Skip main navigation

£199.99 £139.99 for one year of Unlimited learning. Offer ends on 28 February 2023 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply

Find out more

What to Expect this Week

Learn the vulnerabilities of social media, how to address internet security and viruses, and include regular backups in your cybersecurity routine
Photographic image of gloved hand hacking a laptop computer

In the coming week, we will cover four main topics: Social Media, Internet Security, Viruses as well as Data Backups, and Recovery.

By the end of the week, you will be able to:

  • describe the difference between HTTP and HTTPS
  • identify suspicious files and messages
  • demonstrate safe browser use
  • demonstrate how to protect your device from viruses
  • explain the importance of security on social media
  • perform safe data backups

Reflect and share: What is your current level of understanding on these topics? Which topic(s) are you interested in knowing more about?

This article is from the free online

Cyber Security Foundations: Why Cyber Security is Important

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education