NYACC General Meeting
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
at 7PM
At NYU – 32 Waverly Place, Silver Building
Room 401

Rules of Thumb
Computer Security

Presented by
Web Analyst and Digital Fellow
Patrick Smyth

Computer security can often seem like an endless source of bad news; between data breaches, high-profile hacks, and disinformation campaigns, it’s easy to think that there’s little you can do to protect yourself from hackers and other bad actors while using your computer. However, familiarity with a core set of concepts and tools can make a lot of difference when it comes to defending yourself online.

This presentation will go beyond common advice (such as “Use stronger passwords!”) to explore these core concepts. Topics will include common security misconceptions, the practice of threat modelling, useful tools and rules of thumb for defensive computing. The talk will emphasize practical web browser and operating system security, especially (but not only) on the Microsoft Windows platform. No previous knowledge of computer security is required.

Patrick Smyth is a doctoral student in English, and is currently a developer on the NEH-funded DH box, a cloud-based platform for accessing digital humanities tools.

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Planetarium Station
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New York, N.Y. 10024

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