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How does geolocation work?

W3C Browser Geolocation

If you’ve looked at an iPod, iPhone, or other smartphones, if you’ve used the Firefox, Chrome, or Opera browsers, or if you’ve used Google in the past couple of years, you’ve probably seen something that points out your location. Indeed, Google has long been able to target local results to your searches based on where…

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Attack is One of the Biggest

Computers around the world are infected. What happened? On Friday, May 12, 2017, a massive cyber attack called WannaCry took place globally, affecting millions of computers, thousands of companies and agencies, and catching most of the world totally off guard. This brand of hack falls under the category of ransomware, which you can learn more…

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What is a Web Server?

Many people know how to drive a car, but have little or no knowledge about how the car actually works. So, too, are many people familiar with how to view and navigate web pages, but have limited knowledge of how those web pages do what they do. Here we will answer the question: “What is…

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What Is Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)?

Almost all of your online activity is made possible through the help of protocols—the special networking-software rules and guidelines that allow your computer to link up to networks everywhere so you can shop, read news, send email and more. (Your IP address, which stands for Internet Protocol, is just one of many.) The protocols are…

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Spam: The Seven Ways Advertiser Emails Go Bad

Spam Laws: The Seven Ways Advertiser Emails Go Bad

Do you still get emails from people, companies and websites that you have no interest in and that you never asked for? If yes, then you’re still being hounded by one of the Internet’s oldest problems: spam. You’d think that by now spam would have been outlawed or something. And you’re right: Because it is…

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What is a Spam Trap?

Spam is the bane of electronic communication. Everything from erotic advertisements to “unbelievable” free offers, spam clutters inboxes, and wastes time. Spam is generated from accounts that seek to procure as many email addresses as possible and then send mass messages. With the use of increasingly refined technology, spammers have gotten quite good at what…

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Spam Botnet

Who’s Serving Up the Spam? With apologies to the Hormel Company (the company that long ago created the canned meat dish called “Spam”), it’s a simple fact that spam is the one and only term used to describe any type of unwanted messages in your mailbox. (Read on to find out how that came about.)…

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Privacy Organizations Protect Rights

How You Can Support Privacy Organizations

We normally associate the word “charities” and “causes” with children, cancer, poverty, animals, education, and even world peace. The word “privacy” doesn’t even come to mind. But believe it or not, there are organizations dedicated to protecting our freedom and right to privacy in this digital age and supporting them matters more to our way…

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