Information Technology

Security: Internet Privacy and Browsing Anonymously

Course Code: 01-04-T910

In this one-day class, we will learn how to browse the Internet anonymously and how to prevent much of our private information from being leaked to web and more. We will discuss and practice hiding our information thorough cryptography, steganography, and onion routing. We will also discuss how to secure your notebook, cell phone, or tablet from outside detection and manipulation.

This class uses Tor, Office, and other tools in a Windows 10 environment. Recommended as the 5th course in the Information Security Certificate.

Performance Objectives: Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe what it means to be anonymous on the Internet
  • Describe what PII (Personally Identifiable Information) is
  • Implement practical ways to hide information both online and offline
  • Describe how cryptography, like SSL/TLS, helps secure information
  • Describe what Onion Routing and VPNs do
  • Install, Configure, and Use the Tor browser
  • Implement proper best practices for anonymous browsing
  • Implement a VPN to secure communications
  • Hide your browsing location from others on the web
  • Implement browser extensions to ensure secure communications
  • Use steganography to hide information in both audio and picture files
  • Scrub files to remove metadata like GPS coordinates and annotations
  • Implement physical means to prevent electronic theft or use of your electronics
  • Implement VeraCrypt to make encrypted folders and hard drives

Competencies covered in this course: This course is for anyone interested in securing their information with practical and useful methods that are quite simple to do and maintain

Intended Audience: Anyone who uses the internet to browse and wants to prevent private information being leaked online

Recommended Prerequisite: To be successful in this course, you should be familiar with using personal computers, the mouse and keyboard. You should be able to use Windows to launch and close programs; navigate to information stored on the computer; and manage files and folders. Windows experience, macOS or Linux familiarity is also useful.