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EAC offers course to help keep your computer safe from Internet threats

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EAC offers course to help keep your computer safe from Internet threats

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—This spring semester EAC’s Computer Department is offering a half-credit course that will cover how to keep computers safe from Internet threats. Internet Security Basics (CMP114B) will teach students the skills needed to successfully secure their personal computer.

“Computer and Internet safety have become critical in this connected age,” said EAC computer instructor, James McBride. “In this class we will be discussing a variety of these issues, but the course will focus more on practical application.”

The class will cover:

• Keeping computers free from viruses and other types of unwanted software, such as malware, spyware, and adware

• Keeping files safe when sending information across the Internet

• Firewalls and how to use them

• How to ensure that firewalls are secure

• Content filtering—letting in the good while keeping out the bad

• Concerns of social networking sites

• Basic network communications

Four sections of the course will be taught during the semester in two different formats: a two-evening format taught over a Thursday and Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening, and an all-day Saturday session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The available sections are:

• Section 7141: Thursday and Friday, February 14-15 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

• Section 7142: Saturday, March 1 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

• Section 7143: Thursday and Friday, April 3-4 from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

• Section 7144: Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Each class will be taught in Computer Lab #124 in the College’s newly remodeled High Technology Center.

In-state tuition is $55 for this one-credit class. In many cases, current students can add the class without an additional tuition charge. To register, contact the Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or stop by the EAC Student Services Building. Students can also register online at

For more information, contact McBride at (928) 428-8357. ###