Articles in Category: Internet
The Internet – the global network of networks and one of the most significant and powerful things to have come along ever.
‘Common sense’ is frequently suggested, often missing, and rarely defined. I’ll take a look at some of what I feel are the characteristics of common sense.
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. However, with that convenience comes risk — often significant risk. Most folks are much better served by using a password vault like LastPass. I’ll explain why.
What Is “about:blank” (or “about:blank#blocked”) and How Do I Get Rid of It? Why It’s Not Malware, and How You Can Use It
About:blank is a special blank page in browsers that appears due to problems, malware, or malware removal. It can also be a useful home page.
Diagnosing a Slow-loading Webpage with Firefox – Introducing the Network Performance Display in Web Developer Tools
Firefox and other browsers include diagnostic tools. I’ll show how to use the network tool to diagnose slow-loading web pages.
Copying a webpage is not terribly difficult, but getting everything to display as it appeared can be a challenge.
How to say, “Thanks, but no thanks” to Bing — to the extent that you can, that is.
Making money online sounds like a wonderful opportunity. It is, if you have the personality for it.
Https is an important part of keeping your data safe, but it’s only a part. It’s important to understand what it does and doesn’t mean.
If you don’t have a fast enough internet connection, video playback can be affected.
It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious.
Information on the internet ranges from truth to fiction to intentional misinformation. It’s important to develop a critical eye towards everything you read.
An “Internal Server Error” happens within the web server attempting to show you an HTML page. It’s typically a server-side problem out of your control.
Microsoft Edge has a bad reputation as an under-powered web browser. That’s all about to change.
Google Chrome can save your and display your passwords. That’s convenient, but is it secure?
Modern browsers include a webpage debugging tool that you should know about, even if you aren’t a web developer.
There are many reasons pictures don’t show on websites. Some you can control, but others are problems with the websites themselves.
Looking for objective reviews isn’t a spectator sport. I’ll look at why this is a complex question.
Google’s search tools can help you find websites that have been tagged with particular dates. But be cautious; dates may not mean what you think.
If I could have you prioritize one thing to improve your online experience, this would be it.
Occasionally, sites appear in your browser history that you never visited. I’ll examine some possible causes.
Alternate DNS providers can be faster, safer, or both. I’ll show you how to change your DNS setting for Windows 10.
Setting up an https-secure website is both simple and complex. The HTML doesn’t change, but you’ll need different hosting for the secure layer, as well as a certificate, to provide the security of https.
Searching is an art of sorts. I’ll share two common mistakes searchers make, and my two-step approach to better search results.
Advertising networks are quite sophisticated at watching what you’re interested in. It might be a little creepy, but it’s not malware.
So-called “supercookies” and “evercookies” track the websites you visit even if you regularly disable or flush normal cookies.
There are those who feel that technology is isolating us from the world. I couldn’t disagree more.
OneDrive is a surprisingly powerful service that many people overlook or don’t understand. I’ll review six ways you can leverage OneDrive.
Browser problems can be caused by any number of things that may or may not include the browser itself. I’ll review common troubleshooting techniques.
“Clear your browser cache” is the first response tech people give when you encounter webpage problems. We’ll look at why that is and how to clear the cache.
Copyright is a complex topic, but the practical implications are simple. I’ll look at availability, copyright, and more.
It’s fairly easy to clear Mozilla Firefox’s cache. Here’s how… and why you might want to.
Clearing the Edge cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
It’s fairly easy to clear Google Chrome’s cache. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
Clearing the Internet Explorer cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.
The menu bar and toolbars in web browsers are very easy to hide, often by accident. I’ll show you a couple of ways to get them back.
The internet has a very long memory. Removal from search engines is practically and perhaps literally impossible.
Incognito mode, or Private or InPrivate browsing, protects your privacy to a point. It’s critical to know where that point is.
As security compromises happen regularly, many are asking, “Is the cloud too dangerous?” It’s as safe as you make it.
Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.
“Internet” and “web” are often used interchangeably, but technically they’re very different things.
Knowing how you use online storage will help you choose the correct provider with the correct set of features at an appropriate price.
Because Internet Explorer is really a component of Windows itself, uninstalling and reinstalling, while possible, is somewhat different than other applications and has different implications.
Porn spam doesn’t mean anyone did anything illicit. Everyone gets spam, and some of it is porn. Lack of spam doesn’t imply you’ve been good, either.
What does it mean to mine something that doesn’t physically exist? And why might it use so much electricity?
Browser cookies are a simple and powerful way websites can leave information on your computer to use when you return.
Another case of bad tech terminology leads to more than one kind of chrome, some of which have no relation to the others.
Online document conversion services can be safe, or they can represent a real privacy risk. I’ll look at the options.
Using someone else’s credit card online illegally is identity theft. There’s not a lot you can do — except prevent it.
Firefox Quantum is the latest revision of the Firefox web browser. It claims to be faster and less memory-hungry. I tried it.
A concept we often take for granted is that of internet domains. I’ll look at what they are and how to purchase one and set it up.