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Speed Up Your Browser

Speed Up Your Browser with 5 Simple Steps

December 11th, 2018 Posted by Best Practices, Cloud, Data, Desktop, Internet, Managed Service Provider, Services 0 thoughts on “Speed Up Your Browser with 5 Simple Steps”

Is Your Browser Running Slow?

There’s nothing worse than a website that won’t load. Over time, high volumes of content can cause your Internet browser to slow down. However, with a bit of maintenance, it’s easy to ensure your browser stays speedy for longer.

The following tips apply across all major Internet browsers, including but not limited to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer.

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Browser

1. Remove unused extensions – Too many plug-ins and extensions can slow down your browser. They take up system resources and can even cause bugs and crashes. Extensions can add useful features to your browser, but it’s a good idea to occasionally remove the ones you no longer use or need.

For extensions you need, make sure they’re regularly updated. Your browser should automatically handle updates this, but it’s worth double-checking. Just like keeping the browser itself updated, ensuring you’re running the latest versions of your add-ons keeps them bug-free and running smoothly.

2. Clear your cache and cookies – As you surf the web, your browser keeps records of your files in its cache to speed up your experience. The next time you visit a site, the cached files are already present, so your browser only needs to download the new bits from the web. This means less time waiting, and in general, a faster browsing experience.

However, it is recommended to occasionally cear out your cache and start again. Your browser should automatically manage the cache, but it can get unwieldy and cause the occasional bug or glitch. If you want to keep your browsing speed as good as new, then wipe the slate clean every few months or so. Afterwards, you might notice a slight slowdown to begin with, as your browser rebuilds the cache, but it should quickly go back to normal.

At the same time you clear your cache, you should clear your cookies as well. Cookies are bits of data that websites record on your machine to identify who you are, where you’re from, your website preferences, etc. Usually these cookies are harmless and useful, but a regular purge will quickly get rid of any corrupt or unnecessary ones.

3. Uninstall and reinstall your browser – Removing unused extensions and clearing the cache/cookies are great tips for stopping browser slowdowns – sort of like returning your car to its original state by erasing all the issues and problems that have built up. Uninstalling and reinstalling your browser is a quick shortcut to do the same job.

Once the old version of your browser is uninstalled, you can reinstall the latest update from the Internet. As well as eliminating any corrupted data caches and unneeded extensions, this will make sure that you’re running the most up-to-date version of the software, an important factor in keeping your browser running smoothly. Staying up to date is vital in fixing bugs and blocking security threats and most modern browsers download updates automatically.

4. Manage your tabs – Managing your open tabs more efficiently will help you browse faster. The more tabs you have open, the slower your browser will run. For faster browsing, keep the number of open tabs to a minimum and resist the urge to have a dozen tabs open at once. If you need to keep track of several sites to return to later, you can bookmark the pages for later. Pro tip: Set up a “Temporary” folder within your bookmarks for this scenario.

5. Install a cleanup tool – Some add-ons and apps can help you keep your browser running at top speed. Most of these tools handle the cleaning jobs we covered above, like tidying up cached files that you don’t need any more. It’s worth researching and testing a couple to see if you notice any speed increases. There are also desktop programs to clean up browser clutter.

Still Need Help?

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Source: Popular Science

Technology News - September 2018

Technology News – September 2018

September 19th, 2018 Posted by Cloud, Internet, Newsletters, Security 0 thoughts on “Technology News – September 2018”

Your Guide to the Most Relevant Technology News

Here’s what we’re reading this month:

The right to be forgotten allows individuals to have their data erased from certain sources, including search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. The GDPR enforces this law for EU citizens, but the right to be forgotten could be enforced worldwide in the future. Google and its supporters argue that “European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what internet users around the world find when they use a search engine.” Read more here.

Apple iOS 12 was released, adding new features to existing phones and gearing up for the release of the new iPhone Xs and Xr phones. The new operating system includes new features and improvements, Group Facetime, allowing Facetime for up to 32 people, among the most notable and anticipated. Read more here.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is here. Changes from the Note 8 include Samsung’s biggest screen ever, better color accuracy, S Pen upgrades, and improved storage and battery life. Read more here.

A recent Forbes article examines the “missing link in developing a cyber security strategy”. The author, CTO at a technology company, says that communication between the IT team and executives is often overlooked in strategy design, resulting in oversight of potential risks and lack of understanding for solutions to avert them. Read more here.

Facebook announced its initiative to build its first Asian data center. The facility, located in Singapore, is expected to open in 2022 and will support hundreds of new jobs. As mobile growth, e-commerce and cloud computing demand rise, the investment is crucial. Read more here.

Technology News - April 2018

Technology News – April 2018

April 9th, 2018 Posted by Cloud, Internet, Newsletters, Security 0 thoughts on “Technology News – April 2018”

Your Guide to the Most Relevant Technology News

Here’s what we’re reading this month:

Dell’s Director of Virtual and Augmented reality talks about the future of virtual reality, and how VR headsets will change the way we approach training and education. Read more here.

Big retailers are increasing their adoption of robots. Retail giants Walmart, Amazon and Target are testing robots in stores to reduce labor costs and improve efficiency. Read more here.

How to protect your data on social media. The New York Times’ tips on how protect yourself from data-harvesting apps and programs on Facebook can also be used as security measures on other social media platforms. Read more here.

SpaceX is officially approved to provide internet service. SpaceX internet service is officially approved – bringing new competition to the internet provider industry and coverage to areas where internet was not previously available. Read more here and here.

Technology News - March 2018

Technology News – March 2018

February 27th, 2018 Posted by Hackers, Internet, Security 0 thoughts on “Technology News – March 2018”

Your Guide to the Most Relevant Technology News

Here’s what we’re reading this month:

Everything you need to know about blockchain, a new technology used for sharing information, and how it will change the business world. Read more here.

The order overturning net neutrality rules was officially published. The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order hands internet service providers the power to control the content consumers can access. Many technology companies are supporting the congressional bid to reverse the net neutrality repeal and protect an open internet. Read more here and here.

Two experimental SpaceX satellites successfully deployed into space at the end of February. The satellites are designed to help lay the foundation for Starlink, a huge network of SpaceX satellites that aims to provide 100% global internet coverage within five years, a crucial leap forward for the billions of people currently without internet access. Read more here.

The latest cyber security tips from Forbes on how you can protect yourself in a world where almost everything has a computer and every computer has the potential to be hacked. Read more here.

November 2015 SB152 Ballot Question

October 6th, 2015 Posted by Community, Internet, Services 0 thoughts on “November 2015 SB152 Ballot Question”

La Plata County community citizens will have the opportunity to vote on an exemption from SB 152 later this month. Colorado Senate Bill 05-152 (SB 152) is a measure passed by the Colorado Legislature in 2005. Its intent was to limit governments from competing with the private sector.

Among other provisions, it requires local governments to secure voter approval before entering into the broadband partnerships or business. Without such approval, the law limits the ability of Colorado local governments to provide a wide spectrum of services, including:

  • free Internet service in city libraries, parks and community centers;
  • leveraging government infrastructure and partnering with private businesses to provide affordable and highspeed Internet service throughout the entire community;
  • direct provision of broadband services by municipal governments where needed.

A voter-approved exemption from SB 152 would restore local independence and ability to evaluate all possibilities for next-generation broadband services in La Plata County and our communities. An exemption supports local choice and options, allowing us as citizens to make the best decisions based on the needs of our own individual communities, without raising taxes.

To learn more about this ballot question for surrounding municipalities and county governments, please click here: SB152_E-Version_Inclusive.

To learn more about this ballot question for surrounding municipalities, please click here: www.swccog.org/projects/telecom.

More links:
http://www.durangotv.com/video-detail.php?ID=505
http://www.durangoherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?aid=/20150803/NEWS01/150809876

All information provided by the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance (www.yeslpc.com) and Southwest Colorado Council of Governments (www.swccog.org).

IoT for Me? (The Internet of Things)

May 11th, 2015 Posted by Internet, Networks, Services 0 thoughts on “IoT for Me? (The Internet of Things)”

By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer

Smart phones, Smart cars, Smart homes…what about SMART PEOPLE?

Seriously, we are smart people. But what the heck is IoT? Bhavesh Patel, Director of Marketing and Customer Support, put it in the simplest terms for me to understand. He said “At its most basic, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the widespread usage of any sensing device that has a chip and an IP address and can communicate (source).” Well, gee, why didn’t you say that in the first place? So what is it really?

Internet of Things
Do you remember the first time, not too long ago, when you walked into a bathroom and the lights came on? That was cool! Now we can have multiple IoT devices in our homes that not only turn on the lights but can also adjust the room temperature based on the number of bodies that are in that room. We have cars that detect a still object in front or behind the moving vehicle and communicate to the other chip that can apply the brakes.

The IoT seems endless…so many options, so many things they can do for us! In fact, there are more Internet connected devices than the world’s population. “Ok, Google…What was the world’s population in 2012?” 7.043 billion people. Why 2012? Because it was 2012 when IoT became larger than the world’s population.

The future of IoT is bright and BIG. In the workplace, we are seeing IoT put to use more and more in efforts to conserve power and water, collect data for analytics, and automate processes all with network-connected equipment. But are we creating an environment that removes the human-factor completely? Children that will grow up never learning how to drive a car because the cars drive themselves. Who never have to do something as simple as adjust the thermostat because it automagically does it for them. Weird. Microsoft Word does not consider “automagically” a misspelled word.

We’d love to hear from you! How have you put the IoT to use? What are your big plans?

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