Day School: Stay Safe, Secure and Combat the Digital Threat

Ref: C3741500

It is a sobering fact that nowadays you are more likely to be a victim of an online crime than a burglary. The disruption caused to hundreds of businesses across many countries, including several of our own NHS trusts, back in May of 2017 by the ‘wannacry’ ransomware attack demonstrated the disruptive potential of such online threats. There are steps you can and should take to minimise your own online exposure to such scams, fraud and Identity theft etc. This short course will discuss and demonstrate how you can implement a series of protective steps to help yourself and family stay safe when using the internet and www. Time permitting, we may also explore how to tackle telephone scams and unwanted telemarketing calls.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide helpful information and guidance on recognising and countering a variety of online threats such as scams, identity theft, fraud and phishing. If time and interest levels permit we may also touch upon telephone scams.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You should have a reasonable level of basic computer skills.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Construct and manage multiple, strong passwords for use with online activity..
  • Recognise the importance of not clicking on links in or opening attachments to unsolicited emails.
  • Optimise your web browser settings for safer surfing.
  • Understand why it is important not to disclose multiple email addresses when sending an email to a large group of recipients and how to avoid this.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The tutor will use a laptop computer connected to the internet/www and digital projector to demonstrate various course aspects and topics.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • The tutor will provide verbal feedback throughout the course duration.

What else do I need to know?

  • You may wish to take notes during the 3 hour session. The tutor will also provide information about and links to online resources.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The tutor will provide a list of online resources to support the course learning.

What can I do next?

  • Put into action some of the information and advice disseminated during the course.

Download full course outline

Day School: Stay Safe, Secure and Combat the Digital Threat Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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