and adware, homepage hijackers, diallers) and how to deal with them;
  • explain the key principles of safety online;
  • explain the key principles of keeping children safe online.

By: The Open University

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Living with the internet: keeping it safe

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Computer crashes are often the result of viruses, worms or Trojans as unfortunately some internet users want to cause havoc or vandalise your computer. This unit 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. The unit also deals with protecting children online, and provides links to various helpful websites which deal with the problems raised.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Living with the net: using computing to enrich your life (T180) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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