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CompTIA IT Fundamentals All-in-One Exam Guide (Exam FC0-U51)

Book Description

This effective study guide delivers 100% coverage of all topics on the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam

Take the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam with complete confidence using the detailed information contained in this comprehensive self-study resource. Written by two of the industry’s leading CompTIA A+ authorities, the book serves as both a powerful exam preparation tool and an ideal on-the-job reference.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals All-in-One Exam Guide (Exam FC0-U51) offers complete coverage of every exam objective and provides more than 200 accurate practice questions. The guide follows the proven methodology that has established Mike Meyers as the #1 name in CompTIA training and certification. Readers will learn how to identify computer components, set up software, establish network connectivity, and minimize security risks. Learning objectives, chapter summaries, and exam tips highlight key points throughout.

  • Complete coverage of the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam FC0-U51
  • Written with the "in the trenches" voice and clarity Mike Meyers is known for
  • Electronic content includes customizable test engine with 200+ practice questions, an introductory video from Mike Meyers, and a collection of Mike’s favorite PC tools & utilities

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. About The Authors
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. Part I Computer Basics
    1. Chapter 1 How People Use Computers
      1. Features Common to Computing Devices
        1. Processors
        2. Programming
        3. Data Storage
        4. Examples and Two More Definitions
      2. Common General-Purpose Computing Devices
        1. Multi-user Computers
        2. Dedicated Computers
      3. Networks: Hooking It All Together
        1. Servers
        2. Resource Sharing
      4. Remotely Accessed Computer Systems
        1. Mobile Apps
        2. Streaming Media
        3. Web Apps
        4. Cloud Computing
        5. Virtualization
      5. Specialized Computer Systems
        1. Point-of-Sale Terminals
        2. ATMs
        3. GPS
        4. VoIP/Telepresence
      6. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 2 System Hardware
      1. CPUs
        1. Speed
        2. Features
        3. Power and Heat Management
      2. RAM
        1. Identifying RAM in a Computer
        2. RAM Capacity
        3. RAM Technologies and Speeds
      3. Motherboards
        1. Motherboard Form Factors
        2. Motherboard Features
      4. Power Supplies
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 3 Input and Output Ports and Peripherals
      1. Expansion Cards and Slots
        1. Expansion Cards
        2. Expansion Slot Types
      2. Common Ports and Connectors
        1. USB
        2. Other Peripheral Ports and Connectors
      3. Monitors
        1. Monitor Types
        2. Monitor Ports and Connectors
        3. Touchscreens
      4. Standard Input Devices
        1. Keyboards
        2. Pointing Devices
      5. Other Common I/O Devices
        1. Audio Devices
        2. Imaging Peripherals
        3. Printers and Fax Machines
      6. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 4 Data Storage and Sharing
      1. Storage Technologies
        1. Magnetic Storage
        2. Optical Storage
        3. Solid-State Storage
      2. Storage Locations
        1. Local Storage
        2. Network Storage
        3. Online Storage
      3. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  10. Part II Setting Up and Using Computers
    1. Chapter 5 Setting Up and Configuring a PC
      1. Preparing the Work Area
        1. Evaluating Room Conditions
        2. Choosing Where to Set Up the PC
        3. Making a Work Area More Comfortable
        4. Avoiding ESD and EMI Problems
        5. Ensuring Reliable AC Power
      2. Setting Up a Desktop PC
        1. Physical Connections
        2. Cable Management
        3. Operating System Setup
      3. Completing Post-Setup Tasks
        1. Verify and Configure the Internet Connection
        2. Install Security Software
        3. Run Software and Security Updates
        4. Configure Peripherals
        5. Uninstall Unneeded Software
        6. Install Additional Software
        7. Create More User Accounts
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 6 Understanding Operating Systems
      1. The Functions of an Operating System
      2. Operating System Characteristics
        1. Licensing
        2. Software Compatibility
        3. Complexity
      3. Comparing OS Interfaces
        1. The Windows Interface
        2. The macOS Interface
        3. The Linux Interface
        4. The Chrome OS Interface
        5. Cross-Referencing Features
      4. Common Features of Operating Systems
        1. Executing Programs
        2. Managing Files
        3. Connecting to Hardware
        4. Connecting to the Internet
        5. Navigating with Hotkeys
        6. Creating Screen Captures
        7. Configuring Accessibility Options
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 7 Working with Applications
      1. Running an Application
        1. Running an Application in Windows
        2. Running an Application in macOS
        3. Running an Application in Linux
        4. Running an Application in Chrome OS
        5. Switching Between Applications
        6. Saving Your Work
        7. Exiting an Application
      2. Installing, Updating, and Removing Applications
        1. Installing Applications
        2. Updating Applications
        3. Removing Applications
      3. Common Applications and Their Uses
        1. Platforms
        2. Types
        3. Common File Types
      4. Software Licensing
        1. Single and Multi-use Licenses
        2. Product Keys and Activation
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 8 Managing Files
      1. Managing File Storage
        1. Understanding Folders and Paths
        2. File Management Tools
        3. Navigating a File Structure
        4. File and Folder Properties
      2. Manipulating Files and Folders
        1. Opening, Editing, and Saving Files
        2. Moving and Copying Files and Folders
        3. Renaming Files and Folders
        4. Deleting and Undeleting Files and Folders
        5. Searching, Sorting, and Displaying Files
      3. Protecting Files
        1. File and Folder Permissions
        2. Backing Up and Restoring Data
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    5. Chapter 9 Setting Up and Configuring a Mobile Device
      1. Mobile Devices: A Quick Overview
        1. Setting Up the Device
        2. Understanding the Interface
        3. Using Gestures
        4. Understanding Kinetics
        5. Controlling Screen Orientation
      2. Security Features
        1. Setting and Changing a Lock Passcode
        2. Configuring Account IDs and Passwords
        3. Managing Lost Device Security
      3. Wireless Connectivity
        1. Verifying Wireless Capabilities
        2. Pairing via Bluetooth Devices
        3. Transferring Data with Bluetooth
        4. Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
        5. Sharing a Phone’s Cellular Connection with Other Devices
        6. Disabling All Wireless Connections with Airplane Mode
      4. Configuring Mobile E-mail
      5. Configuring Synchronization
        1. Synchronizing with a Cloud Service
        2. Synchronizing Photos
        3. Synchronizing with a Computer
        4. Installing and Removing Apps
        5. Finding and Installing an App
        6. Removing an App
      6. Resetting a Mobile Device
        1. Performing a Soft Reset
        2. Performing a Hard Reset
        3. Getting Your Data Back After a Hard Reset
      7. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  11. Part III Networking, Security, and Maintenance
    1. Chapter 10 Configuring Network and Internet Connectivity
      1. Understanding Network Basics
        1. LANs and WANs
        2. Clients and Servers
        3. Switches and Routers
        4. Local Ad Hoc Networks and Direct Links
      2. Setting Up and Configuring a SOHO Router
        1. Choosing an Appropriate Router
        2. Setting Up a SOHO Router
        3. Making a Wired Connection
        4. Checking for Basic Internet Connectivity
        5. Accessing the SOHO Router Configuration Utility
        6. Logging In and Changing the Password
        7. Updating the SOHO Router Firmware
        8. Changing the SSID
        9. Setting Up Wireless Security
        10. Connecting Wireless Clients
      3. Wired, Wireless, and Cellular: Making the Right Choice
        1. Mobility
        2. Availability
        3. Throughput/Bandwidth
        4. Connection Delay (Latency)
        5. Reliability
        6. Number of Concurrent Connections
        7. Level of Security
      4. Using a LAN to Share Files and Printers
        1. Enabling File and Printer Sharing
        2. Network Organization
        3. Sharing
        4. Installing and Sharing a Printer
      5. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    2. Chapter 11 Local Computer Security Threats and Best Practices
      1. Understanding Local Security Threats
        1. Unauthorized Access
        2. Data Destruction
        3. Theft
        4. Malware
      2. Physical Security
        1. Access Control
        2. Device Hardening
      3. Users and Passwords
        1. Using Appropriate Account Types
        2. Authenticating Users
        3. User Account Control
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    3. Chapter 12 Online Security Threats and Best Practices
      1. Malicious Software
        1. Adware
        2. Spyware
        3. Spam
        4. Social Engineering
        5. Viruses
        6. Trojan Horses
        7. Worms
        8. Ransomware
      2. Protecting Against Malware
        1. Windows Update
        2. Anti-malware Programs
        3. Malware Prevention Tips
        4. Malware Recovery Tips
      3. Being a Smart Web User
        1. Understanding the Risks of Public Workstations
        2. Playing Smart with Secure Web Sites
        3. Configuring Browser Security and Privacy Settings
        4. Firewalls
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
    4. Chapter 13 Computer Maintenance and Management
      1. Power Management Basics
        1. Choose Energy-Efficient Devices
        2. Leave the PC Running
        3. Shut Down the PC
        4. Low-Power Modes
        5. Power Plans
        6. Choosing Actions for Power Buttons or Closing the Lid
      2. Cleaning and Maintaining Computer Hardware
        1. Proper Cleaning Materials
        2. Cleaning Monitors and Removable Media
        3. Cleaning Inside a Desktop PC
        4. Ventilation, Dust, and Moisture Control
      3. Environmentally Aware Computer Disposal
      4. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Review Answers
    5. Chapter 14 Computer Troubleshooting and Problem-Solving
      1. Solvable Common Computer Problems
        1. No Power
        2. Physical Damage
        3. Won’t Start Up Normally
        4. A Certain App Won’t Install or Run
        5. Peripherals Won’t Work
      2. Getting Help
        1. Manufacturer Documentation and Web Sites
        2. Technical Support
        3. Internet Searches and Community Groups
      3. Chapter Review
        1. Questions
        2. Answers
  12. Part IV Appendixes
    1. Appendix A Exam Objective Reference
      1. CompTIA IT Fundamentals
    2. Appendix B About the Download
      1. System Requirements
      2. Accessing the Content
      3. Playing the Introduction Video
      4. Total Tester Practice Exam Software
      5. Mike’s Video Training
      6. Objectives and Acronyms
      7. Technical Support
  13. Glossary
  14. Index