Physically protecting the computers. The first rule of any type of computer safety is restricting physical access to it. If a bad guy can get their hands on the computer assume they will be able to gain access to all data contained within.
This is a 10:21 YouTube video on physical information security. However, the emphasis on on physically securing the laptop, desktop, or server device. The discussion includes how to secure your equipment with physical passwords to avoid access to the data. However, cracking login and passwords is easy. The main emphasis is on securing the equipment from being stolen.
Type of Material:
This is good common sense information that can be applied to a variety of different applications and age groups. Basic computer literacy classes would certainly benefit from this video. However, there are many other courses where this information might be delivered.
A modern browser capable of viewing YouTube videos. Reliable internet access
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The viewer should understand the various ways in which computer equipment needs to be secured from theft.The student can - - Learn how to protect their computer at home. - Learn how to protect their computer at a hotel. - Learn how to protect their computer when at a coffee shop, library, etc.
Target Student Population:
All ages and levels.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No specific skills are needed, but familiarity with YouTube video controls would be useful.
High quality video for the user. Clearly identified main points. Practical information for computer safety.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Concise, clear reminder for the students and all users.
Material is concise, but can be very effective in remind the student of the need to be cautious. It could be used in several different ways: in a flipped classroom to followed by a discussion of how the student would apply the tips; in class to succinctly make the point. Since it is clear and simple, depending on the makeup of the class, it could also be used for independent viewing - needing no additional activity. The visual presentation provides interest and engages multiple senses. The teacher can be seen and heard in the corner of each slide explaining the information. However, this is not just a talking-head presentation. Important points are presented in bullets on the slide -- in a large font. Additionally, relevant graphics may be present. It is possible to get closed-captioning as well as a transcript."
Spend more time on securing your devices and information in public spaces, such as coffee shops and libraries. Create a separate short video on cables, alarms, and lo-jack protection for laptops.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
YouTube videos make easy and convenient viewing. The video works well and is self-contained. Terms are clearly explained.
Perhaps include a short summary list of suggested links or notes for the users in addition to the video.
Other Issues and Comments:
Divide the time a little differently. The dorm/home information was a bit long. Devote a short video to discussing device safety in a public space.
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