Computer Common Sense

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How many people here know someone who use computer but they have no common sense on either protecting it from virus, spyware, adware attack or buy hardware without really knowing what they are buying?

I had coworker who never updated her anti-virus software since she bought her home computer. Her reply when I told her about need to update. "Oh, I needed to update virus definition?"

I had relative who had no protection on his computer against virus or adware. When I downloaded and installed Ad-Aware SE and ran a scan it came back with 100 plus hits on spyware. No wonder his system was running so sluggish.

I had supervisor who bought a laptop for her son but didn't know if she was buying a good one. Fortunately, even though she didn't know what she was buying at least she picked Dell which was pretty good.

This one was a hearsay but it might have happened in my workplace. A while back when computer was still using 5 1/4" floppy diskett a worker used a magnet to hang the diskett with important data on the side of file cabinet. Needless to say the data got erased.

I'm only a user. I know nothing about programming or building my own system but at least I know enough to try to protect my system from attack. Why some people lack the same basic common sense to protect their system is beyond me.

  • Dec 18, 2005

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well...consider how most people are ignorant and computer illiterate when it comes down to certain issues like against viruses, it is possible to say there are many such examples:

User1: I just got a virus
User2: What virus?
User1: Something called trojan 1
User2: Lol...that is outdated man!
User1: It is?
User2: New one now is version 4...u are joking right?
User1: Nope *points to computer*

Think of it this way, I am like u a user, but because of certain things, ppl just remain unknown of the fact they need protection. Most ppl never update their virus definitions at all. Although most of the time they automize that, but basically, it is necessary.
My friend has his computer on 24/7, and when he leave that on, it just lags all the time, after i installed spybot, it found 200 registers of spy and ads...i couldn't believe my eyes. Plus, on further checking, his name has been used to register on multiple porno sites when he never visits them (i know cause he is a staunch anti-sexist (or ppl with no sexual desires)). Had to clear them out one by one...asked a pro to do it and he had to bear the pain of formatting his computer.

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Common sense can be one of the best aids you can have when buying a computer. But yes, there are a whole bunch of computer-dumb persons that have no idea of what they have in their hands.

I do suffer that every day at my work, since i am a tech support person, so i do know about this.
Normally, a very simple class of good practices to the users are more than enough to let them know the do's and don't s of a computer.

Personally, i do not use any kind of AV, or Antispy or such programs on my computer, and i have managed to keep it clean and running smoothly for years now. It is only a matter of education on computers and that is all, no matter on what level.

If the users can just have, as you said, a little of common sense and just a little bit of computer information, they shall be safe.
However, life is not just like that =)

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Norton System Works with Norton AntiVirus and Automatic Updates might help against MalWare attacks. Beyond that, just good old common sense & lots of research.

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  • Apr 03, 2006

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I got my first computer while still in highschool. 800 MgHrz chip. The 1 GHrz had just come out. Thunderbird. Now you know from what era I came.

My dad was a lecturer in computer science at the university (basically programming and whatnot - he prefered DOS and hated Windows). So I got a bit of a start from him.

For the past 3 years I've been the computer technician at our department here at the university (small dept though) - its my job to fix problems and if I can't then to report it at our IT dept. We have a decent firewallso we don't have to worry about viruses, and Spyware is a minor problem.

Now listen to this: One of our lecturers barged in my office, almost in tears, "the computer lost my test again for the 4th time - you must do something about it!" She was typing out a test. Then her computer crashed. Then Word recovered the file. She continued working. Then the computer crashed again. And word didn't recover the file....When I asked her if she had saved after the file was recovered the first time, she said, "No!" almosts as if saying, "why should I?" She never saved once except for the template from which she worked.

This same lecturer tried to open a PDF file in Word. When I opened it for her in Acrobat Reader, she asked how to edit the contents.

This same lecturer uses Word to browse for files and is then very upset that she can't find Powerpoint or JPG files.

Half (if not more) of our dept ignore the almost weekly "Updates are ready to install" messages that our IT dept sends. I once had to update a computer that had almost 80 enqueued updates that needed to be installed.

Half (if not more) can't differentiate between My Documents and the C harddrive (not even talking about their network space).

A few never turns their computer of out of fear of forgeting their passwords or, possibly, the boot screen.

Half (if not more) don't understand the concept of fonts. Or codecs. I just smile and install the stuff anyway.

One of my basic jobs is to write CD's when a lecturer needs it. Even though some have their own CD writers, they still don't know how to.

I consider myself a user. I may be the technician here, but all that means is that I am the most computer literate person working here. I am not a programmer. If I have trouble with my own pc I try to fix it as far as possible, then I take it to the shop. I have so far only twice opened the casing, once to ad ram and once to change my graphics card. Some of my friends have never even seen the inside of a shop - they fix it themselves (but they do screw up miserably every now and then). I protect my own system using the Microsoft Auto Updater. I also update my AVG, Ad-Aware and Spybot ate least once a week.

But yes, people can be extremely creative when it comes to mucking up their own system due to ignorance. And these people who I work with all have at least a Masters degree, some with several Doctorate degrees (we follow the European graduate system- Bachelor, then Honours, then Masters, then Doctorate degree).

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Oh god... You won't believe this. I am a programmer, so, for reasons too obvious, I am sort-of a go-to person for computer problems in my family. Now, this is all fine and dandy, but lord, do I regret not blowing them off at points.

One time, a friend called me, she asked me what's wrong with her computer. Now, the difficulties of distance-troubleshooting aside, I asked her what was wrong, and she said, she couldn't see anything on the monitor. So, I asked her if she turned on he computer. She said she did. So, I asked her if the computer booted up. She said she didn't know, but she heard the beeping noise. I presumed it was the BIOS beeping noise. So, I asked her if she could figure out somehow that the graphic card is connected, etc. She just said "eh?". Then it hit me. She's stupid enough to not turn on the monitor. I asked her if she did turn on the monitor. God... her response, "I thought when I turned on the computer, the monitor will turn on, too..." Kill me...

So, the second one. My aunt. She's one chic lady, and a deft politic debater, and a shrewd businesswoman. But she's not the most computer savvy person. So, she called one day, and she said that her computer was slow. I asked her to install Norton and just run the diagnostic. She had some myriad number of malware installed. So, I asked her what the heck. It turned out, she recognises quite a bit of the malware in the list. She admitted installing them because "I thought they were supposed to help" with one thing or another. And here, ladies and gentlemen, our tech support history has reached a new low...

So, yeah... all and all, my computer is safe as safe can be ;) He he he... Get a mac ;) Or linux ;)

PS: Dell blows... REALLY bad. Get yourself something decent, man... a mac if you can, a thinkpad or a vaio if you can't.

  • Dec 13, 2006
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Oh, my. I'm suprised someone bothered to look up my old posting. :D

I'll add one more story from my work. I've been working at my current place which is a city government. We generate lots of papers and storing all those paper reports and what not is always a problem. Someone high above decided that the department need to introduce paper-less system so we won't have to deal with all the papers and its associated cost. The project was approved and money was allocated and vendors were hired to start the work then....nothing for the next several years. One day, I came to work and was surprised to find out all these computer boxes crammed in every available spaces and there it sat for a whole year inconveniencing everyone working there. From what I could find it out one hand did not check the progress with another hand and ordered hardware before it was ready for an install. Needless to say, that was huge waste of money. By the time the hardware was ready for install it was semi-obsolete.

Lastly, here is the icing on the cake. We still don't have functioning paperless system yet and we still are generating paper reports and documents.

  • Dec 13, 2006
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What was in the boxes?

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  • Mar 18, 2007

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Agrees with babyLemon RE: Dell.

However, though many of us call them noobs, dumbasses and whatnot, we have to recognise that people have to start somewhere. I mean, seriously, how many of you know how to PROPPERLY keep your car in good condition, or how to sew, or how to even change a babies nappy! My two cents; give people a fair chance, I mean, computers are by no means nessecary, and many people do quite fine without them!

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  • Mar 26, 2007
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I'm an IT major and I love it when people come in to our class and bitch about they're computers not working or that its really slow. 98% of the time its a virus or spyware with the other 2% being an actually faulty piece of hardware. It's a shame that people don't know more about computers... but then again, if everyone knew what to do with them all the time I'd never get a job...

  • Mar 27, 2007

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Quote by EagleAgrees with babyLemon RE: Dell.
However, though many of us call them noobs, dumbasses and whatnot, we have to recognise that people have to start somewhere. I mean, seriously, how many of you know how to PROPPERLY keep your car in good condition, or how to sew, or how to even change a babies nappy! My two cents; give people a fair chance, I mean, computers are by no means nessecary, and many people do quite fine without them!

Exactly I agree, except for the computer part which I need :D But put yourselves in there situation, other people might not believe how ignorant you are in doing the things they specialise in.

I find it by keeping things simple for them, is the best way they can learn.

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  • Mar 28, 2007
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Most people don't even have proper normal common sense, computer literacy is a whole step up, the majority have little idea how to used most of the functions of their computer, but most don't want to either, which leads to a lot of problems a lot of the time.

  • Apr 04, 2007
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common sense is a sense not common to all

  • Apr 13, 2007

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