Our private and business lives are becoming increasingly reliant and enhanced by technology. There is the smart phone, email, Instagram, cloud storage, but as well the constant threat of viruses, data theft & the spy software. And lot, lots more…
To be able to analyse your set up and protect it some basic understanding of your own technology set is vital for your protection and independence.
Let me draw a comparison: When getting your driver’s licence you also learn some basics about the technology of the car; the fuel goes in here, and here the oil, the car needs water here and sometimes more air in the tyres, you have to keep the key close to you and remember where you parked the car. If a light starts blinking on your console you look up what it might means, or you call your mechanic and tell him the yellow waves light blinking. When the temperature goes into the red area you know you have to stop. There’s no need to understand every screw in the motor, how much torque the tire is attached with, the chemical components of your fuel or the 4-stroke cycle of the Otto motor.
It’s the same with technology: How does one type, use the mouse, the WiFi modem, keep the password safe, my data location and how to get there. If something strange comes up and I ask Aunty Google or call the trusted IT support person and tell them that there is an error message “blah blah blah” when doing this and that. Who cares about CPUs, processors, Tera- Giga- Peta-, MHz, graphic cards and and and…
Yes, you are absolutely right in comparison to driving a car the computer is so much more complicated. But an average user doesn’t need to know the details but needs to be aware of some facts to be in control. The big difference: We all had to take driving lessons and pass a test. Most of us just started using a computer, tablets and smart phones without much introduction and training. And definitely no test passed.
My suggestion: Get some help to drive your Information Technology and ask the questions until you feel safe on the road and can enjoy the benefits that come from using technology more effectively.
Stay safe & in control – yours helpful – claudia from fraulein tech