I want to teach students good computer security habits.
I was a bit startled in class to how many students had no idea of the following:
1) securing their browser;
2) securing their computer;
3) understanding how to install and operate anti-virals;
4) changing their habits or better known as, I clicked the link and got hijacked;
5) securing their phones (android)
The students are a full age range but tend towards their 20's. I make no assumption on technical aptitude based on age, I know better than that. Articles like this
and the experience of students to being vulnerable has made me realize that I need to help out the students.
I have a course that allows me to teach good media consumption and so could integrate an assignment on security for prevention and "cure". Here are my questions:
1) Would it be better to just have the students boot in safe mode and then go through Deezil and Samsara's list of software or should I do something else?
2) Would this assignment (safe boot and run anti-virals) be too difficult for students or should I just send them to an online checker, if so, which one?
I admit I am a bit muddled about this, but I am concerned since I get a fair share of infected files from students and I observe behavior that is just going to lead to unhappiness. Basically, how do I help prevent these students, who maybe your relatives, stop calling you for tech support?
Any resources or suggestions welcome.