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The Top Torrent Sites of 2015 - Reader...
The world of P2P file sharing is changing. Bittorrent file sharing is progressively becoming more restricted by both governments and by civil litigation pressure of distributors seeking to protect their copyright interests. Good torrent sites are being torn down weekly, but a select few continue to survive and provide excellent service to their users. Here are several of those noteworthy sites.
The Most Useful Search Engines for Beginners,...
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015
Alternatives to Pirate Bay: The Best Torrent...
Torrent downloading, along with streaming movies and music, are the biggest activities on the Web by volume of data. So where do users go to find these torrent files to download? Our readers have given us their favorite suggestions for torrent sites, which we've compiled here...
The Best Hacker Movies of All Time
These movies are preposterous and do not depict what hacking truly involves. But at the same time, each of these stories is memorable in some way, either as fun escapist fiction, or speculative food for thought. If you are looking for a fun evening of digital adventure on Netflix, here are The Best 32 Hacker Movies of All Time, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges...
The Best Torrent Downloading Software, 2015
If you are looking to share files and download torrents from the Web, you're going to need a fast and reliable software client to do the job. Whether you're on a Mac, a PC, an Android tablet, or even a Linux box, here are torrent tool recommendations from the many readers at About.com...
The Very Best VPN Service Providers, 2015
There are many reasons to get a virtual private network connection: you might be a file downloader, you might want to unlock HBO or Netflix from other countries, you might need to do confidential work while using hotel or public wi-fi, or perhaps you are just a big fan of keeping your personal privacy. Whichever the case, About.com strongly recommends a few select VPN's for their speed, features, protection, and price...
The Most Useful Websites, 2015
The Web is filled with many wondrous things and funny curiosities.  The Web is also a great resource for learning how to improve your life and your understanding of the world you live in. Here is a list of 10 remarkable websites that readers have recommended for their practical usefulness...
Text Talk: a List of Thumb Typing Abbreviations
Love it or hate it, English and other languages have sprouted a sub-culture of jargon and language shortcuts! These thumb-friendly contractions are both dumb and brilliant, depending on how you look at them. About.com explains the most common text talk abbreviations here...
The Most Common Tricks that Digital Con Men Use
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...
Internet 'Memes' Are Viral Bits of Online...
You have undoubtedly experienced modern internet memes, but may not be aware of it. Perhaps you have been
2FA Is the New Normal of Passwords
Yes: Two-Factor Authentication is the new normal! By adding a second rotating password, you effectively make your personal online accounts 99.99% hacker proof. A security expert, Robert Siciliano, chats with About.com to explain 2FA and how you can start using it with your PayPal, Yahoo, Apple and other accounts...
PayPal 101: How PayPal Works, 2014
A beginner's tutorial explaining PayPal.com, how it works, and why millions of people use PayPal to make online purchases.
How Torrent Downloading Works
Torrent sharing is the contemporary way to download music and movie files from the Internet. More popular than Kazaa and eDonkey, bittorrent sharing is actually quite easy to learn. Here is a 10-minute tutorial on using bittorrents.
FTW: What Does This Common Internet Expression...
You see this peculiar expression often on the Internet, but what does it mean? Learn more about this common Internet phrase here.
What's the Difference Between DVD+R and DVD-R?
There is a difference between DVD+R and DVD-R media, and this article explains how. Brought to you by your About Guide to Internet for Beginners.
What Exactly Does 'Keep Calm and Chive On' Mean?
KCCO is a relatively new pop culture reference on the Web. It has spawned from the cult following of readers at TheChive blog site. About.com explains KCCO here...
Wondering What HMU means? Find Out Now
You see the expression. Internet for Beginners.
Epic Fail! and Other Internet Memes We Love
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...
What is a Domain Name?
Web addressing can be so confusing. There are domain names vs. ip addresses vs. URL's, and no one has explained them to you. Don't fear, friends, About.com is here to help you understand this topic...
What is Groupon and How Does it Work?
Groupon is a new, and very popular, deal-of-the-day service. Groupon represents thousands of restaurants, stores, and services in North American cities, and offers discounts to subscribers. About.com explains more about Groupon here...
What Does PMSL Mean?
You see this peculiar expression in online games or in instant messages. But what exactly does it mean?
What Does 'OP' Stand for in Discussion Forums?
You've seen the expression 'OP' used in an online forum? What exactly does OP stand for? About.com explains this curious OP abbreviation here...
Everything You Need to Know about Emoticons and...
Emoticons are modern day hieroglyphs. These. Page 5.
30 Internet Terms You Should Know
Whether you are brand new to using the Web and the Internet, or you've been using both for years: here are 30 important terms that are absolutely worth learning.
Wondering What "TMI" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar. Internet Basics.
What Does NSFW Mean?
It means 'not safe for work' or 'not safe to be viewed at work'.
What Does "LOL" Mean?
You see the expression 'LOL' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOL mean? About.com explains...
Try Google Earth: a Magnificent Satellite View...
An introduction to one of the most impressive Google products today: searchable satellite photos of the planet.
The Stickiest, Clickiest, Most Addictive Sites...
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites of 2014. Photo blogs, online confessions, animals being cute for the camera, sarcasm and cynicism, bizarre news... there is something for everyone on this list of mesmerizing websites. Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...
How to Configure Your Computer to Play Music in...
Gamers and Mumble Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.
Streaming Music in Mumble: a Step-by-Step Guide
Gamers and Mumble Users: here are the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Mumble using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.
Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You Look Pro
If something is repetitive, then you want to automate it! Daily web surfing and email has many repetitive motions, so definitely consider some of these keyboard shortcuts... these commands will make regular web browsing smoother and faster!
Don't Get Fooled - Simple Ways to Spot a Fake...
There are always bad people who will abuse and deceive others in any system. In the case of P2P file sharing, abusive users will try to spread viruses or attempt to bilk others of cash by spreading fake torrents. Here are some tips on how to spot these fake torrent files before you download them and their embedded viruses.
What High Speed Internet Choices are Available...
What Broadband Internet Choices Are Available in 2013?
What's Twitter and What Does Tweeting Mean?
Is 'tweeting' a form of instant messaging? Is it news reporting? Is it advertising? Why is Twitter so popular with celebrities and businesses? About.com answers these questions and explains Twitter here...
Wondering What a Codec Is or How to Use It?...
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What Is 'WBU'? What Does WBU Mean?
You see the expression 'wbu' in online conversations. But what exactly does wbu mean? About.com explains...
How Smart People Research on the Web
10 seconds with Google is NOT proper research. Nor is quoting wikipedia when you claim that oil spills cause cancer. True Internet research involves research techniques and a critical thinking mindset. Here is how intelligent people research online...
So, You Want to See Some Strong Passwords?
A good password is a balance: it must be easy enough to remember, but complex enough to resist guessing by hacker software programs. Here are several examples of how a few simple characters and numbers can achieve this...
Why the Internet Can Sometimes Be Slow
Your ISP claims that you will get 8 megabits per second Internet download speed. But your computer seems really slow to open Web pages. Why is that? Are there some technical problems that can be fixed by a casual user? About.com explains common Internet speed problems here...
What Exactly Does '.com' Stand For?
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10 Reasons to Use a VPN for Private Web Browsing
A VPN virtual private network does wonders for protecting your privacy and your identity credentials. And the cost for a VPN is only 10 to 15 dollars per month in most cases. About.com recommends considering the following VPN's for personal protection use...
Where to Find the Best Internet Radio of 2014
If you have highspeed internet, then definitely consider these reader favorite radio stations online. About.com lists the top Internet radio stations of 2013 here...
What Does 'ROFL' Mean?
You see the expression 'ROFL ' in online conversations. But what exactly does ROFL mean? About.com explains...
What Is the Difference Between the Internet and...
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How to Avoid Being Tracked While You're Online
The RIAA and other digital investigators can trace people's computers. Even worse, outside of North America, oppressive non-democratic countries will eavesdrop on web surfers. This eavesdropping affects anyone online who desires privacy: people in government-oppressed countries, people who participate in chats on abuse or political conscience, whistleblowers and their journalistic contacts, and workers in politically volatile countries. Here is one way you can maintain your privacy...
Downloading 101: How Torrent File Sharing Works
After streaming media, torrent downloading is the most popular form of internet use (as measured by sheer volume of data). If you want to try torrent downloading, here are the essentials of getting started as a torrent P2P user...
What Is 'YOLO'? What Does '#YOLO' Mean?
You've likely seen 'YOLO' or '#YOLO' on Facebook pages, Reddit links, and meme photos. This modern expression is the new way to say 'carpe diem!' About.com explains more about YOLO here...
How to Make a Killer Password
Has no one ever explained to you the secrets to a strong password? These 5 steps will dramatically improve your password strength. It works like this...
Is 'KK' an Online Swear Word?
You see this peculiar expression in online games or in instant messages. But what exactly does it mean?
What Does "TBH" Stand For?
You see the curious expression 'TBH' in an instant message. What exactly does TBH stand for? About.com explains here...
A Quick Guide to Port Forwarding and How to Use...
You hear about 'port forwarding' as a way to improve your download and game speeds, but what exactly is port forwarding? About.com explains how port forwards work, and where you can get information on configuring your own computer ports...
What Does TTYL Stand For?
You see the expression 'TTYL' in online conversations. But what exactly does TTYLmean? About.com explains...
How to Download YouTube Movies
Do you want to save a good YouTube movie? You will need to use special websites to save YouTube videos. About.com explains how here...
What Does 'Ermahgerd' Mean'?
You've likely seen 'ermahgerd', or its abbreviated 'gerd' on Facebook pages, Reddit links, or lolcat photos. This modern derogatory expression has come about as both a meme and a verbal expression of 'stupdity'. About.com explains ermahgerd here...
A Beginner's Guide to Torrent File Sharing
Torrent downloading is the most popular form of internet use today (as measured by sheer volume of data). If you want to try torrent downloading, here are the essentials of getting started as a torrent P2P user...
The Most Addictive Sites on the Web, 2013
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites of 2013. Photo blogs, online confessions, animals being cute for the camera, sarcasm and cynicism, bizarre news... there is something for everyone on this list of mesmerizing websites. Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...
What Is 'DNS'? (What Is Internet Domain Name...
Internet 'Domain Name System' rules can be confusing at first, but the root concept is very simple: establish clear rules on how to name website addresses. About.com explains DNS and domain names here...
What Is 'BFF'? What Does BFF Stand For?
Your instant messaging and email friends regularly use the strange abbreviation
Want to Know What "TDLR" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar expression,
Here's What 'LOLZ' Means (Internet Acronyms)
You see the expression 'LOLZ' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOLZ mean? About.com explains...
What Does 'RSS' Stand For?
Also known as. Internet Basics.
Internet Trolls: How They Effect You and Tips...
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is a forum 'troll'?
Android Tablet Web Surfing: A Quickstart Guide...
Congratulations on your new Android tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich operating system? There is much ahead to learn, but the basics won't take very long. About.com has assembled a quick reference guide to getting started with your new Android tablet. Click here for more...
What Is 'Trolling'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is 'trolling'?
All About.com Guides to Internet Terms and...
The world of internet conversation and text abbreviations: HMU, ROFLMAO, BISLY, RTFM, IMHO... what does it all mean? About.com has an exhaustive glossary of internet jargon and abbreviation terms here.
How Does a Computer 'Cache' Really Work?
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Everything You Need to Know to Start Using the...
Welcome to the exciting world of the Internet and World Wide Web! While there's no owner's manual available for Internet beginners, there is this Quick Reference 'Cheat Sheet' for learning the Net and the Web. If you want to participate online with more confidence, then pull up a chair and join us here at About.com...
What Does the Online Term FLBP Mean?
FLBP is a pop culture expression used to describe chesty women. It is an expression made popular by The Chive community online. About.com explains FLBP here...
Don't Get Conned into These Scams: See the Top...
Here they are: the 10 nastiest internet scams and online con games of 2012.
Wondering What "Plugins" Are? Here's the...
A plain web browser just doesn't cut it. In order to fully participate in web culture, you'll need plug-ins to view pdf files, run online animation, view movies at YouTube, play online games, and play music. About.com lists the Top 12 Plug-Ins for modern web users...
What Is 'Haters Gonna Hate'?
'Haters gonna hate' is a popular online expression to show individuality and resolve in the face of other people's hateful comments. It is a common caption for memes of people and animals performing strutting and other publicly-contentious stunts.
How Is Megabit Different From Megabyte?
You will often hear the expression 'megabits-per-second' when talking internet connections. But what exactly is a 'megabit'? About.com explains megabits and megabits-per-second here...
Bitcoins: What's the Big Deal?
Bitcoin digital currency has been around since late 2008. In 2014, this currency is getting more and more respect from the masses as it has proven itself as a viable form of personal wealth. About.com explains more on bitcoins and how they work...
Review: Why Gmail Is Good and Bad
Google's Gmail is arguably the king of free webmail. But why do people think so? And what are the downsides of using Gmail? About.com reviews the Gmail service, and offers some candid comments about how well it works...
Here's What 'WTF' Actually Means (Internet...
You see the expression 'WTF' used in instant messaging, chat, and even email. But what exactly does WTF stand for? About.com explains.
Wondering What "Proc" or "Proccing" Is? Here's...
The term 'proc' is both a gamer noun and a gamer verb. It describes random events in computer gaming. While it's exact meaning is debated, many computer programmers believe that 'proc' stands for 'Programmed Random OCcurrence'. About.com explains proc here...
What Are 'Hyperlinks'? How Do Hyperlinks Work?
If you are new to the Web and the Internet, then hyperlinks are definitely a must-know. Hyperlinks are the heart of the World Wide Web, and work by 'jumping' you to other web pages. About.com explains hyperlinks here...
What's an IP Address?
You hear the expression 'IP address' more and more on television and in movies. Yes, your computer has an IP address, your phone has an IP address. Even Coke machines have IP addresses. But what exactly is an 'IP address'? About.com explains here...
Here's What 'Jump the Shark' Means
What is 'Jump the Shark'? What does it mean to have 'jumped the shark'?
Wondering if an IP Address Is the Same as a...
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Here's What 'PWNED' and 'PWNAGE' Mean
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Wondering What a URL Is or How It Works? Here's...
Tutorial: Anatomy of an Internet URL, an explanation for beginning users.
Did You Know That "Yahoo" Actually Stands for...
The famous name of Yahoo. Internet Basics.
What 'TELNET' Is and What It Does
You've heard the expression 'telnet' in conversation at the office. You've even seen it mentioned on the Web. But what exactly is telnet, and what does it do? About.com explains telnet here...
What Is 'AFK'? What Does AFK Mean?
You see the expression 'AFK' in online conversations. But what exactly does AFK mean? About.com explains...
What Is 'SSL' and What Does SSL Do for Me on...
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How to Make a Killer Password.
There is no such thing as a perfect password. But it is possible to make a very good password that will force hackers to give up long before it is ever cracked. But how does one create such a complex thing while still remembering it for daily use? There are simple techniques that can really help, which About.com explains here...
Tip: How to Fast-Switch to Your Windows Desktop
Have you ever wanted to switch to your Windows desktop quickly? Minimize all those windows at once so you can get to My Computer or the Recycle Bin? About.com explains how you can do that in one keystroke...
Why Anti-Virus is Important to Understand
Glossary definition of the term. Internet Basics.
The Biggest Mistakes of a New eBayer
eBay users often commit the dumbest mistakes. These missteps result in overpaying and frustration, and can easily be avoided. Don't fall into these pitfalls! Here are the most common eBay newbie mistakes...
Is the Internet the Same as the Web?
What Is the 'Internet'? Internet Basics.
What Exactly Is 'Scareware'?
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What Is 'BRT'? What Does BRT Stand For?
BRT is an expression that often occurs amongst users who regularly chat online. About.com explains BRT here...
Download and Install Google Earth Software
Download and install one of the most impressive Google products today: searchable satellite photos of the planet. Page 2.
Want to Know What Cloud Computing Is? Here's...
You will hear the expression, Internet Basics.
How Do I Remove My Browser Internet Cookies?
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Here's What '1337' Leet Is
What exactly does '1337 leet mean?
What Is 'ASL'? What Does the Expression ASL Mean?
You see the expression 'A/S/L' and 'a/s/l' in online conversations. But what exactly does A/S/L mean? About.com explains...
Spyware - Malware 101: Understanding the Secret...
Spyware is the greatest threat facing Internet users today. Combining the infestation qualities of viruses, with the twisted genius of purposeful programming, these rogue
Hacking 101: What Is 'Brute Force' Hacking?
The fundamental password hacker attack is the 'brute force' method. By using manual or automated means, the offending hacker will try to guess your password by rotating through dozens, perhaps hundreds and even thousands, of password variations. About.com explains brute force attacking here...
Wondering What "SaaS' Is? Here's the Answer
You will hear the expression, 'SaaS', more and more. As the 21st Century marches on, there are going to be fundamental changes to how people use their computers, and SaaS/cloud computing is destined to be part of that. About.com explains more here...
What a 'ZIP' Files Are and How to Use Them
Are you new to zip files and Winzip software? About.com explains how zip files work, and how to send and receive these compressed archives...
What 'NWT' and 'NWOT' Stand for on Ebay
'NWT' is 'new with tags'. 'NWOT' is 'new without tags'. These are common abbreviation for eBay sellers. About.com explains NWT and NWOT here...
What Is IPv4? IPv6? Why Is This Important?
Perhaps you've read the IPv4 is 'running out of addresses', and that something called 'IPv6' is going to solve the problem. This is indeed the case, and About.com explains why here...
What Is 'DRM'? Why Is DRM So Controversial with...
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Why Use a VPN? Here Are 10 Good Reasons...
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
What Is 'ROFLMAO'? What Does ROFLMAO Mean?
You see the expression 'ROFLMAO' in online conversations. But what exactly does ROFLMAO mean? About.com explains...
Need to Unzip a File? Here's How, Plus Tips on...
Zip Files: How to Unzip Them With the Right Software. A beginner's explanation of Zip file archives, WinZip software, and how it all works.
QFT 'Quoted for Truth': What Does the 'QFT'...
You see this peculiar expression,
GroupMe: Text Messaging for Groups - a Review...
While it's not very sophisticated, GroupMe text messaging is extremely useful. Like a high-velocity discussion forum, GroupMe connects friends, sports clubs, and small organizations through shared text messaging. About.com reviews GroupMe here...
What Is a Computer 'Protocol'? How Do Protocols...
You see 'http://' and 'ftp://' in Web page addresses. What are these 'protocols'? How do they affect me? About.com answers these questions here...
4 Ways Spammers Are Getting Your Email Address
Have you ever wondered how spam solicitors find your email address? About.com explains how...
What Is 'YMMV'? What Does YMMV Mean?
You will see this acronym both in uppercase YMMV and lowercase ymmv form, both meaning the same thing.
Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2015
2015: the World Wide Web and Internet are even more bizarre than ever! Here is a collection of mesmerizing facts around the digital world that pervades our computer lives...
What is a 'Hacker'? Is that the same as a...
So what exactly is a hacker? A haxor? A hax0r? Are they all the same terms? About.com explains here...
Russian Hackers: Is This the Tipping Point...
Russian cybercriminals have pilfered the passwords of 1.2 million accounts in the last 12 months. While we are all lucky that a Wisconsin tech firm discovered this before more damage was done, the impact is massive. Single passwords no longer protect people today, and the world of 2FA two-factor authentication is going to be the new normal. About.com interviews security expert Robert Siciliano for his thoughts on how our consumer lives are moving to double passwords...
How to Open Links in New Windows
Here is a tip that is guaranteed to be useful to all users: how to view multiple web pages side-by-side on your single or double monitor. Using IE8 and some simple keystrokes, multiple browsing windows are very easy to do!
What Is 'NVM'? What Does NVM Mean?
NVM is Never Mind. This acronym is used to say - please disregard my last question/comment.
What Does 'Props' Mean?
You see the expression 'props' in online conversations. But what exactly does props mean? About.com explains...
The Memes That We Have Grown to Love
Memes are packages of human culture that spread virally. You know them as funny photos and absurd videos, but memes also include classic art, music, and philosophical ideas. Here are some of the best-known memes from the last two decades...
Cyberstalking: Now More Common Than In-Person...
Cyberstalking is now more common than physical harassment. Using smartphones, text messages, sexting, Facebook, and online forums, cyberstalkers will find you, surveil you, harass you, and seek to victimize you criminally. About.com explains how cyberstalking works, and what you can do about it...
What Is 'NIMBY'? What Does This Acronym Mean?
You see the expression 'NIMBY' in a discussion forum online, and you see that the topic is a heated debate. But what exactly does NIMBY stand for? About.com explains NIMBY here...
The Top 5 Anti-Spyware Programs
Here they are: The Best Anti Spyware Tools! There are some old friends here, but a couple of new players have joined the fray and set a new standard in the War on Malware. Read more here...
What Is 'Web 2.0'?
Web 2.0 is a techno-culture term that was coined in 2004 at an O'Reilly Media conference to describe the Web's evolution into an online service provider.
eBay: Do's and Don'ts for Beginners, 2015
(April, 2015: special thanks to guest eBay author, Joanna Gil, for this list.) Never place a bid, or
What Is 'MT'? What Does it Mean?
You see this peculiar expression in online games or in instant messages. But what exactly does it mean?
What Is the 'Invisible Web'?
90% of the Internet is 'invisible' to search engines. As of August 2013, over 450 billion estimated web pages are hidden from Google and Yahoo and Ask.com. Oddly, this invisible content is the most interesting part of the Internet. Here is the explanation...
What Is 'AFAIK'? What Does AFAIK Mean?
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What Is 'I.M.' and Instant Messaging?
IM and instant messaging are the modern evolution of computer chat. But much more sophisticated than chat rooms of the 1990's, today's IM is about high-velocity communications, file transfers, video conferencing, and virtual meetings. About.com explains IM here...
What Is 'Wut'? What Does Wut Stand For?
You see the expression 'wut' used in instant messaging, chat, and even email. But what exactly does wut stand for? About.com explains.
Here's What 'OTOH' Means
You see the expression 'OTOH' in online conversations. But what exactly does OTOH mean? About.com explains...
What Is Internet 'Streaming'? Is It Like...
You've been told to visit a 'streaming' website to get your music or your Microsoft Office 2013. But what exactly is 'streaming', and how is it different from downloading? About.com explains how streaming works here...
Make Firefox Faster with this Easy Tweak
If you can follow some simple hacking instructions, here are three tips to get Firefox 1.0.x performing faster for you, regardless of your bandwidth...
What Is a 'CAPTCHA' Test? How Do CAPTCHAs Work?
All of us have to deal with CAPTCHA tests online at some time. This is when the web page tries to test that you are a person and not a computer, filling out the online form. CAPTCHAs use scrambled letter photos that require you to type the characters. About.com explains CATCHAs here...
What is 'Flash'? Is that the same as 'Adobe...
Flash was formerly called Macromedia Flash, but is now relabeled as Adobe Flash since Adobe purchased Macromedia software in 2005.
Wondering Why Your Internet Is so Slow? Here's...
Your ISP claims that you will get 8 megabits per second Internet download speed. But your computer seems really slow to open Web pages. Why is that? Are there some technical problems that can be fixed by a casual user? About.com explains common Internet speed problems here...
How to Protect Your Identity on a P2P network
PeerBlock is a powerful firewall product designed for P2P users to protect their computers from unauthorized searches by private agencies and corporations like the RIAA, MPAA, or MediaDefender.
Need to Play a .BIN, .CUE, .DAT or .RAR Movie...
Are you having problems playing a .rar or .bin file movie? Frustrated over why your 24-hour download isn't showing for you? Here is the explanation of how to play downloaded movies in .bin, .cue, and .rar format.
What Is 'ASCII Art'? How Do I Make ASCII Art?
You've seen these bizarre images made of text characters. Some ASII art is absolutely stunning and complex. How do people make ASCII art?
How Cybercriminals Are Different from Regular...
How are cybercriminals different from regular street criminals? Patience, expertise, and a physical separation from the victim are three big differences. Professor Joe Nedelec of the U of Cincinnati tells us more about cybercriminology and cybervictimology in this interview...
What Is '<Crickets>'? What Does...
: What Is ''? What Does Mean? : "" is a chat term that means "no one is
The 5 Best Ways to Block Popup Advertising
Here are the 5 best techniques for blocking and stopping pop-up windows on the Internet.
How to play .bin, .cue, .dat, and .rar movie...
Frustrated over why your 20-hour download results aren't opening for you? Here's how to play downloaded movies in .bin, .cue, and .rar format.
2FA: The New Normal of Passwords
Yes: Two-Factor Authentication is the new normal! By adding a second rotating password, you effectively make your personal online accounts 99.99% hacker proof. A security expert, Robert Siciliano, chats with About.com to explain 2FA and how you can start using it with your PayPal, Yahoo, Apple and other accounts...
What Is 'TTT'? Is TTT the Same as 'Bump'?
You saw this odd expression in a discussion forum today: 'TTT'. What exactly is TTT and what is it used for? About.com explains this peculiar acronym here...
What Is a ‘Web Widget’?
Web widgets are small programs embedded directly into web pages. They are quite useful, and some users build entire home pages with them. About.com explains more about web widgets here...
What Is 'BBIAB'? What Does BBIAB Stand For?
BBIAB is an expression that often occurs amongst users who regularly chat online. About.com explains BBIAB here.
What Is a 'Computer Virus'?
An Internet FAQ: what exactly are viruses, and what does a user need to know about them?
What Is 'Brute Force' Dictionary Hacking?
The fundamental password hacker attack is the 'brute force' method. By using manual or automated means, the offending hacker will try to guess your password by rotating through dozens, perhaps hundreds and even thousands, of password variations. About.com explains brute force attacking here...

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