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Computing Tuesdays 2014

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Venue: Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall - a registered UK Online Centre (No 3455051)
Tel: 0789 4442227

Tutored mornings sessions at 10.00am until Noon @ £5 per session

See Memorial Hall Noticeboard or the online Events Calendar for confirmation of all sessions. Sessions are aimed at complete beginners through to those who have some experience of using computers - but no previous knowledge of computers is assumed.

Introduction: Explore the many free resources on the Learn My Way web site. Here you can see the resources available, plan your own learning and decide if you wish to 'do it yourself' or join one of our tutored sessions. The aim of our tutored sessions is to provide a supportive environment where there is always someone to ask if you need help.

Tutored Sessions: For each session a key focus is suggested but participants can work on topics at their own pace and in any order - see below for payment details.

BLOCK 1 : Getting Started



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Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall
Hollins Lane,
HG3 2EJ,
United Kingdom

For bookings, contact:
T:  01423 770399

See also the History section for a brief history of Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall


Computing with Hampsthwaite Online

Venue: Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall - a registered UK Online Centre (No 3455051)
Tel: 0789 4442227

Tutored morning sessions at 10.00am until Noon @ £5 per session

See Memorial Hall Noticeboard or the online Events Calendar for confirmation of all sessions. Sessions are aimed at complete beginners through to those who have some experience of using computers - but no previous knowledge of computers is assumed.


Computing Wednesdays 2015


A series of relaxed drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to refine their internet skills – or for complete beginners. Bring your own laptops (preferred) or use one of ours. Just come and have a go amongst friends – you could save a fortune!
Topics to be covered can include:

  • Getting your laptops into shape – cleaning up and making safe.
  • Keeping safe online – FREE computer security and how to avoid scams
  • Sending and receiving emails and adding attachments.
  • Searching for the best deals online – e.g. Car Insurance, Utilities, claiming Asda vouchers
  • Using FREE online tools such as Google Mail, Calendar, Translator and Picasa to look after your holiday snaps.
  • Using ‘Office’ type software (including the FREE Open Office or Office Libre)
  • Setting up a Christmas Card list and printing out address labels

. . . and for those who wish to go further . . .we could set up in a corner a bit of drawing of house plans etc. using the FREE Google SketchUp or even write your own web site pages (time and previous experience permitting

All this for just £5 per session to cover the costs of the Broadband provision and resource maintenance (room hire and tutor* costs are completely FREE)

. . . and . . . please, please, PLEASE remember to bring with you a note of any email addresses, passwords and usernames that you might use – plus your mobile phone if that is how you are reminded of them

*Tutored by Geoff Howard and Keiron McGeever – both with (too many!) years of experience of organising and teaching computing in schools

Computer Maintenance

In normal use, computers become cluttered with unused data, temporary files and bits of information scattered about the disc drives. Procedures such as Disc Defragmentation and Disc Clean-up alleviate this problem. Defragmentation is usually automated in Windows7 and 8 so can be ignored, but both operations can be accessed and checked. Disc Clean-up needs to be done manually - but only occasionally.

Hardly any software is completely free of weaknesses which malware can eventually exploit. Software also becomes out of date or needs new features adding. For these reasons it is essential to keep Windows up to date and the best way to do this is to ensure it is done automatically.

Scheduling automatic updates should also ensure your Windows Firewall is always on but this can be checked within the Security drop-down inside the Action Centre which is accessed via the Systems and Security section of the Control Panel (or just search for Firewall).

Anti-virus sofware is used to protect computers against malware attack and must always be kept up to date but can never be 100% effective. For this reason it is a good idea also to regularly scan with a malware removal tool - to 'catch the ones that got away'.

Advertising 'pop-ups' are not neccessarily malware - but can be an annoying nuisance. Some pop-up ads are malicious browser extensions added when you install other free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that have adware bundled into the installation.


Learn My Way with Hampsthwaite Online : BLOCK 1 : Getting Started

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Course descriptions, links and downloads for Sessions in Block 1

Session 0

This is not a requirement and all can be covered during the tutored sessions but you may wish to engage in some pre-session practice before joining us.

  • Activities:
  1. Create safe passwords (which you can remember!). Consider one for general use and another for secure personal use. Check strength of passwords at (but experiment with similar passwords rather than your actual passwords - just in case!). Try substituting letters for similar looking numbers or symbols.
  2. Sign up to the Learn My Way web site - see
  3. Complete the Planner – see
  • Tips:
  1. Make sure your computer has is configured to update automatically and is protected with at least Security Essentials – see
  • Further Practice:
  1. Computer Basics – at
  2. Icons and Windows – at
  3. Printing – at
  4. Free Basic Computer Training -  see

Staying Safe Online

The first priority is to ensure your computer is kept up to date and is well protected with regularly updated anti-virus software. Also don’t store your banking passwords on your computer and change passwords regularly - just in case

Beyond that, staying safe online is largely a matter of being careful what you click on and what you plug into your computer or connect it to. Malware (a general term for all kinds of ‘malicious software’) can only enter a computer via:

  • an email attachment,
  • by being downloaded from a website
  • via connection with an infected device or system - e.g. a USB stick or a compromised network such as in a public cyber cafe.

Using Email

There are two types of email - web-based (like GMail) which can be accessed on any computer with internet and client-based (like Outlook or Thunderbird) which rely on software stored on your computer.

The advantage of client-based is that emails can be managed off-line but it is possible to arrange for web-based emails to do that also.


Working with Images

The advent of digital photogaphy has liberated the taking, storage, sharing and usage of images. Photographs can be edited or even distorted to create special effects.

The final image can simply be viewed on screen, emailed to others, used in documents and publications, printed off or sent to a specialist to have professional prints produced. Similarly, the final image can be used as surface decoration to a wide range of everyday products. 


Shopping Online

Tips for Safer Shopping

  • Pay with a credit card or use PayPal to gain some protection against fraud
  • Use well known brands for preference (eg Amazon, Asda, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, or B&Q etc.)
  • Check that a web site address is https before entering personal data into it
  • Avoid saving your bank card details where possible
  • Have a different and strong password for any sites where you enter personal data or engage in money transactions.
  • Strong passwords contain a mixture or capital and lower case letters plus numbers - and even symbols.
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