WOO - TECH

COMPUTER CORNER

Not everyone has the computer skills to fix things when they go wrong, or can afford to buy the expensive software which makes a basic computer usable and productive.

On these pages we try to offer advice on how to maintain your computer using free or low priced maintenance tools, and suggest free alternatives to the expensive programs that make the computer do what we require it to do.

FREE ALTERNATIVE
HOME / OFFICE SOFTWARE

There is some software we all need for home and work use, Wordprocessing, spreadsheets, Presentation software, but the leading brands who set standards are riddiculously expensive.
If you cant afford to buy the Microsoft Office Suite, then free or low cost compatible software is available.

COMMUNICATION PROGRAMS

There are many free 'Chat' programs to choose from, some text based and others with full video-calling features.

EMAIL PROGRAMS

Outlook is the most commonly used email program, but there are others out there that are easier to use .

CONNECTIVITY

Our computers can now connect to many other devices and display on a variety of screens and televisions.

ONLINE COMPUTER SCAMS

There are many different Online Scams around.
Scrolll down to find out more and how to deal with them.

PASSWORDS

Using a good password is important to maintaining security of information.

EBOOK READERS

There are many different makes of reader available, all use their own format so cannot always read a book created in another style. There are free emulators and e-reader software availble to use, some read all styles.

USEFUL PROGRAMS

Not everything is included when we buy a new computer, and we often rely on certain programs that are not part of windows to view graphics, video, or PDF files.
We may need Maintenance software, Office software, or even new browsers.
There are links here to the latest.

ANTI-VIRUS

There are many Anti-Virus programs on offer, ranging from £10 - £100's. But there are also good free programs that do the job just as well.

USEFUL TOOLS

Computers need regular maintenance to keep running, they need to be cleaned and organised

MICROSOFT OFFICE

Information on using the Microsoft Office Suite.

PASSWORDS

Hackers or anyone trying to break into your device will always try using the unsafe passwords we tend to choose, names of our children, pets or town, birthdates or aniversaries, information that maybe readily available on our social media. Serious hackers use crypto programs to automatically produce the combinations of letters that we may use, so a simple 'abc' or '123' could be found within minutes.

Follow the advice below to ensure your passwords are strong and as unbreakable to hackers as possible.

HOW SECURE IS YOUR PASSWORD ?

PASSWORD MANAGERS

Remembering passwords for dozens of programs and apps can be difficult, but writing them down is not really being security conscious.

There are software programs available that can safely manage all our passwords, some are even free. 

ONLINE TRACKING

If you are worried about being tracked by software companies, you can turn tracking off in most browsers. Settings in Windows 10 also allow you to switch off tracking, but this may affect the way some programs and applications work, for instance those that provide 'Local' information or mapping software used to give directions.

USING THE KEYBOARD ON WINDOWS 10

There are numerous keyboard shortcuts for specific programs, but Windows 10 itself has its own

CHROMEBOOK USERS

Keyboard shortcuts for those using Chromebooks

MICROSOFT OFFICE

The programs thyat make up the Office Suite including:- Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access, all have their own keyboard shortcuts to increase speed and productivity.

Spreadsheets also have many difficult equations and methods to get results.

MICROSOFT WORD

MICROSOFT EXCEL

MICROSOFT POWERPOINT

MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

Learn Windows 10
Windows 10 Tutorial

Credit to:  Learn iT! Training

20 Windows 10
Tips and Tricks

Credit to:  Sele Training

ONLINE COMPUTER SCAMS

There are many individuals out there who are desperate to get their hands on your money and do not have any morals that stop them from trying to acheive their goals.

Some will hack your computer trying to find your personal information (Identity Theft), to obtain account details and paswords so that they can use this information illegally to withdraw maoney or open bank accounts or online purchasing.

Some will download hidden virus style programs that corrupt or lock your disks and operating systems and then blackmail you into making a substantial payment to obtain the password needed to unlock the system and allow you to use.

Others will do nothing to your computer, but try to convince you that they have, or that they have noticed someone doing it and are trying to protect and help you, obviously for a price.

SCAMS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Credit to: ThioJoe

COMMON PHONE SCAMS

Credit to:  ThioJoe

MICROSOFT SUPPORT SCAM

Credit to: Jason Smart

If your screen receives a po-up that informs you Microsoft have noticed your computer has been hacked and a virus installed and you need to pay to have it removed.

DO NOT RING THE NUMBER AND DEFINITELY DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS.

Watch this video on how to remove it.

REMOVING ANY VIRUS

Credit to:  Jason Smart

Help to remove actual virus attacks.

If Your Own Number Calls You, Don't Pick Up!

Credit to:  BRIGHT SIDE