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How to Avoid Computer Mistakes Course Modules:

Click to Reveal Computer Mistakes Course Module #1

Track Length Description
1 2:43 Introduction
2 6:05 First Computer Mistake, Part A

Failing to Back Up Your Computer Often Enough and In the Right Way –

Learn Worth’s personal story of how he made this mistake over 20 years

ago and still regrets it to this day

3 26:07 First Computer Mistake, Part B

Understand the basic pros and cons of different methods for backing up your computer


4 22:57 First Computer Mistake, Part C

How to protect your files and learn how

to back up the way Worth recommends, using simple and effective methods

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Click to Reveal Computer Mistakes Course Module #2

Track Length Description
1 14:21 Second Computer Mistake

What Are Viruses and Worms, and Why You May Be At Risk, Even If You

Think You’re Safe – understand common mistakes that put your system at risk and hear simple advice on what to do to stay safe

2 14:22 Third Computer Mistake

Why You’re Risking a Lot if You’re Not Protecting Your Computer With the Right Type of Firewall – discover a really simple way of understanding what a firewall is and what it actually does to protect your computer.

Learn what the two basic types of firewalls are and how one protects you better than the other, and how having two firewalls can be a big problem if you do it the wrong way, but a big benefit if done the way you should

3 20:11 Fourth Computer Mistake

Dangerous Software You May Be Installing Without Even Knowing it – viruses and worms are only the beginning of the types of dangerous software out there trying to infect your computer. The fact is, “malware” is big money for criminal organizations and they are doing everything they can to profit from infected computers.

Learn more about different types of threats and simple steps you can take to protect yourself from them.

4 17:18 Fifth Computer Mistake

Exposing Your Life to Strangers With These Common Password Mistakes – How people tend to make a lot of the same dangerous mistakes when choosing and using passwords, why thinking that no one would target you is missing the point, plus some solid advice on exactly what you should be doing when choosing and using passwords not just online, but offline as well

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Click to Reveal Computer Mistakes Course Module #3

Track Length Description
1 33:05 Sixth Computer Mistake

Ways You May Be Physically Damaging Your Computer Without Even Realizing It – Most people do not understand how their computer works and frequently fail to take basic steps that could protect their computer from breaking down before its time, or worse yet, do things which can actually ruin their expensive computer

Learn important lessons that can help extend the life of your investment and save you hundreds or even thousands in costs of repairing or replacing your computer and other electronics

Discover tips to avoid lousy computer techs who don’t know what they’re doing and can make matters worse when “repairing” your computer, in a way that can’t even be traced back to them!

2 22:02 Seventh Computer Mistake

How to Recognize Ways Some Sites Trick You Into Revealing Too Much About Yourself Online – Everyone knows online privacy and security are critical these days, but many people don’t understand the ways that big companies want and profit from invading your privacy.

Those companies are so good at this now, that people often don’t even realize what’s happening or why they’re at risk — this chapter will explain some of those hidden risks and how to avoid them so you can feel safe

Beyond companies profiting from your personal information, there are many other potentially severe consequences to revealing the wrong information about yourself — discover what these are and learn suggestions to avoid having to face those problems

3 8:57 Conclusion & One Final Computer Mistake

That May be The Biggest One of All

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Windows Basics Course Modules:

Module 1: Mouse & Keyboard Basics







Mouse Basics – Clicking Correctly





Over the years, I’ve found that a majority of people aren’t really using their mouse the right way. This is not to say they’re using it completely wrong, but they misunderstand when they’re supposed to click once, and when they’re supposed to double-click.

In many cases, they double-click everything, which can cause unexpected results and lead to frustration and confusion.
While there unfortunately is no dead simple, clear-cut rule for when to click and when to double-click that can be said in one or two sentences, this lesson goes over most of the common examples and variations a few times to show you the right way to use your mouse.

Also clarifies terminology that a lot of people misuse, and explains when to “right-click”, and why you might want to do so.

A Simple Secret That Makes the Computer Faster and Easier to Use








Most people use their computer in a way that slows them down and makes the whole thing more slow and frustrating than it has to be — learn a few simple steps in this quick easy lesson that you can use every day to make things quicker and easier with just a few clicks.

Chosing the Best
“Pointing Device” For You









In this video I talk about “pointing devices” (a mouse is the best-known type of pointing device, but is not the only type), some of the pros and cons of each, and why using a mouse might not be the best option for everybody.

Using “Modifier Keys”
What Are They, And How Can They Make the Computer Easier?








This video lesson explains the right way to use the “modifier keys” on your keyboard, including Shift, Control (CTRL), and Alt.

I also teach you a few “keyboard shortcuts” that use those keys — when you use keyboard shortcuts along with the mouse (instead of mainly using the mouse to control the computer) it can make the computer easier and faster to use.

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Module 2: Basics of Files & Folders







Understanding Files and Folders





This lesson is a Plain English explanation of exactly what a file is and what a folder is, and why you use them.

A lot of people get the two terms confused, and others don’t really understand either of them.

But that’s OK, you will understand them once you’ve watched this lesson.

Making folders to organize your files





This lesson shows you how you can create different folders to easily keep your different files more organized and easier to find.

Renaming a file or folder






How to rename a file or folder — makes it easier to recognize a file by its name instead of guessing what it is or having to open it each time to find out.

How to clean up your desktop






In this lesson I show you a very useful thing to do, which is to keep your desktop clean and organize your files.

People tend to have very cluttered desktops, and aside from making it hard to find things, it can slow down your computer.

Using Undo When Working With Files & Folders









It’s not uncommon for someone, whether they are a basic or a more advanced computer user, to slip up and make a mistake when working with files and folders.

This lesson shares a valuable, and very easy technique to “undo” the last thing you did so you can recover from a mistake.

Seeing the Layout and Organization of Your Computer’s Hard Drive









Understanding how your computer’s hard drive is structured can help you keep your computer more organized and help you find things when you need them. This lesson shows you a few things about how to navigate your hard drive and its contents.

Note: Every computer is set up a little differently, so you may not see the exact same folders listed on one computer when compared to another. This changes for various reasons, including which version of Windows you are running. One example is the folder “Documents and Settings”, which may appear instead as “Users” on some computers (but is the same thing).

The important thing here is to grasp the concepts, rather than worrying about specific details.

Understanding and using “shortcuts” in Windows









Shortcuts are a very common thing in Windows, yet a lot of people don’t understand them or know how to use them.

This lesson explains what they are and how to use them to save time and effort on your computer by setting it up to be convenient for you.

Also has an important tip on what files are, and what files aren’t safe to delete or move around

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Module 3: Basics of Menus, Buttons & Program Windows







Basic Concepts: Menus








In this lesson I demonstrate some basic concepts about how menus work, show you how to avoid a common mistake I see people making when using menus, and more.

This lesson also reveals a few secrets that nobody else teaches which make learning the computer much easier.

Using the All Programs menu









Using the All Programs menu in the Start Menu to locate the programs installed on your computer.

Understanding the “Title Bar” and The 3 Title Bar Buttons








Understanding the title bar, an important part of most the windows of the different programs you use.

Note: while different versions of Windows have a different “look”, these buttons work just the same way

Understanding “Multitasking” and Using Multiple Windows








A lot of people don’t use their computer to even close to it’s full capabilities, including missing out on fundamentals which can make it more easy and efficient to use.

This video introduces you to the concepts you need to understand, while the following lesson shows you the steps.

How to Use Multiple Windows





Following from the previous video, this lesson demonstrates how to use multiple windows to make using the computer more efficient and easy

Resizing Windows









I find a lot of people do not realize they can resize and move the windows on their screen, such as the window you are reading this in right now.

Watch this video lesson to see how to easily change the size and shape of just about any window on your computer’s screen.

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Module 4: Basics of Working With Written Documents







An introduction to basic editing skills


This lesson teaches fundamental computer skills that can make your life easier, save you time, and transforms your computer from an overpriced typewriter into a tool for making writing easier.

More Easy Editing Tips








This lesson gives you a number of useful tips for editing text documents such as emails, word processing documents, and more.

See how to save time by avoiding a common time-wasting mistake I see people make all the time, watch the steps to using the keyboard alongside the mouse to be more efficient and precise when fixing mistakes, and understand how to navigate through long documents more quickly and easily.

The Importance of Multiple Drafts





Most people work on documents (no matter how long, or how often they revise it) and keep saving again and again to the same file.

In this lesson I’ll explain why this can be a mistake, and show you a simple system for saving multiple drafts of a document so you can avoid a common problem the usual way of doing things often causes

Module 5: Tips to Make the Computer Easier & Save Time







How to Arrange and Organize Icons On Your Desktop

(Windows XP version)








This video lesson gives you some tips on different ways you can make your desktop more organized and set up the way you want.

This version has some overlap with the following one but is specific to Windows XP — see the lesson below for newer PCs

How to Arrange and Organize Icons On Your Desktop

(For newer versions of Windows after XP)









This video lesson gives you some tips on different ways you can make your desktop more organized and set up the way you want.

This version has some overlap with the previous one but is for newer versions of Windows after XP.

How to Arrange, Organize, and Easily Find Your Files, Emails, Music and More With Column View










People see their music, photos, documents, emails and more on their screen, arranged in columns every day (think of your email inbox with columns for From, Subject, Date Sent, etc), but a lot of people have no idea you can use column view to quickly and easily arrange things to make them more organized and make things easier to find and work with.

This lesson shows you a few tricks you probably never knew about a wide range of programs on your computer that will make them easier to use.

How to Make Text Larger and Easier to Read

(Windows XP Version)









In this lesson I show you how to change a setting on your computer which increases the “font size”. This makes words throughout the computer on most windows larger and easier to read. This may not change the size of text everywhere, but it will in most places.

This is the Windows XP version of this lesson – look below for newer versions of Windows

How to Make Text Larger and Easier to Read

(For newer versions of Windows after XP)









In this lesson I show you how to change a setting on your computer which increases the “font size”. This makes words throughout the computer on most windows larger and easier to read. This may not change the size of text everywhere, but it will in most places.

This is the version of the lesson for people using newer versions after XP

How to Change the Resolution of Your Computer Screen

(Windows XP Version)















The resolution of your computer’s display (screen) is the number of “pixels” (dots) which make up the image on the screen. Newer computers usually come with very high resolution screens which can sometimes make things look smaller than you might want.

This lesson helps you understand exactly what the resolution means to you and helps you decide on the best setting for your computer screen and your personal needs. The information in this lesson used together with the information in the first lesson above can make a big difference in how clearly you can see what’s on the screen, especially if you have vision problems.

How to Change the Resolution of Your Computer Screen

(For newer versions of Windows after XP)









The resolution of your computer’s display (screen) is the number of “pixels” (dots) which make up the image on the screen. Newer computers usually come with very high resolution screens which can sometimes make things look smaller than you might want.

This lesson helps you understand exactly what the resolution means to you and helps you decide on the best setting for your computer screen and your personal needs. The information in this lesson used together with the information in the first lesson above can make a big difference in how clearly you can see what’s on the screen, especially if you have vision problems.

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Module 6: Computer Terms & Concepts







Understanding and Seeing the Difference Between RAM (Memory) and Hard Drive






This video lesson shows you what two of the most important parts of your computer look like, and helps you understand what they do for you every time you use the computer.

How to Better Understand Hard Drives





What is ‘formatting’ or ‘erasing’, and one reason why hard drives seem to end up with less space than you paid for

In this lesson I explain a couple of common computer terms and help you better understand your hard drive (the part of the computer where all of your files are stored).

A common point of confusion is why is it that hard drives never seem to have as much room as they say on the box — this lesson will help clear up that mystery.

Computer Dictionary – CPU





In this video I explain in simple terms what a CPU is, and give you some tips to help you chose whether you need a high-end or more “average” speed computer when purchasing your next system, based on how you use the computer.

I also help you understand why it is that a computer that is high end one year, can seem slow and underpowered just a few years later.

Understanding Computer Speed and What’s Slowing Down Your Computer





This lesson helps you understand in a non-technical way some of the different things that affect the speed of your computer.

Once you understand the basic ideas I explain in this video, you’ll have a better understanding of not just where the computer is slowing down, but also whether it’s actually your computer that’s slow, or if it’s your Internet connection.

Understanding these things can help you know where to start in fixing the problem, or avoiding it in the first place.

Understanding the Computer Term “OS” or
“Operating System”





In this video lesson I explain to you the term “operating system”, which few people understand very well, if at all.

I’ll explain it in a way that actually makes sense, and which anyone can relate to.

Understanding the Term Driver





You’ve probably heard someone use the term “driver”, but never completely understood what it meant.

Watch this video to finally understand this important computer term.

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Safe & Easy Email Course Modules:

Click for Thunderbird Safe & Easy Email Module 1:




Downloading Mozilla Thunderbird


Shows you how to download Mozilla Thunderbird, also briefly explains why it’s important to use this instead of Outlook

Installing Mozilla Thunderbird


Shows you how to install Mozilla Thunderbird once you’ve downloaded it.

Intro to Thunderbird


An introduction to, and basic overview of Thunderbird

Address Book


How to use the Thunderbird address book, including adding people to your address book

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Click for Thunderbird Safe & Easy Email Module 2:




Composing Email


Shows you basics of composing emails, including how to use different fonts and colors (and why you might not want to do that), and more.



Covers how to send and how to receive email attachments, plus tips on being safe, and common problems people have with attachments.

Intro to Folders


Explains how to create and use different folders in Thunderbird to organize your email

Folders and Filters


Shows you how to use a feature of Thunderbird called filters to automatically move messages into different folders, making your life easier.

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Click for Thunderbird Safe & Easy Email Module 3:




Junk Mail Filter


Shows you how to use the junk mail filter in Thunderbird to eliminate 90% or more of junk email.

Intro to Labels or Tags


Explains how to use labels to highlight your messages in different colors to make them stand out and to organize your inbox.

Labels and Filters


Shows you how to use the filters feature of Thunderbird to label your messages with different colors automatically instead of by hand.

Password Prompts


Short lesson covering something I forgot to include in the Thunderbird overview — how to save your password so it doesn’t ask for it every time you get mail

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Click for Module 4 - Basics of Using Gmail:




Explanation of basic email concepts


This lesson explains what the pros and cons are of using “webmail” vs using an email “client”, and also gives Plain English explanations of these terms and a few others related to email

How to Get Your Own Free Gmail Email Address


In this lesson I show you the steps to getting your Gmail address for free on the Google Mail website

An Introduction to Using Your New Gmail Account


This continues the lessons on Gmail, giving you an overview of using the service.

How to turn on “POP” mail in Gmail so you don’t have to be limited to webmail


This lesson shows you how to turn on the “POP” server function of Gmail, allowing you to do the steps in the next lesson

How to set up Thunderbird mail to use Gmail


This lesson shows you how to set your computer up to check your email with Mozilla Thunderbird email instead of using Gmail just as “webmail”. This makes it easier for you to send attachments, keep track of your emails, automatically share photos with others, and more.

As I mention pretty often, Thunderbird is a *much* safer (and generally better quality) email program

The same information I cover in this lesson could be entered into Outlook Express or Windows Mail, but again I *strongly* recommend using Thunderbird for security reasons, as well as for its superior spam filtering and other features

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Click for Module 5 - Simple Steps to Make Emailing Easier:






Email Basics Lessons


Replying to & Forwarding Emails the Right Way








In this lesson I give you some tips on how to work with emails which can be used in a number of ways to improve your communications with others.

One of the biggest examples of how to use this is for cleaning up all of those tons of unnecessary email addresses and other junk that shows up at the top of forwarded messages.

Doing this makes your emails cleaner and easier to read before you send them along to others.

A big help many people wish they knew how to do.

Using ‘BCC’ For Greater Privacy & Security









There is an important feature of email programs which unfortunately few people know about, called “BCC”.

BCC, short for “Blind Carbon Copy”, is a way you can easily hide the names and addresses of people you send emails to when you forward a message or otherwise send an email to multiple people at once.

This helps maintain people’s privacy, and actually helps prevent the spread of viruses and spam at the same time. This is something everyone should know how to do.

Two easy methods to email a web page to someone





This lesson shows you two methods (one which works for most people, and another which can work for anybody) which allows you to share a website or web page with someone via email.

Using to solve a common problem





It’s not uncommon for people to try to send links using either of the above methods and run into a problem if the web site address is too long — it “breaks” in emails, or is too long to fit into a message when using systems like Twitter which only allow very short messages.

Using the free TinyURL Firefox add-on





If you find yourself using TinyURL a lot, as I do, you might want a more quick and efficient way of using the free service. If you use the highly recommended Mozilla Firefox to browse the web, it has the ability to add features using “add-ons”.

This lesson will show you how to install and use the TinyURL Creator add-on, which automates and simplifies using TinyURL.

This will be of most use to people who find themselves using TinyURL a lot, and the steps in the previous lesson will work fine for people who only use it occasionally.

This method only works with Mozilla Firefox, and will not work with Internet Explorer.

I strongly recommend switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox if you haven’t already as it is *much* safer to use, plus has benefits like the add-ons I mention in this lesson.

Using to Send Photos and Other Files By Email The Right Way











There are a lot of drawbacks to sending large pictures or other kinds of files (or too many smaller ones) by email, especially if the person you’re sending it to still has dialup.

I explain why in this video lesson, and show you how to use a free service called YouSendIt, which helps solve the problems with sending files by email.

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Click for Module 6: Secrets of How to Avoid Spam & Scams

In this online audio lesson module, I help you understand in Plain English what you need to know about some of the more common types of scams and threats that circulate by email and similar means.

Listening to this audio will not only help you understand these threats better, but arm you with valuable knowledge needed to protect yourself against them.

You’ll also get simple tips on the correct way to deal with spam (junk email) which can help you deal better with the spam you already get, as well as how to avoid getting more in the future.


Introduction to Report on Spam & Email Scams


Basic Definition of Spam, How Many People Use the Term Wrong, & Where the Name Came From


The Basic Problem of Spam, How it Spreads and Why, Tips to Avoid Getting More


How Viruses & Worms Spread Spam, plus Tips to Help


Understanding and Spotting Common Email Scams – What To Do; Mistakes to Avoid

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Safe & Easy Internet Course Modules:

Module 1: How to Use Mozilla Firefox for Safe Web Browsing Part A







Why You Should Be Using the Free Mozilla Firefox








In this video I explain what Mozilla Firefox is, and why you really should be using it to protect your PC and make your life easier.

How to Download and Install Firefox








Now that you understand why you might want to download Firefox, this video shows you how to go to the website to download the free Web browser.

How to Use Mozilla Firefox for Safer Web Browsing — An Overview








Now that you’ve downloaded and installed Mozilla Firefox, this lesson gives you an overview of Firefox.

It’s really not much different than using Internet Explorer, and can make the transition easy with a built-in process to move over any of your favorites (now called bookmarks), saved passwords, etc.

Overview of Mozilla Firefox (alternative version)








Gives you a basic overview of Firefox, with comparison to Internet Explorer, plus a quick overview of the Web in general

Note: This lesson has a lot of overlap with the previous lesson, but I decided to continue to include it as repetition of ideas is helpful for learning, plus there is information in both lessons which does not overlap with the other.









I explain bookmarks, and show you how to bookmark a page. I also explain how to “manage” your bookmarks to keep them organized

A Look at Firefox’s “Awesome Bar”








This video introduces you to a feature of the web browser Mozilla Firefox called, amusingly, the “Awesome Bar”. This is an enhanced version of the traditional address bar used by all web browsers.

This makes bookmarking and getting back to favorite websites easier than it used to be. You can use this either in addition to, or as a replacement for the bookmarking method I show you in the previous lesson.

Some people prefer one method, some people prefer the other.

Personally, I’ve completely stopped using bookmarks the old way in favor of the “Awesome Bar” method, but there’s no right or wrong answer.

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Module 2: How to Use Mozilla Firefox for Safe Web Browsing Part B




Intro to the Web


A general introduction to the Web. Explains what a web browser is, explains elements of a web page, how web addresses work, and more.

Intro to the Search Engine


A general introduction to using a search engine. I use Google as an example, but what I cover applies to any search engine (Yahoo, etc.)

Includes: what exactly is a search engine, and when you use it; a common mistake people make when using search engines; example searches; how to search more effectively, and more.

Setting Your Homepage


We look at how to set your home page, the web page that loads automatically each time you open your web browser – here we look at how to set this in Firefox, the recommended web browser.

Tabbed Browsing


I explain what tabbed browsing is, and show you how to use it and how it can make web surfing more easy and convenient.

Clearing Private Info


Quick lesson on how to empty your disk cache, which is needed sometimes to fix problems viewing sites, plus how to clear private information like searches you’ve made and the history of pages you’ve been to

Downloading Files


Shows you how to download a file, with info on where to find things to download, plus how to set up a special downloads folder to make your computer more organized and safer

Text Zoom


A quick tip on how to quickly and easily make the words on a web page bigger or smaller

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Module 5: Secrets To Making the Web Safer




What is the ‘Status Bar’ & How it Can Help Protect You


In every Web browser (the program you use to browse the Web, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari) and most email programs, there is something called a status bar at the bottom of the window that gives you info about the web page you’re visiting (or the email you’re reading), as well as tells you where links will take you if you click on them.

In this video lesson I show you how to turn the status bar on if you don’t see it, and how to use it to verify that links in emails take you to the place you expect them to, which can help protect you by avoiding scams such as “phishing scams”.

Tips for Spotting Dangerous Email “Phishing” Scams


This lesson dovetails with the previous lesson and shows you examples of three different scam emails of a type known as a “phishing” scam.

A phishing scam involves tricking an unsuspecting computer user into providing personal information such as account passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc. for the purpose of identity theft.

Arming yourself with the knowledge to protect yourself is your first line of defense.

Critically Important Lesson to Protect Yourself From Online Scam Sites That Are Out To Infect Your Compute


A recent study revealed that 63% of people in the study were not able to tell the difference between a real and a fake popup warning message, and so were falling for a common online scam which is designed to infect your computer.

Since the people in the study were warned ahead of time that they would be getting a mix of legit and fake messages, the fact that 63% of them still couldn’t tell the difference between the two tells me that the number is probably much worse in the real world.

This video lesson is designed to help protect you by showing you several things to look for that should help tip you off when you encounter a fake (scam) error message while browsing the web.

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Module 6: Understanding the Internet Online Audio


Introduction to Understanding the Internet


Basic Computer Terms Internet, Web & Email – How Many People Get These Terms Wrong


Understanding Different Types of Internet Connections & How to Choose the Right One


How to Make it Easier When You Switch Internet Service Providers


Pros and Cons of VOIP or Voice Over IP Internet Telephone Service


Understanding How to Protect Your Computer From a Common Problem
& Tips to Keep Your Internet on Even When the Power is Off

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How to Back Up Your Computer Course Modules:

How to Back Up Your Windows Computer Module 1





Protecting Yourself By Backing Up Your Computer

Why You’re Making a Huge Mistake if You’re Not Backing Up Regularly




One of the single biggest mistakes I see people making with their computers is failing to back up their files (or not doing so regularly or in a complete way).

In this video lesson I’ll explain why backing up your files is so important and tell you the story of how I learned this the hard way many years ago

A Recommended Backup Strategy







This lesson gives you an overview of the two general options for backing up your computer, as wells as specific recommendations for what method to use to best protect your computer

Backup or synchronize files between computers

What is Dropbox and Why You Might Want to Use It






In this video I explain what Dropbox is and some of the ways you can use it and advantages it offers.

It can be used both as a way to back up your files, or give you easy access to important files on multiple computers.

Watch the video to find out more

How to Download & Install the Dropbox Program







Downloading the Dropbox program is free. Watch the video to see the steps to downloading & installing it on your computer.

Running Dropbox for the First Time






Now that the program is installed on your computer, watch to see what happens the first time you run the program, including the simple steps to get it working for you.

Overview of Using the Dropbox Program






In this video lesson I’ll walk you through the basics of using Dropbox and show you how simple it is to use it to either back up your files and/or make them available on multiple computers via automatic synchronization

How to Use DropBox to Send Someone a File






How to use Dropbox as a simple and convenient way to send files to someone without clogging up their email inbox or forcing them to wait a long time when getting their mail

A Look At the Dropbox Preferences







This lesson takes a quick look at the preferences (settings) for Dropbox, just in case you need them

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How to Back Up Your Windows Computer Module 2





External Hard Drives

Understanding USB Hard Drives




I explain the basics of a USB2 hard drive; what it is, advice on buying the right one, and a brief recap of why it is very important to have one (see my report “7 Common and Costly Computer Mistakes” for more details)

Note: USB hard drives are not the only type of external hard drive (other types include Firewire and eSATA), but they are the most commonly used type and the one that all PCs can work with

Working With External Hard Drives






How to work with external hard drives, including how to move files on or off the drive for the purpose of backing up your files, moving files from one computer to another, etc.

Includes one suggested method for backing up your files and making sure you get all of your important data

USB Flash Drives

Understanding USB Flash Drives






In this video I explain what a “USB flash drive” is, why you might want to get one, and what the pros and cons are of using them compared to other options.

Note: this lesson was recorded a couple of years ago when flash drive sizes were smaller and more expensive — you can now get more space on cheaper drives than when I recorded it (that changes constantly) but all the other information is still the same today

Make sure you don’t make the mistake of getting the smallest size drive! Remember that file sizes keep getting bigger and so you’ll end up needing it sooner or later, and it often only costs a few dollars more to get two or even four times as much space

How to Use a USB Flash Drive






Now that you understand what a USB flash drive is, this video shows you the steps to using them to back up your files, move files between computers, and more

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How to Back Up Your Windows Computer Module 3





Using Oops!Backup

While Windows does have a built-in backup program, it can be very complicated and confusing for people to set up and to use. Oops!Backup is a very easy and inexpensive program which will make it easy to protect your computer by backing up your files.

In the following lessons I’ll show you how to get a free trial version of the program and set it up to protect your computer’s important files.

Oops!Backup works with all modern versions of Windows.

How to Download Oops!Backup






This lesson shows you how to download the free trial of Oops!Backup from the company’s website.

How to Install Oops!Backup






Once you’ve downloaded the program, you’ll need to install it. This just takes a few clicks and I’ll guide you through the process here, then pick up from there in the following lesson

How to Easily Set Oops!Backup to
Protect Your Files






Now that the program is installed on your computer, we need to tell it to start protecting your files. I’ll walk you through those steps in this lesson.

At this point you will need either a USB flash drive or an external hard drive to back up to (see lessons on How to Back Up Module #2 for more info)

How to Tell Oops!Backup to Start a Backup






One of the things I don’t like about Oops!Backup (along with many other backup programs) is that it assumes you’re going to keep your backup drive turned on and connected all the time, which is a bad idea since it causes more wear and tear on the drive and thus makes it less reliable.

In this lesson I’ll show you how to easily tell Oops!Backup to start a back up with a couple of clicks (if it doesn’t do so automatically when you connect your backup drive) so you can keep your backup drive turned off most of the time so it is a safer place to keep a backup copy of your files

How to Easily “Restore” a File
or Folder from Backup






At some point you may need to “restore” a file from backup since you deleted it or want to go back to an earlier version.

This lesson shows you how to quickly and easily do so with Oops!Backup, which makes it much easier than it is with the built-in Windows backup program

Using XXClone
XXClone is a free program that, unlike most backup programs, not only backs up 100% of your hard drive, but it also makes the drive bootable.
This is a method that I prefer, however this program is only compatible with Windows XP

Downloading & Installing XXClone






This lesson shows you how to download the free program XXClone, and how to install it.

Formatting your new hard drive






This lesson shows you how you can “format” your hard drive so it is ready to be used. This is a one-time step, and is usually not needed, but I’ve included it just in case.
Please watch the first few minutes to find out if you need to do this step.
Please note: formatting the drive will completely remove any files currently on the drive, so do not do this to a drive that you’ve already put files onto!

Setting your USB drive to be “bootable”






Follow this easy, one-time step to make sure the drive is “bootable” which means you can start the computer up from it.

This is important and will save you time and money if you ever need to replace the main hard drive inside of the computer

Running XXClone to make a perfect copy of your computer’s hard drive






This lesson shows you the steps you need to follow to run XXClone and make a complete backup copy of your main hard drive, protecting all of your important files

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Picasa Course Modules:

Click for Picasa Basics Module 1:

Picasa is a free program that allows you to copy the pictures off a digital camera to your computer, organize the pictures on your hard drive, make changes to them, share them, and more.






How to download & install Google’s free Picasa Photo Software






This lesson shows you how to download and install the new version of Picasa, the photo editing and sharing program made by Google.

Overview & intro to Picasa






This lesson gives an overview and introduction to Picasa.

Running Picasa for the first time




I show you what will happen the first time you run Picasa.

Importing photos from your digital camera into Picasa






In this lesson I walk you through how to import photos from your camera or smartphone into Picasa. Importing is the process of copying photos from the camera to the computer.

Please note: Most digital cameras & smartphones will work just fine with Picasa and Windows, but a small minority may not. If you’ve never used your camera with your PC before, you may need to install software from a CD or the manufacturer’s website to get it to work. This should be covered in your camera’s manual.

It is OK to try plugging your camera in to see what happens without installing the camera’s software first. If it works OK, then you probably don’t need to bother installing anything that came with the camera.

Using Picasa’s “Basic Fixes”




In this lesson I give you an overview of the “basic fixes” that you can make to pictures.

These are some of the different things you can do to to change or improve your photos, including straightening crooked pictures, making them brighter or darker, etc.

How to fix “red eye” with Picasa




I show you how to get rid of the red eye effect that happens when you take pictures sometimes — where a person’s eyes seem to glow red.

This tool lets you get rid of the red glowing eyes with a couple of clicks, without affecting the rest of the picture.

It also can be used for another interesting effect that the designers didn’t plan on, but which can be kind of fun to play with.

How to use a scanner to scan photos with Picasa














I’ve had a number of requests for lessons on how to scan photos with a scanner. There are many makes and models of scanners on the market, and each one comes with a different program for scanning. Unfortunately not all versions of Windows include a “built in” program for scanning, so most people end up using the software which comes with their scanner when they buy it.

Since it obviously doesn’t make sense to try to go out and buy every make and model scanner on the market, install each different scanning program that comes with those scanners, and do a lesson on each one, I did one better: this lesson shows you how to use Picasa to scan your photos.

This should work with all or most scanners on the market, and the basic steps are similar to the program that came with your scanner. I also make comments throughout that compare the similarities & differences between scanning with Picasa and with other programs, so the lesson should help with other scanning software too.

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Click for Picasa Basics Module 2:






Using Picasa photo effects


Learn how to make changes to your photos by adding photo effects including sharpen, soft focus, tint, and more.

These allow you to make some creative changes to your photos for fun or for artistic effect.

Emailing photos from Picasa


This lesson shows you how to use Picasa to easily resize your photos so they’re a good size for sending via email, and automatically open your email program, create a new message, and attach the photos to the message.

Saves a few steps and saves time over manually resizing photos and manually attaching them (things many people don’t know how to do in the first place).

Printing photos from Picasa


This lesson shows you how to print your photos with various options, including multiple photos per page.

Getting a free Google account


Before using the Picasa Web Albums service, you need to sign up for a Google account (Google created the Picasa software and they offer the Web service too).

It’s free, and can be used for a variety of services and programs they offer; not just Picasa Web Albums.

Activating the Picasa Web Albums




After you’ve created your Google account, you can then go and activate the Picasa Web Albums.

Once you’ve done this step, you can start sharing your photos online for free.

Uploading photos to the Web using the free Picasa


Now that you have a Google account and have activated the Picasa Web Albums, you can start uploading photos using Picasa.

Viewing your photos online & sharing them with friends & family




Once you’ve uploaded your photos, you can view them online and can send the address to people by email to share them. You can see what the photo albums look like by viewing my example albums that I put online while recording the lessons.

So for example if your name is Harry Sullivan, your address would be something like

(i.e. the first part of the address is the same for everyone, but the last part of the address is your name, or your Picasa Web Albums account name that you chose in the “Activating the Picasa Web Albums” – note, the example address directly above is just an example and probably will not work, unlike the link further up)

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iTunes Course Modules:

How to Use iTunes Module 1





iTunes Lessons
iTunes is a free program that allows you to purchase music online, plus copy music off your own CDs, play them on your computer, an iPhone, iPad, etc., and more.

Downloading iTunes




Shows you how to go online and download iTunes for Windows.

Installing iTunes




This lesson shows you how to install iTunes once you have downloaded it from Apple.

Running iTunes for the first time




I show you what will happen the first time you run iTunes.

Overview of iTunes & Switching To Easier View






This video gives a quick intro to the latest version of iTunes, looking at the biggest (and potentially most confusing) change between the current version of iTunes and earlier ones. Also, a simple fix for this change by using a suggested setting.

General overview of iTunes music library




In this lesson I give you a general overview of the iTunes music library, showing you some of the basics like playing songs, arranging them and finding them once you’ve added a lot of music.

How to Import a Music CD With iTunes






This lesson explains how to import a CD (i.e. how to copy the music from an audio CD to your computer) using iTunes. I also explain the meaning of the main settings for the import process, and give you some suggestions on which setting you might want to choose.

I highly recommend importing any CDs you may have as a common, yet little-known problem called disc rot can destroy them after a few years. Not to mention, it’s a lot more convenient to have them as audio files on your smartphone or other MP3-playing device rather than carry around a lot of CDs!

How to Set iTunes to Use Larger Fonts for Easier Reading






In this lesson, I show you a quick tip on how to increase the size of the fonts in the program to make the text larger and easier to read.

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How to Use iTunes Module 2





iTunes Lessons

How to make a playlist




See how to make a “playlist” or a custom list of songs (any songs you have in iTunes, in any order) with iTunes. Making a playlist is needed if you want to burn a music CD.

How to “burn” music CDs




This lesson shows you how to “burn” a music CD with iTunes, creating either a copy of one of your CDs, or making a custom mix CD with the songs you want in the order you want. Please watch the lesson on making a playlist before watching this lesson; you need to make a playlist before burning a CD.

Although few people still use this feature, I still include it for your information.

How to subscribe to free Podcasts














“Podcasts” are audio (or even video) programs you can download for free through iTunes.

Many radio shows are available ranging from NPR, to Fox News, to BBC Radio and a lot more. And unlike the regular radio, you can listen to the latest episodes whenever is convenient, instead of being forced to listen on someone else’s schedule.

Beyond that, there is a vast selection of content from individuals who get together and talk about their favorite hobbies, teach you new things, and more. If there’s a subject you’re interested in, there’s probably a podcast you can listen to about it.

They make a great source of entertainment and a great source of education. This lesson shows you how to get them through iTunes.

Listening to Internet radio stations through iTunes




How to use the Radio feature of iTunes to listen to any of dozens of Internet radio stations, choosing from over two dozen categories or genres.

Signing up for an iTunes Store account




This lesson shows you how to sign up for a free iTunes store account that is needed to purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store, and is also needed to be able to download album cover art.

Using the iTunes Store






Gives an overview of how to find and buy what you’re looking for in the store, with examples of two ways to find music, movies, TV shows, etc. — browsing and searching.

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Microsoft Word Course Modules:

Word for Windows Module 1




Introduction to Word


A basic overview of the main Word window, including the “toolbars” which contain buttons for many of the main functions of Word.

Basic layout of documents in Word


How to do basic “layout” in Word.In other words, how the lines of text are laid out on the page, such as making a line centered, aligned left, aligned right, etc.

Basic formatting of text in Word


Watch and see how you can change how the text (words, letters, numbers, etc.) are formatted on the page — bold, italic, larger or smaller , different fonts , etc.

Making lists in Word


How to easily create two types of lists in Word: a bullet list (a series of items with “bullets” at the beginning of each line) and numbered lists (a series of items automatically numbered 1,2,3, etc. on each line)

How to Automatically Number Pages


Set Word to automatically number each page in your document, and chose where the number appears on the page

Spell checking your Word document


See two ways to have Word help correct your spelling mistakes, and how to “teach” Word less common words (like names, for example) which Word thinks are misspelled, by adding them to your own personal dictionary so they don’t get marked as wrong in the future.

Using the “Zoom” function to make your documents easier to read on the screen


This lesson shows you how to use the Zoom feature to make the words appear larger on the screen without making them oversized when you print them out.Please see the lesson on formatting of text to see how to change the size of words when you print your document.

Using the find feature


Learn how to use the Find feature in Word to locate a word or phrase, plus how to use the Find/Replace feature to automatically replace any word or phrase in your documents.

How to open an existing Word document


How to use the “open” feature in Word to open up an existing word processing document

How to save a Word document


How to save a new document, plus tips on avoiding common mistakes made when saving, plus tips on saving when working on a document that goes through more than one draft.

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Word for Windows Module 2

Microsoft Word, which is part of Microsoft Office, is a “word processing program”. In other words, it is a tool for writing various types of documents from personal or business letters, to resumes, and more.

In the following lessons I show you more of the basics of Word, as well as an introduction to the free NeoOffice: It can be expensive to buy Microsoft Office, and not everybody has it, so on this disc I have included lessons on how to get the free program NeoOffice for Mac which is a 100% free “open source” alternative to Microsoft Office.

To view a lesson, just click the title of the lesson you want to watch.





Microsoft Word Lessons

How to Add Photos to Word Documents




This lesson shows you the steps to adding a picture to a Word document

Using Multiple Columns in Word




Sometimes you might want to write a document with multiple columns (like in a newspaper) — this lesson shows you how

The Importance of Multiple Drafts




Most people work on documents (no matter how long, or how often they revise it) and keep saving again and again to the same file.

In this lesson I’ll explain why this can be a mistake, and show you a simple system for saving multiple drafts of a document so you can avoid a common problem the usual way of doing things often causes

Using the Recent Items Menu Option to Save Time




There is a great feature in Word and many other programs which a lot of people miss: the “recent items”.

This is a quick and easy way to open up documents you were working on recently without having to hunt for them.

Using the Free Program OpenOffice Instead of The Expensive Word Program
OpenOffice is an “open source” program (made through the collaboration of many people around the world instead of by a single company) which is a high quality free alternative to Microsoft Office, including Word.
The program does everything most people want, but costs nothing, instead of hundreds of dollars.

Downloading OpenOffice






This lesson shows you how to download the free program OpenOffice, and how to install it.

Installing OpenOffice




How to install OpenOffice once you’ve downloaded it following the instructions in the previous lesson

Introduction to OpenOffice word processing




What happens the first time you run OpenOffice Writer (the equivalent to Word) plus a basic overview of the main OpenOffice Writer window, including the “toolbars” which contain buttons for many of the main functions, and a comparison to Word.

For most things, using OpenOffice is almost identical to using Word, so refer to the Word lessons on how to do different things like formatting text, etc.

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Skype Course Module:

Skype Lessons

Skype is a free program that lets you have text, audio, or video “chats” with other people around the world for free. It’s easy to use and works great even when calling from a Windows computer to a Mac or vice versa, unlike some of the alternatives.
I’ll be showing you how to download the program and set it up so you can have text chats (where you type back and forth in an ongoing conversation), audio chats (like a phone call to another computer), or even face-to-face video chats (think “video phone”).







Downloading & Installing Skype




This lesson shows you how to download and install the free program Skype.

Running Skype for the first time






This lesson shows you what happens the first time you open Skype, including how to set up the free account that is needed to use the program.

Adding a contact or “buddy” to your list




Skype, like most chat programs, uses a list of contacts or “buddies” that lets you keep in touch with your friends, family, or whomever you want to be able to talk to with the program.

This lesson shows you how to find and add a contact to your list.

Setting your “status”






Your “status” is a way to let people know if you are available for a conversation in Skype.

Setting your status to Available, Away, Busy, etc. is easy to do, and being able to recognize when one of your contacts in Skype might not be able to chat is a simple but important skill.

Calling someone with Skype






See how to call someone in your contact list so you can have an audio (voice) conversation, or even a video conversation with them for free, anywhere in the world.
Note: voice chats may work on dialup or 3G connections, but video chats will not, because dialup is just too slow. Video chats also need a web cam, which often comes included in many modern computers.

Please also note that during the lesson you see me on a video chat and you may notice my voice and my lips’ movement is not in sync — this is caused by the recording of the video lesson, and does not happen when you are in an actual video chat.

When someone calls you with Skype





This video lesson shows you what you see when someone tries calling you for a chat, and how to go from there.

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Bonus Computer Lesson Modules Available in the Ultimate Bundle: & Kindle eBook Reader Course Module:

Click for Amazon & Kindle Lessons





Kindle eBook Reader

The lessons in this area are meant to go with others in the lessons section below.

It’s up to you to whether you want to watch the Kindle lessons first, and the Amazon lessons second, or go back and forth between the two groups of lessons.
Click here to jump to the Amazon lessons.

Understanding Computer Terms
‘eBook’ and ‘Kindle’






What are eBooks and what is Kindle.
“Kindle” refers to both a physical ebook reader device, as well as ebook reader programs available for your computer, as well as an Apple iPhone or iPad.

In this lesson and the ones below, I help you understand what all of this means, and how it can help you enjoy great books (sometimes whole collections of books) for as little as 99 cents

How to Download and Install the Free
Kindle For PC






How to download the free Kindle eBook reader program for your computer. When you have this software installed on your computer, you can use it to read any Kindle ebooks you buy from

A Basic Overview of the Kindle Software






A basic overview of how to use the Kindle software to download newly purchased ebooks and how to read them and navigate through them more quickly and easily than a regular book.

This lesson assumes you have already purchased at least one ebook, but you can easily watch the lesson without having done so Basics

How to Create a Free Account on Amazon






Before you can order anything from you need to have an account.

The account can also be used for other things, such as rating and giving feedback about the products available on the site.

How to Find and Order Kindle eBooks From Amazon






In this lesson I demonstrate the basics of how to find and order any of the hundreds of thousands of Kindle ebooks available on Amazon.

How to Complete an Order on Amazon






In this lesson I step you through the process of placing an order on Amazon — I cover both ordering a regular product which is shipped to you, as well as an ebook which is delivered electronically straight to a Kindle device or the Kindle software on your iPhone, iPad, or computer.

This includes correctly entering your credit card, address, and other information, as well as selecting shipping method, etc.

I also mention at least one tip that can help you avoid a common problem some people run into when checking out on Amazon or any other website.

Using Amazon Wish Lists to Make Giving the Right Gifts Easier




A common problem people have around the holidays, birthdays, and other times when we give gifts is choosing a gift which someone will enjoy, and avoiding giving a gift that person already has.

Amazon and other online retailers have solved this problem with their online gift registries. Personally, I’m pretty good at picking gifts for most people, but some people are just a nightmare to buy gifts for. Unless they have an online wish list, then, problem solved!

This lesson shows you Amazon’s wish lists, but the same basic idea applies to most sites which do this.

Creating Your Own Amazon Wish List to Help Others Give You Gifts You Actually Want




OK, so now you know how to find someone else’s wish list and that helps you buy them something, but what if you want to help people shopping for you?

This lesson shows you how to create a wish list on Amazon and how to add items to it.

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“Real Simple Syndication” Course Module:

Click for RSS Lessons





RSS Lessons

What is RSS and Why Use It?






This video explains what the computer term “RSS” means, and gives you a few ideas about how you might find it to be very useful, especially if you are interested in an easy and effective way of keeping up-to-date on current news & other information.

How to Download & Install the Free RSS Reader “FeedDemon”






How to download FeedDemon, a free RSS feed reader.

An RSS feed reader is a special program designed to let you organize and read all of the RSS feeds you’ve subscribed to, all in one place.

FeedDemon is considered to be one of the best RSS feed readers available for Windows, and includes a number of useful features, many of which I’ll be covering in these lessons.

Opening FeedDemon For the First Time






What to expect when opening FeedDemon for the first time, including suggested initial settings that will help you get the most out of using it.

Overview of Using FeedDemon






A basic overview and walkthrough of FeedDemon, including subscribing to feeds, keeping them organized to make things easier, a couple of suggested settings, and more.

Subscribing to an RSS Feed Directly From a Web Page







How to easily subscribe to an RSS feed when you find one on a website, and how to make sure the feed ends up listed in FeedDemon.

How to Get a Free Google Account






A number of times in these lessons I mention how I recommend signing up for a free Google account to get the most out of using RSS. A Google account gives you access to not only the Google Reader, but a lot other services, including many useful ones I teach about.

This lesson shows you the quick and easy steps to creating a Google account.

Safari’s Reader View






With Safari version 5, Apple introduced the “Reader View” feature which gives you a very clean, easy to read view of many websites, and can be a nice way to read the articles or information you’re finding through RSS feeds you’re subscribed to.

In this lesson I give you a quick look at this easy, convenient feature which is pretty much unique to Safari.

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The Basics of Safe Social Networking Audio Course:

Click for Social Networking Basics Lessons


Introduction for Computer Basics – Social Networking Sites


What Are Social Networking Sites – Brief History and Basic Definitions


Things to Understand & Remember When Signing Up For a Site


Examples of Things You Should Not Share on a social networking Site


Hidden Dangers of Social Apps and Games


Suggestions to Protect Your Privacy & Security When Using social networking Sites


Who Owns Your Information – Risks of Keeping Personal or Business Information on These Sites


Summary and Closing Thoughts

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Twitter Basics & Facebook Privacy Settings Module:

Click for Twitter Basics & Facebook Privacy Lessons





Social Networking Basics
Social networking sites are a fairly new phenomenon, but they have become incredibly popular in the last few years, with millions of people each year who discover this new way to connect with others around the world.

How to join with a free account








 is a amazing phenomenon which has rapidly grown from a seeming waste of time where people “tweet” about mundane aspects of their day, to an incredible instant news source the like which has never been seen before.

Twitter has empowered people with a voice that can be heard from anywhere. It has proven to be the ultimate source of news of real events the instant they happen around the world, as people report on what goes on around them, even in places where the traditional media is being blocked.

This lesson shows you how to join in with the millions of new Twitter users around the world, many who share common interests or who might be interested in what you have to offer.

Click here to see some of my own “tweets” on Twitter

Make sure you join Twitter and “follow” me to be kept up to date with what I’m writing and teaching about in the future (see lesson below on “following” for the steps)

First steps after signing up for Twitter




This lesson picks up right where the previous lesson leaves off, with the first steps after you get your free Twitter account.

First look at your Twitter home page




This lesson introduces you to your home page on Twitter. This is where you will see all of the “tweets” (think short messages) from the people you are following on Twitter. These messages could be updates on what your friends or family are doing, they could be links to important news stories, or if you follow me, links to new lessons, etc.

How to “follow” me on Twitter




This lesson shows you the steps to “follow” me on Twitter — when you follow someone on Twitter, you are updated whenever they post a “tweet” about what they are doing, share a link to something you might want to see, etc.

Click here to go to my profile on Twitter so you can follow me

You get to chose who you follow and who get to hear from, and you can stop following someone at any time. Some people you follow may follow you in turn.

This can be a great way to keep in touch with people and let them know what’s going on in your life, or to reach new customers if you have a business, and more.

Looking at your profile, customizing it to convey your personality and setting it up to be more secure





Your profile is your public face on Twitter. You can customize it to make it reflect your personality, with your choice of images, colors, and the layout of the page. This lesson shows you how, and goes over some of the settings for your account, including some suggestions to protect your privacy and security.

How to find family, old friends, or new people on Twitter




This lesson shows you how to use the search feature to find people who are using Twitter, or to invite people who you know outside of Twitter to join you there and keep in touch.

Understanding some of the basics of how to communicate with others on Twitter




Talking on Twitter is kind of like email in some ways, but more like an instant message such as you might use on AOL Instant Messenger, iChat, Skype, or other services.

This lesson shows you how to reply to “tweets” (messages), how to mark them as favorites you can come back to later, and more.

Facebook Privacy

Facebook is currently the most popular social networking site, but just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s the best one.

I’m not a big fan because Facebook is actively working against its users, something they do to exploit them by collecting as much information as they can about you so they can sell it to the highest bidder.

How to Set Suggested Privacy Settings in Facebook






I really encourage you to avoid using Facebook, but if you do, you’ll want to watch this video.

In this lesson we go through important privacy settings in your Facebook account, explaining what the settings are for, and some important things to understand about them.


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Windows User Accounts & Firewall Course – 1 Module:

Click for Accounts & Firewall Lessons






What is a Firewall and Why Are They So Very Important




This lesson explains exactly what a firewall is (not to be confused with firewire) and why it is so critical for you to not just be using one, but the *right* one.

Will help you understand this important concept with a very simple explanation that will make a lot of sense

Windows Update

Windows Updates (Windows XP)






Windows XP version:
Shows you how to install Windows updates and explains why they’re critical to protecting your PC

Windows Updates
(newer versions of Windows)













Newer Windows version:
Shows you how to install Windows updates and explains why they’re critical to protecting your PC

Windows Accounts

In my Secrets of Computer Security audio, I give a few reasons why you should have at least one additional account on your computer, both for convenience as well as for some important security reasons.

The following two videos show you how to create a new account on your computer, and make sure it’s set up the right way.

One version is for Windows XP, the other for newer versions, but you might want to watch the XP one first even if you use a newer version of Windows since it explains the concepts in more detail

Windows Accounts and Passwords
(Windows XP)







Windows XP version:
Covers how to protect yourself and your computer by creating a password, plus several options to make the information on your computer more private and secure from people who have physical access to your PC

Windows Accounts and Passwords
(Newer Windows versions)






Newer Windows versions:
Covers how to protect yourself and your computer by creating a password, plus several options to make the information on your computer more private and secure from people who have physical access to your PC

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“Secrets of Computer Security Course Module:

Click for Computer Security Lessons


Introduction to Secrets of Computer Security


Review Of General Internet Security Tips


Setting Up Passwords & Accounts For Added Security & Privacy


A Few Thoughts On Backing Up Your Computer


Preventative Measures Against Theft Of Your Computer


What Are Your Options If Your Computer Does Get Stolen


Conclusion of Secrets of Computer Security

Understanding Upgrading Your Computer – When You Should Upgrade vs When You Should Buy a New One, and Tips to Make it Easier When You Do:

Click to Reveal Lessons


Why it can be a big risk to have a drive with too little free space, how to know if you’re at risk, & what to do about it


Why it can be a problem for an older computer to run current software


Understanding the hard drive and RAM on your Mac or PC & when is it a good idea to upgrade it?


More on RAM – how much to add when buying a new computer


Extensive advice & tips on migrating to a new computer, including not just upgrading to a new computer of the same type (for example: Windows XP to Windows 7, or Mac OS X “Lion” to Mac OS X “Mavericks”).


Understanding what a “product key” is and whether you’ll need a new one if you switch to a new computer

What is WiFi and Other Common Wireless Internet Questions:

Click to Reveal Lessons


What is the difference between WiFi and Bluetooth?


Can you connect to WiFi without a router & What is encryption?


Can you use two routers at once & understanding “port forwarding”


Can a router get on the Internet without a modem?


Different broadband options including what can you do to get online in a rural area?


Do all computers have WiFi?


Does a computer need special software to connect to WiFi & how expensive is it?


What is the cost of getting online through your phone? Is it free when you use WiFi or not?


Will an iPad work on any wireless network?

Understanding Drives, Data, and More in Plain English:

Click to Reveal Lessons


Can the stuff installed on your computer slow it down? How can you fix it?


Is it really a good idea to save all of your files on an external drive – why this can be a bad idea


How can external (backup) hard drives be so cheap? Is there a problem with inexpensive drives?


What really happens when you delete a file? Is it really gone or can someone get it back?


What is formatting a drive? When is it needed, and how it relates to “restoring” your computer


Pros and cons of using a backup hard drive vs online backup? Which one can really let you down when you need it, and which gives you more privacy and control over your personal files?

Troubleshooting & Solving Common Internet Problems:

Click to Reveal Lessons


Figuring out where the problem is when you your Internet seems slow & steps that often solve it


Are there any risks to resetting your router?


Understanding reasons why videos won’t play smoothly on websites (or if the web is slow in general)


Understanding what to do if a website isn’t working because you’re missing a plugin


Some ideas of what might be wrong if your antivirus program won’t update


How to know if a router is bad & more on troubleshooting slow Internet connections


Why videos might start & stop online, and tips to deal with the problem


Understanding more about how websites load & avoiding a common misunderstanding that can leave people stuck

Troubleshooting & Avoiding Common Computer Problems:

Click to Reveal Lessons

What to do if a liquid is spilled on your keyboard or other electronics

What to do if your computer is shutting off suddenly

Computer freezing on shutdown

Figuring out if your Internet connection is slow, or if the computer itself is the problem

Problems with turning the computer on – error tones

What to do if you have computer problems and no “restore disc”

Tips on how to back up to an external hard drive

Undoing computer mistakes & using “versioned files” to protect yourself

Understanding how storms and other electrical power surges can damage your computer & other electronics — including hidden dangers most people miss

Online Safety and Privacy Tips Explained in Plain English:

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Introduction & overview to computer security

Picking the right antivirus or Internet security software

Has your computer been hijacked?

Understanding the hidden privacy & personal security risks of posting your photos online

Why Backing up is crucial, and hidden costs and disadvantages of backing up online

Internet Tips & Security Advice:

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Tips on staying safe by choosing the right passwords


What to do if you lose your password for a website or other account


Answering questions on public wireless (WiFi) security


More on whether using WiFi is secure (overlaps with but adds to & reinforces previous lesson)


More on WiFi vs 3G (cellphone) wireless, including mobile devices like the Kindle



Understanding some of the risks of uploading personal information online – not so much in terms of privacy, but in terms of owning your own data (including photographs, writing, etc.)

Email Tips & Security Concepts Explained in Plain English:

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Recognizing and avoiding fake virus scams


Avoiding the “trapped abroad” scam & similar scams


What is the real reason people make and spread viruses and other threats


Are faxes obsolete and is newer technology *always* the better option? A few things most people never consider


Figuring out the cause and possible solutions when you have problems getting your email delivered


Dealing with downloaded files you have problems opening


Avoiding getting duplicate emails when checking an account on multiple devices (desktop & laptop, computer & smartphone, etc.)

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