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Why Use a VPN? Here Are 10 Good Reasons...

Sunday June 1, 2014

Encrypting your web connection by using a VPN service is extremely useful. A VPN enables you to break out of restrictive networks, hide your content from network administrators and eavesdroppers, and even unlock Netflix and Pandora content that is otherwise blocked in your country. About.com explains 10 reasons why a virtual private network is helpful...

Did You Know: 'Grey Hat' Hackers Are Both Bad and Good?

Sunday June 1, 2014

Of the three different kinds of hackers on the Web, one kind is a mixture of evil and good (so to speak).  Interestingly enough, if you tinker and dabble with your computer's contents, you might be a low-level "grey hat hacker" yourself. About.com explains grey hats and other hackers here...

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Who Are 'Haters'?

Friday May 30, 2014

Haters are similar to trolls, but are usually much more extreme in their emotions. You see, haters distinguish themselves online because they purposely broadcast hate and intolerance as they attack other people's ideas and beliefs. While some milder haters are just role-playing for the fun of trolling, other 'five-star haters' are sincerely full of bigotry, racism, and other extreme anti-social beliefs. About.com explains more about haters here...

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The Thugs Who Torment Us on the World Wide Web

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Driven by various dark motivations, unsavory and nasty individuals prowl the Web. These thugs will deceive you with email scams, verbally attack you in public, con you out of your passwords, vandalize your computer, embarrass you online, and even threaten you with physical harm. About.com explains more about the Thugs of the Web, and how you can defend against these unpleasant influences...

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Bizarre Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Internet

Monday May 26, 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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Why Is My Highspeed Internet So Slow?

Thursday May 22, 2014

Slow internet happens for various reasons. You might have poor hardware connecting your machine to the wall. Maybe your modem-router is not configured correctly. Perhaps you have dishonest people leeching your wireless connection from across the alley. Here is a checklist for assessing why your internet is slow...

What Is 'Rule 34'?

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Rule 34 is both a meme and a humorous truism that claims anything on the Web somehow has pornography attached to it somewhere. Whether it is an innocent picture of world continents, your garden in the back yard, or even aircraft, Rule 34 claims that somewhere there is a sexualized version available online.

About.com explains more about Rule 34 and its alleged origins here...

What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

Monday May 19, 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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The Best Double/Triple Widescreen Wallpaper Sites, 2014

Saturday May 17, 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...

You and I Can Now Have 1 Billion+ IP Addresses Each.

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Until now, the Internet was at risk of running out of computer addresses. Using a complex system called IPv4 (internet protocol version 4), the 4.3 billion possible addresses are all but consumed. So, the world is now switching to IPv6 to make room for more phones and computers.  (Yes, we skipped over IPv5).  Here is an explanation of IPv4 and IPv6 addressing...

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