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CS 72 — Strengthening Your Online Privacy and Security

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Sep 21—Oct 19
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Sep 23
Unit: 1
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Elliott Adams
Status: Closed
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Sep 21—Oct 19
5 weeks
Drop By
Sep 23
1 Unit
Elliott Adams
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 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.

These class sessions will not be recorded.

Elliott Adams, Founder and CEO, PrivacyBrain

Elliott Adams's company, PrivacyBrain, 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, oversaw technology-related economic development for the state of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, and led the Techstars pre-accelerator in San Francisco. He is the author of The Startup Mixtape: The Guide to Building and Launching a High-Growth Tech Startup and has taught at Loyola University New Orleans and Hult International Business School.