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    Safe Computing Class

    Hi,

    The school where I teach has asked me to put together an outline for a class on safe computing. I know a number of topics to talk about: threats like viruses, trojans, phishing, denial-of-service, spam spyware, popups; and mechanisms that address these like firewalls, email filters, AV SW, adware SW, encryption, back up, etc. I'd also like to talk about Internet purchasing and some of the things that some companies are doing like using 1-time IDs. I know there are also some Star posts on the lounge to consult.

    Does anyone have other ideas on topics to be included? Has anyone seen a class for this or a book that addresses all of these items?

    Fred

    PS: Latest threat: holding your files for ransom - just read it in paper this morning. Someone visited a web site that encrypted their documents and "left" a ransom note for $200 to decrpyt them with an email addr to get info as to where to send the check.

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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    What age are the students? I picked up a copy of the Apress book "Always Use Protection" at a conference and thought it was pretty good. It is geared toward teenagers and, of course, their parents. At 250 pages it is not a short book, but equally is it not a huge tome that takes weeks to read. Perhaps you can get a quantity discount for your class? More info is available at http://www.alwaysuseprotection.com/.

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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    Hi Jefferson,

    This is for adults - older ones at that (usually 40's+) - so not sure if your suggestion will be appropriate.

    I'll take a look at the book. It's really for myself. The school I'm talking about does NOT require books because they don't want to make the price of the class higher to cover the book. But it's probably a plus for the instructor to suggest a book. Students do ask for a suggested title every now and then and some have been known to buy it. One instructor told me that half her class bought the book she suggested - I was shocked at the high number.

    Thanks.

    Fred

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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    I'm sure some of your students are teenagers at heart. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> Anyway, if they are unlikely to stray into strange chat rooms or use KaZaA, then some of the content would not be relevant. But when possible I do try to avoid suggesting to people that they think of themselves as dummies, complete idiots, and so forth, so you might still recommend the web site as a resource.

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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    >I'm sure some of your students are teenagers at heart.

    agreed

    >they are unlikely to stray into strange chat rooms or use KaZaA, then some of the content would not be relevant.
    agreed

    >But when possible I do try to avoid suggesting to people that they think of themselves as dummies, complete idiots, and so forth,
    agreed

    >so you might still recommend the web site as a resource.
    agreed

    I was aiming the class at the kinds of things these people run into (and I've heard from the students in the school): viruses and AV sw, email spam, encryption for shopping, popups, phishing, and cookies (could even throw in Meta data in documents but that's going too far for this audience). At least what I could see of Appleton's book in terms of its intro and contents, I don't think the book is what I'd suggest as a ref. I'll see if I can peruse a copy at a local B&N or Borders.

    Thks

    Fred

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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    You might want to take a look at Safe Computing by Tom Bentley. I haven't read it, but the author's credentials are strong and his attitude seems light and informative.
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    Re: Safe Computing Class

    Thanks Doc.

    I took a look on Amazon. 6 reviewers all gave it 5 stars. Can't beat that.

    Fred

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