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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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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 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?


Websites that have security certificates take advantage of HTTPS, which stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol with an S at the end for security. These certificates are used to provide security for a website’s visitor. Ordinarily, when a user plugs data into a form, like an email address or Social Security number, this data wouldn’t be protected while in transit. However, thanks to most organizations that collect this type of data now having security certificates on their websites, your data is safe. For examples of how HTTPS is used, look no further than banking websites or just about any online retailer like Amazon or eBay.

A great way to describe online encryption is by comparing it to a pipe. With a normal HTTP connection, your data is traveling through a transparent pipe. Anyone looking at it from the outside can see that which flows through it. Hackers can spy on it and steal data while it’s moving from one location to the next. If you’re using an HTTPS connection, however, the pipe has more of an opaque tint to it. While you can still see the insides, it’s unclear what is traveling through it and very difficult to get a clear glimpse of it. This is why it’s so difficult for hackers to take advantage of encrypted data. They might have the data, but it’s often so jumbled and difficult to piece together that it’s not worth the effort, or impossible, to decipher it.

While you can’t expect your employees to understand the finer details of how HTTPS works, you can expect them to understand online security best practices--especially those which pertain to keeping credentials like passwords and usernames secure. Make sure that your employees know not to input sensitive data into websites without first checking for these security identifiers.

Make Sure It Has a Security Certificate
Before plugging in a password or sensitive credential to a website, make sure that it’s protected by a security certificate. To find out if it’s equipped with one, look for a green padlock icon that appears next to the URL’s name in the address bar. Granted, even if it has a security certificate, you want to check which type of encryption it’s using, as there is a significant difference between SSL and TLS. For example, SSL is vulnerable to threats like POODLE (a man-in-the-middle exploit), making TLS a more desirable protection.

Be Wary of Suspicious URLs and Domains
Hackers will often create fake sites that are designed to mimic a reputable organization’s own website, only it will be designed to harvest credentials. These sites might have misspellings in the domain name, or numbers in the place of letters to make it look as legitimate as possible. Before plugging in your credentials, make sure that you’re actually looking at the organization’s website. Be sure to check the domain and cross-reference it with the information that you have on file.

For more great ways to keep yourself safe online, reach out to Managed IT Force today at 724-473-3950.

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