How To Test Your Internet Connection

Sometimes, your fast Internet doesn’t seem so fast. It seems like it takes longer to download videos, or simple tasks like opening your web browser seem to take forever. So what can you do? Well, you’ve got a few options to test download speeds.– and the good news, is all of those options are easy to do.   Simple Internet …

The Top 10 Tech-Savvy Cities

When you think of tech-savvy cities, your mind probably wanders straight to sunny California. But with an ever-evolving tech landscape, Silicon Valley isn’t the only place you’ll find blazing-fast Internet and impressive tech salaries. We compiled a list of ten of the most tech-savvy cities in the U.S., from Washington to California to North Carolina. We considered metrics such as …

How To Identify And Filter Out Spam Emails And Phishing

Few things can be quite as annoying as opening an email inbox full of emails whose senders are completely unknown to you. You know you didn’t subscribe to their service or newsletter. So why are they contacting you? If this scenario sounds familiar, chances are, you’ve got spam. Spotting and filtering spam email Most email providers, such as Google’s Gmail, …

What Is Antivirus Software?

Antivirus software is a program that is able to detect, prevent and remove viruses, worms and other malicious software from your computer. Installing and regularly updating your antivirus software is necessary for computer security.   The need for online protection No one is immune to computer viruses. You can download malicious software without even realizing it. For example, malware is …

How Do I Check My IP Address?

Whenever you get online, your computer, whether it’s a Mac or Windows computer, is assigned a number called an IP address. IP stands for Internet Protocol, and it’s a way for servers to identify a computer so that right information is sent to and from the user. IP addresses are made up of numbers separated by three dots. To find …

How Do I Check How Much Hard Drive Space I Have Left On My Computer?

    Before you download a large file such as a video game or movie, it’s a good idea to check your hard drive to see how much space you have left. Fill up too much space and you’ll be left with a computer that runs slower and behaves more erratically. Hard drive space is often measured in gigabytes. Gigabytes, …

How Do I Check What Type of Operating System I Have On My Computer?

If you use a computer, whether it’s from Windows or Mac, you need to know what operating system you use. Follow these steps, depending on what type of computer you have, to determine what operating system is used within your computer.   Check your PC’s operating system First, fire up your computer. As your computer starts up, check to see …

What is an Ethernet Cable?

  Often referred to as a wired connection to the Internet, an Ethernet cable can be any of several common network cables used to access the web. Local area networks, referred to as LANs, need Ethernet cables to connect to personal computers and routers. Ethernet cables support either Category 5 (CAT5) or Category 6 (CAT6) industry standards, sometimes both.   …

How To Set Up A Modem

Before you log online with your Internet service, you’ll need to set up your DSL modem. The modem installation process requires just a few easy steps. Follow this how-to guide and you’ll soon be connected to the Internet.   The necessary equipment for modem installation It’s important to double check that you have all the right equipment. Make sure you …