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The internet is an incredibly useful tool for business, entertainment, storing and finding information, and many other tasks. However, the unfortunate reality of using the internet are the security risks it brings. It's very easy to run into someone interested in stealing your money or identity. Worse, they end up infecting your computer with a virus, or otherwise exploiting the internet for your loss and their gain. Fortunately, security measures against these kind of invasions have taken huge steps forwards recently, and now many online schools are offering courses on how to prevent this kind of thing. One of the best courses available right now is offered by Penn State University through their online campus. It teaches some important information about security in the online age. Best of all, it's completely free.

New online course description

The course is a short, free, noncredit course designed to reduce online risk. It features information on steps to take to protect yourself, your family, and your business. It offers a great variety of tools for navigating the new and exciting field of cybersecurity.

Who is it for?

Penn State's course is aimed mainly at two audiences. The first are individual users of computing devices who want to make sure that they're using the internet safely to protect their families and investments. The second audience are small business owners who often have much less access to information about cybersecurity than people employed by big companies with the budgets for net security divisions.


The benefits of the course speak for themselves. Cybercrime is more common now than it ever has been before, and there are potentially millions of users out there with sub-par online security knowledge and software. This course can put you ahead of the curve and ready to deal with whatever comes your way on the internet.

Driving factors

As mentioned previously, cybercrime is at an all-time high. The course was modeled after another course taught by a professor who insisted that it be free and open to the public. New vulnerabilities and threats to  net use emerge daily, so it's important to keep up to date.

Topics in the course

The course is structured into four modules, based around topics like anti-malware, firewalls, and data backups, and encryption procedures. The course features online reading and references, and each module ends with a quiz that tests comprehension and understanding of the material. After passing a quiz, students are issued a certificate stating their competence in that module's material. Head over to the website today to brush up on your security knowledge and protect your business from possible risks.


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