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CompTIA IT Fundamentals Cert Guide, First Edition

Book Description

The first step towards an IT career, and the clear pathway to more advanced certifications, CompTIA IT Fundamentals demonstrates your understanding of basic IT concepts, terminology, infrastructure, applications, software development concepts, database fundamentals, and security. CompTIA IT Fundamentals Cert Guide is the comprehensive self-study resource for the updated FC0-U61 version of this exam.

 

Designed for all CompTIA IT Fundamentals candidates, this full-color guide covers every exam objective concisely and logically, with extensive teaching features designed to promote retention and understanding. You’ll find:

  • Pre-chapter quizzes to assess knowledge upfront and focus your study more efficiently
  • Foundation topics sections that explain concepts and configurations, and link theory to practice
  • Key topics sections calling attention to every figure, table, and list you must know
  • Exam Preparation sections with additional chapter review features
  • Final preparation chapter providing tools and a complete final study plan
  • A customizable practice test library
  • Practical guidance on next steps and more advanced certifications

This guide offers comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of all CompTIA IT Fundamentals topics related to:

  • 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 and 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; best practices for securing devices; behavioral security concepts; authentication, authorization, password best practices; encryption; and business continuity concepts

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Contents at a Glance
  4. Contents
  5. Chapter 1. IT Fundamentals Certification Overview [This content is currently in development.]
  6. Part 1: Domain 1.0 – IT Concepts and Terminology (17% of total)
    1. Chapter 2. How Computers Store Data: Notational Systems
      1. Binary
      2. Hexadecimal
      3. Decimal
      4. Data Representation
      5. Practice Questions for Objective 1.1
      6. Your Next Steps
    2. Chapter 3. Compare and Contrast Fundamental Data Types and Their Characteristics
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Char
      3. Strings
      4. Numbers
      5. Boolean
      6. Exam Preparation Topics
      7. Review Topics
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 1.2
      10. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    3. Chapter 4. Input, Output, and More: The Basics of Computing and Processing
      1. Input
      2. Processing
      3. Output
      4. Storage
      5. Practice Questions for Objective 1.3
      6. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    4. Chapter 5. Data and Information Are Valuable [This content is currently in development.]
    5. Chapter 6. Common Units of Measure: Storage, Throughput, and Speed
      1. Storage Units
      2. Throughput Unit
      3. Processing Speed
      4. Practice Questions for Objective 1.5
      5. Your Next Steps
    6. Chapter 7. The Troubleshooting Method [This content is currently in development.]
  7. Part 2: Domain 2.0 – Infrastructure (22% of total)
    1. Chapter 8. I/O: Input/Output Device Interfaces
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Networking
      3. Peripheral Device
      4. Graphic Device
      5. Exam Preparation Topics
      6. Review Topics
      7. Define Key Terms
      8. Practice Questions for Objective 2.1
      9. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    2. Chapter 9. Set Up and Install Common Peripherals
      1. Devices
      2. Installation Types
      3. Practice Questions for Objective 2.2
      4. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    3. Chapter 10. Explain the Purpose of Common Internal Computer Components
      1. Motherboard/System Board
      2. Firmware/BIOS
      3. RAM
      4. CPU
      5. GPU
      6. Storage
      7. Cooling
      8. NIC
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 2.3
      10. Your Next Steps
    4. Chapter 11. Internet Service Types
      1. Fiber Optic
      2. Cable
      3. DSL
      4. Wireless
      5. Comparing Internet Services
      6. Practice Questions for Objective 2.4
      7. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    5. Chapter 12. Compare and Contrast Storage Types
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Volatile vs. Nonvolatile
      3. Local Storage Types
      4. Local Network Storage Types
      5. Cloud Storage Service
      6. Exam Preparation Topics
      7. Review Topics
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 2.5
      10. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    6. Chapter 13. Beyond the PC: Computing Devices Everywhere [This content is currently in development.]
    7. Chapter 14. Explain Basic Networking Concepts
      1. Basics of Network Communication
      2. Device Addresses
      3. Basic Protocols
      4. Devices
      5. Practice Questions for Objective 2.7
      6. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    8. Chapter 15. Given a Scenario, Install, Configure, and Secure a Basic Wireless Network
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
      3. Best Practices
      4. Exam Preparation Topics
      5. Review Topics
      6. Define Key Terms
      7. Practice Questions for Objective 2.8
      8. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
  8. Part 3: Domain 3.0 – Applications and Software (18% of total)
    1. Chapter 16. Manage Applications and Software [This content is currently in development.]
    2. Chapter 17. Components of an Operating System: Features, Processes, UI, and Management
      1. File Systems and Features
      2. Features
      3. File Management
      4. Services
      5. Processes
      6. Drivers
      7. Utilities
      8. Interfaces
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 3.2
      10. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    3. Chapter 18. Purpose and Proper Use of Software
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Productivity Software
      3. Collaboration Software
      4. Business Software
      5. Exam Preparation Topics
      6. Review Topics
      7. Define Key Terms
      8. Practice Questions for Objective 3.3
      9. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    4. Chapter 19. Methods of Application Delivery and Architecture
      1. Application Delivery Methods
      2. Application Architecture Models
      3. Practice Questions for Objective 3.4
      4. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    5. Chapter 20. Configuring and Using Web Browsers
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Caching/Clearing Cache
      3. Deactivate Client-Side Scripting
      4. Browser Add-Ons/Extensions
      5. Private Browsing
      6. Proxy Settings
      7. Certificates
      8. Popup Blockers
      9. Script Blockers
      10. Compatible Browser for Application(s)
      11. Exam Preparation Tasks
      12. Review All Key Topics
      13. Define Key Terms
      14. Practice Questions for Objective 3.5
      15. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    6. Chapter 21. Compare and Contrast General Application Concepts and Uses
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Single-Platform Software
      3. Cross-Platform Software
      4. Licensing
      5. Software Installation Best Practices
      6. Exam Preparation Topics
      7. Review Topics
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 3.6
      10. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
  9. Part 4: Domain 4.0 – Software Development Concepts (12% of total)
    1. Chapter 22. Compare and Contrast Programming Language Categories
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Interpreted
      3. Compiled Programming Languages
      4. Query Languages
      5. Assembly Language
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Practice Questions for Objective 4.1
      9. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    2. Chapter 23. Using Programming Organizational Techniques and Interpret Logic [This content is currently in development.]
    3. Chapter 24. Explain the Purpose and Use of Programming Concepts
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Identifiers
      3. Containers
      4. Functions
      5. Objects
      6. Exam Preparation Tasks
      7. Review All Key Topics
      8. Define Key Terms
      9. Practice Questions for Objective 4.3
      10. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
  10. Part 5: Domain 5.0 – Database Fundamentals (11% of exam)
    1. Chapter 25. Database 101: Concepts and Purpose [This content is currently in development.]
    2. Chapter 26. Database Structures [This content is currently in development.]
    3. Chapter 27. Interfacing with Databases [This content is currently in development.]
  11. Part 6: Domain 6.0 – Security (20% of exam)
    1. Chapter 28. Is It Secret? Is It Safe? Is It Available? Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability Concerns [This content is currently in development.]
    2. Chapter 29. Device Security Best Practices [This content is currently in development.]
    3. Chapter 30. Behavioral Security 101 [This content is currently in development.]
    4. Chapter 31. Four Keys to Security: Authentication, Authorization, Accounting, and Non-Repudiation [This content is currently in development.]
    5. Chapter 32. Explain Password Best Practices
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Password Length
      3. Password Complexity
      4. Password History
      5. Password Expiration
      6. Password Reuse Across Sites
      7. Password Reset Process
      8. Exam Preparation Tasks
      9. Review All Key Topics
      10. Practice Questions for Objective 6.5
      11. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    6. Chapter 33. Explain Common Uses of Encryption
      1. Foundation Topics
      2. Plain Text vs. Cipher Text
      3. Data at Rest
      4. Data in Transit
      5. Exam Preparation Tasks
      6. Review All Key Topics
      7. Define Key Terms
      8. Practice Questions for Objective 6.6
      9. Your Next Steps (More Certs)
    7. Chapter 34. Disaster Recovery 101: Business Continuity Concepts [This content is currently in development.]
  12. Appendix A: Answers to Practice Questions [This content is currently in development.]
  13. Appendix B: IT Fundamentals Acronyms [This content is currently in development.]
  14. Appendix C: Content Tracking to IT Fundamentals Domains and Objectives [This content is currently in development.]
  15. Glossary of Terms