Safety First: Privacy and Safety Online

Safety Online is one of our most popular and important classes. The Internet and all of technology is an unfamiliar world for many seniors and new users, but even savvy users can use a refresher now and then. This course will help you help your students learn to recognize danger signals and avoid phishing attempts and Internet scams.

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Note: This course was updated and expanded in April of 2015. New info includes monitoring and ordering your credit reports and more on common frauds and identity theft. Updates in June of 2016 deleted Windows 8.1 information and added Windows 10 update information.

This course begins with a discussion of antivirus software and firewalls, then how to read URLs and recognize secured (https) websites. Other topics include phishing, ID theft schemes, and email scams, a primer on effective passwords and how to use them, and scams that specifically target job seekers.

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The Internet is a daily part of our family, social, and business lives. The Internet is also where scammers and identity thieves lurk. Protect yourself by learning to recognize phishing and fraud attempts in this class designed for Internet users of all ages. You'll learn how to create and use effective passwords, develop and practice good security habits, and reduce your exposure to threats. The class also covers virus protection, firewalls, top scams, credit monitoring, job search scams, and much more.


Version: 2.2
Published: June 2016
Translations: English 
Recommended course length: 2 sessions
Number of pages: 26 pages