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Internet Basics: Most Popular Articles

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The 30 Best Torrent Sites of 2014
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 30 Best Torrent Download Sites, 2014
Several torrent sites have managed to stay on the legal side of the P2P war for now. Here is your visual guide to The Top Torrent Download Sites of 2014...
10 Easy-to-Use Search Engines You Should Try
With hundreds of search engines available, 10 really stand out as providing the best overall service, speed, and relevant hits. Here they are: the 10 Most Useful Search Engines of 2014...
The Best VPN Service Providers, 2014
The Best VPN Service Providers, 2013
How to Start Using Bittorrents
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.
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...
Everything You Need to Know about Emoticons and...
Emoticons are modern day hieroglyphs. These. Page 5.
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.
Have You Ever Heard of a 'Meme'? What Are They?
You have undoubtedly experienced modern internet memes, but may not be aware of it. Perhaps you have been
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 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...
Have You Seen These leet Hacker Movies?
While none of these movies depict what hacking truly involves, each of these stories is memorable in some way as good escapist fiction. Here they are: The 30 Best Hacker Movies, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.
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.
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...
The Most Common Tricks that Digital Con Men Use
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...
A Quick Beginner's Guide to Using Paypal Features
A beginner's tutorial explaining PayPal.com, how it works, and why millions of people use PayPal to make online purchases.
Downloading 101: How Torrent File Sharing Works
Torrent downloading is the most popular form of internet use in 2012 (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...
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...
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.
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 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 NSFW Mean?
It means 'not safe for work' or 'not safe to be viewed at work'.
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 Does PMSL Mean?
You see the expression 'PMSL' in online conversations. But what exactly does PMSL mean? About.com explains...
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 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...
How Smart People Research Using 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...
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'?
The Best VPNs for Torrenting
If you are a torrent downloader, then you will want to consider cloaking yourself with an extra layer of privacy to dissuade agencies from monitoring your file sharing. Virtual private networks are the single strongest means to conceal your torrent downloads and uploads. Here are multiple VPN providers who deliver excellent privacy and speed benefits to torrent users...
What Is the Difference Between the Internet and...
: What Is the Difference Between the Internet and the Web? People commonly use the words "Internet" and
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...
What Is 'Trolling'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is 'trolling'?
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...
The 31 Most Addictive Websites of 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 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 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 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...
The World of Text Talk Abbreviations
Mobile internet and 'bite-sized' messaging are the new normal. Since smartphones now travel with people more than their computers do, people now prefer to send texts instead of leaving voicemail or conventional email. Love it or hate it, texting is the new cultural norm. And part of this new norm is the new language of thumb-typed abbreviations. About.com explains the most common texting abbreviations of 2013...
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...
Wondering What "TMI" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar. Internet for Beginners.
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...
Why You Should be Using a VPN
Reasons to Use a VPN for Private Web Browsing
Wondering What a Codec Is or How to Use It?...
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What Does "LOL" Mean?
You see the expression 'LOL' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOL mean? About.com explains...
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...
Bitcoin: 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...
Wondering What HMU means? Find Out Now
You see the expression. Internet for Beginners.
What High Speed Internet Choices are Available...
What Broadband Internet Choices Are Available in 2013?
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.
What Does TTYL Stand For?
You see the expression 'TTYL' in online conversations. But what exactly does TTYLmean? About.com explains...
Bizarre Facts You Probably Didn't Know About...
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
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...
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 'Flaming'? Is Flaming a Bad Thing on...
'Flaming', or 'to flame', means to attack someone verbally online. Flaming entails insults or any outright hostility directed at a specific person.
What Does 'RSS' Stand For?
Also known as. Internet for Beginners.
What Does 'ROFL' Mean?
You see the expression 'ROFL ' in online conversations. But what exactly does ROFL mean? About.com explains...
Here's What 'Jump the Shark' Means
What is 'Jump the Shark'? What does it mean to have 'jumped the shark'?
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 Is 'WBU'? What Does WBU Mean?
You see the expression 'wbu' in online conversations. But what exactly does wbu mean? About.com explains...
What Is 'AFK'? What Does AFK Mean?
You see the expression 'AFK' in online conversations. But what exactly does AFK mean? About.com explains...
An Easy Guide to Mumble Music Streaming
Gamers and Ventrilo users: here is Step 7 of the visual instructions on how to play music in Ventrilo using one Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.
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...
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.
What Is 'SSL' and What Does SSL Do for Me on...
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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 'BRT'? What Does BRT Stand For?
BRT is an expression that often occurs amongst users who regularly chat online. About.com explains BRT here...
Examples of the Best and Worst Passwords
Has no one ever explained to you the secrets to a strong password? Here are several examples of strong passwords, and how you can create your own...
How Does a Computer 'Cache' Really Work?
: "Cache" is a specialized form of computer memory. In the case of Internet, "cache" is commonly used
What Is the Difference Between Email, IM,...
Has no one explained the difference to you? Try this short but informative explanation: Email vs. Instant Messaging vs. Discussion Forums vs. Chat
The Famous Netiquette Quiz, Level
The Famous Netiquette Quiz, Level 2: Are You a Netiquette Knucklehead?
Here's What 'LOLZ' Means (Internet Acronyms)
You see the expression 'LOLZ' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOLZ mean? About.com explains...
Want to Know What "TDLR" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar expression,
4 Ways Spammers Are Getting Your Email Address
Have you ever wondered how spam solicitors find your email address? About.com explains how...
Do You Know the Difference Between DVD-R and...
A semi-technical explanation of DVD media, and how these special cousins to compact discs are changing how we store music and video.
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...
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 '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...
Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2014
Here are some of the bizarre facts that describe the Internet and the World Wide Web. Grab yourself a mug of root beer and join us for some truly incredible trivia...
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...
The Passwords You Should Be Using
Has no one ever explained to you the secrets to a strong password? Here are examples of passwords, ranging from weaker to stronger. Perhaps these examples will help spur your creativity to create your own strong passwords.
What Is 'BFF'? What Does BFF Stand For?
Your instant messaging and email friends regularly use the strange abbreviation
QFT 'Quoted for Truth': What Does the 'QFT'...
You see this peculiar expression,
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
Is the Internet the Same as the Web?
What Is the 'Internet'? Internet for Beginners.
Review: Why Gmail Is Good and Bad
Gmail has arguably been the king of free webmail. But is it losing its crown to the new Microsoft Outlook.com service? About.com reviews Gmail here, and describes how it stacks up as a modern webmail service.
The Biggest Mistakes of a Newbie eBayer
Are you still new to the eBay universe? Are you self-taught, and still working on getting your feedback into the triple digits? If so, perhaps you have committed one of these 10 tragic mistakes. About.com tells us more about the Top Mistakes of eBay Beginners...
Here's What 'PWNED' and 'PWNAGE' Mean
: What is 'pwned'? September, 2013 You have seen this peculiar term online, with expressions like "I
What Does 'Props' Mean?
You see the expression 'props' in online conversations. But what exactly does props mean? About.com explains...
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...
Here's What 'OTOH' Means
You see the expression 'OTOH' in online conversations. But what exactly does OTOH mean? About.com explains...
Is This Email Story for Real?
Hoax emails are everywhere. What's even worse: people enjoy forwarding these compelling-but-false stories. Don't get fooled by these hoax forwards! Use this guide to research and confirm whether an email story is authentic, and save yourself the embarassment at the office!
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.
Everything You Need to Know to Identify and...
: What Is an 'Email Spoof'? Is It a Type of Phishing Attack? : Email spoofing is email fraud and deception.
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 "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...
Wondering if an IP Address Is the Same as a...
: What Is an 'IP Address'? Is It the Same as 'Domain Name'? You see this "IP address" expression more
What Is 'DAR'? What Does DAR Stand For?
DAR is an acronym for 'Daily Afternoon Randomness', a term popularized by TheChive photo blog site. While there are other meanings for this phrase, DAR is commonly used to describe collections of interesting photos and curious news. About.com explains more about DAR 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...
How Do You Play Music in Mumble Without a...
It is possible to play music in Mumble, using a single computer with simultaneous copies of Mumble. If you have a Windows PC with Winamp, then here is your detailed step-by-step on how to stream music in Mumble, while simultaneously maintaining full voice communications...
Who Are 'Haters'?
Haters are similar to trolls, but are usually much more extreme in their emotions. You see, haters distinguish themselves online because they purposely
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 '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...
Wondering What a URL Is or How It Works? Here's...
Tutorial: Anatomy of an Internet URL, an explanation for beginning users.
A Beginner's Guide to Web Surfing on an Android...
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...
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 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...
Why Gmail Is Good and Bad
Gmail has arguably been the king of free webmail. But is it losing its crown to the new Microsoft Outlook.com service? About.com reviews Gmail here, and describes how it stacks up as a modern webmail service. Page 2.
Here's What '1337' Leet Is
What exactly does '1337 leet mean?
What Is 'ROFLMAO'? What Does ROFLMAO Mean?
You see the expression 'ROFLMAO' in online conversations. But what exactly does ROFLMAO mean? About.com explains...
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...
Why Does My Internet Disconnect?
You have a fancy highspeed connection, but you keep going offline suddenly. Why does this happen? About.com helps to explain and troubleshoot Internet disconnection problems 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 Does W/E Mean?
You see the expression. Internet for Beginners.
The 'Internet' and 'The Web' Are Not the Same...
It's a very commonplace mistake: people use the 'Internet' and the 'Web' as interchangeable words. While most people won't care, there actually is an important difference. You see, the Net and the Web have what is called a 'whole-to-part' relationship...
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...
Did You Know That "Yahoo" Actually Stands for...
The famous name of Yahoo. Internet for Beginners.
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...
What Exactly Is a 'Hacker'? What Do Hackers Do?
'Hackers' are not the same stereotype that you know from the 1980's. Today's hackers can be more than just vandals and thieves: there are principled hackers and research hackers, too! Not to mention: amateur hackers are growing by the thousands. About.com explains more about modern hackers and what they do...
Websites That Will Make You Smarter
The Web is good for at least one thing: a vehicle for transferring useful knowledge between people. If you are interested in improving your knowledge of the world and yourself, then you'll enjoy this list. Here are websites that are guaranteed to make you smarter...
What Is a Cyberlocker? Why Are Cyberlockers So...
Cyberlockers are 3rd party file-sharing services. While they are completely legal and innocent themselves, they are a big threat to movie and music copyright because of their ability to share files invisibly. About.com explains cyberlockers more here...
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...
How Do I Remove My Browser Internet Cookies?
: How Do I Remove My Browser Internet Cookies? (continued from related article, What Are Browser Cookies?
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 'L2P'? What Does L2P Stand For?
You see this weird 'L2P' expression in online gaming. Players are posting
Try Google Earth: a Magnificent Satellite View...
An introduction to one of the most impressive Google products today: searchable satellite photos of the planet.
GroupMe Text Messaging App Review 2014
While it doesn't seem very sophisticated when you first open it, 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...
How to Start Using eBay (Part 1)
The world of eBay is both very useful and very vibrant: the range of new and used consumer products is absolutely staggering. To help you navigate the eBay landscape, About.com has developed a quick reference eBay guide. Here is your primer on becoming a new buyer or seller on eBay...
The Best Widescreen HD Wallpaper Sites, 2014
The Best Free High Definition Wallpaper, 2014: Widescreen and High-Definition Wallpapers for Your Widescreen Double- and Triple-Monitors!
What Is 'NVM'? What Does NVM Mean?
NVM is Never Mind. This acronym is used to say - please disregard my last question/comment.
Why Anti-Virus is Important to Understand
Glossary definition of the term. Internet for Beginners.
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.
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?
Being a P2p Site Owner: an Interview with Jack...
Why does someone spend their professional time helping peer-to-peer file sharers? What kind of work and life is it to be a P2P torrent administrator? About.com interviews Jack, the co-owner of Torlock.com and answers these questions and more...
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.
Internet Phishing Scam, Example 1
Probably the most damaging kind of email spoof is the "phishing" email. With this type of attack, a clever
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...
The Best VPN Services for File Sharers, 2014
The Best VPN Services for File Sharers, 2013
Want to Know What Cloud Computing Is? Here's...
You will hear the expression, Internet for Beginners.
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...
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 'AFAIK'? What Does AFAIK Mean?
: What Is 'AFAIK'? What Does AFAIK Mean? : "AFAIK" is "as far as I know". It is used to convey uncertainty
What Is 'ASP' (Application Service Provider)?
: What Is 'ASP' (Application Service Provider)? While ASP can mean "active server pages" and sometimes
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...
7 Reasons to Stop Using Outlook.com Email
Since 2004, Gmail has arguably been the King of Webmail. But that throne is now being contested by the next evolution of Hotmail: Outlook.com. In a head-to-head evaluation, About.com has identified 15 features that make Outlook.com a standout new offering...
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.
What Is 'Rule 34'?
What Is 'Rule 34'?
How to Avoid Getting "Catfished" Online
Online dating is the new normal for modern singles. Hundreds of singles websites provide channels for meeting someone special, and indeed, online dating does
Introducing: the Internet Memes that Have...
Memes are viral culture. These are the bizarre, humorous, quirky and political images that travel like flu bugs across the Web. Some memes are urban legends, others are animal oddities. Some memes are comedic dances, while others are philosophical commentaries on human nature. About.com profiles the most influential memes of the last two decades here...
What Is 'Whaling'? Is Whaling Like 'Spear...
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