U.S. Internet Speeds

Average U.S. Internet speed has more than tripled since 2011

By on January 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

Average U.S. Internet speed has more than tripled since 2011

Thanks to the rise of streaming video services like Netflix, ISPs in the United States have been forced to up their game and deliver faster connections to keep bandwidth hungry users satisfied. In fact, a new report from the FCC highlights that the average U.S. Internet speed has tripled over a period of three and a half years.

In a report published earlier this week, the FCC found that the average connection speed in the U.S., as of September 2014, checks in at 31 megabits per second (Mbps), a marked increase from the 10 Mbps average the agency observed back in 2011.

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Home Wi-Fi Network Speed Tips Tricks

How to improve your home Wi-Fi signal in just a few easy steps

By on December 18, 2015 at 2:20 PM.

How to improve your home Wi-Fi signal in just a few easy steps

So you’re just about ready to have people over for Christmas and you’re looking to make sure everything’s just right. To make sure your guests have proper access to Wi-Fi in your house, you’ll want to make sure your Wi-Fi signal is as strong as possible. Below we’ve posted some tips and tricks for ensuring your Wi-Fi network is in good shape to handle Christmas dinner guests. More →

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How to Speed Up Your Wi-Fi

How to speed up your home Wi-Fi by optimizing your router

By on December 7, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

How to speed up your home Wi-Fi by optimizing your router

No one’s Wi-Fi setup is perfect, but some of us really struggle to get it right. If you suffer from frequent drops in connection or slowdowns despite the fact that your hardware seems to be up to snuff, you might want to follow these simple steps to see if you can achieve a more consistent Wi-Fi connection in your home. More →

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Computer Internet Use Work

Court says you can use your work computer however you like

By on December 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

Court says you can use your work computer however you like

Your employer might tell you that you shouldn’t be playing Candy Crush Saga on your work computer while you’re supposed to be productive, or that you can’t use various sites and services while at work, but a U.S. Court just ruled that breaking your employer’s computer policy isn’t a crime. Sure, it might get you fired in the long run, but you won’t be liable for any criminal charges. More →

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Spying Encrypted Internet Traffic

One country wants to spy on all its encrypted Internet traffic

By on December 4, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

One country wants to spy on all its encrypted Internet traffic

Western countries including the U.S. and U.K. continue to voice their concerns against encrypted devices and Internet services, saying they hinder the efforts of spy agencies looking to prevent things like the mid-November Paris attacks from happening. American tech companies, which are primarily attacked for their use of encryption, aren’t willing to budge and provide governments backdoors into encrypted devices so that they can be used for spying purposes.

It turns out that one country doesn’t even need Internet companies to get on board – not that this particular country would have any sway on American corporation – and plans to spy on all encrypted Internet traffic going in and out of the country. More →

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Top 10 Internet Hacks Guardian

Change the way you use the Internet with these 10 incredible tips and tricks

By on October 5, 2015 at 11:40 AM.

Change the way you use the Internet with these 10 incredible tips and tricks

Every once in a while, we’ll share some of the most interesting life hacks we find around the Internet —  simple ways you can improve your life without drastically changing your daily habits — but this week we found something slightly different. More →

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How to Avoid Online Scams

How to avoid seven of the most common online scams

By on July 16, 2015 at 1:01 PM.

How to avoid seven of the most common online scams

The Internet is great for a lot of things — research, entertainment, getting caught up on world news — but it can also be a dangerous minefield if you aren’t careful. Ever since the Internet became commonplace in society, scammers have found ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting masses.

On Thursday, WhoIsHostingThis? shared its latest infographic, highlighting seven of the most common online scams, as well as offering tips for how to avoid them. More →

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Mt. Fuji Wifi

Japan installs free Wi-Fi on top of Mt. Fuji

By on July 13, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

Japan installs free Wi-Fi on top of Mt. Fuji

Japan recently installed Wi-Fi hotspots on Mt. Fuji because even adventurous mountain climbers, apparently, need Internet access. So if you’re one of the brave souls intent on climbing to the top of the most visited mountain in the world, you’ll now be able to email selfies of your achievement to friends with ease.

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Most Famous Internet Hoaxes

Were You Fooled By Any of the Internet’s Most Famous Hoaxes?

By on July 2, 2015 at 4:07 PM.

Were You Fooled By Any of the Internet’s Most Famous Hoaxes?

There is no faster, more efficient source of news in the modern day than the Internet, but, as you well know, not everyone is interested in telling the truth. In fact, it’s easier than ever for a prank or a hoax to go viral in the age of the Internet, and the more channels we have in which to communicate, the faster this nonsense can spread.

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Internet Fiber Optic Capacity

Future of the Internet is Safe: Engineers Break the Capacity Limit for Fiber Optic Transmissions

By on June 27, 2015 at 6:04 PM.

Future of the Internet is Safe: Engineers Break the Capacity Limit for Fiber Optic Transmissions

As the sheer volume of data transmitted over the web continues to grow by leaps and bounds, there has been a lot of speculation regarding whether or not the fiber optic cables which form the underlying foundation of the internet will eventually max out.

Well not to fear. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego recently published a report in the journal Science detailing how they were able to increase the maximum power under which fiber optic signals can be transmitted and accurately decoded. In turn, optic signals can now travel for longer distances without seeing a degradation in quality.

“This advance,” the UC San Diego News Center writes, “has the potential to increase the data transmission rates for the fiber optic cables that serve as the backbone of the internet, cable, wireless and landline networks.”

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Internet Speed

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM.

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

For as much as we complain about Internet speeds, it’s easy to forget just how good we have it compared to the early days of the web when many of us were forced to wait with baited breath for an AOL connection to go through.

Going back to the late 90s, broadband was nowhere to be found. Instead, most users relied on 28.8 kbps and 33 kbps speed modems. And if you really wanted some a more speedy browsing experience, you could always step up your game with a 56 kbps modem.

Today, in a world filled with cable modems and DSL, old school modems are nothing more than nostalgic memories, seemingly relics of an ancient era. But what would happen if you hooked up a modern computer to a 56 kbps modem and tried to browse the web for a week? How would the once-speedy modem cope with some of today’s more data intensive websites?

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