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.
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.
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 thing to try when you encounter webpage problems. I’ll look at why and how to clear your 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ve probably seen CAPTCHAs and not even realized it. CAPTCHAs are used to make sure systems aren’t gamed or spammed by machines.
HTTPS provides validation and encryption, two important pieces of security. Using it for everything is possible but costly, and issues would remain.
There are many ways to find information on the internet, and here are a few tricks of mine that can work for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cookies are placed on your machine by websites — 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.