I have learned a lot, during my 8 weeks in this class. Some things were refreshers, while other things was new information. I discovered further information on security/privacy settings offered by social media sites. This means a lot to me because I am a private person, and I would like to keep it that way without become a pariah. This way I can have a social media account and feel comfortable that my information and identity is safe.
The knowledge I acquired on the importance of a firewall, has assisted in sharpening my personal cyber security tools. I was aware of the the firewall prior to taking this class, however I was not certain exactly what it did. Now I understand that a firewall cannot catch and prevent all threats, it is a good safety net to have because it can still prevent some of the threats coming in. Accompanied with an anti-virus software a firewall can do wonders for your cyber security needs.
Finally, I have gained additional knowledge on malware and the different types of malware that can infect your computer. I have always known about viruses but I did not know they were considered malware. I also learned I need to re-enforce the habit of not opening emails from unknown senders. Especially, if they have attachments. Gaining this knowledge means a lot to me because in this age of technology it is nice to be able to protect your personal information as well as your devices. Viruses, spyware, worms, Trojan horses, etc can have harmful effects to your devices. Knowing as much as I can to prevent threats from happening will help me in the long run protect both my personal information and devices from harm. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this class and cannot wait to use my knowledge to assist in real world scenarios.