This course is aimed at private individuals, who wish to learn how to recognize and protect themselves and their loved ones from dangers online. This course is for complete beginners and intermediates alike.




Cybersecurity is a hot topic right now, and this is no surprise. Canadians had lost over $230 million to online fraud during 2021 and globally almost 6 billion accounts had their credentials compromised during data breaches over the same time frame.

In this course, we will take a deep dive into cybersecurity and learn how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe online. We will also to take a critical look at corporations and their use of our data.

Sign up BEFORE your data gets compromised. See you in the course! 

Learning Objectives

This course is for anyone who wants to

  • protect their precious files, emails, accounts, and personal information.
  • learn about online safety, privacy, and anonymity.
  • guard themselves against fraud and identity theft.
  • learn how to recognize online threats and certain offline threats, such as social engineering.
  • gain a deep understanding about authentication, authorization, and network security.


Session 1 Overview of cyber risks and cyber security
  • How to Identify an Attack
    • Email Phishing
    • Text Message Phishing
    • Social Media Phishing
  • Following the Data Trail
    • What happens "behind the scenes" when you check your email on your phone
    • Understanding WiFi vs. ethernet (cable) internet connections.
  • How to Stay Safe Online
    • Recognize secure websites
    • Learn to create secure passwords
    • Learn about the risks of browser extensions
    • Private Companies and Data Security - What you need to know
    • Text Message Phishing
    • Social Media Phishing
    • Important Mantras
Session 2 Identity Theft and You: How to protect your most important asset - YOURSELF
  • What is Identity Theft
  • How Identity is Stolen
  • How to Protect Yourself against Identity Theft
  • How to Spot Identity Theft attacks
  • What to do if you or a loved one has fallen victim to Identity Theft
Session 3 Your Brain can be Hacked: How to Resist Social Engineering Attacks
  • What is Social Engineering
  • The Evil "Art" of Using Your Emotions Against You
  • How to Spot Social Engineering attacks
    • Scareware
    • Phishing, Vishing, Spear Phishing
    • Baiting
    • Pretexting
    • and more
  • How to Shield Yourself against Social Engineering Attacks
  • What to do if you or a loved one has fallen victim to a Social Engineering Attack
Session 4 The Threat in Your Pocket: Mobile Phone Safety
  • What Threats Lurk on Your Cell Phone?
  • How Safe are Your Apps
  • Intro to Keyloggers and other spyware
  • GPS Tracking: Friend or Foe?
  • Introduction to device encryption
  • What you need to know about the available authentication options
  • Guided Exercise: Securing your phone
Session 5 How Smart are Your Smart Devices
  • Introduction to the IoT (Internet of Things) Devices
  • What are your Smart Devices listening to?
  • Seeing the big picture and understanding its pieces
  • How to identity where and how your smart device data is stored
  • How to secure your smart devices


Connie Reichelsdorfer, B.Com  

Cybersecurity Instructor, The Urban Camp
Founder & CEO of Digitally Smart Club


  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • compTIA Security+ Certified Cybersecurity Professional


Why is Cybersecurity important?

Cybersecurity is important because attackers are consistency learning new “tricks” and techniques to compromise our accounts and steal our identities. Yet individuals usually are slow to catch up, which keeps increasing the gap between the capabilities of attackers and the capabilities of individuals to stay safe. We’d like to help close the gap and make you aware of the dangers that are lurking online, how to recognize them, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones.

How familiar do I need to be with anything tech or with security concepts?

We don’t expect any previous knowledge about cybersecurity and as far as “tech” goes, basic familiarity with the internet and computers is a requirement. The rest, you’ll learn from us in a non-judgemental approach. We love to share our knowledge and as long as you bring a passion to learn, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy the course. Feel free to bring your questions to class, and we’ll be happy to answer them.


  • 10 hours
  • 5 days (2 hours per day)


19+ years old
Required English level: B1 and up


Online. Small groups
(max. 25 students)


  • A laptop or computer (Mac or PC)
  • Internet connexion


One cyberattack happens every 39 seconds on average (source: Norton), which results in more than 2,200 cyberattacks per day. It is more important than ever to know what to look out for and how to protect yourself to ensure that you won’t fall victim to these attackers.