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openHPI: Internet security for beginners

The latest, free MOOC (massive open online course) on offer from Hasso Plattner Institute will highlight recent microprocessor security vulnerabilities, such as Meltdown and Spectre, and cyberattack defense. Many more areas will be covered in the course, titled, "Internet Security for Beginners", which starts on February 26, 2018 and will be held in English. Open to all Internet users worldwide, the course is at openHPI, the learning platform of the institute. No previous knowledge is required to take part. Course instructor is HPI's director, Prof. Christoph Meinel.

The protection against Internet risks requires more actions worldwide. In the six-week course participants will get hands-on support in tackling the challenging task. (Photo: Fotolia)

Online-course „Internet Security for Beginners“

Start: 26th of February
Duration: Six weeks
Language: English

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"Since the late 1960s, computers have not only been stand alone calculating machines, but to connect them to broad network. From the US the Internet rapidly developed and connects now nearly four billion people and around 23 billion devices - computers, smartphones or sensors," Meinel, chair of the research group Internet technologies and systems.

After his observation more and more criminals see in the network of nets a worthwhile target. "In this course we show users how to protect themselves from the risks of the Internet, and also what they should know when perusing the Internet, for instance when shopping online," said the computer scientist. Participants will learn about the typical forms of malware, the goals of hackers, and how-from the attacker's point of view-users themselves represent the most vulnerable target in the Internet. "We also look at mobile use," Meinel said. The course will, for example, shed light on the tracks smartphone users leave in their wake when using the Internet, and who can get control of their activities.

With successful participation, which requires about three to six hours of cooperation per week, an openHPI certificate beckons. Students can apply credit points at their university to complete the course.