Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Google Chrome browser shortcuts

Browser shortcuts can save you a lot of time. Instead of finding and navigating the correct menu with your mouse, you could use a few simple keyboard shortcuts. Here are ten shortcuts that you should know about:
Bookmark menu
CTRL  F: brings up a search box allowing you to search for a specific word on a page
CTRL  D: bookmarks a page
CTRL  P: prints whatever you have selected
CTRL T: opens a new tab
CTRL W: closes window
CTRL +: zooms in
CTRL -: zooms out
Alt  Home: returns you to your homepage
F5: refreshes or reloads the page that you are on
F11: lets you toggle between full and regular screen mode, a particularly useful shortcut if you are using multiple windows
Get to know your browser shortcuts and surf the web more effectively.

Credit for these tips go to https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides/using-internet/searching-browsing/ten-top-tips-using-internet

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chrome has a new malware clean up feature, Here's how to use it !

Lots of malware tries to bog down your browser, but Google Chrome isn’t defenseless—on Windows there’s a built-in scanner called Cleanup.

Cleanup is free and runs periodically but you can run it manually if you think your browser may be infected.

How to run chrome Cleanup feature 

Step 1: Click the 3 staked dots on the top right corner of your browser.

Step 2: Drag your cursor down the list and till you get to settings.

Step 3: Click settings.

Step 4: Then settings will open up and look for the 3 stacked lines next to the word settings.

Step 5: When you find the 3 stacked lines click it and open the left side drop down.

Step 6: When opened you will then see the advanced tap at the bottom of the list.

Step 7: Click advanced.

Step 8:  With advanced open you will then see reset and clean up .

Step 9: Click reset and clean up ,then click clean up computer.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Turn Off Chrome Notifications

Browser alerts can be a lifesaver, letting you know about important, timely content that your favorite website just posted. However, it's also easy to tire of these notifications and want to turn them off. Fortunately, Chrome makes it easy to disable alerts from an individual site or from the entire Internet.

1. Navigate to chrome://settings/content/notifications. You can also get there by going to settings then content and then notifications, but why not just go directly?

How to disable all notifications

1. Toggle "Ask before sending (recommended)" to Off if you wish to disable all notifications from all sites. After you toggle the switch, the UI will say "blocked." If you don't want to stop all alerts, skip this step.

Now, not only will you not receive alerts, but you shouldn't be prompted to sign up for them either.

How to disable notifications from particular sites

1. Scroll down to the "Allow list"

2. Locate the site you want to disallow.

3. Highlight the unwanted site URL and hit CTRL + C (or right click) to copy.

4. Click the three dots and select Remove from the menu.

You will no longer receive alerts from that site, but it could still ask you to sign up again. Let's block it from doing so.

5. Scroll up to the "Block" list and click Add.

6. Paste (or type) in the URL of the site you want blocked and click Add.

Now that site will not only stop sending you notifications, but also stop asking you to sign up for them.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS PART 3


Switching between tabs on mobile is awkward, with you tapping the tiny tabs button and then selecting a tab. Only you don’t have to – swipe left and right across the omnibar and Chrome switches between open tabs – fast, and ideal for the sausage-fingered.


Ctrl/Cmd-click a tab on the desktop, and Chrome gives you handy options. If music is blaring forth from one, you can mute the audio. If the site’s one you use all the time, pin it so it stays at the left of the tabs strip. You can also clone the current tab with Duplicate.


We note elsewhere how to access Chrome tabs that are open on your other devices; that menu also includes recently closed tabs. But on desktop, commit the shortcut Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+T to memory. Prod that and your most recently closed tab (or window) will reopen.


Ctrl/Cmd+R reloads a web page on the desktop. On mobile, drag down until you see the reload icon, and then release. On iOS, you can alternatively open a new tab or close the current one by, respectively, dragging left or right when the reload icon appears.


These days, websites are as likely to make your PC grind to a halt as a powerful app. Keep an eye on which ones are eating into memory and CPU usage by going to ⋮ > More Tools > Task Manager. Select a process and click End Process to kill it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS PART 2


Most modern websites optimise themselves for mobile devices. That’s great from a usability and readability standpoint – right up until you find a site ‘hides’ something you need access to. When that occurs, tap ⋮ and then Desktop site to force the desktop version of the current page to load. On Android, you can also override sites that don’t let you zoom in, by ticking Force enable zoom in Settings > Accessibility.


In desktop Chrome’s settings, go to Search engine > Manage search engines. Enter a search engine’s name, a preferred keyword and a query URL. You can then fire off searches for it using the omnibar (such as ‘am lego’ for Amazon), saving you the hassle of visiting the site first.


When a site’s text resembles ants crawling across the display, use Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) and + or - to adjust the page zoom level. Use Ctrl/Cmd+0 to reset it. Cleverly, Chrome remembers your settings on a per-site basis – change the zoom level on one, and others remain unaffected.


If you’ve mislaid an Android device, head to www.google.com/android/find. Sign in, and Find My Device will load. If your device is online, its location will be shown on a map, and you’ll be able to make it ring for five minutes, lock it, or erase it entirely.


To search for a term within the current page on mobile, go to ⋮ > Find in Page. Use the up and down arrows to jump between results, or the bar at the right of the screen to scrub between them on Android. (On desktop, as you’d expect, use Ctrl/Cmd+F.)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS PART 1

Polish up your Chrome skills by checking out these tips for making the most of Google’s web browser

Whenever a new device shows up, people argue about a ‘killer app’ – that one essential that ensures the latest shiny trinket will be a market leader. But the reality is a web browser for most people remains their most-used – and thereby most important – app. And Google Chrome is the best of them.

But although Google Chrome – like all modern web browsers – offers a kind of minimal, stripped-back approach, there are loads of great features and settings you may not know about. This feature is all about discovering the good bits, saving you time and effort, and leaving you with extra hours in which to conduct vital online research – or yell at random strangers on social media.



On desktop, open Chrome’s settings and select On start-up. This is by default set to continue on from where you left off. But if you tend to visit the same sites first thing, select Open a specific page or set of pages. If your favourite pages are already open, click Use current pages; otherwise, click Add a new page and enter a URL. Repeat until your list is complete; your set of pages will open next time you launch Chrome.


Google encourages you to sign into its apps. This enables them to improve your user experience. Chrome is no exception, because you can sync between devices things like bookmarks and passwords. But that’s not great if someone pilfers your account details and roams about being you. Stop that happening by activating 2-Step Verification (www.google.com/landing/2step/), which requires your phone to confirm new sign-ins.


When you juggle devices, you may plonk yourself down in front of a PC before realising the page you need is already open on your smartphone. Assuming your devices are signed in, you can quickly view and open such tabs. On mobile, click ⋮ and choose Recent tabs. On desktop, click ⋮ in the main toolbar and then History to see tabs that are open elsewhere, or go to History > Show Full History and click Tabs from other devices.


Whichever flavour of Chrome you prefer, there will be a microphone button on the screen. (On desktop and Android, it’s in the search field; on iOS, you’ll find it above the keyboard.) Once you’ve approved access requirements, tap this button, and speak your search query. Chrome will provide the usual results page, but also read out the most salient information, such as a weather forecast or a Wikipedia article synopsis.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tips to keep your child safe on the internet

A new generation is about to wade into the waters of the internet, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau recommends parents be an integral part of teaching their children how to make the most of the internet and avoid its potential problems.

The threats children face are many of the same ones as adults, such as fake websites, viruses, collection of personal information and other scams. Keeping children safe online also involves a different type of danger: bullying.

“It is a sad fact that young children and older students can be harassed, threatened and embarrassed by their peers,” said Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. “Most bullying occurs through social media and email, sometimes with devastating consequences. Parents can help nip such problems in the bud by keeping the lines of communication open.”

There are a number of ways parents can help protect their children online, including using parental controls with filters that can block certain sites and content. There is also software that can reveal what websites your children are visiting.

Parental oversight of young children on the internet goes beyond laptops, PCs and Macs. Smart phones and tablets are also computers and present the same risks. If it’s a smart device, you can restrict the hours that children can use it.

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Another area that requires parental instruction and oversight is social media. Many children have social media profiles, and there may be school or other groups with social media pages. Children should be taught that people who want to be their friend or follow them online may not be who they seem to be, and may present a danger.

Children may lack the maturity and judgement to know how to protect themselves from stalkers, and how to deal with pop-up ads with phony coupons, friend requests and games.

Connecticut BBB offers these tips to help keep your child safe as he or she begins to explore the internet:

Monitor their activities – Keep computers within your view when your child is in the learning stages, and watch over them until you are comfortable with their internet skills.

Create their accounts – This can help you control the safety of your children’s activities, whether they are creating social media profiles or signing up for any service, email, game or website.

Check privacy settings – When your child is ready for social media make sure that only friends can see their profiles, and explain the risks of engaging with people they don’t know.

Discuss the limits of sharing – That includes anything that identifies the child, the family, the school, telephone numbers, address, birthdays and family photos.

Keep the lines of communication open – You will want to know if anyone is trolling, pestering or bullying your child to enable you to intervene as quickly as possible.

All Credit goes to : http://fox61.com/2017/02/19/tips-to-keep-your-child-safe-on-the-internet/

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Protecting Yourself From Ransomware

Q. What kind of software should I use to protect my computer from ransomware?

A. An up-to-date anti-malware program running on your computer is one way to help block ransomware — that malicious software that wants to invade your system and encrypt your files with demands for payment to release them. Several companies make programs that guard against ransomware and other threats, like Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Webroot Secure Anywhere Antivirus (both less than $40). PCMag.com is one site that regularly reviews and rates new security software, and you can find reviews from other technology sites around the web.

Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware for Windows is one of the free security utilities available to protect personal computers from certain types of malicious software. Credit The New York Times

If you want a specific program to protect your files from online hijacking, you have options there, too. ZoneAlarm Anti-Ransomware is available to download with a free 30-day trial, Trend Micro’s page has free or trial ransomware protection programs, and Bitdefender has a free Anti-Ransomware Tool of its own.

Most ransomware programs are aimed at Windows computers, and Microsoft has its own online guide to protecting your PC from ransomware. The company also includes its Windows Defender Security Center utility for protecting Windows 10 if you do not want to install a third-party program.

Macs are a smaller target for most virus writers, but Mac-specific ransomware is out there. If Apple’s built-in protections for its operating system do not put the mind at ease, commercial Mac security software is readily available; Bitdefender and Webroot make Mac versions of their programs, too.

In addition to security software, assuming a stance of “defensive computing” can help shield you from internet scammers. Steer clear of links and file attachments in messages from people you do not know (or from friends who do not seem to be themselves, possibly because of hacking). Keep your system files backed up regularly so you have copies in case something does happen to your system. The Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuard Online site has tips and videos on protecting yourself from ransomware and other internet threats.

All Credit goes to: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/technology/personaltech/ransomware-protection.html?partner=rss&emc=rss