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Did You Know: 'CAPTCHA' Tests Check That You Are Human?

Wednesday April 23, 2014

A CAPTCHA is a simple online test that humans can easily pass, but software programs struggle with. This test is used to deter hackers and spammers from copying email addresses and using online services. About.com explains CAPTCHA tests here...

Extreme Password Protection: Have You Changed Your Passwords Since Heartbleed?

Monday April 21, 2014

The OpenSSL vulnerability 'Heartbleed' has affected many online services.  Yahoo, Flickr, Gmail, YouTube, EventBrite, StackExchange and other sites have been open to intrusion for several months.  You can check if your favorite website has been affected by Heartbleed here.

If you are a Yahoo, Gmail, or user of other affected sites, definitely change your password once those services patch the OpenSSL Heartbleed holes.  We recommend that you create a very strong (i.e. extremely complex) post-Heartbleed password as follows...

The Best Double/Triple Widescreen Wallpaper Sites, 2014

Monday April 21, 2014


Everybody loves a beautiful desktop!  Elegant nature vistas,  cute portraits of kittens, classy high-def photos of cityscapes, beautiful cars and beautiful people: these images can absolutely change the flavor of your computer every day.  Whether you use a single, double-, or even triple-widescreen monitor setup, here are several wallpaper sites that offer remarkable high-definition wallpaper for free...

Bizarre Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Internet

Saturday April 19, 2014

Did you know: online dating is a $1 billion USD industry? The fastest internet connections are in South Korea? 72 hours of YouTube are uploaded every 60 seconds? The Internet's 5 million terabytes of data weigh less than a single grain of sand? Yes, folks, these are just some of the mind-boggling facts of the Internet and the World Wide Web...

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What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

Friday April 18, 2014

When you die, your online accounts go into a kind of limbo by default. Your Facebook can be stuck at a moment in time for months, and then deactivated. Loved ones can attempt to access your email and accounts through a lot of paperwork. Or you can proactively give access to trusted people before you die. Here is more clarity on what happens with your digital afterlife...

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How to Check Which Websites Are Affected by Heartbleed

Wednesday April 16, 2014

The OpenSSL vulnerability 'Heartbleed' has affected many online services.  Yahoo, Flickr, Gmail, YouTube, EventBrite, StackExchange and other sites have been open to intrusion for several months.  You can check if your favorite website has been affected by Heartbleed here.

If you are a Yahoo, Gmail, or user of other affected sites, definitely change your password once those services patch the OpenSSL Heartbleed holes.  We recommend that you create a strong post-Heartbleed password as follows...

What Is a 'Flame War'?

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Flame wars are online arguments that have turned hostile and personal. On a Facebook wall, in a news story comment thread, in a discussion forum, or even on a Reddit post: flame wars happen as simple misunderstandings of vocal tone spiral into terrible hostilities. About.com explains more about flame wars and flaming here...

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The Best Keystroke Shortcuts for Internet Beginners

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Computers are all about making the repetitive go faster. In the case of opening and viewing web pages, shortcut keystrokes are a real boon. Type ".com" in one stroke; reverse one web page; bookmark the current web page; launch a new tab; zoom the font size... all of these shortcuts and more are listed here...

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What Is 'Haters Gonna Hate'?

Monday April 14, 2014

'Haters gonna hate' is an online catchphrase that caught fire in 2010, and has been in widespread use since. It is an expression of individuality and self-expression, despite the cruel judgments of other people. About.com explains more about the haters online expression, and what it means here...

The Top 10 eBay Beginner Mistakes

Sunday April 13, 2014

Have you ever fallen into an eBay bidding war? Have you ever been surprised by a large shipping and handling invoice? Did you pay more than retail price for an item? Then you have probably committed at least one major beginner mistake as a new eBayer. About.com explains the most common eBay mistakes here...

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