Improving Internet Searching Experience

Technology advances every day and requires people to adapt to a new update that is available. The desktop computer is the most common used technology advancement, next to people using their mobile devices. The applications both used on desktop computers and mobile devices always have various options to alter their performance. Here are some helpful suggestions on how to make your computer run smoother.

Browser options

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 – Do not use older versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer as they are no longer being patched and updated. Using older versions of Internet Explorer opens you up to viruses, spyware, malware, and security breaches. The most popular browsers are Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 only), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

Privacy – browsing incognito

Internet Explorer 11: 

Click on the Gear icon, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your cursor over the Safety option. A sub-menu should now appear. Click on the option labeled InPrivate Browsing.

Please note that you can utilize the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + P.

Chrome: 

Click on Chrome’s main menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled New incognito window.

Please note that you can use the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL+SHIFT+N on Chrome OS, Linux and Windows and COMMAND+SHIFT+N on Mac OS X.

Microsoft Edge: 

Click on Edge’s main menu button, represented by three dots and located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select the choice labeled “New InPrivate Window.”

Firefox: 

Click on the Firefox menu, located in the upper right hand corner of your browser window and represented by three horizontal lines. When the pop-out menu appears click on the New Private Window option, circled in the example above.

Please note that you can utilize the following keyboard shortcut: CTRL + SHIFT + P.

Safari: 

Click on File in the Safari menu, located at the top of your screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select the New Private Window option. You can also use the following keyboard shortcut: UP ARROW + COMMAND + N.

Flushing cache or history

Chrome: 

  1. Click on the three dashes in the top right corner.
  2. Click on settings in the menu.
  3. Click on History in the menu on the left.
  4. Click on Clear browsing data…
  5. Select Empty the cache from the list.
  6. Click on Clear browsing data on the bottom. Your browser cache is now empty.

Firefox:

  1. Click on the orange Firefox button in the top left corner.
  2. Move the mouse to Options and click on Options in the submenu.
  3. Click on Advanced
  4. Click on the Network tab.
  5. Click on Clear Now in the Cached Web Content section.

Safari:

  1. Click on the ALT-key, when the menubar on top of the screen isn’t visible.
  2. Click on Edit in the menubar.
  3. Click on Empty Cache… in the menu.
  4. Click on Empty in the pop-up box.
  5. Internet Explorer 11:
  6. Click on the gear wheel in the top right corner.
  7. Click on Safety in the menu
  8. Click on Delete browsing history in the submenu
  9. Select Temporary Internet files and website files from the list
  10. Click on Delete
  11. On the bottom of the page the browser notifies you when the browser cache is cleared

Microsoft Edge:

  1. Select “…” in upper right corner
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Clear Browser data”
  4. Uncheck all boxes EXCEPT “Cached data & files”

Safety

Regardless of the type of browser you choose to use, ensure that it is updated and patched. Don’t fall for phishing. Phishing is a common trick used by identity thieves to gain your personal information. This crime involves sending e-mails or creating sites that appear to be from a legitimate company and asking you to confirm personal information such as bank account numbers, passwords, birth dates, or addresses.

Before adding any personal information, contact the supposed site directly to see if they have been trying to contact you. Most reputable sites will not contact you in this way.

Before entering information or buying something over the internet, be sure the page is secure with the https: prefix.

Follow these internet safety tips for avoiding spyware and fortify your computer security right away:

  • Avoid questionable Web sites
  • Only download software from sites you trust. Carefully evaluate free software and file-sharing applications before downloading them.
  • Update your operating system regularly
  • Increase your browser security settings
  • Type in a trusted URL for a company’s site into the address bar of your browser to bypass links in an email or instant message
  • Install and regularly update antivirus, antimalware, and antispyware

Nina Johnson is ‎Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at Singularity LLC (singularityknows.com). She also serves as co-chair of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber’s Technology Committee.

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