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.


Are HTTPS Connections Really Safe?

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.


How Do I Change My Website to Be an https Secure Site?

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.

Two Steps to Better Search Results

Two Steps to Better Search Results

Searching is an art of sorts. I’ll share two common mistakes searchers make, and my two-step approach to better search results.

Are you spying on me?

Why Do Ads Follow Me Around the Internet?

Advertising networks are quite sophisticated at watching what you’re interested in. It might be a little creepy, but it’s not malware.

Supercookies and Evercookies and No Cookies at All: Resistance Is Futile

So-called “supercookies” and “evercookies” track the websites you visit even if you regularly disable or flush normal cookies.

Does technology isolate or connect?

Does Technology Isolate or Connect?

There are those who feel that technology is isolating us from the world. I couldn’t disagree more.

Half a Dozen Uses for OneDrive

Half a Dozen Uses for OneDrive

OneDrive is a surprisingly powerful service that many people overlook or don’t understand. I’ll review six ways you can leverage OneDrive.

Dealing with Browser Problems

Dealing with Browser Problems

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.


What’s a Browser Cache? How Do I Clear It? Why Would I Want To?

“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.

Is copyright still an issue if something's not available anywhere?

Is Copyright Still an Issue If Something’s Not Available Anywhere?

Copyright is a complex topic, but the practical implications are simple. I’ll look at availability, copyright, and more.

Firefox Clear History Dialog

How Do I Clear the Browser Cache in Mozilla Firefox?

It’s fairly easy to clear Mozilla Firefox’s cache. Here’s how… and why you might want to.

Edge: Clear selection

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Microsoft Edge?

Clearing the Edge cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.

Clear browsing data in Google Chrome

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Google Chrome?

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.

Delete Browsing History in Internet Explorer

How Do I Clear The Browser Cache in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

Clearing the Internet Explorer cache is a simple process. While you’re clearing the browser cache you can also clear a few other items.

A portion of Internet Explorer showing Ask Leo! after pressing F11.

How Do I Get My Web Browser’s Menu and Toolbar Back?

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.

How Do I Remove Myself from the Search Engines?

How Do I Remove Myself from the Search Engines?

The internet has a very long memory. Removal from search engines is practically and perhaps literally impossible.

What Good is Incognito Mode?

What Good is Incognito Mode?

Incognito mode, or Private or InPrivate browsing, protects your privacy to a point. It’s critical to know where that point is.

about:blank as your home page

What Is “About:blank” and How Do I Get Rid of It?

About:blank is a special blank page within most browsers. It can appear due to problems, malware, or if malware has been removed. It can also be a useful home page.

Is the Cloud Dangerous?

Is the Cloud Dangerous?

As security compromises happen regularly, many are asking, “Is the cloud too dangerous?” It’s as safe as you make it.

Show Notifications Prompt

How Do I Stop Websites from Pestering Me About Notifications?

Responding to notification permissions is annoying. In some browsers, we can turn that off completely.

Internal Server Error

What’s an “Internal Server Error” and How Do I Fix It?

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.


What’s the Difference Between the Web and the Internet?

“Internet” and “web” are often used interchangeably, but technically they’re very different things.

Diving into Dropbox

Five Reasons I Went All-in with Dropbox

Knowing how you use online storage will help you choose the correct provider with the correct set of features at an appropriate price.

IE Uninstall button

How Do I Uninstall and Reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

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.

OMG! Porn Spam!

Does Getting Porn Spam Mean You’ve Been Surfing Porn Sites?

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.


How Does Bitcoin Mining Work?

What does it mean to mine something that doesn’t physically exist? And why might it use so much electricity?

These are not browser cookies

What are Browser Cookies and How Are They Used?

Browser cookies are a simple and powerful way websites can leave information on your computer to use when you return.

Chrome? Firefox?

How Do Chrome and Chrome Relate?

Another case of bad tech terminology leads to more than one kind of chrome, some of which have no relation to the others.

Save As PDF in Office Online

Is Online Document Conversion Safe?

Online document conversion services can be safe, or they can represent a real privacy risk. I’ll look at the options.

Credit Card

What Recourse Do I Have If Someone Used My Credit Card Online?

Using someone else’s credit card online illegally is identity theft. There’s not a lot you can do — except prevent it.

The New Firefox

What’s Your Take on Firefox Quantum?

Firefox Quantum is the latest revision of the Firefox web browser. It claims to be faster and less memory-hungry. I tried it.

Google Search

The Most Important Skill You Can Improve

If I could have you prioritize one thing to improve your online experience, this would be it.

Top Level Domains (TLDs)

What Does It Mean to Register a Domain?

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.


Where Do Cookies Come From?

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.

How Do I Change My Browser Home Page Back to What I Want?

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.

Pinboard – Never Lose Bookmarks Again

Pinboard allows you to save bookmarks once and use them across multiple machines, operating systems, browsers, and devices.

Ad Block

Is It Time to Start Using an Adblocker?

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.

Cloud Computing

How Can One Service Take Down So Much?

What happens when a major cloud service goes down, and what’s the takeaway?


How Much Can I Trust Information on the Internet?

Information on the internet ranges from truth to fiction to intentional misinformation. It’s important to develop a critical eye towards everything you read.

A Cloud

What is Cloud Computing?

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.

Microsoft Edge

Change the Search Engine in Microsoft Edge

It is possible to change the default search engine in Edge; it’s just not obvious.

The Internet Of Things

How Do I Prevent My Internet-connected Devices From Being Hijacked?

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.


Is There a Way to Know Where a URL-shortened URL Is Going to Take Me?

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.


Why Can’t We Use https for Everything?

HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.

IE Security Error

What Does “There is a problem with this website’s security certificate” Mean, and What Should I Do?

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.


Where Do You Get Your Answers?

There are many ways to find information on the internet, and here are a few tricks of mine that can work for you.

Site: operator used on

How Do I Search a Site That Has No Search Box?

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.

Ask Leo! Newsletter Pop-up

Why Do Websites Use Pop-ups?

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.

CCleaner Deleting a Cookie

Does cleaning cookies force me to re-verify my bank log-in?

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.