Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
The World Wide Web, or just The Web, includes all the sites you visit and services you use on the internet.
CAPTCHAs can be case sensitive, or not, depending on which program is used to supply the test on a website. There are a few options to help pass the test.
Sometimes blurry images are simply an artifact of how images are encoded and downloaded. If blurry images clear up after a second or two, that's almost certain.
"Secure and nonsecure" items is most often the result of bad web page design. As a user it's difficult to avoid without lowering your guard.
While robots.txt won't remove links from Google, it is a powerful tool for webmasters to use to control what Google sees.
It's often very desirable to see what links people are clicking on. Redirection services can often provide that information.
Https is a fundamental security technology used on the internet. I'll look at how it's used to confirm you're connecting to the site you think you are.
Google Alerts are a great way to keep up on new occurrences of topics you care about on the web.
Googlejacking is a valid technique that programmers may use on their web pages, but unfortunately there are more devious ways of using it as well.
There are several tools for managing online time, including hardware timers, parental controls, and personal control.
Seeing what websites a person has been to is easy to view unless the person is highly tech savvy and knows how to cover their tracks.
Be skeptical! This is not how the FBI operates. They don't throw up big warning screens on your computer if they suspect you of something.
Sometimes you just want to clear the things you've searched for from automatically appearing in the browser. These steps clear that information in Firefox.
Copying a web page to archive or read later is not terribly difficult, but getting everything to copy as you see it can be a challenge.
It's surprisingly difficult to tell with certainty when a web page was written. There are some clues we can gather that might help - a little.
"Error on page" simply indicates that the HTML or other code on a web page is incorrect. Unfortunately, there are several possible causes.
The Bing toolbar is apparently showing up unexpectedly for some people. I'll look at important terminology and how to get rid of the Bing toolbar.
It appears that the look and feel of msn.com is changing. To many that have msn.com as their home page, this change may or may not be welcome.
The best you can do is to work with the system and display images in a way that works in your favor.
The web has a very long memory. Removal is nearly impossible. Avoid posting sensitive information in any way that can be seen publicly.
Https encryption and digital signatures used to validate some programs rely on an infrastructure of trusted signing authorities. Interesting things happen when one of those authorities is breeched, or makes a mistake.
Showing dates in search engines results can be tricky, though Google does make an attempt at it with their advanced search tools.
We take links for granted, but they're an important part of the web and email. We'll look at what they mean and how they're written.
Online shopping is generally very safe, but online stores do need to make sure to keep each customer's information safe from the eyes of others.
Designers and implementers make a lot of choices when setting up a web site. Names and domains and even the need for slashes are among them.
It's not uncommon to leave a website open on your computer for long periods of time. That's not typically a problem, but you should still take care.
Parental Monitoring Software is a way to keep an eye on what your child is doing on-line. Until they learn to disable Parental Monitoring Software, that is.
Survey's popping up on a website could be the result of programming on that site - or something more sinister.
The number of different domains and sites referenced by a typical computer accessing the internet is often much more than most people realize. I'll look at how to identify them and show an example of just how many might be referenced on a simple web page.
Websites can collect a fair amount of information about you. In this first step we look at what every website sees no mater what it does.
Silverlight is Microsoft's new collection of software to support rich web-based applications. You may not need it yet, but eventually you might.
Windows Live is the umbrella brand for several online services and desktop applications from Microsoft. I'll examine the confusion surrounding the name.
Fraudulent web site certificates were apparently issued to individuals that should not have been able to get them. The result is a vulnerability in https.
We're often enticed or directed to websites we've never been to before. We'll look at a couple of tools to help identify safe web sites.
"Retype the word" or more properly CAPTCHA tests are designed to prove you're not a computer - and that difficult to read text is part of the test.
Shopping carts need to have a way to know who you are as you work your way through the screens. This is usually done with cookies, so that is the first place to look.
'Not Found' errors can occasionally result on web pages that are otherwise OK if some advertising referenced by the page is 'Not Found'