You may have noticed in your travels around the internet that your browser's address bar occasionally turns green and displays a padlock — that's HTTPS, or a secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, swinging into action. This little green padlock is becoming vitally important as more and more of your online security is eroded. Just because your ISP can now see what sites you browse on doesn't mean they have to know all the content your consuming. Below is the rundown on HTTPS, so you can better understand this first, and easiest line of defence against potential snoopers and hackers.
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If your device, your carrier, and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data uses don't apply. You'll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.
Touring around the pages of the web isn't always the one-way street you might think it is: most sites are eager to leave a calling card or two on your local machine in the form of cookies. Here we'll lay out what's being saved in your browser, why it makes a difference, and what you can do about it.
There's no doubt Google runs a tight ship as far as security goes, if you're hacked using Google services its usually (but not always) because of something you did, not Google. If you want to keep your emails on Google's services more secure you'll need to do more than just enable two-factor authentication. You need to practice safe browsing, steering clear of sites and emails that could steal your info.
Mozilla has a new logo, the latest in the company's effort to rebrand itself as a modern technology outfit worthy of your attention. It's no surprise that the company reaching to stay relevant in the face of plunging usage of its key product, the internet browser Firefox. Somewhere out there is a designer who still uses Adobe Pagemaker and is very proud of their work on this logo. The rest of us are wondering where the hell the Mozilla we used to know has gone.
Firefox was fighting the good fight against Internet Explorer long before Chrome showed up, and since its launch in 2002, Mozilla's famed browser has been attracting third-party developers in their droves. The add-ons and plug-ins are what make Firefox the powerhouse browser it is, and these are some of the very best you can install.
Chrome might be the default browser for the internet at large, but it's not the only one. And it's also not without its frustrations. Chrome - at least until the most recent update - had a habit for using a metric ton of RAM. It wasn't the de facto king of speed. And the odd tab crashing was enough to cause many a pegged stress ball.
In my fury, I did the unthinkable: I switched to the devil himself, Microsoft Edge. And I persisted for a whole week, migrating my whole workflow to the world of Microsoft. It only lasted a week, and came to a swift end when I'd finally had my fill of the things Edge couldn't do.
One of the great things about Google Chrome is that it offers thousands of third-party extensions that developers have come up with to add features, boost performance, and fix problems. Here are 17 Chrome extensions that we'd have a difficult time living without.
Google doesn't just want the Chrome browser dominating laptops and desktops of this world, it wants it on as many mobile devices as possible too. If you have Chrome installed on your iPhone or Android, there are a handful of ways you can make it even better than the default settings. Here's how to make sure you're getting the most from the Chrome browser on your mobile devices.
There's a lot of stuff out there on the web, and you want to be able to get around all of it fast. You can of course make use of your mouse but there are always times when a keyboard combo is more efficient and more convenient. The ones we've listed here have all been tested with Google Chrome, but many will work with other browsers too.
Isn't the web a wonderful place for exploring? Just like any other appealing destination though, if you don't keep yourself safe, the attraction quickly wears off. Thankfully, you don't need a degree in advanced networking to protect yourself online — you just need to read and take heed of these 12 security tips, which should minimise the risk of something going wrong.
Flash is an lingering remnant of an older internet that's basically been on life support for years now. It's buggy, insecure, sucks the soul out of your battery and honestly you should have disabled Flash by now anyway. But Firefox will soon be pulling the plug for you.
Mozilla Firefox was helping web users avoid Internet Explorer long before Google Chrome arrived, and it's still going strong. Like all apps though, it can slow down over time. Here are four quick ways you can try to get the spring back in Firefox's step.
As it often does, Facebook recently tweaked the way its advertising (and privacy) settings work, which means you now have extra options when it comes to stopping your social media activities from following you around the web. Here are the new and old settings you need to know about.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer has long been the most used browser on the internet. But its iron grip began slipping ever since Google launched Chrome in 2008. In 2012, one usage tracker declared Chrome the new champion, but some others still had IE in the lead. Now, all the holdouts are in agreement — Chrome is king.
One great feature we lost in the transition from iTunes to all-you-can-eat streaming services is the smart playlist. When you have 30 million tracks to choose from, queueing up everything you've not heard for six months makes less sense. Thankfully, you can bring the feature to Google Play Music with a simple Chrome extension.