Navigating the Ocean of Technology - Part 1

This series of blogs is about computing devices that are common to most households and that require setup, maintenance and backup. In future blogs, we'll talk about what these terms actually mean.   It used to be much easier to keep track of and take care of computing devices - mainly because each household had fewer of them. Typically, there was one desktop computer in a home office or bedroom that all members in a household would share. The only way to the internet was through that one computer.   These days, home computing can consist of a desktop computer and an all-in-one printer/scanner/fax machine in a home office, a laptop or 2 in a study area or bedroom, tablets on the kitchen table or living room couch, and smartphones in purses and pockets.

There are now multiple ways for a household to connect to the internet e.g. a wired connection to a provider and paid private or free public WiFi. Computing is also now a mobile pastime meaning that you don't have to be sitting at home to enjoy surfing the web, texting your friends or sharing with strangers because current devices are small, portable and connected.   In addition to the devices typically associated with home computing, there are other devices such as digital cameras, baby-monitors, security systems, thermostats and flat-panel TVs, to name a few, all with the ability to connect to each other and actively or passively share information over the “Internet-of-Things”. Anything that can be controlled with an "app" is, in essence, a computing device.   Right now is a good time to make a list of all your computing devices so you can follow along in our next article as we talk about how to setup various computing devices so that they aren’t inadvertently sharing personal or private information over the internet.

Also add to the list any devices such as streaming devices, voice-activated devices, “smart” devices such as watches, fitness trackers, refrigerators and light bulbs, to name a few. Any device that connects to the internet can be your friend or your enemy if insecurely set up.

Coming up: we talk about commonly used computing devices and how to check their security setup. Learn about the different kinds of maintenance these devices need to remain up to date and secure.

In future blogs, we will cover what information (also known as “data” i.e. pictures, music, video, financial and other files) need to be backed up in case something happens to your device. A backup can be used to restore your data to nearly its original condition in the event of a system crash.

If you have questions or suggestions on future topics, write us at or follow us on Facebook (#CompassComputerClinic). Stay safe and be happy!

Date: February 9th at 12:55pm
Author: Jim Chenvert
Tags: windows, tips