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.
Multiple instances of your browser showing in the task manager is not a problem — it’s how browsers work. It’s the total RAM usage you should pay attention to.
If you run a website and have someone administering it for you — a system administrator or “sysadmin” — they may have much more power than you realize.
Using someone else’s credit card online illegally is identity theft. There’s not a lot you can do except report it.
Since Edge is a component of Windows itself, uninstalling it isn’t an option. I’ll review alternatives to help resolve Edge problems.
When you leave a service, or if your information is stolen from that service, there may be steps you need to take.
Edge is essentially impossible to remove. I’ll review the choices you have.
Google is changing their account inactivity policy. This may have some serious ramifications, but it’s easy to keep your account from being deleted.
OneDrive’s backup function is broken. I’ll explain why and what to do about it.
It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious and sometimes ineffective.
Occasionally, the back button won’t work and simply lands you back where you were. There are reasons, and there are workarounds.
It’s generally not possible to recover an older version of a webpage, but we’ll look at a couple of straws to grasp at.
Podcasting delivers periodic or serialized audio content to your portable devices and other players.
Advertisements support the free information available online. It’s critical that you can distinguish ads from genuine content.
Your browser may add a number to your download’s file name to avoid collisions if you download a file of the same name more than once.
‘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.
As security compromises seem to happen regularly, many ask, “Is using the cloud safe?” It’s as safe as you make it.
‘The cloud’ is the latest buzzword for internet-based services. It’s important to understand a few things about cloud security.
Occasionally, sites appear in your browser history that you never visited. I’ll examine some possible causes.
Transcripts can capture information from video and audio sources. YouTube makes downloading a transcript fairly easy.
OneDrive is a powerful tool, but thinking of it as a backup can take you down a dangerous path.
With its sale to Dropbox, the future of Boxcryptor is uncertain. There’s no rush to take action, but I’ll share recommendations.
It’s easy to start using the Chrome internet browser instead of Edge, and I’ll show you how. Unfortunately, Edge may still make occasional appearances.
Searching the internet is an art of sorts. I’ll share my two-step approach to better search results.
Cookies are a fact of life when browsing the web. But if you look at the cookies stored on your machine, you might be surprised how many there are.
Knowing how you use online storage will help you choose the correct provider with the correct set of features at an appropriate price.
It’s difficult to go wrong when selecting a browser these days.
It’s surprisingly difficult to tell with certainty when a webpage was written. There are some clues we can gather that might help a little.
The most searched-for term on the internet tells us something about people’s understanding (or lack of understanding) about how browsers and the internet work.
Clearing all cookies can be painful. Fortunately, it’s also possible to clear cookies one site at a time.
OneDrive is a surprisingly powerful service that many people overlook or don’t understand. I’ll review six ways you can leverage OneDrive.
What happens when a major cloud service goes down, and what’s the takeaway?
QR codes are a nifty way to encode web addresses and other text in a way that’s easy for your smartphone to decode, but they are not without risk.
OneDrive has both free and paid offerings.
Many sites lack a search facility. Fortunately, it’s easy to do it yourself using a search engine like Google. Even when sites provide their own, this do-it-yourself solution may give you better results.
The “Always keep on this device” feature has misled people into deleting and losing important files. Here’s why, and what to do instead.
OneDrive tries to make it easy to back up important folders, but at the cost of making some things very confusing.
RSS is a powerful information-publishing and -collection mechanism that bypasses email and makes it easy to stay up-to-date with a large number of websites and other RSS-enabled services.
Attacks on the internet demonstrate that the so-called “internet of things” lacks basic security considerations.
“Your connection is not private” errors are often benign, but are worth paying attention to.
Link-shortening services make it hard to tell a link’s final destination. When you receive one in an email, you may want to do some detective work to see where it’s going before you click.
The “www” in website addresses is now typically optional and even redundant, but there was once a reason as to why it was required in URLs.
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.
Video break-up on video calls and conferences is common. There is one common culprit, but it can be difficult to diagnose.
Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.
What does it mean to mine something that doesn’t physically exist? And why might it use so much electricity?
Cloud storage is ubiquitous, convenient, and BIG. There are options if OneDrive is too big for your hard drive.
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. With that convenience comes risk — often significant risk. Most folks are much better served by using a password vault. I’ll explain why.
There are common causes, and sometimes simple solutions, for a video that starts and stops as you watch it.
All cloud data threats boil down to one of two things. I’ll review them and lay out what you need to do to keep your data is safe in the cloud.