Internet Speed Guide

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Is there anything more frustrating than trying to use the internet when you have a slow connection? Streaming movies, playing video games, or chatting overseas can induce a hair-pulling, frustration-filled experience with a slow connection. But is there anything you can do to help it? Now that the internet is almost 30 years old, most people don’t even know the basics about their connection. Terms like ISP, Mbps, 802.11b, latency, bandwidth may sound familiar—you might even remember seeing them on …

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 …

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 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 …