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Internet History: How a Networking Project Grew Beyond Anyone

The History of the Internet Will Surprise You

We all seem to love the Internet so much, and it is so intertwined with our lives now that we pretty much take it for granted. And yet chances are very few of us have an idea where the Internet came from or when and where it was started. What was it that gave birth…

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Comparison of Geolocation Database Providers

Comparison of Geolocation Database Providers This page requires you to approve the usage of browser location services. This page performs a comparison of several geolocation service providers: W3C Geolocation, Quova, Maxmind, and IP2Location. The W3C Geolocation service determins location by the browser providing GPS location (if available) and signal strengths of visible WiFi annoucements. Each…

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How does geolocation work?

Geolocation Accuracy Stats

Summary of user-reported accuracy of geolocation services over the past 90 days. Distance W3C Quova MaxMind IP2Location 0-2 km 49% 58% 33% 26% 2-10 km 8% 13% 10% 8% 10-25 km 4% 4% 7% 5% 25-50 km 3% 3% 5% 8% 50-100 km 3% 3% 5% 5% 100-250 km 3% 3% 7% 7% 250-500 km…

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Email Basics

How Do Hackers Send Emails?

Could you learn privacy tips from them? There are some people out there who would not risk, at least in certain instances, sending emails using an ordinary, everyday email account like Gmail, Outlook, or their company’s email. Who might they be? Hackers People on the run from the law Criminals Paranoid about privacy Whistleblowers Someone…

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What is a Domain Name?

New computer users often confuse domain names with universal resource locators, or URLs, and Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses. This confusion is understandable. It is worth learning the differences between them because these terms are ubiquitous. It is also helpful to be able to use terms correctly when communicating to technicians or other people within…

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What are TLDs?

Connecting the Dots In the nineties, a large percentage of online companies trying to make millions on the Internet went out of business, and a lot of investors lost a lot of money. That time in business history is referred to as the “dotcom” bust. Why? Because their domain name suffix ended with the suffix…

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What Are Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC)?

Domain name system security extensions (DNSSEC) are a set of protocols that add a layer of security to the domain name system (DNS) lookup and exchange processes, which have become integral in accessing websites through the Internet. While DNSSEC cannot protect how data is distributed or who can access it, the extensions can authenticate the…

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What is VOIP?

Imagine being able to use your computer to make phone calls with the help of special software and a microphone—and bypassing your phone company and their charges. Wouldn’t that be cool? Imagine no more. Making calls with your computer is here. In fact, it’s been here for many years. But not that many people know…

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