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Most people are very aware of the importance of computer security, but without necessarily knowing how to ensure it. This section explains how to keep yourself and your information safe while using computers and the internet.
One of the great advantages of OU study is that you will come across all sorts of other students, from diverse backgrounds and places, across a wide age range and with a variety of experience.
Computer forums and chat rooms allow everyone to engage in discussions on all kinds of topics with fellow students, who may come from all over the UK, the European Union, or across the world.
It is important that, while you enjoy discussions with other students, you keep some safety guidelines in mind.
Do not let these points worry you or prevent you from taking part in online forums. They are sensible precautions that you should take whenever you are online for study, work or leisure.
There is no doubt that our student diversity is a wonderful part of the OU student's experience – you may well make some lifelong friends.