What are some things that every computer user should learn? What things do you wish every computer user knew? What are some of the biggest benefits that individuals and/or society could reap if computer users learned these things?

Please boost, I honestly want as many serious answers as possible. Feel free to answer variations of the question for different levels of "computer users", such as programmers, office workers who use a computer 4+ hours per day, phone-only users, etc.

@willghatch 1. Computers are tools.

Tools are means to ends. Your computer (desktop, server, laptop, mobile, thermostat) serves _you_ and _your_ goals, though also probably its manufacturer(s), vendor(s), programmer(s), service provider(s), employer(s)/school(s), hacker(s), etc.

Knowing what your goals are, and how they relate to others, helps.

Front of mind should be _what do you want_.

Consider that other entities may not share (or may actively oppose) those goals.

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@willghatch - Security and privacy capabilities: SSL and TLS.

And more. Again, this is an overview, though a longish one. I'm skipping over much, but trying to point out the highlights.

The key idea is that you can start with a _basic system_ and build it up with _additional capabilities_ to create a much more capable, powerful, and useful set of tools, though the original ideas remain.

Sometimes we scrap entire tools entirely or go back to simpler or nonproprietary methods.

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