Gila Community College and the Payson Area Computer Association (P.A.C.A.) are hosting a free, one-hour seminar and slideshow, “Protecting Yourself, Your Computer and Your Identity” to be presented by Norbert “Bob” Gostischa.
Gostischa, “Avast! Evangelist & Be-Free Spokesperson” will speak on Thursday night, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in GCC Room 301, 201 N. Mudsprings Road.
This presentation focuses on normal computer users rather than “IT (information technology) geeks.” Join Bob as he simplifies, clarifies and demystifies your computer, making your Internet experience a safe one.
Topics include protecting yourself from viruses, worms, Trojans, root kits and bot nets, computing safety tips, how to spot phishing attempts and ransomware, and how to recover when your email account has been hijacked.
Gostischa will also discuss email etiquette, social networking safety tips, software installation safety tips, using free software to create layered protection, features and benefits of free anti-virus programs and Android Smartphone and tablet safety and protection.
Gostischa, after a successful career in banking, enjoys his retirement as an enthusiastic Information Technology security expert, most notably for Avast Software, security software that for over 20 years has protected users against viruses on their computers. Currently, Avast! Antivirus Software and has more than 160 million users worldwide and is the most used antivirus software in the world.
The presentation will conclude with a question and answer session covering any of the topics presented.
This presentation has been approved by the AARP “Create the Good” program. Gostischa will also mention Avast!’s Free for Education program, which provides free software and support programs for public schools, libraries and organizations.
Any public or non-profit educational institution/education organization including grades K-12 and higher, vocational/trade schools, head start programs or other entities with educational purposes under 501(c) of the IRS Publication 557 or public library operating in the U.S. may qualify for the free software and support program.