Introduction to Windows Basics

Part of the Franktronics Training Series

Introduction to Windows BasicsIntroduction to computers covers a little bit of everything that will help improve your experiences with getting around any Windows based computer. The different Windows operating systems (OS) provide their own challenges to users, but most of these issues are easily resolved with a basic familiarization of the computer, which is also known as the PC (personal computer). Audience: This course is intended to help the novice and semi-experienced users become more comfortable with the many changes that have been made over the years. Prerequisites:  No prerequisites.  Just come in to class with a desire to learn! Description:  By the end of this course, users should be able to understand what makes up a computer, the different Windows OS’s, make better use of the keyboard and mouse, safely navigating on the internet, protecting your information, and maybe even perform some customizations on your own PC. Subjects that will be discussed (as time allows):
  • Understand basic hardware computing terms
  • Using the mouse, keyboard, and desktop to your advantage
  • Be able to identify you PC connections and connect devices to a PC and modify device settings in this lesson.
  • Comprehending the different Operating systems, Programs and Applications available on all PCs.
  • Familiarization with your personal network and Internet basics
  • Browsing the Web
  • Understanding viruses and malware and how to protect your data
  • Customizing your computer settings for a more pleasant experience
  • Printing and how to connect to the printers available to you
  • Understand and using files and folders in Windows Explorer
Requirements:  None; optionally, users can bring in their Windows laptop or tablets to follow along during class discussions.

Scheduled Classes

CLOSED: Labor Day
Sep 2 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday.

Guinea Jubilee 40th Anniversay
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day
Columbus Day (federal holiday)
Oct 14 all-day
Seafood Festival by the Abingdon Ruritan Club
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov 3 all-day

Don’t forget to set your clocks by 1 hour at 2:00am.  Also, don’t forget to check and change the batteries in your smoke detector!

Election Day – Go Vote!
Nov 5 all-day
Veterans Day (federal holiday)
Nov 11 all-day
CLOSED: Thanksgiving
Nov 28 – Nov 29 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Computer Security Day
Nov 30 all-day

How to Celebrate Computer Security Day
The most obvious way to celebrate Computer Security day would be to focus on ensuring that your computer, your devices, and the data you have in the cloud are all secure. One very important thing to do for your online security is to have strong passwords and keep them updated regularly, as this reduces the chances of your personal data falling into the wrong hands. If you aren’t the sort of person who’s good at coming up with strong passwords (and let’s be honest, some of us aren’t), then there are a number of password managers which you can choose from to generate random passwords and also save them so you don’t have to remember.

One strategy is to mix upper and lowercase letters with symbols, as this can be harder to guess and also difficult to hack – and passwords increase in difficulty the longer they are. Surprisingly, it doesn’t seem that everyone would think to do this, because “123456” and “password” have remained the two most popular passwords for years now. And don’t use the same password over and over for every online account you have – this ensures that if someone manages to get into one of your accounts, then they can access all of your accounts. Bad idea. So make strong passwords, don’t recycle them, and update them regularly.

Another thing which you can do to celebrate Computer Awareness Day is to update all of your spyware and malware protection software. Follow up with thorough scans, and you should have a more secure computer or device as an end result. While you may be aware that computers require such protection, you should also remember that your other devices such as tablets and smartphones are also vulnerable to malware and spyware – so take the necessary measures to keep them secure. And if you still have a computer running the outdated Windows XP or Vista, you should be aware that this creates huge security vulnerabilities for you. So upgrade your OS or your device. For the rest of us with more contemporary operating systems, it’s still important to install the regular security updates in order to stay safe.

You can also observe Computer Security Day by encrypting all of your files and backing them up. Your device should give you the option to encrypt all of your files (this is typically found amongst the settings), and then it’s your choice whether to go for a physical device such as an external hard drive or USB drive or for any of the numerous online cloud storage options. Many of these offer encrypted storage, and while Google’s Drive is probably the best-known, it’s far from the only player in the field. And most of the cloud storage options are free up to a certain limit.

So remember Computer Security Day, and observe it in whatever way you can because online safety and security are important things. But maybe you’re a Luddite, and don’t interact with computers and smartphones in any way at all, whatsoever – then how did you come across this article? See, you are using a computer or another device. But is it secure?

CLOSED: Christmas
Dec 24 – Dec 25 all-day

Franktronics will be closed for the Christmas Eve and Christmas day Holiday.

For more class schedules, please see our Computer Training Page.