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6 Free Cyber Security Courses That’ll Keep You Safe Online

Gavin Phillips 19-07-2016

Internet safety is massively important. Global news feeds are consistently filled with a variety of data breaches, coming from all manner of international organizations. It feels like your data is out of your hands. Have you ever wondered exactly how to stay safe online 7 Family Safety Tools To Keep Your Kids Safe Online Like the real world, the internet can sometimes be a scary place for your kids. There are some great apps and tools to keep them safe; here are some we think are the best. Read More ? How you can give your personal data the upper hand in escaping the clutches of hackers?


I’m not going to sugar coat it: if your credentials are stolen, there is very little you can do to stop their resale and reuse. But just as those malefactors would use them against you, there are a wealth of free online resources designed to teach you about basic information security techniques. Your credentials may be filched, but you can absolutely mitigate the potential devastation Are Hacked Email Account Checking Tools Genuine Or A Scam? Some of the email checking tools following the alleged breach of Google servers weren't as legitimate as the websites linking to them might have hoped. Read More this brings.

I’ve compiled a list of 6 free cyber and information security courses you can take, right now, to boost your awareness of your online surroundings Start the Year Off Right with a Personal Security Audit It's time to make plans for the new year, such as ensuring your personal security is up to scratch. Here are 10 steps you should take to update everything using your PC, phone or tablet. Read More . Each course is designed for self-learning MOOCs Where To Study: Navigating The Free Online Education World Now that online learning is commonplace, it also is bit of a nightmare to choose which learning systems to use. We make it easier by giving you an overview of the best options out there. Read More  (Massively Open Online Courses), and come with active communities and lecturers you can direct questions towards.

FutureLean: Introduction to Cyber Security

“Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.” This is an eight week long MOOC designed by the UK government and the Open University, using the FutureLearn platform Coursera And Udacity Gain Competition As FutureLearn Joins The MOOC Bandwagon FutureLearn has launched with an open beta website and a roster of free online courses. The 20 pilot courses will run throughout the year and learners can join from any part of the globe. Read More .

It aims to give you an insight into basic infosec security principles, and expands on how to keep your personal data safe online. As it is a MOOC, you’ll be able to interact with the other students enrolled on the course throughout the same period as you, and it has a pretty active Google+ community How Google+ is Rethinking Social Media You may remember a few years ago when Google+ attempted to compete with Facebook as a social website. Google has not yet met expectations. So, now what? Read More , as do most FutureLearn courses I’ve enrolled on. The course is eight weeks long, taking up to three hours of your week, depending on how detailed you want your studies to be.

I took the course last year, and think it is absolutely worth a shout for anyone looking to understand more about protecting their digital life.


Udemy: Cyber Security

The Udemy Cyber Security course aims to provide well-rounded, entry level information relating to important terms and the ideas underpinning Internet security practices. The MOOC is instructed by DeVry University and Professor Robert Bunge, and explores “core technologies such as encryption, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems” and takes around 2.5 hours delivered over 15 lectures.

Like most MOOCs, learning is at your own pace, and the Udemy course takes in a wide variety of security resources, from both the ethical and the hacktivist viewpoints.

Coursera: Internet History, Technology, and Security

This course focuses on a spectrum of Internet technologies, the history behind the Internet, and the necessity of increased and evolving security to remain safe in the 21st Century. The course comprises around 12 hours of video lectures and quizzes, and is instructed by Charles Severance, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Depending on your existing level of knowledge, some of the early weeks may cover information you already understand, such as how the Internet was developed, and why the Internet revolutionized business. However, it all gently trickles toward networking, security, and encryption.


This course isn’t as self-paced as others, as you’ll be required to submit your coursework to progress to the next segment of the course.

Coursera: Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains

The Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains course will give you thorough understanding of essential cybersecurity fields, including “governance and risk management, compliance, business continuity and disaster recovery, cryptography, software development security, access control, network security, security architecture, security operations, and physical and environmental security.”

This is a slightly shorter course 9 Coursera Courses To Improve Yourself & Your Career It's tempting to learn as much as you can, but your time is limited. Choose wisely from this selection of upcoming and past courses on Coursera to improve yourself and your career. Read More , coming in at just six hours, but this certainly makes it more manageable for those with time restrictions. Another bonus for this course is the variety of languages available for learning. The video lectures are delivered in English, but come with subtitles for Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, and Chinese (Simplified).

FutureLearn: Cyber Security: Safety at Home, Online, in Life

The University of Newcastle’s School of Computing Science curate this extremely short, three-week jaunt through information security in the modern world. This course focuses on understanding three basic tenets of Internet security: Privacy Online, Payment Safety, and Security at Home.


“As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of of securing cyberspace” – Newton Lee, Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness

While this is a short course, I think it focuses on three specific topics that frequent the headlines, and are at the forefront of many of our thoughts when using the Internet. Who is accessing my data? Will my payment information be stolen? Can hackers affect other areas of my life?

Saylor: Information Security

Saylor provide a MOOC focusing on Get Tech Skills You Need At These Top 7 Online Course Sites It's not only about learning programming languages, but also the little unnoticed tech skills that could take you further in your career. Iterate to the next version of you. Class is in session. Read More the fundamentals of information security, detailing core practices in “access control mechanisms, cryptography algorithms, software security, physical security, and security management and risk assessment.” By the end of the course you should be fully able to describe and detail major cyber security principles, critical network infrastructure, and provide the foundation of a basic infosec plan for another individual.

If it sounds like a lot to take on, don’t worry. It isn’t. This course is slightly more detailed than others I have listed, but is by no-means a terrifying learning curve. If you find the terminology and pace of learning too advanced, head back to an alternative course, and return to this one down the line.

Want To Learn More?

Have these free courses piqued your interest? Internet and information security are two massively important, continuously evolving subject areas, both of which are entirely relevant to almost every single individual’s life. While there are serious stigmas attached to the major government security organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, they perform an important role in ensuring national security. We might not all agree on some of their activities Tomorrow's Surveillance: Four Technologies The NSA Will Use to Spy on You - Soon Surveillance is always on the cutting edge of technology. Here are four technologies that will be used to violate your privacy over the next few years. Read More , and equally, some of their targets Hero or Villain? NSA Moderates Its Stance on Snowden Whistleblower Edward Snowden and the NSA's John DeLong appeared on the schedule for a symposium. While there was no debate, it seems the NSA no longer paints Snowden as a traitor. What's changed? Read More , but for the most part their existence is based upon protecting ours.


Most, if not all security professionals will confirm that a successful career in these fields 10 Best Tools & Resources For Researching Information Security Jobs Switching careers is never easy, so we’ve compiled a handy list of resources to help you find, and win, that information security role you’ve been chasing. Read More  is built upon a serious knowledge of computing and networking. There are numerous Computer Science sources available online, for free, and they’ll help you understand if a career in cyber security is right for you.

The Internet is a consistently evolving place, as is the security that keeps us safe when using it. As with most things in life, it isn’t too late to learn, and you might be surprised at how much you already understand just through your day-to-day Internet use. Good luck!

Have you taken any Cyber Security courses? Do you have any learning resources you’d like to share with your fellow readers? Let us know in below!

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  1. Anonymous
    July 31, 2016 at 5:52 am

    My attempts to prevnt security brearch have not been as productive as I would have hoped. I changed my password on as many accounts as I can remember every 45 to 60 days. This takes a lot if time. I have & still use one of the best tools given to the TechNet subscribers since 2007. "RoboForms" I test my email or use name every month to see if any have been compermized. All to no avail. When I found one Microsoft email account hacked (largely due to a google block) since it was in 2014 Windows Live would not pay attentuon. Even though I changed it the damage was done & in Jan 2015 I was notified by a credit card Co. that someone was tried to use that card for over $7000 IN CHARGES, thank God that was stopped. I received a letter from Kohels telling me my credit would be approved once I called them for confirmation. To Kohles credit they quickly called the Equserve, & had them place a 60 hold on new credit accounts in my name.. This action saved me from at least one service which was pay pal. However it didn't save me from one online company that started 3 credit accouts in my name (which I am still fighting today. I personally blocked all new credit through Trans Union which only I can unblock. HERE IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE! AS OF THE 2ND WEEK IN JULY. I HAVE BEEN RECIVING CALLS ON MY PHOME PHONE WITH THE CALLER ID AS HP SUPPORT. I knew I didn't have a case open with them so I only anwered one call. I didn't give my name I asked them why they were calling and was told that they returning a call using my first name. I asked if they had a case # and was given a phoney case #. Then I hung up and returned the call to the same number used to call my home. SHOCKED TO FIND OUT THAT THIS WAS A LEGIT HP CUSTOMER SUPPORT NUMBER. I pushed to speak to a supervisor. I explained that since thier legitiment number was being used on me, HOW MANY UNAWARE OF SCAMS OF THEIR CONSUMERS ARE POSSIBLY BEING HARMED BY THIS SCAM. I did get a case number and was told "WE ARE AWARE THIS IS GOING ON AND ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO PROTECT OUR CUSTOMERS". I explained that in my case had I given any information out or let the scamer remotely access my system, it would have been 6 calls in 2 days just to me that would have been effected and taken over my system & personal information! I AM SHARING THIS BECAUSE I TOLD THEM 2 DAYS AGO TO GET MY ACCOUNT PROTECTED & YET THERE WERE NO NOTICES OR INFO OF MY PREVIOUS CALL. SO I WANT TO MAKE ALL HP EQUIPMENT OWNERS ! BEAWARE. THE NUMBER THEY ARE CALLING FROM IS A LEGITMENT HP CUSTOMER SUPPORT PHONE NUMBER. DON'T GIVE OUT ANY INFO. If you can don't answer the call if you have caller ID.. Call HP Support yourself to see if it was a legitimet support call. Never hang up from the HP Support, until you have the persons name you are talking to. AND ALWAYS GET A CASE NUMBER!!!!!!!!!!!! How do I get message out? I honestly like it isn't my intent to disrepect the company. Anyone can become a victom. I just don't want the large part of our unknowing Internet, & PC users to be harmed.