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While "world wide" and encompassing millions of servers and computers, the Internet is after all, just a large network operating under the same rules as your local network does. Each server, computer and device connected to the Internet must have it's own IP address. See Networks for more on that.
- How to turn off add-ons in various browsers!
careful what you click on
- Both email messages and websites can conceal dangerous links.
- The internet Explorer cache webpages to make things quicker but this may cause problems where you are not getting the most recent page.
Cookies and Internet Privacy
- A quick lesson...
Connecting to a WIFI
- Possible security issues and when you are having problems...
- If you would like (handy) a shortcut for various websites on your Desktop.
- When the Internet just isn't behaving
- Downloading recommendations.
- Various information about email operations, setup, etc.
- If you have children and are concerned about Internet content, OpenDNS is offering free parental filtering that seems to work fairly nice. You do have to signup with a name and email address, but no credit card needed.
- Free isn't necessarily free! And be careful searching the Internet...
- Home page vs. Browser
- One way to surf the Internet without be tracked, leaving cookies behind, etc.
- Internet Explorer (IE) (various information)
- Internet Explorer History vs. Favorites
- Other Internet Browsers links
- Slow Internet
- Dropbox and other online sharing/backup systems may very well be the problem.
- Windows blue screen
- What to look for on that screen
- Windows Media Player
- If you were unfortunate enough to have used the Windows Media Player (WMP) rather than iTunes for music and have moved to a new computer, you may find the WMP license is not installed. If you attempt to play "protected" music you may get a license error and if you attempt to correct it, you may get an error page indicating you need the Internet Explorer 7 or later - even though you have IE11! - Nice going Microsoft...
- Notes on the Annandale area modems and routers.
- Windows 10 Edge - terrible! You can still use Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10, or another browser like Google Chrome (another browser) See also settings as default.
Review these Microsoft article on various security issues:
- Avoid tech support phone scams
- How to recognize phishing email messages, links, or phone calls
- Safe Surfing
And if you want to tighten the Internet Explorer's settings, try these...
Fix Internet Explorer issues to make IE fast, safe and stableDiagnose and repair ie problems that make ie slow, not secure, unstable or crash, caused by add-ons not working or inappropriate security settings.
Automatically fix Windows security settings to keep your PC safeDiagnose and fix Windows security settings for IE, Windows firewall, group policy, Registry, UAC; check Windows Update and antivirus software status.
Fix security issues to protect and secure Windows automaticallyDiagnose and repair Windows security problems by turning on UAC, DEP protection, Windows Firewall and other Windows security options and features.
Occasionally when talking with customers, we have found that some do not distinguish the difference between their Internet browser and their desired home (or start) page. These are two different things.
Browser: When you want to browse the Internet, you will use an application (program) that is installed on your computer. This application could be one of many, including: Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Windows 10 Edge, Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Opera, Apple's Safari or others. Links to common browsers here.
Home page: When you initially open that application (regardless of which one), it will take you to your home page (or perhaps a blank page). Your home page can be literally ANY web site on the Internet.
Sometimes the home page changes and perhaps without your knowledge or permission. Typically this occurs when various toolbars, PC "speed up" utilities or other Internet junk is installed. My Web Search, Conduit, Babylon and Start Now are few of the more popular home page hijacks. See Hijacked!
Be sure to just say no to all toolbars and watch out for free stuff!