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 In the physical world, identity _can_ be complicated, but is usually fairly straightforward.

You can only be in one place at one time.

Getting somewhere else takes time and work. And much more with greater distance.

Simply _being there_ gives a high level of detail: height, age, apparent gender, weight, bearing, language and acccent, clothes. We're sending off all kinds of _local, immediate_ signals.

We have _credentials_ such as ID cards/badges, licences, passports.

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