Ask the Readers: How Do You Set Up a Novice-Proof Computer?

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on October 24th, 2012

You’re into technology, you like tweaking and tinkering with computers, and, most importantly, you know how to keep your computer from turning into a virus-laden and fiery wreck. What about the rest of your family and friends? How do you set up a novice-proof computer to keep them secure, updated, and happy?

It’s no small task protecting a computer from an inexperienced user, but for the benefit of both the novice and the innocent computer it’s an important undertaking. This week we want to hear all about your tips, tricks, and techniques for configuring the computers of your friends and relatives to save them from themselves (and keep their computer running smoothly in the process).

Sound off in the comments with your tricks and check back in on Friday for the What You Said roundup to add see how your fellow readers get the job done.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/24/12
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