Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone

Course Dates: 07/10/21 - 14/10/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:30
Location: Online
Recent scandals involving Facebook, stolen data, targeted advertising and manipulation have revealed the importance of digital security and making sure that your activity on-line and on the phone remain private But what about those everyday activities like checking your favourite websites? Many people do not realize they are giving away sensitive personal details every time their search engine automatically fills in all of their information for them. This course will show you how to take your digital life into more confident hands by understanding these threats better so you know exactly what precautions to take while browsing on any device, understand important jargon and discover which apps are the better than others at keeping your data private.
This course is FREE if a) you are on a Low Wage or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00

Course Code: CIS01

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Thu, day, 07 Oct - 14 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will give you an overview of how to stay safe while on your computer or on your smartphone, ensuring you protect your data and understand how others might be using or accessing it. We will focus on some key jargon and terminology e.g. cookies, cache, how to follow terms of agreement, clear your searches effectively, browse securely and use private browsing, back up your data and smartphone, update your apps, use anti-virus software and firewalls, and the rules for using the internet safely.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• key jargon and terminology e.g. cookies, cache, and how to follow terms of agreement,
• clearing your searches effectively
• browsing securely and using private browsing
• backing up your data and smartphone
• updating your apps and identifying those apps which offer you the most protection e.g. though the most secure encrypting
• using anti-virus software and firewalls
• rules for using the internet safely.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

do most or all of the following:
• use key jargon and terminology e.g. cookies, cache, and follow terms of agreement,
• clear your searches effectively
• browse securely and use private browsing
• back up your data and smartphone
• update your apps and identify those apps which offer you the most protection e.g. though the most secure encrypting
• use anti-virus software and firewalls
• follow rules for using the Internet safely.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a general course for beginners though you will need to have some familiarity with Internet use, PCs and smartphones.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a folder to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Becoming confident with online communication: Zoom
• Becoming confident on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: for complete beginners
• Becoming confident with mobile data: managing and syncing your files across your laptop, smartphone and tablet
• Becoming confident in digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone
• Becoming confident in file management on your PC
• Making sense of Windows 10
• Becoming a MORE confident digital citizen: online and on your computer
• Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating (Google)
• Becoming confident on the cloud: a new way of sharing and collaborating (One Drive)
• Learning to use your iPhone
• Learning to use your smartphone (Android)

• Becoming confident on Office 365 and its most important apps: an introduction
• Becoming confident in Excel 365
• Becoming confident on Outlook 365
• Becoming confident on Word 365
• Becoming confident on PowerPoint 365

There also many English, maths and office skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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