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: Create an iTunes Playlist

There’s music you listen to when you’re working out. And when you’re just waking up. And when you’re driving. Each occasion calls for a different type of music. That’s where custom playlists come in. Setting up a playlist couldn’t be easier. Once you have iTunes installed and your library up-to-date, it only takes a few minutes to get all your music exactly where you want it. Set up your iTunes playlists With iTunes, you can set up, edit and remove …

How to Monitor Your Credit

Everyone knows it’s important to have good credit. Your credit affects your chances of buying a house, taking out a loan, opening a credit card and even getting a job. Good credit makes all that easy. Bad credit, on the other hand, can make your life a lot more difficult. Many things go into your credit score: how many credit cards or loans you have, the balance on your accounts, your payment history and even the “age” of your accounts. …

How to Maximize Your Internet Speed

No matter what Internet speed you signed up for, sometimes it’s not quite fast enough. Maybe you’ve noticed that pages are taking longer to load, or videos are buffering more. Maybe you just have a feeling that the speeds you’re getting are slower than they should be. That could be because your Internet speed depends on a lot of things — including the devices you use and what you do online. But there are steps you can take to improve …

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 …

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 to Import Music Into iTunes

You need music a lot of the time in a lot of different places. Before you can take your favorite songs with you, you first have to get them into iTunes – fortunately all the iTunes help you need to import songs is right here. There are a couple different ways you can import music into iTunes, so follow the steps below to get all the music you want in the place you want it. Importing songs from CDs Even …