No one starts their life a computer expert, learning about technology is something that takes practice and time, but there are some things to be aware of which can save you a lot of hassle as a beginner.
Technology makes lives easier and tasks quicker, but every now and then it can go wrong. Not backing up your important data is a common mistake that leaves rookie computer users in hot water. There are so many easy ways to back up your information these days there is really no excuse to leave it vulnerable.
Stop and read
With the ease of getting the job done faster, also comes the temptation to speed things up further, it is unlikely you would sign a document without understanding what you are agreeing to first, but frequently users click through terms and conditions accepting any request they see. At the very least, this can result in programs downloading onto your device without your knowledge.
Always hit save
Pretty much anyone you speak to who works with computers will be able to recall an incident where hours of work went to waste due to failure to click the save button. It is easy to do, you get so enthralled in the job at hand your neglect that simple step. Then your computer crashes or restarts and your document is no more. The lesson learned here is to click Save regularly, even if you are not yet finished.
One key cause of computer viruses and malware comes from opening email attachments. Even if the email is from a source you know and trust, be vigilant and open any attachments with caution. One of the key ways fraudsters like to tap into your computer security is by pretending to be someone you know, so if something looks suspicious, don’t open it.
Devices which are plugged into a wall outlet are vulnerable to power surges. A way of protecting against this is by using a surge protector, this makes sure nothing is damaged if a surge travels through your power lines. If you use a desktop computer, it is recommended to use a UPS on your computer. This can be more expensive, but will protect your computer from a surge and will also temporarily stop it turning off should the power go off for a moment.
Keep up to date with scams
Finally, keeping yourself up-to-date with the latest scams and phishing tactics will help keep you savvy whilst navigating the online world. If you are in the know about viruses you are much more likely to use your computer in a way which runs the lowest risk of infection and if you are unlucky, recognising the signs of a virus will mean you can spot the problem promptly and take steps to remedy.