A new computer can become a paperweight quickly if you don't take care of it. Let's look at some common mistakes new computer owners make and how to prevent them.
Phishing is still the go-to for hackers. With phishing, hackers use emails to impersonate people or organizations.
Newbies in a rush have a habit of clicking the first link they see. It's best to be cautious.
Instead of clicking a link directly, log into the site in another tab. If the email is legit, you’ll see the same notification when signing in.
Always check the sender of an email. Phishing scams usually try and make the “from” name look like it has come from a legit company.
Check the sender’s address – a phishing email will be unlike what you’re used to seeing. It may be a combination of letters and numbers.
A phishing scam will not use personal details such as first and last names. Sometimes spam emails will address others as Mr. and Mrs./Miss or just start as “Hello”.
Also, the phishing attempt may be grammatically incorrect and contain spelling errors. Official emails will be more formal.
2. Not Enough Power
Another common mistake people make is they don't protect their computers from power surges.
If you can, try not to plug your computer directly into a wall. Consider using a surge protector instead. A surge protector helps make sure that no equipment is damaged if a surge travels over your power lines.
If you have a lot of equipment - monitors, streaming equipment, etc., a UPS is highly recommended.
An uninterruptible power supply can protect your computer from a surge, and it can keep the computer running if power is lost.
People new to computers often like to look for free software.
Always be careful with free software and who is providing you with free software. Companies like to bundle freeware with other apps. Be sure to read through the install rather than spam-clicking "next".
Watch out for ads on the download page. button. People that click a "Download Now" link are really clicking an ad that installs scam software.
If you hover over a button with your mouse, you can see what website it redirects to. If it doesn't look familiar to you, it could be a scam.
Most common computer mistakes can be avoided if you are paying attention to detail. Keep your eye out for phishing emails and sketchy download links.
If there's one thing you should install for free, it's anti-virus software!
And make sure your computer's power supply is protected from surges.
Newbies like to fire their computers right out of the box.
But new computers aren't always up to date. Check for Windows or Mac updates as soon as you can. Windows and Mac updates contain patches that can fix security flaws that cause viruses.