Click for 14 Basic Computer Terms Most People Get Wrong audio lessons

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5:34
Understanding the basic computer terms hard drive & RAM (memory)
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5:31
Understanding “Formatting” and “Partitioning”
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6:15
Understanding flash drives
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7:13
Cancelling vs Deleting – which one is correct?
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5
10:22
Understanding grounding and why it’s so important to protecting your computer
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3:15
What is bookmarking
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9:01
What does the term computer crash really mean? (Most people get this wrong)
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13:47
Understanding the terms modem, router, & WiFi
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4:16
What does the term “default” mean?
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Click for Fundamental Computer Concepts - Operating System & More audio lessons

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8:29
What is an Operating System or “OS”?
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9:45
Can a computer run without an OS? (Lesson dovetails with preceeding lesson)
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3:25
Why does a computer have to restart after installing updates?
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15:29
Understanding hardware vs. software, and a more of a look “under the hood” of how the computer works
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19:18
Understanding different computer types including Apple Mac vs. Microsoft Windows PCs. What are the pros and cons, and which is the best one for most people?
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11:06
What is Ubuntu (what is Linux) and understanding the benefits of “open source software” inluding saving hundreds of dollars over commercial software
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Click for Understanding When to Upgrade or Replace Your Computer audio lessons

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8:53

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

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2
8:32

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

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3
9:48

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

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6:25

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

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26:37

Extensive advice & tips on migrating to a new computer (Mac or Windows PC)

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6:45

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

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Click for What is WiFi and Other Common Wireless Internet Questions audio lessons

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12:07

What is the difference between WiFi and Bluetooth?

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8:22

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

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12:31

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

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6:03

Can a router get on the Internet without a modem?

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10:20

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

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5:55

Do all computers have WiFi?

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3:43

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

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6:34

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

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3:39

Will an iPad work on any wireless network?

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Click for Understanding Drives, Data, and More audio lessons

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14:34

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

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10:47

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

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17:06

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

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9:58

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

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7:28

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

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10:21

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?

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Click for Troubleshooting & Solving Common Internet Problems audio lessons

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7:31

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

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5:32

Are there any risks to resetting your router?

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7:13

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

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5:07

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

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5
8:48

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

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10:36

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

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11:16

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

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11:39

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

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Click for Troubleshooting & Avoiding Common Computer Problems audio lessons

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6:55

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

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6:52
What to do if your computer is shutting off suddenly
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8:01
Computer freezing on shutdown
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13:49
Figuring out if your Internet connection is slow, or if the computer itself is the problem
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3:34
Problems with turning the computer on – error tones
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6:55
What to do if you have computer problems and no “restore disc”
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11:39
Tips on how to back up to an external hard drive
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8:17
Undoing computer mistakes & using “versioned files” to protect yourself
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6:25
Understanding how storms and other electrical power surges can damge your computer & other electronics — including hidden dangers most people miss
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Click for Online Safety and Privacy Tips audio lessons

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14:22
Introduction & overview to computer security
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10:27
Picking the right antivirus or Internet security software
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15:56
Has your computer been hijacked?
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14:59
Understanding the hidden privacy & personal security risks of posting your photos online
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5
10:21
Why Backing up is crucial, and hidden costs and disadvantages of backing up online
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Click for Internet Tips & Security Advice audio lessons

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13:27

Tips on staying safe by choosing the right passwords

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2
7:04

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

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17:23

Answering questions on public wireless (WiFi) security

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12:49

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

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5
6:51

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

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6
7:47

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.)

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Click for Email Tips & Security Concepts audio lessons

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16:24

Recognizing and avoiding fake virus scams

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6:34

Avoiding the “trapped abroad” scam & similar scams

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5:04

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

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10:41

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

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15:01

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

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7:43

Dealing with downloaded files you have problems opening

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7:10

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

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