What is Dial-Up Internet?

A lot of people have a lot of opinions about what dial-up Internet is – mostly because it’s the oldest Internet technology still in use. Everyone remembers the AOL dial tone. It’s one of the most famous noises associated with the rise of the Internet. That’s what most people think of when they think of dial-up. How dial-up Internet service works If you want to get online with dial-up Internet service, you have to “dial-in.” Your dial-up modem (the loud-noise …

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a virtual private network. You probably haven’t used one unless your company or office has one. A VPN connection is private, but it can be accessed from anywhere you have an Internet connection. If there’s one thing you need to know about a virtual private network, it’s this: it’s guaranteed to provide a secure connection. When you log on to a VPN, the VPN client on your computer exchanges information with the VPN’s server – authenticating that …

What is a Router?

A router is a small device that forwards data to the appropriate parts of a computer network. For example, routers can connect multiple devices to one network. A router is typically a small box and may have visible or hidden antennas. These router antennas are used to connect computers and Wi-Fi enabled devices to the same network. Routers include Ethernet ports that connect your computer to a local area network (LAN) connection. Or, they can connect to a cable or …

How Do I Protect My Identity?

We do a lot online. Because we are so comfortable spending so much time online, sometimes we forget how important it is to protect the information we put out there. That’s where identity protection services come in. Get help from identity protection services Identity protection services check your various accounts to ensure there’s no suspicious activity. If there is, you get a notification. If there isn’t, you also get a notification letting you know that all is well with your …

What’s the Best Internet for Laptops?

This is a trick question. Of course, the best Internet for laptops is fast Internet – but that’s not the whole story. The whole point of having a laptop is mobility. You have a laptop so you can get online from your couch, your porch, your kitchen, bedroom, living room – wherever. So the best laptop Internet connection is a wireless one. Wireless Internet for laptops Wireless Internet is just what it sounds like – an Internet connection without wires. …

What is a Proxy?

In movies, the odds are you’ve seen a scene where friends get mad at each other. Instead of talking to each other and working it out, they ask a mutual friend to relay a message to them: John: “Alex, tell Ryan I’m not talking to him.” Alex: “Ryan, John says he isn’t talking to you.” Ryan: “Fine. Tell John I don’t even care. “ Alex: “John, Ryan says he want to be friends again.” Alex is stuck in the middle …

What is a DSL Modem?

There’s really not much to understanding Internet equipment. You only need a few pieces of hardware to get your Internet service up and running. But one thing that every Internet service needs? A modem. What does a modem do? Basically, its main job is to establish your actual Internet connection. It also acts as translator between your computer and your router. A router (usually a wireless one) is responsible for forwarding data from your modem to its virtual destination. It’s …

What is Identity Protection?

Identity protection works to help protect you from hackers and theft of your sensitive data. Identity theft occurs when a criminal acquires your personal information, often in order to steal money or other assets from you. This can happen in a variety of ways, including the following: Dumpster diving: Identity thieves can learn a lot about you, just by looking through your trash. Discarded bills and employment papers can be a jackpot for an identity thief. Mail theft: Identity thieves …

What are Megabits?

Do you know how fast a dial-up connection is in relation to a fiber one? Or what download speeds you need to watch a movie without buffering? It all comes back to Mbps – or megabits-per-second. Megabits-per-second is simply the way that we measure Internet speeds. The more megabits, the faster. The fewer megabits, the slower your connection is. A dial-up connection averages out around 65-70 kilobits-per-second. One Kbmps = 1,000 bits per second. One megabit-per-second = 1,000,000 bits. So, …

How to Install iTunes

“Installation.” It’s a word that most of us try to avoid. It implies frustration and complication – especially when it comes to technology. So what do you do when you need to install software? Not all software is tough or time consuming to install – like iTunes. iTunes Installation: what you need to know First time iTunes users. iTunes is available for both Mac and Windows users. To start your iTunes installation, first visit the Apple website. Next, visit the …