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Alternatives to Pirate Bay: the Best Torrent...
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 Best Torrent Sites
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 2015...
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 2015...
The Best VPN Service Providers, 2015
VPN virtual private networking is one of three primary techniques by which you can make yourself hacker-proof. VPNs, combined with two-factor authentication and anti-malware software, will dramatically reduce the chances that your identity and accounts will be hijacked. Here are VPN providers that are definitely worth considering for your personal protection...
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
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.
The Best 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 Best Hacker Movies of the last thirty years, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.
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.
Everything You Need to Know about Emoticons and...
Emoticons are modern day hieroglyphs. These. Page 5.
Wondering What HMU means? Find Out Now
You see the expression. Internet for Beginners.
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.
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 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 '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...
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.
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...
What Does PMSL Mean?
You see the expression 'PMSL' in online conversations. But what exactly does PMSL mean? About.com explains...
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...
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.
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...
Wondering What "TMI" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar. Internet Basics.
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...
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 Does "LOL" Mean?
You see the expression 'LOL' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOL mean? About.com explains...
What Is the Difference Between the Internet and...
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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...
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 Exactly Does '.com' Stand For?
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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...
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...
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 2015...
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...
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...
What Does NSFW Mean?
It means 'not safe for work' or 'not safe to be viewed at work'.
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...
Why You Should be Using a VPN
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...
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...
Wondering What a Codec Is or How to Use It?...
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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...
Try Google Earth: a Magnificent Satellite View...
An introduction to one of the most impressive Google products today: searchable satellite photos of the planet.
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...
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'?
What Does TTYL Stand For?
You see the expression 'TTYL' in online conversations. But what exactly does TTYLmean? 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?
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 High Speed Internet Choices are Available...
What Broadband Internet Choices Are Available in 2013?
The Famous Netiquette Quiz, Level
The Famous Netiquette Quiz, Level 2: Are You a Netiquette Knucklehead?
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 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...
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...
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 Controversy of Using a VPN to Access US...
If you live outside the USA, then your Netflix choices are limited. Because of annoying copyright bureaucracy, American users will get to see more movies and TV shows than you. But is it OK to use a VPN to circumvent this USA-only restriction? Will services like TunnelBear or UnoTelly get you in trouble as you unlock your episodes of 'Scandal' or 'Airwolf'? About.com explains how you are indeed contravening copyright rules, but many people do it anyways...
How Do I Remove My Browser Internet Cookies?
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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 '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 Does a Computer 'Cache' Really Work?
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What Is 'Trolling'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is 'trolling'?
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...
Did You Know That "Yahoo" Actually Stands for...
The famous name of Yahoo. Internet Basics.
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!
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.
Want to Know What "TDLR" Means? Here's the Answer
You see this peculiar expression,
Wondering if an IP Address Is the Same as a...
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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 Does 'RSS' Stand For?
Also known as. Internet Basics.
Wondering What a URL Is or How It Works? Here's...
Tutorial: Anatomy of an Internet URL, an explanation for beginning users.
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 'SSL' and What Does SSL Do for Me on...
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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...
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...
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...
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.
Here's What 'LOLZ' Means (Internet Acronyms)
You see the expression 'LOLZ' in online conversations. But what exactly does LOLZ mean? About.com explains...
Here's What 'PWNED' and 'PWNAGE' Mean
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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.
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...
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...
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 Would Anyone Make a Hoax Email?
Hoax emails, sometimes known as 'spoof' emails, are one tool of both pranksters and con men. At their most benign, these falsified emails are used to spread urban myths. More often, however, hoax/spoof emails are diabolical tools designed to deceive people into revealing their passwords and credit card information. This is how hoaxing and spoofing works...
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...
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 'AFK'? What Does AFK Mean?
You see the expression 'AFK' in online conversations. But what exactly does AFK mean? About.com explains...
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...
4 Ways Spammers Are Getting Your Email Address
Have you ever wondered how spam solicitors find your email address? About.com explains how...
Here's What 'Jump the Shark' Means
What is 'Jump the Shark'? What does it mean to have 'jumped the shark'?
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...
Is the Internet the Same as the Web?
What Is the 'Internet'? Internet Basics.
What Is 'BFF'? What Does BFF Stand For?
Your instant messaging and email friends regularly use the strange abbreviation
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
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...
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...
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 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?
What Does 'Props' Mean?
You see the expression 'props' in online conversations. But what exactly does props mean? About.com explains...
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.
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...
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 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 '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 '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...
Why Anti-Virus is Important to Understand
Glossary definition of the term. Internet Basics.
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.
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...
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!
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
What Phishing and Email Scams Look Like
February, 2014 Here they are, revealed: the phishing con games of the Internet. They prey on ignorance,
What Is 'ROFLMAO'? What Does ROFLMAO Mean?
You see the expression 'ROFLMAO' in online conversations. But what exactly does ROFLMAO mean? About.com explains...
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...
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...
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...
How Internet URL Addresses Work
Tutorial: an explanation of internet addresses and uniform resource locators (URL's)
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...
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...
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...
Here's What '1337' Leet Is
What exactly does '1337 leet mean?
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
Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web
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...
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!
QFT 'Quoted for Truth': What Does the 'QFT'...
You see this peculiar expression,
Everything You Need to Know about Tixati Free...
Tixati is still a young product (releases are still in the 1.x version range). But this bittorrent client is an excellent alternative to Vuze and uTorrent. About.com reviews Tixati 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.
What Does TIL Stand For?
'TIL' is an expression that has become very popular at the social searching website, Reddit.com. TIL is used to say 'today, I learned', which prefaces a user posting.
Want to Know What Cloud Computing Is? Here's...
You will hear the expression, Internet Basics.
Who Are Online 'Haters'?
Online haters are a sad and inevitable part of freedom of speech. These are the people who will transmit insults and intolerance when they disagree with something online. Sometimes, their hatred is quite mild, almost joking. Other times, online hating becomes extreme 'five star hatred'. About.com takes a closer look at examples of online hating, and how people respond to this negativity.
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...
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...
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!
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Using the...
Internet 101: Lesson 1 -- Equipment Needed
What Does W/E Mean?
You see the expression. Internet Basics.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 'AFAIK'? What Does AFAIK Mean?
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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...
What Is Internet 'Streaming'? Is It Like...
You've been told to visit a 'streaming' website to get your music or your Microsoft Office 2010. But what exactly is 'streaming', and how is it different from downloading? About.com explains streaming here...
What Is 'DRM'? Why Is DRM So Controversial with...
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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...
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.
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...
Everything You Need to Know to Identify and...
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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...
Internet Phishing Scam, Example 1
Probably the most damaging kind of email spoof is the "phishing" email. With this type of attack, a clever
Want to Save a YouTube Video? Here's How
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 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...
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