I.T. for the Terrified (IT4TT)
IT for the Terrified is a community project, staffed and run by volunteers, who share their individual ways of using technology on a 1:1 basis. We charge £10 per two-hour session as a community service.
We can cover all the Windows versions (Vista, 7 and 8, 10), as well and iPads and Tablet computers and smartphones. As Microsoft is stopping support for XP, we do not recommend XP for Internet use, but can help with Word Processing on older versions.
We can also cover most topics at most levels, including word processing, spreadsheets, photo manipulation, online shopping PowerPoint, Publisher etc. We do a very basic web design help as well.
We are now using Cheddar Village Hall, which is opposite St Andrew’s Church, Cheddar and have flexible opening hours, and will arrange an appointment with one of our volunteers as quickly as we can.
Ring 01934 741751 – usually goes to answerphone.
TIP OF THE MONTH
With thanks, article originally appeared in the Mendip Times magazine (issue 9 – Volume 15)
Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7 so that it can focus on “newer technologies”. As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.
What does this all mean?
It means that without security updates, if hackers find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it. Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be
infected with viruses and malware.
Running an unpatched machine means that the flaws in the code will never be fixed and as exploits for those flaws become known and widespread, your chances of being successfully attacked grow very rapidly.
So what are the risks?
Hackers use malware to invade, damage or disable computers. It can be used to steal personal and financial data, spy on other users without them knowing, and to hold companies to ransom until a payment is made.
In May 2017, the NHS was hit by the WannaCry ransomware attack. A government report in 2018 concluded that the attack could have been avoided if NHS Trusts had updated their
computers and applied the necessary security patches. Hackers exploited weaknesses in unpatched versions of Windows 7, as well as to a lesser extent the earlier Windows XP, which Microsoft had stopped supporting.
What should you do with your Windows 7 PC?
Computers running Windows 7 will still function but they will become less and less secure. Microsoft is urging people to move to Windows 10, a newer operating system that it sells for £120.
“Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10,” it said. “And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.”
It is possible to install Windows 10 on old PCs but Microsoft warns that it may not run smoothly. In order to run Windows 10, PCs must have a 1GHz processor, 16GB of hard drive space, and
1GB of RAM memory. However, the good news is that Windows 7 users do not need to upgrade if they use their PC offline.
BEWARE of a text from EE asking you to update your account. It appears totally genuine but is a scam. Contact them directly instead.
Submitted by IT for the Terrified :
Cheddar Village Hall, Church St, Cheddar BS27 3RF
01934 741751 (usually goes to answerphone)
I.T. for the Terrified – for all your computer training needs. A skill-sharing, community project.
Run by a Committee – Staffed by Volunteers
Registered Charity No. 1130308: Company No. 06779600
This article is for guidance only, and the opinion of the writer.
For more in-depth information, please contact us. We offer individual training, at a pace to suit you. We can cover a range of subjects – including absolute basics; photo management; shopping online; emailing; Word processing, spreadsheets; basic web design; etc. on a range of devices, including Windows: Macs: Tablets: iPads: smartphones.
Or if you would like to share basic skills with others, please get in touch
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