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Increase your #Cyber #Safety knowledge with a free three week course

In the modern world, information security has an influence on all of us: at home, at work, online and in life in general. Like many inventions that have gone before, the internet and the web, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) bring with them many advantages, but also open up new possibilities for criminal activity.

So should you avoid all contact with this brave new world? Thanks to a free online course on future learn from the University of Nottingham, there is an alternative, providing you with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

Understand key topics in cyber security

The course introduces some of the current key topics in cyber security research and show how they relate to everyday life, such as how the move to online storage of personal data affects privacy, how online payments can be made safely, and how the proliferation of “smart” devices affect security.

Over the three weeks of the course, these topics will be viewed from different perspectives: the user’s, a potential attacker’s and a business’s.

  1. Privacy online: What is privacy? The course starts by looking into our own beliefs and practices when it comes to giving out our data online. What is the value of our personal data to businesses? And how can you find out what information about you is readily available online?
  2. Payment safety: We make payments everyday, we purchase items at the store and we purchase items online, but how secure are these payments? How safe is our money? All of the different methods of payment cash, credit/debit card, cheque and bitcoin are a trade-off between security and convenience. the course will look at the constantly evolving race between the payment fraud and the security measures employed to prevent fraud.
  3. Security at home: With increasing numbers of autonomous, internet-enabled devices in our homes and cars, on our wrists and in our clothes, how could they be misused? And what can we do about understanding and responding to the risks and threats?

If you are interested in registering for this course, you can enrol here. The course opens up to the public on the 5th September.

Sources: Future Learn, University of Nottingham

Useful links:

For information about our work to prevent individuals and communities from becoming victims of cyber crime, please visit

Be Cyber Streetwise is a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme. They aim to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. Their website offers advice on how you can protect yourself, your computers and devices, and your business against the likes of fraud, identity theft, viruses and other potential online problems.

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