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Question: What’s the difference between a browser and a home page on your computer? My computer always opens up to Road Runner and that’s how I look around and find web pages and go to Facebook to play games. I was trying to explain a problem to my granddaughter and when she asked what my browser was, I said Road Runner. That’s where I get my e-mail. She says that’s my home page. I’m not sure I understand the difference. Continue reading

If you’re a Sci-Fi fan looking for something to watch online, there’s some good news from Hulu. The video streaming site is offering every episode of Star Trek for free until March 31. Continue reading

Flash Won’t Work In Firefox

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

George from Illinois writes: You answered a question today regarding a problem with Flash Player on your browser. Unfortunately, your reply only dealt with IE. I have had this problem with Firefox for over a year. I’ve Googled the problem and found that I am not alone. Please reintroduce this problem, only this time with the solution using Firefox. Continue reading

Update Your Plug-Ins In Firefox

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately about plug-ins like Flash and Java not working in Firefox. That means many videos won’t play and some games won’t work. Some browsers, including Firefox, disable plug-ins when there are security concerns. Both Java and Firefox had serious security problems earlier in the year. Here’s a quick tip on making sure all of your plug-ins are up-to-date with the latest bug fixes and security patches. Continue reading

Tech giant Google has settled a lawsuit accusing the company of violating privacy rights during its Street View Mapping Project. The cars used in the project were outfitted with equipment and software that collected information from unsecured wireless networks. Continue reading

Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If you’re a Windows user, there’s a special day every month you should know about. The second Tuesday of every month is known as “Patch Tuesday,” the day that Microsoft releases the critical security updates for the month. Continue reading

Is Outlook Affecting My Flash Player?

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Questions: I had Hotmail and they Switched me to Outlook and I have had nothing but trouble since. I have tried to download Flash Player I don’t know how many times and when I am through downloading it will tell me it is installed, but most every video I play will come up and say I need Flash Player. I am about ready to take Outlook out and throw it away. I take surveys and they say I can’t take the surveys because I don’t have Flash Player. What Can I do? Thanks. Continue reading

How To Get Rid Of About:Blank

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

John from Kilmucklin, Ireland writes: Hi guys, when I try to open a new tab on windows 7 all I get is “about:blank. When I try to change the settings on internet options, it works the way i want it to but my problem is when i power off my PC and turn it back on again I’m greeted with this “about:blank” again. I have tried scanning my PC but this nightmare continues, any assistance would be greatly welcome. Continue reading

Google has issued a transparency report explaining when they’ll allow the government to take a look at your private information such as e-mails, photos and documents. You might say, “Google doesn’t have any of my private information,” but they just might. Continue reading

The IRS and the Better Business Bureau are warning taxpayers about an e-mail scam involving a fake message from the IRS. The message will say that it’s from the IRS and will have a subject line along the lines of “Notification bout tax refund.” The message says it’s about your projected income tax refund and will mention a dollar amount along with a link for you to click on to learn the details. Continue reading

A five-year-old British boy managed to rack up $2500 in charges in just 15 minutes charges playing Zombies vs. Ninjas on his parents’ iPad. He did it with “in app” purchases of add-ons to the “free” game. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you… Continue reading

Beware copyright infringers and file sharers! A new copyright alert system is being implemented by a wide range of national and local Internet service providers. The effects of being flagged in this system can be as minor as a pop-up or as extreme as termination of your service, so read on to find out what it is, why it’s being implemented and what you can do if you’re falsely accused… Continue reading

Why Can’t I Use Java In Firefox?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Question: Why can I not play certain games in Firefox? It tells me to download Java, which I have done. I keep getting this message. – Bob Answer – Firefox has disabled the Java plug-in for the browser due to security issues with Java. But if you still wish to use Java to play games, here’s how to do it. Continue reading

Google+ Sign-In – How It Works

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Google has introduced Google+ Sign-In, which the company promises is “simple and secure, minus the social spam.” If you sign in to Gmail, YouTube or any other Google service, you can use your credentials to sign in to outside apps. This works like Facebook sign-in, but Google says their version is better. Continue reading

Another Emergency Flash Update

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Another day, another “emergency” Flash update from Adobe. This is the second time the company has updated to fix a security flaw in the month of February and the fourth for this year. Here’s what you need to do… Continue reading

Managing AutoComplete In Internet Explorer

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Artell Watson from Michigan writes: Question: When you fill out information such as name and address, some websites will have a drop-down list. In this list is previously used information. How do I delete items in this list that I don’t need or want? Continue reading

How Do I Copy Items From A Newsletter?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Question: I have a Windows 7 laptop. I know how to copy/paste, but when I try to just copy an item you sell to my friends, (they might want me to order for them) I end up with the whole newsletter. Also, I don’t know how to store the information about the item on my PC. Continue reading

Privacy Warning For Medical Websites

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Think twice about the information you share on medical websites. It could make you a target for advertisers or even criminals. Continue reading

Digital Coupons From Your Supermarket

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Did you know that food costs make up on average 6% of a typical middle class household budget? Would you like to save a whole lot of cash at supermarket with as little effort as possible? Here’s how to do it… Continue reading

WikiCancel Tells You How to Quit Everything

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Can you possibly imagine the number of services you have signed up for since you started using the internet? You have probably even forgotten your username/password combos for half those services. Find out about a free service that helps you cancel those unused accounts. Continue reading

Question: How do I stop people from putting stuff on my wall, reading my posts and putting my name on pictures on Facebook? T.M. in Ohio. In part 1 of this article, I showed you some tips for being hard to find on Facebook. In part 2, we’ll work on keeping your Timeline private and giving you control over tagging. Continue reading

Question: How can I keep people from finding me on Facebook? I only want to talk with my family and people I know. And how do I stop people from putting stuff on my wall, reading my posts and putting my name on pictures on Facebook? It kind of defeats the purpose of social networking, but I’m game if you are. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading

Why Do I Get Spam From The Future?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Question: How is it I keep getting emails in my spam folder dated 2038 instead of 2013? (Feb 6, 2038)? Thanks, Mary. Answer: They haven’t figured out a way to junk mail back through time. Here’s what they’re up to…. Continue reading

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will stop home delivery of first class mail on Saturdays later this year. This news has left many people confused about what will happen to online orders that are delivered by the USPS. We’ve got all the facts you need to know ahead. Continue reading

Google Chrome: Scroll Bar Upgraded!

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Yeah, Ctrl+F still brings it up like always, but notice when you start typing the scroll bar starts filling with little yellow dashes… Continue reading

Is It The Website Or My Connection?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

What do you do when a website won’t connect? Do you pull your hair out? Reset your router? Call your internet company? Reboot your PC? You can’t figure out what it could be because you don’t know if the problem is on your end or the website’s end. Continue reading

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