Sometimes installers change your browser home page “for you”. Other times, home page content changes. I’ll show you how to set your home page to what you want.
The Internet – the global network of networks and one of the most significant and powerful things to have come along ever.
Copyright is a complex topic, but the practical implications are often simple. I’ll look at availability, copyright, and more.
Pinboard allows you to save bookmarks once and use them across multiple machines, operating systems, browsers, and devices.
So-called “supercookies” and “evercookies” track the websites you visit, even if you regularly disable or flush normal cookies.
Incognito mode, or Private or InPrivate browsing, protects your privacy to a point. It’s critical to know where that point is.
Advertising on the internet is broken. The result is that it might be time to think about adblockers, and supporting your favorite websites in other ways.
What happens when a major cloud service goes down, and what’s the takeaway?
Information on the internet ranges from truth to fiction to intentional misinformation. It’s important to develop a critical eye towards everything you read.
Cloud computing is the latest buzzword for something we’ve been doing for a long time: using applications that live on the web instead of our PCs.
It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious.
Advertising networks are quite sophisticated at watching what you’re interested in. It might be a little creepy, but it’s not malware.
Recent attacks on the internet demonstrate that the so-called “internet of things” lacks basic security considerations.
You’ve probably seen CAPTCHAs and not even realized it. CAPTCHAs are used to make sure systems aren’t gamed or spammed by machines.
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 internet has a very long memory. Removal from search engines is practically – perhaps even literally – impossible.
HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.
Porn spam doesn’t mean anyone did anything illicit. Everyone gets spam, and some of it is porn spam. Lack of spam doesn’t imply you’ve been good, either.
https uses certificates to validate the site you’re connecting to, as well as encrypt the data. Certificate errors are often benign, but are worth paying attention to.
There are many ways to find information on the internet, and here are a few tricks of mine that can work for you.
Many sites have no search facility. Fortunately it’s easy to do it yourself using a search engine like Google. Even when sites provide their own, your do-it-yourself solution may even give you better results.
As security compromises happen at a regular pace, many are asking, “Is the cloud too dangerous?” It’s as safe as you make it.
Pop-ups driving you crazy? Let’s look at why they exist and how they “pay for” some of the best free information on the internet.
“Clear your browser cache” is the first response that tech people often give when you encounter web page problems. We’ll look at why that is and how to clear the cache.
It’s a pretty quick process to identify all the internet domains that need to be listed in CCleaner as exceptions so that you can easily log in to your favorite sites.
We’re often given the opportunity to download a file from the internet, be it pictures, music, ebooks, programs, and more. The assumption is that you know how. If you don’t, I’ll show you.
Browser problems can be caused by any number of things that may or may not actually include the browser itself. I’ll review common troubleshooting techniques.
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. And with great power … comes great risk.
It’s generally not possible to recover an older version of a web page, but we’ll look at a couple of straws to grasp at.
If clicking on a link causes a request to open a file on your machine, chances are the web page author made a simple, and common, mistake.
A slash through the padlock, the https, or the https appearing in red all mean one thing: something’s wrong. Exactly what’s wrong can vary.
Free downloads, free scans, free trials – all these things are free. Or are they?
View cookies in IE using the normal easy-to-remember way, or the quick way.
There are those who feel that technology is isolating us from the world. I couldn’t disagree more.
In which we use the world’s best-selling book to make gigantic numbers a little more tangible.
I’m slowly switching to OneDrive because I realized there was a fundamental difference between Google Docs and Microsoft Office Online.
DNS transforms domain names into IP addresses. A DNS cache remembers DNS information… but sometimes it needs to forget.
You can Run a download or you can Save it, or you can even Save and Run it. I’ll review what Run and Save each really mean.
Downloading a file from the internet is easy – typically just a click or two. But knowing and controlling where downloads go takes a little more effort.
It’s surprisingly difficult to tell with certainty when a web page was written. There are some clues we can gather that might help – a little.
Start broad and refine is typically the best search strategy, unless you have something very specific to look for. I’ll show you how being more specific from the start can lead to finding the exact results you want.
Searching is an art, of sorts. I’ll share what I see are two common mistakes searchers make, and my two-step approach to better search results.
The most searched-for term on the internet tells us something about people’s understanding – or lack of understanding – about how their browsers and the internet work.
Letting your browser remember passwords is a convenient feature. However it’s important to understand that with that convenience comes risk – often significant risk.
Web browsers like Google Chrome try to be helpful by recognizing commonly used forms and fields and remembering previously entered information for you. It’s no conspiracy, but it can seem spooky.
IExplore.exe, aka Internet Explorer or ‘IE’, can crash, but it’s not always its fault. We’ll look at some of the things that can cause IExplore.exe to crash, and steps you can take.
‘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.
About:blank is a special page within most browsers. It can appear due to problems, malware, or if there’s been malware that’s been removed.
Cookies are placed on your machine by websites, but often more websites than you realize. We’ll review cookies and how third parties can use them.
It appears that the look and feel of msn.com is changing yet again. To many that have msn.com as their home page, this change may or may not be welcome.
A secure website means the site owner has jumped through the technical hoops necessary to qualify for https. Safety is another thing all together.