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CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ FC0-U61 Cert Guide

CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ FC0-U61 Cert Guide

by Mark Soper
CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ FC0-U61 Cert Guide

CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ FC0-U61 Cert Guide

by Mark Soper


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Learn, prepare, and practice for CompTIA IT Fundamentals FC0-U61 exam success with this CompTIA Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT Certification learning.

  • Master CompTIA IT Fundamentals FC0-U61 exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with practice questions
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions
  • Get practical guidance for next steps and more advanced certifications

CompTIA IT Fundamentals Cert Guide is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Leading IT certification expert Mark Edward Soper shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The book presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge, and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.

Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this CompTIA study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will allow you to succeed on the exam the first time.

The CompTIA study guide helps you master all the topics on the IT Fundamentals exam, including:

  • IT concepts and terminology, including data types, input, processing, output, storage, the value of data and information, and basic troubleshooting methods
  • Infrastructure, including I/O hardware, peripheral setup/installation, internal computer components, Internet service types, storage types, computing devices, and networking
  • Applications and software, including software management, operating system components, software types and uses, application architecture and delivery models, web browser configuration, application concepts, and best practices
  • Software development concepts, including types of programming languages, programming organization techniques and logic, and basic programming concepts
  • Database concepts, purposes, structures, and interfaces
  • Security issues, including confidentiality, integrity, and availability; device security; behavioral security; authentication and authorization; password best practices; encryption; and business continuity concepts

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780135258880
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 12/10/2018
Series: Certification Guide
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 864
File size: 87 MB
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About the Author

Mark Edward Soper has been working with PCs since the days of the IBM PC/XT and AT as a salesperson, technology advisor, consultant, experimenter, trainer, technology writer, and content creator. Since 1992, he has taught thousands of students across the country how to repair, manage, and troubleshoot the hardware, software, operating systems, and firmware inside their PCs. He has created many versions of his experimental computer known as “FrankenPC” for this and previous books.

Mark earned his CompTIA A+ Certification in 1999 and has written several A+ Certification books for Pearson imprints. Mark is also the author of The PC and Gadget Help Desk: A Do-It-Yourself Guide To Troubleshooting and Repairing.

Other books Mark has authored or co-authored include three editions of Easy Windows 10, Easy Windows 8.1, Easy Windows 8, Easy Microsoft Windows 7, and Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Windows 7 in 10 Minutes, books on computer troubleshooting, home networking and broadband Internet, home automation, Raspberry Pi singleboard computers, and digital photography. Mark is also the creator of Building and Repairing PCs (Que Video).

Mark has also written many blog entries and articles for and Maximum PC magazine. He currently teaches Microsoft Office for the University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Indiana, and also has taught A+ Certification and other technology-related subjects at Ivy Tech Community College. See Mark’s website at for news and information about upcoming projects.

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Welcome to CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ 3
    Domain 1.0—IT Concepts and Terminology 5
    Domain 2.0—Infrastructure 5
    Domain 3.0—Applications and Software 6
    Domain 4.0—Software Development Concepts 6
    Domain 5.0—Database Fundamentals 7
    Domain 6.0—Security 7
    Hardware, Equipment, and Tools 8
    Software 9
Part 1: Domain 1.0 – IT Concepts and Terminology
Chapter 2 How Computers Store Data: Notational Systems 13
    Foundation Topics 13
    Binary 13
    Hexadecimal 14
    Decimal 17
    Data Representation 18
    Exam Preparation Tasks 21
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.1 22
    Your Next Steps 25
Chapter 3 Compare and Contrast Fundamental Data Types and Their Characteristics 27
    Foundation Topics 27
    Char 27
    Strings 27
    Numbers 28
    Boolean 30
    Exam Preparation Topics 32
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.2 32
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 35
Chapter 4 Input, Output, and More: The Basics of Computing and Processing 37
    Foundation Topics 37
    Input 37
    Processing 39
    Output 41
    Storage 43
    Exam Preparation Tasks 43
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.3 44
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 48
Chapter 5 Explain the Value of Data and Information 51
    Foundation Topics 51
    Data and Information as Assets 51
    Importance of Investing in Security 51
    Relationship of Data to Creating Information 52
    Intellectual Property 54
    Digital Products 58
    Data-Driven Business Decisions 58
    Exam Preparation Tasks 60
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.4 61
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 65
Chapter 6 Common Units of Measure: Storage, Throughput, and Speed 67
    Foundation Topics 67
    Storage Units 67
    Capacity Comparison 71
    Throughput Unit 73
    Processing Speed 75
    Exam Preparation Tasks 77
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.5 78
    Your Next Steps 83
Chapter 7 Explain the Troubleshooting Methodology 85
    Foundation Topics 85
    Identify the Problem 85
    Research Knowledge Base/Internet, If Applicable 99
    Establish a Theory of Probable Cause 100
    Test the Theory to Determine the Cause 102
    Establish a Plan of Action to Resolve the Problem and Identify Potential Effects 104
    Implement the Solution or Escalate as Necessary 105
    Verify Full System Functionality and, If Applicable, Implement Preventive Measures 105
    Document Findings/Lessons Learned, Actions, and Outcomes 107
    Exam Preparation Tasks 108
    Practice Questions for Objective 1.6 109
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 113
Part 2: Domain 2.0 – Infrastructure
Chapter 8 I/O: Input/Output Device Interfaces 115
    Foundation Topics 115
    Networking 115
    Peripheral Devices 121
    Graphic Device 131
    Exam Preparation Topics 135
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.1 136
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 140
Chapter 9 Connecting and Configuring Peripherals 143
    Foundation Topics 143
    Devices 143
    Installation Types 161
    Exam Preparation Tasks 164
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.2 165
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 169
Chapter 10 Explain the Purpose of Common Internal Computer Components 171
    Foundation Topics 171
    Motherboard/System Board 171
    Firmware/BIOS 175
    RAM 177
    CPU 179
    GPU 186
    Storage 188
    Cooling 190
    NIC 193
    Exam Preparation Tasks 196
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.3 197
    Your Next Steps 201
Chapter 11 Internet Service Types 203
    Foundation Topics 203
    Fiber Optic 203
    Cable 205
    DSL 209
    Wireless 210
    Comparing Internet Services 213
    Exam Preparation Tasks 214
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.4 215
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 219
Chapter 12 Compare and Contrast Storage Types 221
    Foundation Topics 221
    Volatile vs. Nonvolatile 221
    Local Storage Types 221
    Local Network Storage Types 238
    Cloud Storage Service 242
    Exam Preparation Topics 245
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.5 245
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 247
Chapter 13 Compare and Contrast Common Computing Devices and Their Purposes 249
    Foundation Topics 249
    Mobile Phones 249
    Tablets 250
    Laptops 251
    Workstations 252
    Servers 253
    Gaming Consoles 256
    IoT 258
    Exam Preparation Tasks 266
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.6 268
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 271
Chapter 14 Explain Basic Networking Concepts 273
    Foundation Topics 273
    Basics of Network Communication 273
    Basics of Packet Transmission 273
    Device Addresses 276
    Basic Protocols 280
    Devices 284
    Exam Preparation Tasks 287
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.7 288
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 293
Chapter 15 Given a Scenario, Install, Configure, and Secure a Basic Wireless Network 295
    Foundation Topics 295
    802.11a/b/g/n/ac 295
    Best Practices 304
    Exam Preparation Topics 310
    Practice Questions for Objective 2.8 311
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 316
Part 3: Domain 3.0 – Applications and Software
Chapter 16 Explain the Purpose of Operating Systems 319
    Foundation Topics 319
    Interface Between Applications and Hardware 319
    Disk Management 319
    Process Management/Scheduling 322
    Application Management 324
    Memory Management 330
    Windows 331
    macOS 332
    Linux 332
    Device Management 333
    Access Control/Protection 335
    Types of OS 336
    Exam Preparation Tasks 344
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.1 345
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 349
Chapter 17 Operating Systems 101: Features, Processes, UI, and Management 351
    Foundation Topics 351
    Features 355
    File Management 366
    Services 374
    Processes 377
    Drivers 381
    Utilities 384
    Interfaces 387
    Exam Preparation Tasks 389
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.2 391
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 395
Chapter 18 Purpose and Proper Use of Software 397
    Foundation Topics 397
    Productivity Software 397
    Collaboration Software 403
    Business Software 406
    Exam Preparation Topics 410
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.3 410
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 415
Chapter 19 Getting Apps From Source to Your Device 417
    Foundation Topics 417
    Application Delivery Methods 417
    Application Architecture Models 419
    Exam Preparation Tasks 421
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.4 422
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 424
Chapter 20 Configuring and Using Web Browsers 427
    Foundation Topics 427
    Caching/Clearing Cache 427
    Deactivate Client-Side Scripting 429
    Browser Add-Ons/Extensions 430
    Private Browsing 433
    Proxy Settings 434
    Certificates 436
    Popup Blockers 439
    Script Blockers 440
    Compatible Browser for Application(s) 440
    Exam Preparation Tasks 441
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.5 442
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 447
Chapter 21 Compare and Contrast General Application Concepts and Uses 449
    Foundation Topics 449
    Single-Platform Software 449
    Cross-Platform Software 449
    Licensing 454
    Software Installation Best Practices 458
    Exam Preparation Topics 467
    Practice Questions for Objective 3.6 468
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 472
Part 4: Domain 4.0 – Software Development Concepts
Chapter 22 Compare and Contrast Programming Language Categories 475
    Foundation Topics 475
    Interpreted 475
    Compiled Programming Languages 483
    Query Languages 486
    Assembly Language 487
    Exam Preparation Tasks 489
    Practice Questions for Objective 4.1 490
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 494
Chapter 23 Using Programming Organizational Techniques and Interpret Logic 497
    Foundation Topics 497
    Organizational Techniques 497
    Logic Components 501
    Exam Preparation Tasks 505
    Practice Questions for Objective 4.2 506
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 508
Chapter 24 Explain the Purpose and Use of Programming Concepts 511
    Foundation Topics 511
    Identifiers 511
    Containers 512
    Functions 512
    Objects 513
    Exam Preparation Tasks 514
    Practice Questions for Objective 4.3 515
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 518
Part 5: Domain 5.0 – Database Fundamentals
Chapter 25 Explain Database Concepts and the Purpose of a Database 521
    Foundation Topics 521
    Usage of Database 521
    Flat File vs. Database 528
    Records 531
    Storage 532
    Exam Preparation Tasks 534
    Practice Questions for Objective 5.1 535
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 539
Chapter 26 Compare and Contrast Various Database Structures 541
    Foundation Topics 541
    Structured vs. Semi-Structured vs. Nonstructured 541
    Relational Databases 545
    Nonrelational Databases 547
    Exam Preparation Tasks 549
    Practice Questions for Objective 5.2 550
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 553
Chapter 27 Summarize Methods Used to Interface with Databases 555
    Foundational Topics 555
    Relational Methods 555
    Database Access Methods 561
    Export/Import 563
    Exam Preparation Tasks 568
    Practice Questions for Objective 5.3 569
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 573
Part 6: Domain 6.0 – Security
Chapter 28 Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability Concerns 575
    Foundation Topics 575
    Confidentiality Concerns 575
    Integrity Concerns 579
    Availability Concerns 581
    Exam Preparation Tasks 584
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.1 585
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 589
Chapter 29 Device Security Best Practices 591
    Foundation Topics 591
    Securing Devices (Mobile/Workstation) 591
    Device Use Best Practices 602
    Exam Preparation Tasks 608
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.2 609
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 613
Chapter 30 Summarize Behavioral Security Concepts 615
    Foundation Topics 615
    Expectations of Privacy When Using… 615
    Written Policies and Procedures 630
    Handling of Confidential Information 631
    Exam Preparation Tasks 633
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.3 634
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 637
Chapter 31 Compare and Contrast Authentication, Authorization, Accounting, and Nonrepudiation Concepts 639
    Foundation Topics 639
    Authentication 639
    Authorization 645
    Accounting 650
    Nonrepudiation 655
    Exam Preparation Tasks 656
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.4 658
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 662
Chapter 32 Explain Password Best Practices 665
    Foundation Topics 665
    Password Length 665
    Password Complexity 665
    Password History 668
    Password Expiration 669
    Password Reuse Across Sites 672
    Password Reset Process 673
    Exam Preparation Tasks 676
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.5 677
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 682
Chapter 33 Explain Common Uses of Encryption 685
    Foundation Topics 685
    Plain Text vs. Cipher Text 685
    Data at Rest 686
    Data in Transit 694
    Exam Preparation Tasks 697
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.6 698
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 702
Chapter 34 Explain Business Continuity Concepts 705
    Foundation Topics 705
    Fault Tolerance 705
    Disaster Recovery 717
    Exam Preparation Tasks 719
    Practice Questions for Objective 6.7 720
    Your Next Steps (More Certs) 723
Chapter 35 Final Preparation 725
    Advice About the Exam Event 725
Appendix A Answers to Practice Questions 735

Online Elements:
APPENDIX A Answers to Practice Questions
APPENDIX B Memory Tables
APPENDIX C Memory Table Answers
APPENDIX D Study Planner
APPENDIX E Content Tracking to IT Fundamentals Domains and Objectives
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