Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Back To The Basic

And the "basics" aren't just for beginners.  You always hear something new, or something that you have forgotten because you haven't used it for a long time. And we always appreciate having experienced users in these sessions to contribute their expertise and knowledge to the group.  Find out all the things you can do when you "right click" on the mouse – or the things you can do from the keyboard without the mouse.

The Desktop   

  • Arrange and delete Icons (Right click desktop, check out View and Sort By)
  • Changing the background (Right click desktop, choose Personalize)
  • Taskbar (Taskbar has Windows flag and clock at opposite ends)

What is a Browser?  Do I have one my computer?

Our old friends Cut, Copy and Paste – Tutorial page

Editing 
Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Paste Ctrl+V
Select All Ctrl+A
Undo Ctrl+Z

 

Remember Right Click

Explore the Drop down menu. – Sometimes referred to as a pull-down menu or drop box, a drop-down menu is a menu that appears when clicking on a button or text selection. For example, many programs will have a “File” drop-down menu at the top left of their screen. Clicking on the “File” text generates a new menu with additional options.


Look after your passwords

  • Never disclose your passwords to anyone else.
  • Don’t enter your password when others can see what you are typing.
  • Use different passwords for various services. In particular have a unique password for banking sites.
  • Don’t recycle passwords (e.g. password2, password3).
  • Don’t write passwords down. Instead, use memory tricks to remember them. For example, make a password out of the first letters of each word in a memorable phrase or substitute numbers for letters (for example 5 for s, 3 for e).
  • Don’t send your password by email. No reputable firm will ask you to do this.
  • If you think that someone else knows your password, change it immediately.   

Consider a password manager & two-factor authentication

LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easier and more secure. Using on all your computers is free! Automatically synchronizes your data: access it from anywhere at anytime. All of your data is encrypted locally on your PC – only YOU can unlock it.
LastPass works everywhere.

Two Factor Authentication  – What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication means using two authentication methods (e.g. password, the value from a physical token, text message, or automated voice call with the token number) to increase the assurance that the bearer has been authorized to access secure systems.

 

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