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How to Register, Place an Order, and Use This Site

Because so many people have asked for help with this, I’ve recorded a video that walks you through the entire process of placing an order for any of my easy computer courses.

It starts with a quick recap of the registration process (a free account is needed for viewing the courses), then shows you the Member Area where you access the lessons. 

The video continues by showing you how to select a course, add it to your cart, apply a coupon code for a discount, and concludes with checking out to complete your order.

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device driver update example

What is a Driver and Should You Pay to Update Them

This is an older video of mine I first recorded back in 2008 which explains the often-misunderstood computer term “driver” or “device driver” in non-technical language.  While I’m at it, I also make sure you understand the related terms “software” and “hardware.”

I recently was sent an email by a new student named Marcos who had seen this video and had a follow-up question I wanted to answer.  Marcos wrote:

“Now that you’ve cleared up what drivers are — (thanks!)  why do I need to update them? 

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What is a Bitcoin & Altcoin Wallet Explained in Non-Technical Language

 In this lesson I want to explain the concept of a wallet and a wallet application which is used with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to send, receive, and hold onto funds. We also take a look at an example of a wallet program. This explanation is for non-technical people:

 This video follows up from my previous lesson that gave a non-technical introduction to Bitcoin and how it’s more than most people think it is, so make sure to watch that lesson if you missed it.

 A wallet “stores” your money and is sort of a cross between a traditional (physical) wallet and a bank account. In reality, the wallet holds something called a private key which “unlocks” your access to the funds that are actually stored on the blockchain, which is the public ledger system used by Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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Prypto Cryptocurrency Scratch Card How-To Video

I wanted to post a video I recorded recently that introduces an extremely cool cryptocurrency product — crypto scratch cards by a company called Prypto.

The way they work is you buy a high-quality physical card with a visible code and a hidden code underneath a scratch panel like you find on a lottery ticket or many gift cards.  The card can be redeemed for the amount of cryptocurrency pictured on the front, including varying amounts of bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin, and more.

I think these scratchcards are a great way to get cryptocurrency — in fact, I was so impressed I became one of the first US-based resellers and plan to start carrying them on my site in the near future!

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Forgot Your Password & Locked Out of Your Computer – Tech Answers

In this latest tech question and answer audio lesson I take a question from a long-time student named Ian, about getting back into a laptop when you’ve forgotten the password:

Hi Worth;

Once again I need to ask your advice on a matter which is causing me some great deal of heartache. My grand-daughter is now 17 years old, and for her birthday I bought her a Hewlett Packard Laptop.

She set it up and things went well; then she found out that her younger sister and indeed her mother were also using her computer. So in a fit of pique she changed the password — in a hurry and without making a note of the new one…

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Computer Question From Shirley About Reloading Windows to Fix Problems

Listen to the audio lesson to hear my answer to the latest computer question sent by a student:

This time I’ll be answering a computer question from Shirley Davis who writes:

“Hi, I would like to reload windows on my computer, the CD did not come with my computer but I do have the product key from my windows label on my computer. I have a lot of problems with my programs and files.

Microsoft Techs have been trying to help but it has been 2 weeks and they have not fixed it yet. They say I have a lot of issues on my computer. Please tell me what and how to fix this.

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Computer Question – What Does it Mean When Your Computer Keeps Beeping When You Turn it On

In this latest computer question and answer audio lesson, I answer a short question from a subscriber named Rabah Benarous, who writes:

“Worth A friend of mine has a problem with her first Mac – the problem is when she turns the computer on and 3 beeps sound constantly.

Can you please help? Thanks in advance for the great videos I learn from you a lot.”

Unfortunately, when a computer (Apple Mac or Windows PC) beeps like this, it’s not a good sign — it normally means there is a hardware problem, i.e. a physical part has gone bad and needs to be replaced. In this particular case, it sounds like it’s probably RAM, which is fortunately pretty inexpensive these days.

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Computer Question About Why You Suddenly Cannot Update Your Antivirus

A student of mine named Cheryl Goodnow has written in with a question about her computer which started acting up and now her antivirus program won’t update.

Here’s what she wrote:

“Worth,

Yesterday my computer was locked up I couldn’t turn it off or anything. I unplugged the router and that did not help. Hours later a message came up “This copy of windows is not genuine”.

Later everything works but I got a message “behavior similar to pom keg logger detected”, now Kaspersky tells me my blacklist is corrupted and I can’t update.

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Computer Question From Richard Castro About Fixing a Problem With A Book He’s Writing

Our latest computer question comes from Richard Castro, who writes:

“Hello Worth I hope you can help me, I’m trying to write a book on Works word processor what I’ve done is typed half on one page and half on another page.

My question is how can I merge the two to make one, in other words how can I insert or move one page to have them all together on one page. Here’s the ironic part it’s not hurting anything but it just bothers me to leave it like that.

Keep up the good work.

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Yet Another Computer Trojan – How to Stay Safe

I just wanted to write to warn you about an online Trojan that is going around right now, and offer you some online safety and privacy advice that can help keep you safe. Trojans are dangerous programs that can affect both Windows PCs as well as Apple’s Macs, and knowledge is the best tool to protect yourself.

The key thing to remember about Trojans is that they cannot get into your computer without YOU. It’s just like the original Trojan Horse from the old stories – the Greek soldiers couldn’t get into Troy until the citizens of Troy brought them in, past the defenses, hidden inside the wooden horse.  

And just like the horse, modern Trojans look like a “gift”, but hide something dangerous inside. So if you know how to recognize them, then you’re safe.   Let me tell you a little more so you know how the Trojan I’m talking about tries to trick you.

These things happen all the time, but this latest one is called “Trojan.Yontoo.1″ and it affects both Windows PCs as well as Apple Macs — and for those who might wonder desktop and laptop computers fundamentally work the same way, so both can be infected equally.

As is often (but not always) the case, this Trojan gets into your computer from a website that either was put up for the purpose of getting you to install the Trojan, or where the website has been “broken into” and changed to try to infect computers.

The way this Trojan uses to lure you in mainly seems to be the offer of a browser plugin that claims to let you watch movie trailers, but actually watches everything you do online and when it sees an opportunity, it changes webpages you’re visiting by replacing normal ads with ads that make the criminals money.

Browser plugins are perfectly common and usually helpful pieces of software that add new features to web pages and to improve your web browsing experience in some way. Unfortunately just like any tool can be put to good or bad use, the wrong browser plugins can be dangerous.

You should remember that movie trailers (or any video) often can play without a plugin at all, or if they do need a plugin it will be Adobe Flash Player.  

So if you see a website that tries to get you to install a special plugin or player to watch the videos on the site and it is not Adobe Flash Player, get out of there.

Of course, what if a criminal just lies and says their dangerous fake video player plugin is Flash Player?  

While this Trojan scam does not seem to do that, it is very possible others could.  One way to figure out if you’re actually installing a legitimate copy of Flash Player is by paying attention to your address bar.

The address bar (or location bar) is of course the bar at the top of every web browser window which shows the address of the site and page you are currently viewing.  For example if you are reading this on my site, you can look at the top of the window and you should see worthgodwin.com/basic-computer-training/ as that is the location of my blog.

Remember, you only get Adobe Flash Player from one place:

get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

If a website tries to have you install a plugin to watch videos you should be suspicious and read carefully. If it’s telling you to install Flash Player it is probably legitimate — but only if it sends you away from that site to Adobe’s website!

If it tries to install from anywhere else, don’t install it.  

I hope that makes sense.  

Remember that every single Trojan relies on your lack of knowledge to take advantage of you!  

Literally the only way to stay safe is to better understand your computer and how to use it properly.  Most people lack basic skills and knowledge that put them at risk.

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