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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
If I could have you prioritize one thing to improve your online experience, this would be 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.
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.
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 allows you to save bookmarks once and use them across multiple machines, operating systems, browsers, and devices.
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.
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.
HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.
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.