Last fall I blogged about internet security and protecting yourself online. This is something my colleague, Jeff Sonnleitner, and I talk about extensively in my courses for the IT-Tech Support Specialist program and his courses for the IT-Network Specialist program here at Moraine Park Technical College. Recently President Trump signed a law effectively allowing your internet service provider (ISP) to collect your browsing data and sell it to whomever they choose.
They don’t even need your permission to do this. You can read more about that here. In light of this news I thought it prudent to revisit the VPN (Virtual Private Network) discussion and provide some more information on how you can protect yourself and hide your browsing history online.
Joshua Montag has worked very hard since returning to school. Josh had a plan for his college education.
“My initial plan for myself during college was to find a really good internship and work my way up. Once I graduated, I was going to push to get hired or possibly search elsewhere for a career in IT. There are many avenues in the IT industry but not many companies hire without experience. This is why I actively searched for an internship.”
Josh had to deviate from that plan but in a good way.
As an instructor in the IT-Technical Support program, along with Jeff Sonnleitner and the IT-Network Specialist program, one of my jobs at Moraine Park Technical College is to teach our students about network and online security. In this day and age of viruses, malware, adware, ransom ware, and numerous other online threats you can never be too careful. There are ways to protect yourself, and your data, and limit your exposure. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices so I will break down some best practices for you and give you some resources you can use to help you decide what is best for your personal situation.
If you take great interest in new technologies, I would encourage you to explore the IT-Tech Support program at MPTC. I am one of the instructors, and try to teach our students about new technology as early as possible. This helps them stay ahead of the game and be more prepared when they graduate. It also helps me as an IT instructor stay current.
One of the new devices I’ve incorporated into my classroom, and my home, is the Amazon Echo. This wonderful little device has had a huge impact in both my classes and the way we do things at home.
My name is Joe Desiderio and I’m the IT-Tech Support Specialist Instructor at Moraine Park Technical College. I’ve been working in IT for over 10 years now and I love all things technology and internet related. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life, or our world for that matter, without them. Having said that, there are some areas of concern in that world, and one in particular that – as a parent of three young children – really concerns me. That area is cyber-bullying and online predators, and I’d like to share some insight with you.