More Search Engine Tips

May 25, 2012

In past articles we have talked about how to do searches on search engines like Google. Today, I want to talk about two things related to search engines; advanced search and pay-per-click advertising. Let’s start with advanced search. A simple search on a search engine is where you enter a few keywords, hit the search […]


Domain Name Server (DNS)

September 9, 2011

DNS stands for Domain Name Server. When you type in the name of a website like, that name has to be translated into a numerical address known as an IP address so that your computer can find DNS is the process that does that translation. Each Internet service provider provides a DNS server […]


Where Did My Download Go?

July 29, 2011

When you download a file from a website, where it goes depends on three things. What version of Windows you have; Which browser you are using; And whether or not you changed the default download location. We are assuming here that you have not changed the default download location. If you changed it, then whatever […]


Ad-Blocking Software

July 29, 2011

Ad-blocking software speeds up web surfing by blocking out those annoying ads, but more importantly, it helps protect your computer from infection. In this instance, we aren’t talking about pop-up ads. We are talking about banner advertisements embedded in websites. Your browser has the capability to block pop-up ads, but it doesn’t block banner ads.  […]


How Did I Get All of These Toolbars?

May 27, 2011

If you are like most people, your browser probably has several toolbars installed in it. Just to make sure we are all on the same page, a browser is the program you use to view web pages. The browser that comes with Windows is Internet Explorer. Other popular browsers include FireFox, Google  Chrome, and Safari. […]


Update on IP Addresses

May 20, 2011

In June of 2010 we issued an article about the Internet Running out of IP Addresses and we have an update for you on this story. But first we want to refresh your memory about this issue. Any device that uses the internet has to have a unique number assigned to it. It’s like an […]


The Best Browser

October 1, 2010

A web browser is a program you use to view content on the World Wide Web. The browser that comes with Windows is Internet Explorer. But there are lots of free browsers you can download and use. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. In terms of market share, Internet Explorer is the most widely used […]


How Fast Is Your Internet?

August 27, 2010

Your Internet speed is measured in two ways. Download speed and upload speed. Download speed is how fast information travels from a computer on the internet down to your computer. Upload speed is how fast information can travel from your computer up to another computer on the internet. Most things we do on the internet […]


Public Wi-Fi Security

July 9, 2010

One of the great things about having a laptop is being able to connect to public wi-fi (hotspots) and get online when you are at the airport, the coffee shop, hotel, or many other places. But like many great things, using public wi-fi has risk. When you are at home or work and you use wireless […]


Internet Running out of IP Addresses

June 16, 2010

You may have seen a story in the news about how the Internet is running out of IP addresses. Don’t panic. Here’s what you need to know about it. Every device on the internet must have a unique numerical address. This address is known as an IP address.  IP stands for Internet Protocol, in case […]