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Getting “Out There” – Tip #2

06 Sep

You wouldn’t send your children to school before they’ve had most of their shots, right?  And the military doesn’t send our men and women overseas without making sure they’ve had every kind of innoculation medical science has invented to protect them against viruses known and perhaps, unknown.

The same is true for your computer as you venture with your teaching out onto the web.  Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a war out there. 

There was a time in the not-too-distant, nostalgic past when all a web-surfing online instructor had to worry about was the occasional abborent computer nerd who wrote viruses “for fun” – just to see what they would do, and how far they would spread.  Your average anti-virus software handled these pests fairly easily, as long as you updated frequently.

Today’s online teacher has many more attackers to worry about – everyone, it seems, is trying to track your movements on the web, sneak inside your computer for a banking password or two, hijack your homepage, or overload your system with garbage you never requested in the form spam and ads.

 A sophisticated network of protection is a requirement for the instructor who wants to teach online to protect your computer’s health and to safely share documents with your students.  This protection should include a firewall, a consistently updated antivirus program, a spam/ad blocker, and a class policy insisting that all students have an up-to-date anti-virus program resident on their computer as well.

Even with these safeguards in place, viruses can sneak through…but that’s for a later blog.

Here’s some links for more information:

Wikepedia’s Anti-Virus Information and Links

Microsoft’s spyware/adware blocker – compatible with Windows 98 and XP

Free Adware/Spyware Killer from Spybot “Search and Destroy” *Read the manual*

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Posted by on September 6, 2006 in Teaching Online

 

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