Computer Blunders: Schoolboy Errors You’re Probably Guilty Of Making

These days it’s not uncommon to find people using computers at home and for work purposes. After all; these clever gadgets help us to be more productive in our lives. We also use them for leisure purposes – i.e. playing games!

They are pretty simple gadgets to operate and children as young as five can master them! But here’s the thing; when people start to get curious about computers or software, they can often get confused.

And when that happens, it will be inevitable that something will go wrong! Have you ever wondered what are the top mistakes people make with their computers? Find out here with some of the most common IT blunders all of us were guilty of at some stage!

Not realizing what “reply to all” means in emails

As you might know, email software allows us to send one message to many recipients. It makes life easy when you need to talk to a group of people at once.

But sometimes life can become awkward if you hit that Reply to All button instead of replying to the email sender alone. Especially if you bad-mouth one of your co-workers to everyone on the email instead of the sender!

Not backing up data

You might not realize this, but a shocking number of people never backup their data! By data, I mean their important files such as documents, images, videos and so forth. Modern computers use devices like hard drives to store data on.

As with most things in life, storage devices only have a limited lifespan. When they fail, there is a big chance you could lose your data forever! But don’t worry; it’s not all bad news! Firms like DataFirst.co.za can recover data using a variety of special tools and equipment.

Making regular backups is pretty straightforward. Most operating systems like MS Windows and Apple OS X have built-in backup software to help with the task. All you have to do is tell the software when and where to make your backups.

If you prefer, you could always use cloud-based storage services like DropBox to store your backups.

Not securing wireless networks

For the most part, wireless routers have a certain degree of security enabled by default. But that’s not across the board. Wireless routers allow you to set varying forms of security. The best is WPA2-PSK (AES).

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Weak security such as WEP is an easy target for hackers, as is wireless routers with no security at all! Remember that any unencrypted data you send on wireless networks can get “snooped” on.

It’s pretty simple to enable a high level of wireless networking security. You just log into your router’s home page and go to the Wi-Fi settings in there. Save those settings and you’re done!

Installing unwanted software

The thing about software from the Internet is that it can often come bundled with other software you don’t want. A lot of people don’t pay attention to setup programs. And it’s here where one can unwittingly install bloatware!

To be fair, it’s not always obvious whether you need to install this extra software or not. Bloatware takes up resources like disk space and RAM if they run in the background. Thanks for reading today’s blog post!