Category Archives: Internet and Networking

Questions and answers on Internet use, connectivity, networking and the Web

Is FixYa Dead? Have the scammers won?

FixYa is a site where people can post ‘how do i fix…’ questions online, and other members volunteer suggestions to solve the problem. This is similar to Quora and Yahoo Answers. While there have been debates on the quality of … Continue reading

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I have lousy WiFi reception – what can I do?

I can’t get good WiFi reception in my living room, my router is in the basement on the opposite side of the house In order to achieve reliable WiFi performance, you have to get a strong radio signal from the router … Continue reading

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Another Phishing Email – “Your iTunes is frozen”

Online criminals continue with phishing expeditions. Phishing is sending phony emails that mimic legitimate emails from reputable sources, hoping to get you to click on them to download malware, or to steal your login and password when you arrive at … Continue reading

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NoScript with Firefox gives a higher level of security to web browsing

Web browsing is full of hazards. Even reputable websites can have poisoned banner ads from third parties, which can attempt to hack your machine or browser settings. You don’t even have to click on a “bad” website to be the … Continue reading

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Q. What is a NAS drive and how would I use it?

NAS stands for Network Attached Storage.  It means any stand-alone hard drive or storage unit that is connected to an Ethernet network, and can be shared by the devices on that network. This is distinct from a USB or Firewire … Continue reading

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Routers – home and small business router vulnerabilities

We think (a lot) about keeping our computers up to date, virus free and protected with passwords. But stop and consider this: the wireless router that sits in the corner of the office and quietly handles all your WiFi and … Continue reading

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Don’t fall for a parasite – watch your installers

Parasites … nobody wants them. But you almost certainly have at least one, in your computer.  Did you ever wonder how a Ask, Yahoo, AVG or other browser search toolbar suddenly appeared on your computer screen? Or why instead of … Continue reading

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Zero Day Java Exploit – Disable Java Now

There is yet another series of malware out which exploits holes in the Oracle (Sun) Java language, including the most recent version (Java 7 Update 10) as of Jan 12 2013. Disable Java in your Web browser now. After the … Continue reading

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Q. What is Ethernet CAT5 cable?

Ethernet is the most popular standard for transmitting network signals from one computer to another. Ethernet can be carried on a variety of different media Cable types: Coaxial (10Base5) “thick” or “thinnet (10Base2)” which are largely obsolete, optical fiber, power line, … Continue reading

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Q. Where can I get free TV shows and movies?

First, a word about copyright. Unless they are offered for free by the copyright holders, downloading commercial movies, music or programs for free is not legal. You can get TV free at lots of places on the Internet. First, check … Continue reading

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Q. Can I get Nike, NFL or Air Jordan stuff cheaply from this site?

There are a huge number of websites which offer name brand and team branded sports items, apparel and shoes at a discount. They may advertise “factory direct” or “wholesale” prices. The bottom line is, if you are being offered name … Continue reading

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Q. Can I really get great deals on penny auctions?

Can I really get an iPad for $39.87 like they advertise all over the Internet? Short answer, no. Longer answer – ONE lucky person out of a couple of thousand that are trying for it will get the iPad for … Continue reading

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Q. On July 9th, my machine stopped finding websites. What’s wrong?

There was a nasty piece of malware a couple of years ago called DNSChanger, which redirected your web browser to advertising sites instead of where you wanted to go. It did this by changing the DNS Server defaults of your … Continue reading

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Q. What is my router’s address?

There are two addresses associated with a router, there is the external WAN (Wide Area Network) address that it  gets from the broadband modem, which is what webservers and the outside Net sees. To find your WAN IP address, you … Continue reading

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Q. I can only get one machine to work on the Internet through my DSL modem?

A broadband account, whether it is a DSL modem or a Cable modem, usually only gives you one IP address, so only one machine can go on the internet. The answer is to get a router.  A router takes the … Continue reading

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