"Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life." contiues FutureLearn.
We shop online. We work online. We play online. We live online. As our lives increasingly depend on digital services, the need to protect our information from being maliciously disrupted or misused is really important.
This free online course will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you.
With cyber security often in the news today, the course will also frame your online safety in the context of the wider world, introducing you to different types of malware, including viruses and trojans, as well as concepts such as network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management.
Your guide for the course is Cory Doctorow, a visiting professor at The Open University.
This course has been developed by The Open University with support from the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Programme and can be accessed free of charge. Learners taking part will have the option to purchase a printed Statement of Participation.
The course does not assume any prior knowledge of computer security and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in improving the security of their digital information.