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After studying this course, 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.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 What this course is about
- 2 Viruses, worms and Trojans
- 3 How to protect yourself against viruses, worms and Trojans
- 4 Avoiding viruses, worms and Trojans
- 5 Firewalls
- 6 Hoaxes
- 7 Spam
- 8 How to protect yourself against spam
- 9 Adware and spyware
- 10 How to protect yourself against adware and spyware
- 11 Cookies
- 12 Other security issues
- 13 How do you protect children online?
- 14 Where to learn more
- Keep on learning
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Living with the internet: keeping it safe
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 course 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 course also deals with protecting children online, and provides links to various helpful websites which deal with the problems raised.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies courses or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 17th March 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 17th March 2016
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