Keeping It Simple Solutions

As you've suspected, computers don't have to be complicated and difficult.  Here are some basics for using your computer without frustration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase quality equipment.

Obtaining computers and networking equipment from quality manufacturers is essential to smooth computer operations and later when obtaining support.  Avoiding problems is your best bet.  Waiting on hold for a long time to be connected to an ill trained tech support person can be costly and your data could be in jeopardy.

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Only install the software you need.

Software can sometimes interact negatively with each other.  The more software you put on the computer, especially games and free software, the greater the potential for problems.  Before you install new software, decide if you really need it.

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Have virus protection installed and update it regularly.

Viruses are little programs that piggy-back on other programs or files.  They can do malicious or destructive things to your computer.  Viruses are easily spread today, and the potential damage is so great that you need to have Anti-Virus software on your computer to protect you.  Viruses can be spread via e-mail, internet browsing, internet downloading, and removable media (like floppy or ZIP disks).

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Have a firewall installed.

A personal firewall is another form of protection your computer needs.  It blocks harmful data from being sent or received on your computer.  It works like a border crossing guard, checking for suspicious items going in or out.

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Backup your data.

Backing up your data protects you from losing the work you do on your computer.  You want to choose a backup method that allows you to backup and restore your work quickly and simply, so that you will do it consistently.  Your backup should be on a medium (like floppies, CDs) that allows for easy transfer to another computer in case your computer is damaged or stolen.

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Know the basics of Windows navigation.

You should know the basics of Windows navigation.  This means knowing more then how to 'point, click and drag.'  There are computer books like Windows for Dummies that can teach you techniques that will save you time and trouble.

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Keep your data well organized and all in one place.

Keeping your work files in one main directory gives you a single location to search for your work, and makes backing up your data simple.  You can add as many sub-folders as you want, as long as you keep it all in one main directory.  Think of the files on your computer as a file cabinet, all in one place and in logical order.

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