Internet Privacy


  • You’re concerned about maintaining your privacy on genealogy and social media websites
  • You want to know who is viewing your information online
  • You want to secure your accounts and online activity

Our 2-Week courses are designed to help beginning genealogists develop a solid foundation of research skills. While expert instructors are on hand to answer any questions, they play a far less active role than in our 4-week offerings. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of securing and maintaining online privacy.

We all know someone whose credit card number has been stolen, email account hacked, or have even heard about Facebook users who posted pictures of themselves on vacation only to return home to find they’d been robbed. Protecting privacy online is becoming increasingly difficult as society becomes more connected through the internet. The privacy precautions you take online can impact your safety, the identity of you and and your family, and your financial security. But there are many common sense actions you can take to protect your online privacy and reduce the chance you’ll be the next target for an identity thief or scammer. Learn all about them in this 2-week course.


$39.99 ($35.99 for VIP)

Course Length:

2 Weeks


Lisa A. Alzo


Dana McCullough

Start Date:

View upcoming course schedule for dates.


•    How much information on you is line, from public records to social media
•    Who’s watching you online
•    How to set up secure online accounts, such as email and banking
•    Online searching privacy
•    Online family tree website privacy tips
•    Guidelines for posting info on living relatives
•    Best tools to manage your internet privacy


  • This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class.

Internet Privacy

Lesson 1:  Who’s Viewing Your Information Online
A.    Introduction
B.    Basic terminology
C.    How much information on you is online?
I.    Public records
II.    Social media
III.    Community or professional organization involvement
IV.    Online forums
V.    Newspaper websites
VI.    Gift registries
D.    Who’s watching you online
I.    Friends and family
II.    Businesses and employers
III.    Government
IV.    Criminals
E.    Searching for yourself online
F.    Online privacy begins on your desktop
G.    Online privacy while you’re out and about
I.    How to know if a wireless network is secure
II.    Information not to store on your digital devices
H.    Do-it-Yourself Exercise
I.    Keys to SuccessLesson 2: Secure Your Accounts and Online Activity
A.    Introduction
B.    Setting up secure online accounts
I.    Choosing passwords
II.    Using a password manager
III.    Privacy policies
IV.    Secure websites
C.    Email security and privacy
D.    Your digital footprint: think before you post
E.    Online searching privacy
F.    Do-it-Yourself Exercise
G.    Keys to Success

Lesson 3: Protect Your Privacy on Genealogy and Social Media Websites
A.    Introduction
B.    What to do each year to maintain your online privacy
C.    Online family tree website privacy tips
D.    Privacy settings on
E.    Privacy settings on FamilySearch
F.    Privacy tips for your own genealogy website or blog
G.    Guidelines for posting information on living relatives online
H.    Tools to manage your online privacy
I.    Browser apps
II.    Name searching tools and alerts
I.    Managing your smartphone and tablet privacy
J.    Social media privacy tips
K.    Resources for online privacy information
L.    Do-it-Yourself Exercise
M.    Keys to Success

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