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 founded by SAP co-founder Prof. Hasso Plattner. No previous knowledge is required to take part. The course instructor is HPI's director, Prof. Christoph Meinel. Register online at: https://open.hpi.de/courses/intsec2018.
"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," the computer scientist said. 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.