What is a Home Network and why would I want one?
ANSWER A home network is a group of computers, printers and other devices that are connected together with wires or wireless, allowing different users to exchange information and share hardware, software and Internet connections.
If you own multiple computers, you may want to:
– Use a single Internet connection on different computers at the same time
– Share a single printer between different computers
– Share files such as images, music, movies and documents between computers in the network
– Play games that allow multiple players at different computers
Is it really necessary to back up by computer files?
Yes. Backing up your computer files is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to protect all of the information you have stored on your computer. Although it is sometimes possible to restore data files that have been lost or corrupted, there are times when files cannot be recovered unless they have been properly backed up. Read “5 Reasons to Backup Your Computer Data Files” to learn more.
What problems should be handled by computer repair technician?
Obviously, you will want to contact a computer technician to take care of any problems with your computer that you have no idea how to handle. But, there are other situations when it is best to obtain the services of a professional as well, even if you think you might have an idea of how to handle the situation. For example, if you have lost files or if your system has crashed, you risk causing even more damage to your computer when you try to troubleshoot the problem yourself. To learn more read “Recognizing When It’s Time to Hire a Computer Repair Technician” on my New Jersey Computer Repair Blog.
How can I tell if my computer has a virus?
Since a virus is technically an unwelcome software program that is installed on your computer, the way it affects your computer will vary depending upon the virus program as well as your operating system. In fact, if the virus is very well programmed, you may not notice any signs of infection at all. Furthermore, some of the signs that are commonly associated with a virus infection may actually be caused by something else. Still, some of the signs that are most commonly associated with a virus include:
- Your computer starts running more slowly than usual
- Your computer stops responding to you or starts “locking up”
- You start receiving unusual error messages
In short, your computer simply stops acting normal. To view a more complete list, read “10 Signs Your Computer Has a Virus“.
Should I Monitor What My Kids are doing on the Computer?
The simple answer to this question is “yes.” Although you may feel as if you are invading your child’s privacy, monitoring what he or she does on the computer and maintaining an open dialogue about safe computer usages is essential to keeping your child protected. Read “5 Reasons to Monitor Your Child’s Computer Activity” to learn more about why responsible parenting involves monitoring your child’s activity.
Should I buy PC computer with Windows 7 or Mac with Snow Leopard?
Deciding between a Mac or a PC is largely based on personal preference. When comparing the Windows 7 and Snow Leopard operating systems, both systems are excellent. The Mac is known for offering a simple and sleek design with few software compatibility issues, but it is more costly than the PC. The PC, on the other hand, offers a greater variety of software options and 90% of computer users use a PC. It should also be noted that Macs are just as susceptible to virus attacks as PCs, but there are more viruses created for PCs than there are for Macs. To learn more about the Macs versus PCs, read the Should I Buy a Mac or PC blog post.