Google’s personal search results can be turned off if you prefer not to see them

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Repair, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Windows Leave a Comment

Over on lifehacker.com there is a great post about how to turn off the Google personal search results feature. The instructions for doing so are simply to click on the settings cog at the top of the Google page, then select “Search Settings”. Next find “Personal results” and select “Do not use personal results”. This makes the “Hide personal results” …

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Why do videos start playing automatically when I visit a website? How can I stop this? #GoodQuestion

JohnMHoyt Computer Repair, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Windows 4 Comments

Today a client mentioned that videos are playing automatically on their computer and it annoys them. Hey, it annoys me too! Why oh why do websites insist on force-feeding you content you might not actually want to hear? Please, web developers, give us the option to actually play your video if we want to. In fact, there is a particular …

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Google is planning to put an end to SSL exploits, hopefully before they happen with Chrome

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Repair, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, security Leave a Comment

The other day I posted about the BEAST that can circumvent SSL encryption used with websites and how a proof of concept would be demonstrated soon and actual exploits in the wild even sooner. No sooner had I posted about that than Google’s Chrome development team had posted that they have an update already prepared for the Chrome browser that …

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Some browser stats for www.HomelandSecureIT.com #Windows #Mac #IE #Firefox #Chrome #Android #iPad

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, broadband, Business, Connectivity, Fun Stuff, Homeland Secure IT, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, Mobile, OS X, Technology, Windows, Windows Server 8 Comments

A couple weeks ago I was watching a conversation about the popularity of certain devices for browsing and thought I would pull out some recent information about our own website, http://www.HomelandSecureIT.com… Here’s a look at our site for July 1st until August 1st broken down by browser and platform: Other than the super-high bounce rate, we see some important information… …

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Will your next browser be missing the URL bar? Google Chrome will have an option for that

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, broadband, Computer Service, Connectivity, Fun Stuff, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Microsoft, Technology Leave a Comment

Found an interesting article titled “Google Is Serious: You Can Kill Chrome’s URL Bar” which gives a glimpse of what may be around the corner; The ability to hide the URL bar by default. What is the purpose? Smaller desktops, such as those found on netbooks could benefit from gaining a few pixels of real estate on the screen. However, …

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Ditch the WiFi and go with 3g or 4g broadband connectivity for your mobile devices

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, broadband, Business, Cloud Computing, Computer Security, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, iPad, iPhone, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, Mobile, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Technology, Windows Leave a Comment

Those of you who are using a notebook computer or mobile device such as an iPad, iPhone, Android or Android tablet and connecting to those public free wifi access hotspots may want to just ditch the WiFi after what I heard about today… In spite of what I said about safe browsing from public wi-fi hotspots using a VPN a …

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SECURE IT ALERT: FireSheep is proof of concept why public unencrypted Wi-Fi is dangerous

JohnMHoyt Android, Apple, broadband, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Microsoft, Mobile, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Technology, Windows Leave a Comment

  Homeland Secure IT Alert for Saturday, October 30, 2010   FireSheep add-on for Firefox browser is proof-of-concept why you should NOT use public / unencrypted Wi-Fi to access without extreme caution. Last week, a tool was released that makes it possible for anyone to easily hijack your web sessions from within a browser view. When I say anyone, that …

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10 Google services that don’t get the limelight they deserve (Thanks @RussellTripp)

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@RussellTripp posted this to Twitter and I had to save it, thus it got posted to the blog so I don’t forget about it myself… Thanks Russell… I didn’t even know about the Code Search until today. I can promise you I will be using this 10 Google Services That Don’t Get the Limelight They Deserve  posted on MakeUseOf.com Share and …

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SECURE IT ALERT: Apple iPad reportedly still has a vulnerable Safari browser

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The awesome little iPad tablet computer from apple is still vulnerable to the hacks that were reported earlier. According to this article, ‘Once implemented, the hack can reportedly allow hackers to steal someone else’s email identity, reflash network devices with firmware, or trick Safari into doing “pretty much anything on any TCP port and not have any current IDS/IPS in …

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