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Monday, February 18, 2013

Ten Tech Skills That Everyone Should Have: Part Two

Here are five more tech skills that EVERYONE should have. If you need help with any of these you may want to give "I'm not a Geek.com" a call at (512)560-2609. I am looking for some people who want to try learning long distance (giving me access to your computer screen so I can see what you are doing), so even if you do not live in Austin give me a call or email to helpimnotageek@gmail.com  

Now to the tech skills:

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE NETIQUETTE WHEN USING THE INTERNET?

Internet/Email/Social Media etiquette - The proper way to use the internet, write professional emails, use social media in relation to your job.


The main rule to this Net-Etiquette is to consider who you are sending something to. Often people do not think before pressing "send" and end up forwarding lots of junk to other people or saying something private to a whole group. If you use ALL CAPS in an email it is like yelling since there is no intonation when someone reads your note. Also, it is easy to be misunderstood when you are sending a joke or being sarcastic. Be careful.


The first link takes you to Wikipedia which is a great place to learn many things. This article is helpful, but in some places difficult to understand. The second link is an online book which is much easier to understand and you can choose which pages you are interested in reading.

Netiquette - Wikipedia

Netiquette - Online Book - This one is easy to navigate

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE YOUR COMPUTER SECURE AND SAFE?

Some security and safety issues are: Antivirus, spam, phishing, sharing too much personal information sharing, stalkers and more. It also involves creating good passwords.

Most of us know what a Virus on your computer is and what spam is, but you may not have heard of phishing although it has been around a long time. Phishing is when someone sends you something in email that looks legitimate, but is not. They often have links to what looks like your bank or paypal, but actually are not. The goal of people who do this is to get secret information from you like your bank account number, passwords or other information.


When I get anything asking me to click on a link (URL) first I look to see if it is from someone I know. If not, I roll the mouse over the URL and it shows in the bottom left corner where it is really going. It may look, from the address like it is going to Paypal, but when I roll over and look at the left bottom of the screen it shows that actually it is going somewhere else. If I am not sure I just delete it. People who send messages will understand and resend the message if they do not hear from you. You should also never send messages that just have a link and no message.

Link to more information about phishing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Cyberstalking means that someone is trying to harass you with multiple emails or saying things that are not true about you through Social Media

More about Cyberstalking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberstalking

Google How You Can Protect Your Family Online - This has lots of links to information that is readable about different things you might need to know.
http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/familysafety/

Common Craft Video - How to make a good password
http://www.commoncraft.com/video/secure-passwords


DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING TO REGULARLY MAINTAIN YOUR COMPUTER?

Look for more information about this in the post coming next week called "Clean Up and Maintenance of Your Computer"

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FIND PROGRAMS AND APPS THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO DOWNLOAD TO YOUR COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE?
 
There are so many apps (applications or programs) available and it is hard to know which ones are good and how to choose. 

Quixey is a helpful search engine that will look for all kinds of apps for you. There is a way to look for only free apps for a PC, paid apps for a mobile device

FreeNew (FN)
This is the place to go to find free apps for many different devices and download them easily, even doing several at once.  

DO YOU KNOW HOW COPYRIGHT HAS CHANGED IN THE DIGITAL AGE?
With the addition of computers and the ease of copying and pasting everything Copyright has totally changed. It used to be something that only librarians, inventors, musician, artists and writers needed to think about. If you do anything that you would not like to see replicated somewhere else without your permission (photography is one example) you should take a look at the Library of Congress' Copyright Page.

http://www.copyright.gov/ 


These tips are rewritten and reworked from  http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2012/01/10-tech-skills-every-student-should.html

2 comments:

  1. Most of us should learn the basic NETIQUETTE because cyber-bullying is on the rise nowadays. I must spread this page for the others to read. Thanks!

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  2. Brenda, I really appreciate your comment! It is great to know that there are actual people out there reading!

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