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What Is DSL?

A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is one of the most reliable and widely available Internet connections on the market. It’s fast and easy to set up, which means you can connect to the Internet and start surfing the web, emailing your friends, and streaming movies right away. If you’re looking for the best Internet for […]

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What Is a Fiber-Optic Cable?

Most people have heard of fiber optics but may not understand how they relate to a home Internet arrangement. In simplest terms, fiber-optic cables, like copper or telephone wires, make up networks that allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to deliver Internet connectivity to their customers. But fiber-optic lines aren’t exactly like their copper competitors — […]

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What Is Antivirus Software?

In 2014, more than 317 million new computer viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious software — also known as malware — were released, which is the equivalent to nearly one million new threats each day. As a result of so many viruses flooding the Internet at large, it’s possible that nearly one-third of the world’s […]

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The Basics of an Internet Cookie

Anyone familiar with the Internet should have come across websites that talk about using cookies to enhance the user experience at some point. Some sites even ask permission to continue using them. In those instances, a choice lies before you: give away some privacy to gain a possible benefit, or keep your privacy at the […]

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How Do I Check What Operating System I Have?

A computer’s operating system (OS) — the software that supports the computer’s basic functions — has a variety of responsibilities, including managing memory, external devices, and applications. Computers generally come pre-loaded with an OS, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing one separately, though it is possible to upgrade or change systems. Knowing what […]

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What Is an External Hard Drive?

Most internal hard drives offer between 120 gigabytes (GB) to 2 terabytes (TB) of storage space. A single photo taken by an iPhone 4 takes up 2 megabytes (MB) of storage, and a 10-minute high-definition video can require up to several hundred megabytes of storage space. Add together all the photos and videos from your […]

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