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Welcome to this week's edition of the Computer Kindergarten Newsletter.
Today is Sunday, March 22, 2015

In this Issue:
Special Feature: What Should I Do If My Credit Card Gets Hacked?
Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Selecting Multiple Files
Special Feature: iPad Basics: Wi-Fi
Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – The Performance Troubleshooter
Websites of Interest: Global Forest Atlas; Bird Watching; Politwoops; The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology


Special Feature: What Should I Do If My Credit Card Gets Hacked?

By Melanie Pinola of lifehacker.com

Question: I recently discovered several unauthorized charges on my credit card. I called the credit card company and they're investigating, but what other steps do I need to take to protect myself?

We're sorry that's happened to you. Unfortunately, about 4 out of 10 US cardholders report having had the same nerve-wracking experience as you. Identity theft and credit card fraud have been on the rise in recent years, thanks to the growing horde of hackers who are smarter and more capable than ever. All hope is not lost, though. With time and patience—and the steps at the link below—you can secure your accounts and credit information, and get back your peace of mind.


Special Feature: Your Mac Computer - Getting Started with OS X - Selecting Multiple Files

From gcflearnfree.org

Whether you're new to computers or just new to OS X, it's important to learn the basics of using your computer. If it all seems a little overwhelming right now, don't worry! We'll take you through it step by step and show you some of the most fundamental things you'll need to know.

Selecting Multiple Files

Now that you know the basics, here are a few tips to help you move your files even faster:

In our next newsletter: Shortcuts


Working With Files and Folders

Moving and Deleting Files:


Special Feature: iPad Basics: Wi-Fi

From gcflearnfree.org

You'll need to connect your iPad to the Internet to be able to use most of the iPad's features. It's easy to turn your iPad's wireless connection on or off and join nearby networks so you can access the Internet. Once you join a network, your device will connect to it automatically whenever it's in range. If there are no networks in range, it will connect via 3G or 4G instead, but only if you have a 3G- or 4G-enabled device (and a contract with a wireless provider).

To turn Wi-Fi on or off:


Today's Topic: Speed Up a Slow Computer – The Performance Troubleshooter

As your Windows computer ages, its speed can decrease. You will notice an increase in response time when you give commands to open programs, files or folders, use the Internet and other tasks. There are several things you can do to speed up your computer.

In our ongoing series, Speed Up a Slow Computer, we will present articles discussing some of the steps you can take to speed up your slow computer.

Important: Before making any changes to your system, always create a Restore Point. If anything goes wrong with the changes you make, this will allow you to revert back to a point when the computer was operating correctly. Please visit our Newsletter Archives to read our article, All About Restore Points:

The Performance Troubleshooter

The first thing that you can try is the Performance troubleshooter, which can automatically find and fix problems. The Performance troubleshooter checks issues that might slow down your computer's performance, such as how many users are currently logged on to the computer and whether multiple programs are running at the same time.

Open the Performance troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In Windows 8, go to the Desktop and right click on Start.

In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under System and Security, click Check for performance issues.


In our next edition, Detect and Repair Disk Errors


Websites of Interest:

Global Forest Atlas
Explore the largest tropical forest regions of the world.

Bird Watching
Find, identify, and understand birds.

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians

The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology