What is Phishing?

Phishing is a cyber threat that attempts to gather personal and private information through fake links or portals online. Phishing scams trick Internet users into providing their sensitive information, such as credit card or Social Security numbers, in order to steal your identity. How does it work? Usually phishing is achieved through fake online links, such as pop-ups, misleading ads or suspicious emails. Phishing portals convince web users into supplying personal information to unsecure sources. Below are examples of information …

What is Java?

Java is more than just coffee. In the computing world, Java is programming language. Just like we use words to create sentences, developers use Java to create applications and build programs. If you’ve heard of Java, you’ve also probably heard of JavaScript – but besides sharing similar names, the two don’t have too much in common. JavaScript (which was developed by NetScape) is not part of the Java platform. Where you’ve probably seen JavasScript is in HTML documents (HTML stands …

Are All Viruses Harmful?

Viruses just might be Public Enemy Number One when it comes to technology. At best, they’re an inconvenience. At worst, they can destroy your devices, your data and even your bank account. Everyone knows that viruses are bad — that’s why we spend billions of dollars on computer security every year. But what about good viruses? Is there such a thing — or will there ever be? Let’s take a look. What is a virus? A virus is a piece …

What Are Cookies?

In computing terms, a cookie is much different from the sweet treat you might associate with the name. Computing cookies are small text files sent and returned on a server. The files can then be stored on a user’s computer. They are used to identify a user or track their access to a network. Cookies deliver websites tailored to the interests of a user. A cookie does this by carrying information from one site over to the next. For example, …

What is an Internet Card?

You get online a lot of different ways – on your phone, laptop, tablet, desktop. But, with smarter technology, you can also get online a lot of different places. No, not just in coffee houses or at the airport. Like, a lounge chair on the beach. Or a park bench. Or maybe at a baseball game. Internet cards, commonly called “hot spots,” are one way people are getting online from anywhere. Laptop Internet card basics Your laptop is great for …

iTunes Troubleshooting

Glitches happen. It could be an issue with your Internet connection, your actual computer or – more than we would like to admit – sometimes its user error. If you’re an iTunes user, then you know the usual issues – you can’t get iTunes to open, or maybe you forgot the answer to your security question. Check out some of the tips below to answer some of the most common iTunes troubleshooting questions. iTunes troubleshooting tips: lost password So, you …

Is My Identity Safe Online?

When you’re posting pictures from vacation, or paying your energy bill or entering your credit card information to buy something online, sometimes you can’t help but think, “Is my identity safe online?” Don’t worry – what follows is good news. Your identity can be safe online. You just have to be smart, have the right tools and right awareness. Step 1: A secure Internet connection Before sharing information online, make sure you have a secure Internet connection. That doesn’t just …

What’s the Difference between 3G and 4G?

If you have a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, you probably use 3G or 4G Internet to get online. But what do 3G and 4G actually mean – and what’s the difference between them? Let’s take a look. 4G vs. 3G Internet The “G” in 3G and 4G Internet stands for generation. It’s how we distinguish between older and newer Internet technologies. 3G Internet stands for third generation, while 4G is fourth generation. 1G and 2G Internet technologies were …

What is a Fiber Optic Cable?

Internet speeds are abstract to a lot of people. You know you get “X” amount of download speeds, measured in megabits per second – but you might not know how fast that really is, or know what’s a mediocre speed, what’s a good speed and what’s a great speed. But – if you get Internet through fiber optic cables, you can bet you’re benefitting from great speed. If you’ve heard of fiber optic cables, you’ve probably heard one thing: it …

How to Set Parental Controls Online

Your kids are online because that’s where their friends are. That’s also where videos, social media, blogs, pictures and sports are. But, there are some things you don’t want them to see. Setting Internet parental controls can help you dictate what your child experiences online – and when. Types of Internet parental controls In general, there are a few different types of Internet parental controls available to you: Online time monitoring. Some Internet parental controls allow you to monitor and …