In speaking with many of my clients, I have learned that there are many things that can make life easier when using computers, that are not common knowledge. Over the next three months, I will be publishing and sharing information with you that will hopefully help to make using computers and the Internet a safe and enjoyable experience.
In this article, I will cover three items: (1) use of passwords, (2) safe use of email, and (3) a new high-speed Internet service - ClearWire.
PASSWORDS - The use of passwords can be a challenge if you let it. The challenge is often remembering what password you used for a particular service or online activity. The answer is to use the same password for "all" you do on the Internet. That also means you need to keep it to yourself, and not share it with others. The result is that you never have to try to remember what password to use - it's always the same.
EMAIL - Email services are available through your Internet service provider as a part of the package they offer. I suggest you establish one email address with them and use it only for communication with them. Then, setup a free email service at Gmail or Yahoo for all other correspondence. The features and services they offer are superior because they are not burdened with providing Internet service. AND, you can get to your email even if you change your Internet service provider - Comcast to AOL; AOL to Comcast or MSN.
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS - The Internet service you choose should be based on speed, reliability, cost and technical support. Whether it's Cable, DSL, or ClearWire in the Puget Sound region, OR wireless service for your laptop through Sprint or Verizon - high speed connection is a must for Internet users.
The cost of high-speed Internet service ranges from $26 to $60 per month depending on the speed option you choose. Ask about speed when you talk with a service provider - one size doesn't fit all. Ask about technical support and talk with friends that have used the service provider.
This regular message will be offered over the next three months. Other topics to be covered will include (1) the use of Anti-Virus software - including the importance of regular updates; (2) Upgrading your Windows Operating System - when to upgrade and the implications; (3) Choosing a Browser - Internet Explorer or Firefox - the pros and cons of your selection.
A safe Internet experience is based on common sense. The same degree of caution you use in walking the streets and dealing with strangers should be the order of the day when using the Internet. Be safe out there.
Twiggs and Associates Inc.
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