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Ping Tool: Test Network Connectivity & Speed

Having an internet connection has become a basic necessity for modern life, but it’s not always enough in itself. For some of us, we need to not only be connected but to have a fast connection.  Think about how frustrated you get when there’s lag while you’re trying to work, stream a video, or play…

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What Is POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3)?

POP3 is an abbreviation for Post Office Protocol 3, and it is the third version of a widespread method of receiving email.  An email protocol is the programmed system of defined rules that govern the exchange of emails between servers and email clients. The reason that your emails arrive with consistency is because of your…

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Internet vs. Web: Understanding the Difference

The Internet is the biggest example of a TCP/IP network. It is both technologically complex and incredibly “simple” in what it does for you. Think about it. When you send an email for example—let’s say it’s a note to a friend with a picture embedded—without a lot of fanfare and without causing a lot of…

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Intranet vs. Internet: what

Here’s the difference between intranet and Internet

One day at your new job for a good-sized organization, your new boss tells you that the company’s employee policy and all the information you need about your employee benefits are on the intranet. She adds, “You’ll need a password and username to log on.” You’re a bit confused. You never needed a password just…

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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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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. We pinpoint here the email basics. Who might they be? Hackers People on the run from the law…

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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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