Hello! I hope you’ve got your favorite beverage at hand. It’s best to be comfortable and relaxed. I’ll give you a few minutes. I’m not going anywhere.
I hope you are enjoying your new computer skills. Perhaps you are overwhelmed, which is perfectly fine. Don’t give up! You can do it! I have faith in you!
Pep talk over. Now back to your regularly scheduled lesson…
Let’s talk about Basic Internet Security. This is what I feel is the most important lesson I can teach you. I want you to be safe. I hate the bad guys. Grrr… They make my blood boil when I hear what happens to people who are innocently traveling the Internet. I can’t fathom why they do it. I’m too good natured to understand an evil heart.
Now don’t run away! I’m not trying to scare you away. With some basic tips you can protect yourself.
In my travels through the world of computers I have come across many people who don’t take advantage of the number Pad on the right side of their computer’s keyboard. Whether you are balancing your checkbook using a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft’s Excel or entering a phone number into Google to find out who had the nerve to disturb your dinner, the Number Pad is a handy tool.
A Computer Mouse is an essential component to your computer experience. Consider it the vehicle your fingers use to navigate your way around your computer as you click and point your way through the maze.
Don’t get me wrong. Facebook holds a wealth of information (both useful and useless). You can find long lost friends. You can join groups where people with interests similar to yours hang out and chat, swapping things like recipes and crochet patterns. You can stay informed about what your grandchildren are doing.
I love Facebook. It’s where I can regularly find the latest news on my favorite Japanese anime or ideas for a new crochet pattern. I also use it as the main way to chat with my mother since I hate talking on the telephone.
But there is an evil that lies within Facebook that some people seem to either purposefully ignore or they are unaware of the damage that can be done.
It’s a dark and stormy night in the Land of Internet Bad Guys. His harried face is the only thing seen in the darkened room as the soft glow of the monitor shines on him. “I’ll give it one more try. The Boss Man wants those credit card numbers real bad.” A few more clicks and… “Bingo!” He sniggers, “Ol’ Granny won’t know what hit her! I have it all! Ha! Ha! Ha!” His evil laughter echoes through the empty room of his miniscule apartment.
All the while you have been sleeping peacefully, unaware of what will greet you in the morning.
When you sign up with an Internet Provider, you will be asked to set up an email account. This will be your main account with that company. However, you are not limited to just that one email address.
As I talked of in the first post about emails, it is a good idea to have your permanent email address with a third party to avoid issues that would arise should you change internet providers. Do you remember that I also suggested you try a few email providers to see if there is one you prefer over another? This is where those email addresses might come in handy so you can use them rather than throw them in the proverbial trash.
There is some creative thinking involved in setting up your email address. This is how your friends will communicate with you. You can even make it your online identity. Let your creative juices flow. You aren’t stuck at 123 Boring Street unless you want to be.
Now that you have decided to join the wonderful (and sometimes scary) world of computers, let’s talk about email. This isn’t exactly like setting up a mailing address with the post office. You get some choices.
Operating systems (commonly shortened to OS) are an important consideration when choosing a new computer. The OS tells your computer what to do and how to do it efficiently. An operating system is a piece of software that tells the hardware and other software how to interact with each other.
An important factor to consider while looking for the best deal on your computer is figuring out where to place it. There are several questions that you need to ask yourself.