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CS 72 — How to Strengthen Your Online Privacy and Security

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Feb 8—Mar 8
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Feb 10
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Elliott Adams
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Feb 8—Mar 8
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 10
1 Unit
Elliott Adams
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In the rush to transact more and more of our lives online, protections for our personal online privacy and security have lagged considerably. Preserving user privacy is also fundamentally at odds with the business models of the world’s largest tech companies and much of the online marketing industry itself, which means consumers are increasingly left with the burden of protecting themselves. And as approaches to hacking and fraud continually grow in sophistication, the average person with a smartphone or laptop will need to be increasingly vigilant in order to maintain their security.

In this course, students will learn about the wide variety of free and relatively low-cost tools that anyone can use to better protect themselves online. The course will equip students with ways to prevent their email and social media from being hacked, prevent ads from following them across the web, remove their personal information from the web, and limit their vulnerability on social media. Along the way, we will examine different types of online behaviors and technology choices that can leave users exposed. We will also discuss the pros and cons of implementing various security interventions, and we will engage in discussions and activities to help students determine which solutions will work best for them. While it is difficult to guard against every possible threat, we can strike an effective balance of effort and outcomes to dramatically reduce our risk.

Founder and CEO, PrivacyBrain

Elliott Adams's company helps its clients reduce the threat of malicious attacks like phishing and identity theft by removing sensitive employee data from the web. Earlier, he was CTO of a startup acquired for $22 million. He is the author of The Startup Mixtape: The Guide to Building and Launching a High-Growth Tech Startup and has taught at UC Berkeley, Loyola New Orleans, and Hult International Business School.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.