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 …

How to Use Wireless Internet in Rural Areas

Everyone wants to go wireless. It makes sense – it’s more convenient. It’s easier and it’s definitely the way to go if you like to move around – which most of us do. To go wireless, all you need is a wireless router. That goes for rural wireless Internet, too. The different between rural wireless Internet and wireless Internet in cities? The actual Internet provider. Rural wireless Internet providers vs. urban Internet providers The biggest difference you’re going to see …

How to Identify Spam

Spam. You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, but you still might be a little cloudy on what it actually is – and what it looks like. Spam is actually a pretty general term – it encompasses basically any kind of unwanted online solicitation or communication. Most examples of spam you’ll run across are unwanted emails. A lot of the time, spam emails are meaningless. But, in some cases they can cause viruses or carry malware (malicious software). How …

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. …