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 10. Identity.

You computer does NOT know who you are. And for most devices (smartphones, laptops, desktops, websites), there are multiple "yous" which are understood by different elements -- computers, apps, sites, systems, networks.

Unfortunately this is a bit of a mess, dates back to the early 1960s, and can have very serious consequences.

"Who are you?" is the most expensive question in information technology, and no matter how it is interpreted wrongly, you're fucked.

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