How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi

How to stay safe on public Wi-Fi by Ben Dickson.  Available from <> []

Free public Wi-Fi is everywhere: in hotels, malls, libraries, coffee shops. To most people, they’re an excellent way to save on your mobile data plan while reading news, managing your social media accounts and reading your emails.

But free Wi-Fi networks are also a major source of security vulnerabilities, and there are many ways malicious actors can exploit them to steal critical information from negligent users or harm them in some other way.

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Safe Internet Day 2017: Few handy tips to stay secure in world of web

Safe Internet Day 2017: Few handy tips to stay secure in world of web By Manas Dwivedi  Available from <> First Published: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:34 AM; Updated On : February 07, 2017 12:10 PM Photo Source:
February 7 is celebrated as Safer Internet Day to promote NetSafe tricks and some useful fixes.

In the world of internet and information technology, data safety and security is a vital aspect of everybody’s life. After all, it’s a matter of privacy and once any outright sabotage happens, it really is tricky to deal with and fix the mess caused by hacking, malware and ransomware.

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The best way to evaluate your Internet speed

The best way to evaluate your Internet speed by Eric Geier.  Available from <> [12:00 a.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017]

The Internet is a necessity for many these days, and when it’s slow, it can be frustrating.

Complaining to your Internet service provider (ISP for short) often leads them to upselling you to a faster plan when it might not be needed. So here I share some tips on dealing with slow Internet issues:

Discover what speeds you’re paying for: ISPs sell their Internet access with varying speeds, typically represented in megabits per second (Mbps), often spoken as “megs,” for the download speeds. Since quoted upload speeds are usually much less than the download speeds, they can be less than 1 Mbps, which they would then be represented in kilobytes per second (Kbps). About 1,000 Kbps equals 1 Mbps.

First, find out exactly what speeds you should be getting for the plan you’re currently paying for. Sometimes your monthly bill or online account from your ISP will tell you, but other times you might have to call them.

Test your current Internet speed: Next, test your actual Internet speeds to ensure you’re getting what you’re currently paying for. There are many ways to do this, but my favorite testing website is Go there and hit Begin Test, and within a minute or two it will show you the results.

Keep in mind, the computer you use to test the speeds and the way in which that computer is connected to the Internet can negatively affect the speeds. You should try to test using a computer that’s hardwired to the Internet modem/router gateway. If you must use a computer that’s wirelessly connected via Wi-Fi, you should ensure it’s relatively close to the Internet gateway.

Reboot your modem/router and computer: If you ever see test results much lower than what’s promised by your ISP or you’re having any other Internet issue, first try rebooting everything. Unplug the ISP modem/router gateway for a couple seconds, keeping in mind you might temporarily loose TV and/or phone service in addition to the Internet. Then reboot your computer and see if that helps.

Call your ISP to test your connection: If you’re still seeing problems after rebooting the equipment, give the ISP a call. Though they might try to just sell you a faster plan, insist on them testing your connection, which they can usually do remotely while you’re on the phone. They might detect a low signal or connection quality due to a problem in your home or with the lines outside, which then they will likely send a tech out to investigate further.

Call a computer pro to check it out: If you need help in testing your Internet speeds or are still having issues after talking to the ISP, consider calling a computer professional. A slow or corrupt computer can cause slowness. A poor Wi-Fi connection can also cause slowness for wirelessly connected devices.

In addition, don’t forget: Having lots of devices on the Internet at once and/or video streaming can certainly slow things down, and you might consider upgrading to a faster plan. On the other hand, if you have one of the faster connections, you might actually be able to downgrade your plan to save money if all that speed isn’t necessary.

If you do only simple web browsing and emailing, one of the slower plans with download speeds in the 1 to 5 Mbps range might be fine. If you do video streaming (like with YouTube or Netflix), I’d suggest the 10 to 20 Mbps range, or more if you have multiple people in the house regularly video streaming.

The best way to evaluate your Internet speed by Eric Geier.  Available from <> [12:00 a.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017]

7 ways to improve spotty Wi-Fi internet in your building

7 ways to improve spotty Wi-Fi internet in your building by Jessica Michael.  Available from <> [Published on: October 19, 2016]

There are several reasons why your wireless signal is spotty or non-existent in some areas of your farm office – all of them can be frustrating. You just want reliable and speedy internet, is that so much to ask? It’s not, and it is possible to fix. Here are some tips and tools to help you improve the wireless connection in your smart office:

1. Check your antenna direction. If your wireless router has antennas, check the direction. The ideal position for maximum reach is one antenna pointing straight up and the other horizontally.

2. Avoid interference. Consider moving the location or position of your router to avoid interference from metal furniture, brick walls or other electronics.

3. Update your wireless software and firmware. Login to your router’s admin console and check for updates of the firmware. You should also check your computers and mobile devices to ensure that your wireless connection software is up-to-date.

4. Check your connected network. Some internet service providers give you access to login to mobile hotspots in the community. When you it set to automatically connect, it can do the same at elsewhere so make sure you avoid setting your ISP to connect automatically.

5. Connect to the better band. If you have newer router, you’ll notice that there are two networks – one for 2.4Ghz and one for 5Ghz. The 5Ghz band has less noise (fewer devices such as cordless phones and garage door openers), but is less likely to penetrate walls.

6. Repeat it. Wireless repeaters can extend your network throughout your office space, building or farm. Check out products and services like Ayrstone, eero and Luma. There are plenty of options for wireless repeaters, but these companies offer easy setup.

7. Replace it. If your router is old, it may be time to replace it. You can purchase a newer model online or contact your ISP to request a newer model as a part of your service agreement. They will not let you know when it is time to upgrade – you have to take action on your own!

7 ways to improve spotty Wi-Fi internet in your building by Jessica Michael.  Available from <> [Published on: October 19, 2016]