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Tip of the Week: A Few of Chrome’s Native Capabilities

Tip of the Week: A Few of Chrome’s Native Capabilities

Google Chrome is the most-used browser in the world by a wide margin, which is part of the reason that it is so incredible that many people don’t know a lot about its built-in features. While we certainly can’t go through all of them in a single blog, we can offer a few tips describing the best of them.

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Getting to Know Technology: Link

Getting to Know Technology: Link

Navigation is important for any computing system--particularly the Internet, where there are countless destinations. The Internet is comprised of various web pages, images, videos, and many other valuable little bits of content that are all connected by a web of links. These links are the cornerstone of the Internet, and we’ll explain the details of how they work and what they are.

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Getting to Know Technology: Breadcrumbs

Getting to Know Technology: Breadcrumbs

In the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, the titular characters decided to leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind them, so they could find their way back home. While this strategy didn’t work out very well for the siblings, the same concept is used in computing today. We even refer to it as breadcrumb navigation in honor of the German fairy tale.

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Is It Safe to Have Your Browser Remember Your Passwords?

Is It Safe to Have Your Browser Remember Your Passwords?

Let’s be honest - not all of us have the best memories. This makes the ability for many browsers to remember our passwords seem like a godsend. However, is this capability actually a good thing for your cybersecurity? The answer may not surprise you.

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The Chrome Browser is Redefining Your Security

The Chrome Browser is Redefining Your Security

When you are surfing the web, do you know if you are secure? Typically, your browser will tell you when a site is secure or not. This is especially important if you are putting in sensitive information, like passwords or credit card information. Google Chrome is stepping up it’s game to keep users safe.

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Tip of the Week: Which Browser Provides the Best Security?

Tip of the Week: Which Browser Provides the Best Security?

For most users the Internet browser is one of the most utilized applications on their computer or mobile device. With the influx of aggressive problems, it is mighty useful to know which Internet browser is the best for keeping your data, identity, and network secure. Today, we will take a look at the five most popular Internet browsers found on desktop and laptop computers and decipher which are the most reliable.

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Tip of the Week: Learn How to Use the Microsoft Edge Browser

Tip of the Week: Learn How to Use the Microsoft Edge Browser

It’s no secret that, if given the choice, many users would elect to use Google Chrome over Microsoft Edge. To remedy this, Microsoft has adjusted Edge to be more customizable to the user’s preferences. For this week’s tip, we’ll look at how these features and settings can be set up.

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Tip of the Week: Did You Know Your Computer Can Do All This?

Tip of the Week: Did You Know Your Computer Can Do All This?

Your computer is mostly just a machine used to accomplish specific tasks. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t know all of the advanced tips that help you get the most out of it, though. Here are some of the best shortcuts that you can use to take full advantage of your workstation.

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Tip of the Week: Tab Basics For Better Browsing

Tip of the Week: Tab Basics For Better Browsing

The use of a browser’s tabs has become the default way that many people move around the web. In fact, there’s a good chance that this blog is just one of many browser tabs you have queued right now. However, there’s an equally good chance that you aren’t using browser tabs to their full potential. For this week’s tip, we’ll explore some of the features that browser tabs offer.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Leave Your Chrome Extensions Behind When You Go Incognito

Tip of the Week: Don’t Leave Your Chrome Extensions Behind When You Go Incognito

With Google Chrome’s Incognito mode, you can privately browse the web, but you may have noticed that Incognito mode also disables your extensions by default. This isn’t a big deal, but it can be an annoyance that you’d prefer not to deal with. Thankfully, there’s a good way to make sure that specific extensions stay enabled, even in Incognito mode.

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What is HTTPS Encryption and Why is it Important for Your Business?

What is HTTPS Encryption and Why is it Important for Your Business?

Encryption has become a very important part of maintaining an acceptable standard of security while browsing the web and storing data. Large enterprises and organizations have been using encryption for a long time, and even the average consumer uses encryption each and every time an online purchase is made. Did you know that the protection afforded users by encryption is made possible thanks to security certificates?

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Tip of the Week: Use This Chrome Extension to Automatically Refresh Your Browser

b2ap3_thumbnail_refresh_of_browser_400.jpgHave you ever been glued to the computer monitor while compulsively hitting your browser’s refresh button? You might have done this while waiting for an online sale to drop, or while waiting for someone to respond in an online forum to your witty comment. Did you know that you can set your Google Chrome browser to refresh itself automatically?

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Agent Chrome Goes Incognito in Google City

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_incognito_mode_400.jpgAgent Chrome is a pretty well-known guy in Google City. In fact, you could say he was the top of his class at Browser University, and everybody who is anybody knows who he is. When on the job, Agent Chrome sometimes needs to lay low and avoid the prying eyes of the masses around him. And this particular operation, rightfully dubbed “Incognito,” is one such occasion.

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Tip of the Week: How to Save Your Browser’s Bookmarks from Data Loss

b2ap3_thumbnail_browser_bookmarks_400.jpgIt’s a good feeling to have your workstation’s web browser set up exactly how you like it. With all of your favorite websites bookmarked and your most-visited sites quickly appearing in a drop down menu as soon as you type in a letter or two, you’re able to efficiently navigate the Internet and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. But what happens to your bookmarks when your hard drive crashes?

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Microsoft to Discontinue Support for Old Internet Explorer Versions

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_explorer_400.jpgIn an attempt to push users toward the most recent installment of Internet Explorer (IE 11), Microsoft has announced that, as of January 2016, all older versions of Internet Explorer will reach their end-of-support date. This means discontinued patching and security update support, putting all who refuse the upgrade at risk.

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Caution: New Facebook Phishing Attack On The Loose

 

Watch for "Your messages will be deleted" email scam

Be on the lookout for an email from "Facebook" that tells you "You haven't been to Facebook for a few days, and a lot happened while you were away. Your messages will be deleted in a few days?"

The message looks like this:

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DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINKS INCLUDED.

While the mail above may look like a Facebook message, when you actually view the entire email, there are many things wrong with it that flag this as a phishing scam. A subject like this is designed to get you concerned enough to click on the links in the message.  Don't do this!  A closer examination of the message reveals it is fake.  Learn these simple steps to verify a messages authenticity:

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If you look at where the message actually came from (#1 in the image above), you will see the actual e-mail address is NOT from Facebook.

Next, you will notice that the "View Messages" button isn't fully complete (white border around the blue inside).

These are two quick indicators.  Now, let's assume that you missed these first two errors in the message and you still thought this was legitimate and that your messages were going to be deleted. Remember that a typical execution of these phishing scams is to take you to a website you don't want to go to without you knowing it.

Therefore, BEFORE YOU CLICK on any links/buttons in a message like this, remember that you can hover over them and see where they are actually taking you. Take a look at where this button is trying to take you:

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By hovering your mouse over the "View messages" button before actually clicking on it, you can see that it is NOT a link to Facebook.

We are calling this to your attention and encouraging you to share this blog post with your friends and colleagues to help you be safe online.  There are some absolutely ridiculous email scams that come out each and every day (Like some foreign royalty member who wants me to broker their transfer of $100 Million dollars into the US and I get 1/2 if I just help them).  As ludicrous as this sounds, people get tricked by scams like these evey day and it's only through educational outreach like this that we stand a chance of preventing you from becoming a victim. Even though many of our clients block social media access at the firewall, because so many of you use Facebook, at work and at home, I figured that there is a slight likelihood that some of you might not take your typical amount of caution and click the button becuase this looks so real. I wanted to make sure to call this directly to your attention so that you don't.

Remember, as a rule of thumb, do NOT click blindly on anything you get in an email without doing a quick analysis of who it really is from and where it is really taking you.  As the famous saying goes, "Let's be careful out there."

Please give us a call at (305) 944-7300 if you have any questions or concerns.

 

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How to Anonymously Browse the Internet

b2ap3_thumbnail_whodat400.jpgSome places on the Internet are only suitable for secret browsing. Maybe you're shopping for a present and don't want your links to show in your browsing history, or maybe you don't want the customized ads to reflect a private interest. Whatever your reason is for wanting to anonymously browse the web, here's how you do it.

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Tip: Quickly Zoom Your Web Browser In and Out

b2ap3_thumbnail_zoom400.jpgSometimes, you just need to take a closer look at the Internet. For this article, we are not referring to a search engine; instead, we're talking about literally taking a closer look by using your Web browser's zoom feature, and it's as easy as giving your mouse click wheel a spin.

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