|PREVIEW: Class offers tech safety measures|
|Written by Allie Maher, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 26 June 2012 17:52|
A class on Cyber Security will take place today from 9:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. at the Alumni Center. It is the last of four classes in the “21st Century Technology: Yes, It Can Be For You” program.
Dean Plumadore, Student Affairs Information Technology Project Manager, will teach the Cyber Security class. The focus will be personal and home security.
“I’ll be talking about how to have healthy paranoia when you’re setting up your home network and using other networks at friends’ houses or public places,” Plumadore said.
This includes precautions like creating a password for a private network and placing a router in between your computer and broadband connection Plumadore said.
The program was organized by ISU Senior Professionals. The classes are open to the community. Anita Revelle of Senior Professionals said smartphones prompted the creation of the program.
“Many people don’t know what to do with them,” Revelle said.
The presentations are informational and go through the pros and cons of new devices to help seniors decide if they want to buy them or not.
Confusing topics, like the Android Operating System, were explained last week. Paul Unsbee of campus Computer Infrastructure Support taught the first two classes of the program. He familiarized the attendees with iOS, Android, and Blackberry Operating Systems as well as tablets and e-readers.
“The classes have gone really well. People got caught up on the right things because the questions they had yielded very confusing answers,” Unsbee said.
Many attendees returned for another class Revelle said. Roger and Charlette Elm were among them.
Charlette Elm said that she was very pleased with Monday’s presentation and plans on attending all four classes in the program.
“Keeping up with new technology is a challenge. The program topics are topics that we need to know about and keep up with,” Charlette Elm said.
The next Senior Professional programs will take place in the fall. There is potential in the future for more class interaction.
“A lot of people seem to be hungry to know what they can do with these devices,” Unsbee said.