Cyber security basics

We often hear about the dangers of putting our information online, but do we really know our viruses from our trojans or what makes a password truly secure? This course will explain some of the complex jargon and give you practical advice on staying safe online.

   9,071 students completed this course

   82% recommend it to other students

   Teacher: FutureLearn


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82% of students recommend

“I realized I already knew a lot of the stuff taught here, but it did give me some new ideas and insights for safeguarding my computer and my information.”

“So easy to understand and has helped me make sense of multiple acronyms. Thanks!”

“The content covered topics at the right level of detail.”


Course plan

Lesson 1. Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability
Lesson 2. Your Information Assets
Lesson 3. Cyber Attacks and Their Culprits
Lesson 4. Malware
Lesson 5. Phishing
Lesson 6. Passwords
Lesson 7. Network Security
Lesson 8. Cryptography
Lesson 9. When All Else Fails
Lesson 10. Risk Analysis and Management
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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day
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