Computer Security for Authors and Their Characters
It's a dangerous cyberworld out there! Phishing and email scams and database hacking, oh my! What's an author to do about it all? Can you even be on the internet anymore? Is the "cloud" safe for our works in progress?
Presented by Pam Trader
April 2 - 27, 2018
Fee: Non-chapter members $15 Free for RWAOL chapter members! Registration opens March 19, 2018
About the Class
Learn how phishing, spyware, and ransomware is used, how identity theft and internet scams work, and how to be safe on wi-fi networks and social media. We'll also look at the latest scary problem built into all of our computers - the villainous Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities - to assess how serious these threats are.
This interactive workshop will tiptoe through the world of cybersecurity through two paths - one designed to provide authors with knowledge about computer security for their personal use. We'll also explore cybersecurity as our characters use, or avoid, those threats in our stories. (Because every hero and heroine should know a little bit about hacking - and how to keep themselves safe from cyber criminals!)
about the instructor
Pam Trader is a geek who manages a few websites, webcasts a few RWA® chapter meetings, and helps her less computer-literate friends keep their computers running. In a former life she spent 20 years in the United States Air Force where she claims to have spent a lot of time on the phone with help desks trying to make the computer systems she used do more than the designers intended. That segued into a job with a defense contractor who built those systems she nagged about where she learned the importance of good computer hygiene and eventually earned her COMPTIA Security+ certification.
You can find Pam tethered to a computer in her day job building web-based instructional products and at night tinkering with those websites she manages when she's not inventing ways for her heroes and heroines to escape the clutches of notorious cyber villians.
RWA Online chapter members do not need to register.
terms and conditions
Payment must be received not later than 2 days prior to the workshop start date to be guaranteed admittance to the workshop. RWA® Online will work with you in good faith if circumstances prevent your payment from being received in time for the workshop start date, but we are not obligated to grant access to the workshop if payment is not received. RWA® Online is not responsible for technical or personal issues that may prevent your attendance from the workshop. Our workshops have been successfully used by computers operating both Windows and Mac OS and no user who has properly followed all instructions for accessing the website where the workshop is held has ever been unable to participate. When you submit a registration for a workshop, you agree that RWA® Online is not obligated to refund your workshop fee if the money is received too late for the workshop or if you am unable to attend the workshop due to personal or computer-related issues.