All Greek to me – a seniors guide to technology

Tim Gurney

When it comes to technology, a common complaint from many of my senior customers is that they find computers scary. Logizomechanophobia, the fear of computers, is quite common when technology did not play a significant part in peoples working lives, but with a little time and some basic training, it can be cured.

Back to Basics

Computers can be confronting when you’re starting from scratch, but to avoid techno-shock the key thing to remember is that you do not need to know everything.

TIP: Make a list of the top 3-5 things that you want to be able to accomplish with your computer and focus on those. For many of my customers the list goes a little something like this: How to send an Email, using Facebook, and Skype to stay in touch with friends and family, internet banking and a bit of basic internet browsing.

Depending on your budget and preferred learning style you can buy a book, take a TAFE course, or get some one-to-one training from your local IT Technician.

Steer towards the Light

There is no doubt that there is a dark side to the internet. If you believe what you hear in the news then viruses and malware run rampant online, and criminals lurk in the shadows intent on stealing your money and personal data.

As scary as it sounds, it’s not so far from the truth – but there are steps you can take to reduce the risks and stay safe online. We recommend that you Invest in decent internet security (avoid the free ones), Install an Adblocker, and do not open any attachments, or links, in Emails unless you know they’re safe.

Finally, if you receive an unsolicited call from someone offering remote support to fix your computer just hang up.

Excalibur IT Solutions provides onsite and remote support for homes and businesses across the Hornsby Shire and North Shore of Sydney. You can contact Excalibur IT on 9456 7932

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