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.

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

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

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?

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

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 is a Browser Cache? How Do I Clear It?

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pinboard – Never Lose Bookmarks Again

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

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.

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.

Why CAPTCHA?

You’ve probably seen CAPTCHAs and not even realized it. CAPTCHAs are used to make sure systems aren’t gamed or spammed by machines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How Do I Download a File from a Webpage?

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.

7 Things Your Sysadmin Probably Won’t Tell 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.

How do I get an older version of a webpage?

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.

Why is a website trying to open a file on my machine?

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.

Why Is There a Slash Through the https in My Browser’s Address Bar?

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 is Not Free

Free downloads, free scans, free trials – all these things are free. Or are they?

How do I view cookies in IE 11?

View cookies in IE using the normal easy-to-remember way, or the quick way.

A New Unit of Measurement?

In which we use the world’s best-selling book to make gigantic numbers a little more tangible.

Why I’m (slowly) Switching to OneDrive

I’m slowly switching to OneDrive because I realized there was a fundamental difference between Google Docs and Microsoft Office Online.

How Does Flushing a DNS Cache Help Resolve Some Issues, and While You’re at It, What’s DNS?

DNS transforms domain names into IP addresses. A DNS cache remembers DNS information… but sometimes it needs to forget.

What’s the Difference Between “Save” and “Run” When Downloading?

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.

Where Do Downloads Go?

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.

Searching precisely

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.

Why Is Chrome Automatically Filling in Forms?

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.

Internet Explorer crashes, how do I fix it?

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.

What Are Tracking Cookies, and Should They Concern Me?

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.

How do I get the old msn.com homepage back?

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.