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Protecting Computers and Personal Data

Covers many of the steps you can take to keep computers and data safe.


This course covers many of the steps you can take to keep computers and data safe. It discusses the importance of using strong passwords and features such as firewalls. It also addresses how to protect your personal information while surfing the Web. It includes discussions on avoiding potential problems in online auctions and keeping account data safe while shopping online, as well as how to protect your children while using online games and devices.


Subject: Internet Safety
Categories: School Safety, Workplace
Duration: 1 hour
Credit Hours: 1


  • Protecting Computers and Personal Data
Protect Computer Data
Examines the need to protect computers and personal information when using the Internet.more...
Provides tips for creating strong and secure passwords.
Discusses viruses and other malware that can harm computers, as well as how to detect and remove them.
Discusses various computer safety features such as firewalls and security software. 
Surf Safely with Browsers
Offers information on the security features of popular Internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Firefox.more...
Explores search engines that are safe for kids.
Discusses how to protect kids' personal information and privacy when they perform online searches.
Examines using features such as SafeSearch to view the Web safely. 
Prevent Online Auction Fraud
Discusses the risks associated with online auctions.more...
Provides information about online auction fraud and other online auction problems.
Provides steps to take in case of auction fraud. 
Avoid Debit/Credit Card Fraud
Discusses protecting debit/credit card information when shopping online.more...
Explores how teens can find a site they can trust and a method of payment that is safe.
Discusses how to make sure a site is secure when making online purchases.
Covers what to do if debit/credit card information has been stolen. 
Learn About Gaming Sites and Devices
Describes the risks associated with online gaming sites, as well as computer games that can be played online.more...
Discusses how to protect information while playing these games, especially those with chat capability.
Provides information on safe online game sites.
Covers information on gaming devices such as Xbox, PS2, PS3, PSP, and Wii.
Gives information on parental controls as well as the safety and reporting features of each of these devices. 
Personal Action Plan for Protecting Computers and Personal Data
While completing lessons in this course, you will be prompted to answer essay questions that will aid in creating your Personal Action Plan. more... The answers you provide will appear in your Personal Action Plan, so be sure you respond as thoroughly as possible. Your Personal Action Plan will not appear until you have answered at least one of the essay questions.

Reviews (18)

Basic Member
I enjoyed this learning experience
Full Member
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Basic Member
Mostly common sense stuff to adults but things a teen may not be aware of which would benefit them from possible future issues.
Basic Member
Good info for online safety and security.
Basic Member
Interesting information on how to shop smartly online. Also on how to protect security.
Basic Member
Great information. I liked how it talked about online shopping since it is very big!
Basic Member
Informative information, not sure about the online gambling. The online shopping is a big issue in my area, students are always talking about how they found a good deal, but then weeks later I hear about how they never got the purchased item. Real life examples, good.
Basic Member
This course provides very pertinent information to help keep students safe when gaming on the internet.
Basic Member
Very good information. I became a little bored with the same graphics being used over and over again like the scenary in a Road Runner cartoon... but the information was useful and relevant.
Basic Member
Great advice, gives you something to think about.
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