PC Handyman Computer Safety Class – March 26

Interested in learning how to protect yourself and your family online?  The PC Handyman, Ed Szymanski, will be teaching a class on Thursday, March 26, that will give you all the info you need.

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In Ed’s words:

“The threat to your privacy and security that comes with your use of your computer and the internet worsens every day. Malware like the Conficker worm gained national recognition, and people are becoming more and more aware of the increasing risks that online activity poses, although they don’t fully understand them. But, we need our computers, so we need to be aware of what’s going on out there, and we need to stay protected.

Virus writing used to be a competitive thing—the most widespread viruses gained attention and bragging rights for the developer. Today, things are different—it’s now all about taking your money or stealing your personal information or even your identity.

So, I have developed a seminar designed to teach you about the various threats that you and your children may encounter through the use of your computer, and how to protect yourself and your PC from them. Some topics to be included:

-Downloading “free” software, music, and games—the risks to your computer and privacy
-Updates – should I or shouldn’t I?
-Protecting your personal information
-Phishing—what it is and how it can hurt you
-Online shopping—is it safe?
-The dangers of social networking sites and how to use them safely
-Virus protection and other security software—how much do you need, and which are the good ones?
-Malware (viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, etc.) – what’s out there, how do you get infected, and how do you get rid of it

And much more.”

The class will be held from 7:00-8:30 PM at the First Universalist Church, 262 Chestnut Street in Franklin, and the cost is $30 per person.  To register, please call Ed at (508) 346-3502 or email him at info (at) pchman.com.

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