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What is the Domain Name System (DNS)?

DNS: The Magic that Translates Website Names into IP Addresses

Every time you visit a website, you are interacting with the largest distributed database in the world. This massive database is collectively known as the DNS, or the Domain Name System. Without it, the Internet as we know it would be unable to function. The work that the DNS does happens so seamlessly and instantaneously…

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What is Dial-up Internet Service?

Dialup internet service is a service that allows connectivity to the internet through a standard telephone line. By connecting the telephone line to the modem in your computer and inserting the other end into the phone jack, and configuring the computer to dial a specific number provided by your internet service provider (ISP) you are…

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Does Your Internet Service Have a Data Cap?

Find Out Before You Have to Pay Up. There’s a reason a lot of people have stopped going to movies—it’s expensive, especially in big cities. That’s the same reason why many of those people have started watching, or “streaming,” movies over the Internet. It’s easy, cheaper, and you don’t have to buy a bucket of…

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6 Common Computer Problems Easily Solved Without a Geek

Troubleshooting Computer Problems for Non-Technical People

Technology is great…when it works just the way it’s supposed to. But when something goes wrong with your computer—maybe it slows down or you can’t get an Internet connection—you can curse the computer age because now you can’t get anything done. Very few of us know how to fix computers, but it’s worse for computer…

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Your computer has an IP address. Did you know it has a name?

Are you and your computer on a first-name basis? That is to say, did you know your computer has a name if it’s on a network? Fact is, every computer on a network has both a name and an IP address. (On a network, your computer is referred to as a “host.”) Why a name…

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Is Cloudflare

Cloudflare DNS: Consumer Privacy is Priority 1.1.1.1

It wasn’t an April Fool’s joke or the usual cute media stunt pulled by tech companies every April 1st. Cloudflare’s launch of its first consumer product — 1.1.1.1 – is real, and claims to be the “Internet’s fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service”. The decision to launch on April 1 was a geeky play on the…

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Cloud Storage

Using the “Cloud” Makes It Easy to Get Your Files Anywhere, at Any Time. For some computer users, especially those over the age of 40, technology can seem a little scary…or at least “unsafe.” Sometimes the new, fast and “digital” way of doing something doesn’t seem as safe as the old way. For instance, there…

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Easy Steps to Make Your Google Chrome More Secure

Chrome Default Privacy Settings You Should Change Now

Your browser is a piece of software on your device that connects you to the Internet – which probably makes it the most important (unless you spend all day “geeking out” over numbers on spreadsheets). That’s why it’s important for your browser to able to stand up to the online vulnerabilities and security threats. In…

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