Shorten a URL

Ever come across a web address that is long & cumbersome? It can be tedious to copy it down correctly when sharing it with other people. An easy way to shorten a website address is by using a web tool called Tiny URL.  Browse to the website http://tinyurl.com/  Copy the long web address into the […]

Creating a favicion for your website

A Favicon (short for favourites icon) is a small graphic you can associate with your website for display in web browsers. The icon appears beside the URL in a browsers address bar, as well as next to the site’s name in a bookmarks/favourites list & with the site’s title in a tab. For example Facebook […]

Dropbox: Restoring previous versions of files

Dropbox allows you to restore earlier versions of any file. The fee edition of Dropbox allows use of previous versions of files over the last 30 days, but the paid editions have an option known as “Packrat” that allows unlimited undo history. To access this feature, launch the Dropbox website. Go to the folder where […]

Creating more secure passwords

Strong passwords are usually at least eight characters, include a combination of letters, numbers, & symbols and is easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess.  The easiest way to create a strong password that you won’t have to write down is to come up with a passphrase.  A passphrase is a […]

Policies that can protect your organization from Viruses, Worms & Internet Scams

Viruses & Worms are small but destructive programs that are commonly spread by e-mail. They come in the form of cleverly disguised attachments to messages that trick unsuspecting users into clicking on them. Once installed, viruses infect programs & files and can destroy your data. They can self-replicate across your network & spread by e-mailing […]

Future Trends in IT; Hosted Services

Hosted Services seems to be a concept that is starting to come to the fore. Rather than purchase the software & hardware outright, you “rent” the service from someone else. In certain circumstances, particularly organizations with small to medium networks, it can be very cost effective. Hosted services include technologies such as hosted anti-virus & […]

Take time to proof read your email

We’ve all received emails that were sent in a hurry & with little care. Poor grammar, incorrect spelling & clumsy sentences can confuse the meaning & even give the wrong impression. A few “tricks of the trade” can help you minimize problems with your emails: Briefly proof read everything before you send it. That quick […]

Trends in Computer Security

For years there has been an ongoing debate as to which computer platform is the most secure. Whilst there is a perception amongst both PC & Mac users that Macs are safer, apparently Mac users are victims of cybercrime just as regularly as PC users. According to security vendors, Viruses and Trojans are no longer […]

Consider accessing mail using a Web Browser (Webmail)

For years, many of us have accessed our email via an email client like Outlook, Thunderbird, Evolution, or Eudora. Whilst these programs are powerful, things get messy when you try & access mail from multiple devices. The proliferation of smartphones, notebooks, netbooks, tablets/ipads, & desktops makes it difficult to synchronize mail to all devices. When […]

Changing text size when web browsing

Occasionally, when web browsing, you might find the words on a particular website a little small to read clearly. The size & font of text can be permanently changed in the tools section of your web browser. However, web pages can often be inconsistent in the size of the text they use, & you may […]