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CompTIA IT Fundamentals Study Guide: Exam FC0-U51

CompTIA IT Fundamentals Study Guide: Exam FC0-U51

Quentin Docter

ISBN: 978-1-119-09650-4

Oct 2015

672 pages



Information Technology is not just about what applications you can use; it is about the systems you can support. The CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is an introduction to the skills required to become a successful systems support professional, progressing onto more advanced certifications and career success.

The Sybex CompTIA IT Fundamentals Study Guide covers 100% of the exam objectives in clear and concise language and provides you authoritatively with all you need to know to succeed in the exam. Along with gaining preventative maintenance skills, you will also develop the tools to complete troubleshooting and fault resolution and resolve common issues experienced by the majority of computer systems.

The exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Identifying and explaining computer components
  • Setting up a workstation, including conducting software installations
  • Establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying compatibility issues and identifying and preventing security risks
  • Managing the safety and preventative maintenance of computers

Practical examples, exam highlights and review questions provide real-world applications and uses. The book includes Sybex's interactive online learning environment and test bank with an assessment test, chapter tests, flashcards, and a practice exam. Our study tools can help you prepare for taking the exam???and increase your chances of passing the exam the first time!

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Introduction xix

Assessment Test xxvii

Chapter 1 Core Hardware Components 1

Introducing Internal Components 2

Exploring Motherboards, Processors, and Memory 3

Motherboards 3

Processors 20

Memory 24

Exploring Storage and Expansion Devices 29

Hard Drives 30

Optical Drives 39

Video Cards 40

Sound Cards 42

Network Cards 43

Modems 44

Exploring Power and Cooling 44

Power Supplies 45

Cooling Systems 49

Summary 52

Exam Essentials 53

Written Labs 53

Review Questions 55

Chapter 2 Peripherals and Connectors 59

Audio, Video, and Printers 61

Audio Connectors 61

Display Devices and Connectors 63

Printers 75

Input Devices 81

Keyboards 81

Pointing Devices 87

External Storage and Other Connectors 95

External Storage Devices 95

Communications Connectors 105

Reviewing Connector Types 107

Summary 108

Exam Essentials 108

Written Labs 109

Review Questions 110

Chapter 3 Operating Systems 115

Operating System Fundamentals 117

A Brief History of Operating Systems 118

Basic Functions of Operating Systems 122

Types of Operating Systems 130

Navigating an Operating System 149

Managing Folder and File Structures 150

Additional Operating System Features 164

Summary 170

Exam Essentials 170

Chapter 3 Lab 171

Review Questions 176

Chapter 4 Software Applications 181

Common Software Applications and File Types 185

Key Software Concepts 185

Productivity Software 190

Collaboration Software 202

Utility Software 205

Specialized Software 217

Software Management Best Practices 220

Considerations for Installing Software 220

Installing and Uninstalling Software 227

Updating and Patching Software 234

Summary 242

Exam Essentials 242

Chapter 4 Lab 243

Review Questions 244

Chapter 5 Networking Technologies and Wireless Routers 249

Connection Types and Features 250

Choosing a Connection Type 251

Choosing External Network Connections 251

Choosing Internal Network Connections 261

Comparing and Contrasting Data Connections 268

Network Connectivity Essentials 269

Networking Protocol Basics 269

TCP/IP Essentials 270

Setting Up a SOHO Router 277

Basic Configuration 277

Wireless Router Security 287

Additional Wireless Router Services 290

Summary 295

Exam Essentials 295

Chapter 5 Lab 296

Part 1: Setting Up Your Wireless Router 296

Part 2: Testing Your Neighbors 296

Review Questions 297

Chapter 6 Network Sharing and Storage 301

Local Network Sharing 303

Network Types 303

Storage Options 309

Types of Local Sharing 312

Web-Based Sharing and Access 324

Cloud Concepts 325

Accessing Web-Based Resources 329

Summary 333

Exam Essentials 333

Chapter 6 Lab 334

Review Questions 336

Chapter 7 Mobile Devices 341

Using Wireless Devices 342

Wireless Usability Options 343

Configuring External Connections 348

Getting Additional Apps 364

Summary 368

Exam Essentials 369

Chapter 7 Lab 369

Review Questions 371

Chapter 8 Security Threats 375

Understanding Hacking 376

Understanding Security Threats 378

Physical Security Threats 379

Social Engineering 383

Software]Based Security Threats 387

Summary 398

Exam Essentials 399

Chapter 8 Lab 399

Review Questions 400

Chapter 9 Security Best Practices 405

Computer and Network Security Best Practices 407

Device Hardening 407

User Account Management 421

Internet Security Best Practices 427

Web Browsing Preparation and Maintenance 427

Safe Internet Browsing 439

Using Email Safely 452

Summary 455

Exam Essentials 455

Chapter 9 Lab 456

Review Questions 458

Chapter 10 Buying and Configuring a Workstation 463

Buying and Configuring a Workstation 464

Selecting the Right Computer 464

Categories of Home and SOHO Computers 469

Setting Up a Workstation 475

Summary 484

Exam Essentials 485

Chapter 10 Lab 485

Review Questions 486

Chapter 11 Computer Support and Backups 491

Basic Computer Support Concepts 492

Understanding Troubleshooting Theory 493

Troubleshooting Examples 503

Computer Backups 522

Understanding the Importance of Backups 523

Understanding How Backups Work 524

Understanding Backup Options 524

Verifying and Testing Backups 530

Summary 531

Exam Essentials 532

Chapter 11 Lab 533

Review Questions 534

Chapter 12 Environmental and Safety Concepts 539

Safe Interactions with Computers 541

Using Proper Ergonomics 542

Understanding Power and Electricity 544

Practicing Good Device Care and Placement 557

Using Proper Disposal Methods 568

Summary 571

Exam Essentials 572

Chapter 12 Lab 573

Review Questions 574

Appendixes 579

Appendix A Answers to Written Labs 581

Appendix B Answers to Review Questions 589

Index 607

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371Errata in Text,Review Questions:
3. Which motion while using an iPhone allows you to zoom in on a map?
A. Tap
B. Double tap
C. Pinch
D. Reverse pinch
3. While using an iPhone which of the following motions enables you to zoom in on a map?
A. Tap
B. Double tap
C. Pinch
D. Reverse pinch
7597Errata in Text,Appendix: Answers to Review Questions
Chapter 7: Mobile Devices
3. D. To zoom in on a map, you use reverse pinch.
3. B and D. To zoom in on a map, you double tap or use reverse pinch.
7351Docter / CompTIA IT Fundamentals Study Guide: Exam FC0-U51 / 9781119096481,INCORRECT: Post Office Protocol 3 Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) is an incoming email protocol, which uses port 110 or 945 when configured to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security. POP3 allows for the downloading of email from the server to a client. CORRECT: 945 should be 995 28-Sep-2017