- Some public institutions, like libraries or schools, offer free computer courses for people of all ages. If possible, you ought to invest some time into such programs.
- Before making choices, learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the program.
- Some libraries have computer courses that you can take to learn.
- Make sure the books you look at are up to date.
- Make sure your computer is good for your use. If you want to just use it for taxes and email, performance is less useful but if you want to do 3D art, you need a a more beefed up computer.
- On many programs such as Wordpad, there will be a button in the upper part of your screen that says "Help". This is a useful and quick access way to get answers.
- Most libraries will have computers in them. Consider going there, as they are free.
- Remember, don't download anything if you are not sure about it.
- Get enough hard drive space! This is basically how much room your computer has for files. 50 GB should be sufficient.
- Some applications can help simplify thing
Beware not to fall into the hends of Computer Killers
- Be careful about opening attachments in emails, especially from people you don't know, since the attachment may give you a virus.
- Do not be fooled by unrealistic claims. A good rule of thumb is "if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!". And do not put your mobile or home phone number anywhere unless you have read and understood ALL the terms and conditions. Who knows, once claimed a free ringtone, now a broken cell.
- Do not pay for help unless you have no other alternative.
- Remember, when it comes to viruses, if you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Stay protected.
- If you download files, make sure to run a virus check on it before you open it. It may contain a virus or other mal-ware that can pose a threat to your system.
- Dangerous emails can also come from your friends. If they have opened and/or received an email with an attachment, it may hijack their address book and send the program to everyone in it.
- Do not overestimate how good your computer is or how much room because your computer could overload.
Things you'll Need
A computer and Internet Connection (personal or Public)
A Helpful person or other Resource (Attending a Computer School)