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What Is 'PMSL'? What Does PMSL Mean?
You see the expression 'PMSL' in online conversations. But what exactly does PMSL mean? About.com explains...

Do You Know Your Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon?
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Do You Know Your Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon?
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Do You Know Your Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon?
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Do You Know Your Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon?
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

What Is 'Brute Force' Dictionary Hacking?
The fundamental password hacker attack is the 'brute force' method of repetition. About.com explains how brute force works here...

Understanding the World of P2P, File Downloading, and File Sharing
A primer guide for people new to peer-to-peer (

Peer Sharing on the Internet
Written for both beginning and intermediate users, this site explains Internet peer-sharing, how it works, and how best to participate so you can share music and multimedia files with your computer. Articles and tutorials brought to you by your About Guide to Internet for Beginners.

What Is 'U Jelly'? What Does 'Jelly' Mean?
You've likely seen 'jelly' or 'u jelly' on your social media. This taunt expression is a version of 'u mad bro', and has become quite common...

How Cybercriminals Are Different from Regular Criminals
How are cybercriminals different from regular street criminals? Patience and expertise are 2 of the key differences. About.com explains more here...

Internet Basics and More: Navigating the Online World
Understanding the Internet and the World Wide Web isn't rocket science, but there are many key concepts and practical skills involved. About.com has assembled several tutorials and explanations to help you with your online life and protecting your privacy!

Swordfish (2001)
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Foolproof (2003)
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Virtuosity (1995)
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Disclosure (1994)
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The Core (2003)
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Jurassic Park (1993)
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Revolution OS (2001)
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Gamer (2009)
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The Thirteenth Floor (1999)
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The Net (1995)
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Die Hard 4: Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
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Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999)
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Takedown (2000)
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Tron: Legacy (2010)
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Tron (1982)
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GoldenEye (1995)
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Blackhat (2015)
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Deja Vu (2006)
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Hackers (1995)
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Antitrust (2001)
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The Conversation (1974)
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eXistenZ (1999)
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
While none of these movies depict what hacking truly involves, each of these stories is memorable in some way as good escapist fiction. Here they are: The Best Hacker Movies of the last thirty years, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.

The Lawnmower Man (1992)
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Wargames (1983)
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One Point O (2004)
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Mr. Robot (2015)
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Untraceable (2008)
While none of these movies depict what hacking truly involves, each of these stories is memorable in some way as good escapist fiction. Here they are: The Best Hacker Movies of the last thirty years, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.

The Matrix (1999)
While none of these movies depict what hacking truly involves, each of these stories is memorable in some way as good escapist fiction. Here they are: The Best Hacker Movies of the last thirty years, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.

The Score (2001)
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The Italian Job (2003)
While none of these movies depict what hacking truly involves, each of these stories is memorable in some way as good escapist fiction. Here they are: The Best Hacker Movies of the last thirty years, as voted on by a panel of opinionated judges.

Sneakers (1992)
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MI4: Ghost Protocol (2011)
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The Hacker Movies We Love
Nearly all these hacker movies are preposterous and unrealistic. But at the same time, fans love these stories. Here are the hacker movies we love...

Definition of the Internet Term 'Flaming' & 'To Flame'
'Flaming', or 'to flame', means to attack someone verbally online. About.com explains more here...

Yes, Google Tracks Most Everything You Do
Surprise, surprise! Google watches and stores your online habits. And because Google also runs Gmail and YouTube, the reach of this tracking is long and wide. Here's a list of what Google knows about you...

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What Is an Internet or Forum 'Troll'?
You've seen this expression in online discussion forums, but you are uncertain what it means. What exactly is a forum 'troll'?

The Top Torrent Sites - Alternatives to K.A.T., Sep 2016
Torrent sites like K.A.T., are being torn down every week, but a select few continue to survive and even thrive...

The Best Torrent Sites of 2016
Torrent file sharing is the backbone of modern P2P. Gigabytes of data trade hands every minute through torrents and 'group swarms'. At the center of it all: the Top 40 Torrent Sites of 2010... Page 2.

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The Best Torrent Sites of 2016: Alternatives to KAT
Where do serious torrent P2P users go to get their files now that KAT is shut down? Here is a list of favorite torrent sites as recommended by About.com readers...

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Best Torrent Sites of 2015
Torrent downloading, along with streaming movies and music, are the biggest activities on the Web by volume of data. So where do users go to find these torrent files to download? Our readers have given us their favorite suggestions for torrent sites, which we've compiled here...

SeedPeer.me
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Bitport.io: Cloud Downloading Service for Torrents
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The Best Torrent Downloading Software
Torrent downloading requires special installed or cloud software. Here are the favorite torrent downloading products that readers recommend...

Torrent Download Guide 2016: A Beginner's Guide
If you want to try torrent downloading, here are the essentials of getting started as a torrent P2P user...

How Torrents Work, Part 2: A Non-Technical Explanation
You're willing to risk copyright lawsuits in order to have music, movies, and commercial-free TV? OK, then. Here is what you need to know to get started. Page 2.

Torrents 101: How Torrent Downloading Works
Torrent sharing is the contemporary way to download music and movie files from the Web. About.com explains how bittorrents work...

How to Set Up Your Computer for BitTorrents
So, you've decided to try BitTorrent downloading? You're willing to risk copyright lawsuits in order to have music, movies, and commercial-free TV episodes? OK, then. Here is what you need to know to get started... Page 3.

Torrenting and Downloading BitTorrents
It's the latest way to download music and movie files from the internet. Much more popular than Kazaa and eDonkey, Bittorrent sharing is actually quite easy to learn. Here is a 10-minute tutorial on Using Bittorrents. Page 4.

WiTopia VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. WiTopia is one VPN worth looking at...

UnoTelly VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. UnoTelly is one VPN worth looking at...

PureVPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Pure is one VPN worth looking at...

Viking VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Viking is one VPN worth looking at...

VyprVPN by Golden Frog
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. VyprVPN is one VPN worth looking at...

Strong VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Strong is one VPN worth looking at...

BoxPN VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Box Private Network is one VPN worth looking at...

Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. PIA is one VPN worth looking at...

IPVanish VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. IPVanish is one VPN worth looking at...

TunnelBear
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. TunnelBear.com is one VPN worth looking at...

HideMyAss VPN
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Cryptostorm VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Crypstostorm is a VPN that is highly recommended by privacy nuts and hardcore dark web surfers. Here's why...

Overplay VPN
If you are going to use a VPN (and you should), then make sure you choose a good VPN that provides protection, speed, and features at a good price. Overplay is one VPN worth looking at...

The Best VPN Service Providers
There are many reasons to cloak your web habits. Whichever reason it is for you, here are some VPN services to help you claw back your privacy...

P - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms
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PayPal for Beginners
If you're new to PayPal online payment service, then definitely take a few minutes to learn the essentials. This PayPal primer will help get you started!

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Have You Ever Wondered What Google Tracks About You?
Yes, Google watches and stores pretty much everything that you do online. Here is the list at what Google knows about your online life...

Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon, Part 2
Part 2: the world of texting and instant messaging jargon is both odd and motivating. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon, Part 2
Part 2: the world of texting and instant messaging jargon is both odd and motivating. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Texting Abbreviations and Web Jargon, Part 2
Part 2: the world of texting and instant messaging jargon is both odd and motivating. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Why Is Uber So Controversial?
It is a trailblazing service, but it has also attracted the ire and anger of many. Here is a closer look at the controversies around Uber ride sharing...

The Most Addictive Websites, 2016
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

The Most Addictive Websites, 2016
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

The Most Addictive Websites, 2016
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

The Most Addictive Websites, 2016
Here they are: the most infectious and addictive websites! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

How Do Spammers Get My Email Address?
Have you ever wondered how spam solicitors find your email address? About.com explains how...

Glossary of Internet Terms
A semi-technical glossary of Internet terminology and acronyms.

What Exactly Is 'Big Data'?
'Big data' is cutting-edge analytics that strives to predict human behavior. And the possibilities are mind-boggling! About.com explains more here...

Dogpile Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Yippy Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Google Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

The Internet Archive Search
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Yahoo! Search (and More)
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

The Search Engines that Regular People Love!
There are over 300 free public search engines. About.com suggests that you really only need to learn these 11...

Duck Duck Go Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Bing Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Google Scholar Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Ask.com Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Mahalo 'Learn Anything' Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Webopedia Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

What Is 'Phubbing'?
Phubbing, and PPhubbing, is snubbing someone in favor of your smartphone. About.com explains phubbing here...

Viruses, Hackers, ID Theft
Don't understand worms, back doors, malware, or phishing? Then here is your learning resource for understanding viruses, malware, and hacking.

Internet 101 and 201
Internet 101: professional tutorials, tips, help and advice for new Internet users, and for experienced users trying to fill in their knowledge gaps. Contents include: IE browser tutorials, searching advice, guidance on using email, blogs, chat and instant messaging, netiquette and more.

Mobile Web: Your Quick Reference Guide to Tablets and Smartphones
Welcome to the modern world of handheld internet! Whether it's with one hand and your new smartphone, or with two hands and your new tablet, there are several key learnings you will want to arm yourself with. Here is your About.com quickstart guide to mobile web surfing...

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What Phishing and Email Scams Look Like
Have you wondered if an email is legitimate? Is that login screen for real? Sadly, these are often scams and

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The Greatest Computer Hacks in History
Hackers have inflicted terrible damage and grief over the last 20 years. About.com lists the biggest and most painful hacks here...

The Greatest Computer Hacks in History
Hackers have inflicted terrible damage and grief over the last 20 years. About.com lists the biggest and most painful hacks here...

Internet Language and Jargon: the Strange Speak of Online Culture
People write oddly as Internet users. They use cryptic abbreviations like

Internet Jargon and Slang Dictionary
WBU, HMU, W/E: the world of online messaging can be confusing to start. About.com removes some of the confusion in this jargon explainer here...

Internet Jargon and Slang Dictionary
WBU, HMU, W/E: the world of online messaging can be confusing to start. About.com removes some of the confusion in this jargon explainer here...

So, You Want to See Some Strong Passwords?
A good password is a balance: it must be easy enough to remember, but complex enough to resist guessing by hacker programs. Here are good examples...

Step-by-Step Guide: Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Mumble
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Streaming Music in Mumble: a Step-by-Step Guide
Gamers and Ventrilo users: here is Step 7 of the visual instructions on how to play music in Ventrilo using one Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Streaming Music in Mumble: a Step-by-Step Guide
Gamers and Mumble Users: here are the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Mumble using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Play Music in Ventrilo Using a Single Computer
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step: How to Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Mumble
Gamers and Mumble Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Mumble using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Play Music in Mumble (and Still Maintain Full Voice Function)
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

How to Stream Music in Mumble - a Step-by-Step Guide
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is Step 6 in the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using one Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Play Music in Teamspeak 3 (and Still Maintain Full Voice Function)
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step Guide: Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Teamspeak 3
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Step-by-Step: How to Stream Music in Teamspeak 3
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in ventrilo using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

Launch Teamspeak 3 and Configure One to Jukebox
Gamers and Teamspeak 3 Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer. Page 6.

Step-by-Step: How to Configure Your Computer to Play Music in Teamspeak 3
Gamers and Mumble Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Mumble using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

How to Play Music in Teamspeak 3 on a Computer
Gamers and TS Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista PC...

How to Play Music in Teamspeak 3 Using a Single Computer
Gamers and Ventrilo Users: here is the visual step-by-step instructions on how to play music in Teamspeak 3 using a single Windows 7 / Vista / XP computer.

What Is 'Proc'? What Is 'Proccing'?
The term 'proc' is both a gamer noun and a gamer verb. It describes random events in computer gaming. About.com explains proc here...

Yes, Malware Is Organized Crime
Yes, malware is organized crime! Max Nomad explains how malware is a tool for high-tech criminals who want to victimize you...

What Does 'FTW'? Mean?
You will see the expression 'FTW' around the Web. About.com explains how a once-nasty expression has become a modern form of online cheering...

IP Addresses, Explained: How IP Addresses Work on the Web
You hear the expression 'IP address' more and more. Yes, your computer has an IP address, and so does your phone. About.com explains IP addresses here...

Everything Starts with a Password
Anything worth doing online involves some kind of login. If you want to participate in connected culture, then get used to entering passwords...

What Is 'Sexting'? Is Sexting a Big Problem Today?
An estimated 39% of teenagers in the USA practice 'sexting'. And yes, it's something that could lead to irreparable damage. About.com explains more here...

What Is a 'Black Hat' Hacker? A 'White Hat' Hacker?
There are three broad groups of modern computer hackers: black hat, white hat, and grey hat. About.com explains hackers and their hat colors here...

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Doge! Much Wow, Such Fun...
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Epic Fail!
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David After the Dentist
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Is This Dress Blue and Black or White and Gold?
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Weasel Riding a Woodpecker
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U Mad Bro
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Rebecca Black - 'Friday' Music Video
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Memes Are Pieces of 'Infectious Culture'
Memes are packages of human culture that spread virally. Here are some of the best-known memes from the last two decades...

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Ylvis: What Does the Fox Say?
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Gas Pump Karaoke Prank
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Numa Numa Dance
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"Where the Hell Is Matt Harding?": Dancing Around the World
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The New Old Spice Guy
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'But That's None of My Business'
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Winter Is Coming: Sean Bean and Game of Thrones
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How to Choose a Good Password
Has no one ever explained to you the secrets to a strong password? These 5 steps will dramatically improve your password strength. It works like this...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

50 Internet Memes that Have Won Our Hearts
Here they are: the Greatest Internet Memes, distinguished by popularity over the last 15 years on the Web...

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Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2016
2016: the World Wide Web and Internet are even more bizarre than ever! Here is a collection of mesmerizing facts about our digital world...

Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2016
2016: the World Wide Web and Internet are even more bizarre than ever! Here is a collection of mesmerizing facts about our digital world...

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams - Nigerian Scam 419
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games on the Web. See examples and explanations here...

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams - Nigerian Scam 419
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games on the Web. See examples and explanations here...

Famous Internet Scams of 2012 - "Money-Making Machine"
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2012. See examples and explanations here... Page 10.

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams (Lottery Scams)
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

Internet/Email Scams: Advanced Fees for a Loan
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

Internet/Email Scams: Items for Sale Overpayment Scam
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams, #6) Employment search overpayment scam
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams, #7) Disaster relief scams
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

The Top 10 Internet/Email Scams, #8) Travel scams
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2014. See examples and explanations here...

Famous Internet Scams of 2012 - "Make Money Fast" Chains
The 10 nastiest Internet scams and con games of 2012. See examples and explanations here... Page 9.

The Nasty People of the World Wide Web
There are nasty individuals who will grief you on the Web: trolls, cyberstalkers, scammers, spammers, phishermen, hackers and more. But these mean-spirited people needn't ruin your day; you just need to be mindful and prepared when you cross paths with them...

Google Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

The Best Search Engines of 2016
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2016

Yahoo! Search (and More)
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

The Internet Archive Search
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Duck Duck Go Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Bing Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Dogpile Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Yippy Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Google Scholar Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Ask.com Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Mahalo 'Learn Anything' Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Webopedia Search
There are so many search engines out there! But do you really need 270 different tools to find what you need? About.com suggests that if you know the right handful of search engines, you won't miss out on good content. Here are 11 of the Absolute Best Search Engines of 2015

Viruses 101: Fundamental Knowledge for the Internet User
The fundamental knowledge that every Internet user should have: what viruses are, how they work, how to defend against them!

2FA: The New Normal of Passwords
Yes: Two-Factor Authentication is the new normal! By adding a second rotating password, you make your personal online accounts 99.99% hacker proof...

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #1) Vox
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Websites
The Web is filled with many wondrous things. Here are several remarkable websites that are stand out as practical and useful...

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #3) TinEye
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #2) Google News
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- Fact Checkers
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #10) Lifehacker
The Most Useful Web Sites, 2015. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #9) BBC News
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites, 2015

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #8) How Stuff Works.
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites --#7) Homefair
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #6) 'Which Date Works' Meeting and Event Date Chooser
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #5) Evernote Synchronized Online Planning Tool
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

The Most Useful Web Sites -- #4) Epinions
The 10 Most Useful Web Sites. Internet Basics.

Your Small Business Is a Prime Target for Hackers
It seems counter-intuitive, but hackers absolutely LOVE to go after small businesses. About.com explains more in this interview..

The Darknet: Black Market and Sanctuary
The Darknet became famous when Silk Road, an online contraband market, was raided by police. Now, the Darknet has become even more controversial...

The Controversy of Using a VPN to Access US Netflix
Yes, people outside the USA can use VPN's to circumvent Netflix locks. About.com explains this controversial workaround in this tutorial...

What Is a 'Meme'? What Are Examples of Internet Memes?
You have experienced memes. But did you know that these embellished photographs are actually specimens of infectious culture?

What Is 'Lolcats'?
Lolcats, also known as

How P2P Music Sharing Works
If you want to access MP3 music and MP4/MKV movie files, then peer-to-peer sharing is one way. About.com explains what P2P is here...

What Is FTW? What Does It Mean? - Explanation & Origin
You see this 'FTW' peculiar expression often on the Web, but what does it mean? FTW is actually a form of cheer.ing About.com explains more here...

The Dark Web Might Actually Make for Safer Streets
While the research is still very young, the Dark Web may actually reduce the crime that you and I might face on the streets! Read the interview here...

Beginners Quick Reference Guide to Being Online, 2016
Welcome to the exciting world of the Internet and World Wide Web! While there's no owner's manual available for Internet beginners, there is this Quick Reference 'Cheat Sheet' for learning the Net and the Web. If you want to participate online with more confidence, then pull up a chair and join us here at About.com...

What's the Difference Between the Internet and the Web?
What is the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web? The difference is largely about hardware vs. digital content. About.com explains...

What Is the 'Dark Web' (and How Does It Work)?
The Dark Web is not for everybody: it is a place where people go to hide from authorities and law enforcement. About.com explains more here...

B - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms
B - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms

Navigating the Internet and the World Wide Web
Essentials on understanding how the Internet is organized and how the World Wide Web is structured.

What Are Bitcoins? How Do Bitcoins Work?
Bitcoin digital currency has become a powerful form of money since 2008. About.com explains bitcoins and how they work...

Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You Look Pro
If something is repetitive, then you want to automate it! Definitely consider trying some of these keyboard shortcuts in your web life...

Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Make You Look Pro
If something is repetitive, then you want to automate it! Definitely consider trying some of these keyboard shortcuts in your web life...

The Best VPNs for File Sharing, 2016
If you do P2P file sharing, definitely cloak your habits with virtual private network. Here are VPN services that are good for P2P users...

The Best VPNs for File Sharing, 2016
If you do P2P file sharing, definitely cloak your habits with virtual private network. Here are VPN services that are good for P2P users...

IDK - I Don't Know
Internet Basics.

BBIAB - Be Back in a Bit
Internet Basics.

NP = No Problem
Internet Basics.

NVM - Never Mind
Internet Basics.

PROPS - Proper Respect and Acknowledgement
Internet Basics.

HMU - Hit Me Up
Internet Basics.

TYVM - Thank You Very Much
Internet Basics.

WTF - What the F*ck?
Internet Basics.

LOL - Laughing Out Loud
Internet Basics.

KK - OK
Internet Basics.

FTW - For the Win
Internet Basics.

BISLY - But I Still Love You
Internet Basics.

WBU - What About You?
Internet Basics.

W/E - Whatever
Internet Basics.

IDC - I Don't Care
Internet Basics.

Text Talk: the Weird World of Abbreviations
Love it or hate it, English has sprouted a sub-culture of jargon and language shortcuts! About.com explains the most common text talk abbreviations here...

Text Talk Jargon 2016: a Dictionary of Texting Terms
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Text Talk Jargon 2016: a Dictionary of Texting Terms
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Text Talk Jargon 2016: a Dictionary of Texting Terms
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Text Talk Jargon 2016: a Dictionary of Texting Terms
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Text Talk Jargon 2016: a Dictionary of Texting Terms
The world of texting and instant messaging has spawned hundreds of bizarre jargon words. Here are the most common texting and IM terms...

Best VPNs for File Sharing, 2016
If you are a P2P downloader, then you want to cloak yourself with an encryption service for privacy. Here are multiple good VPN providers for P2P use...

The Controversy of Using a VPN to Access US Netflix
If you live outside the USA, then your Netflix choices are limited. About.com explains VPN's contravene copyright rules, but many people do it anyways...

Widescreen Wallpaper for Double and Triple Monitors
While there are hundreds of free wallpaper sites, only a few sites offer ultra-wide artwork for double monitors and triple monitors...

What Exactly Is a 'CAPTCHA' Test?
We've all had to deal with CAPTCHA tests at some time. About.com explains how CAPTCHA tests work here...

Widescreen Wallpaper for Double and Triple Monitors
While there are hundreds of free wallpaper sites, only a few sites offer ultra-wide artwork for double monitors and triple monitors...

Since 2008, virtual currency has become a part of the Web
About.com offers insight into the world of Bitcoins, Litecoins, Dogecoins, and the emerging world of cryptocurrency

The Best Guilty Pleasure Websites, 2016
Here they are: the best guilty pleasure websites of 2016! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

The Best Guilty Pleasure Websites, 2016
Here they are: the best guilty pleasure websites of 2016! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

The Best Guilty Pleasure Websites, 2016
Here they are: the best guilty pleasure websites of 2016! Don't click here unless you have at least 30 minutes to spare...

What Is Uber? How Does Uber Work?
Uber is the most recognized alternative to traditional taxi cabs. But how does Uber work? About.com explains more here...

Why Gmail Is Good and Bad: A Review
Google's Gmail is arguably the king of free webmail. About.com reviews the Gmail service, and offers some candid comments about how well it works...

Gmail Review, Part 2: the Downsides to Gmail
Gmail has arguably been the king of free webmail. But is it losing its crown to the new Microsoft Outlook.com service? About.com reviews Gmail here, and describes how it stacks up as a modern webmail service. Page 2.

Malware 101: Understanding the Secret Digital War of the Internet
Spyware / malware is the single biggest daily threat for web users. About.com explains how malware works in this primer...

The 2012 Malware War: How to Clean Out the Enemy
As cousins to viruses, spyware programs insidiously install themselves onto your computer. Different from viruses, though, spyware programs observe your computer habits and broadcast them to distant servers. Here is an explanation of how and why... Page 2.

Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web, 2016
The World Wide Web and Internet are even more bizarre than ever! Here is a collection of mesmerizing web facts that will boggle your mind...

10 Reasons to Use a VPN for Private Web Browsing
A VPN virtual private network helps privacy immensely as it cloaks your online habits. About.com recommends the following VPN's for personal use...

How Does 'Port Forwarding' Speed Up My Downloads?
You hear about 'port forwarding' as a way to improve your downloading and game speeds, but what exactly is port forwarding? About.com explains here...

What Is 'Email Spoofing'? How Does Spoofing Work?
Why would anyone ever falsify an email? Well, there are multiple reasons why nasty people do this. About.com explains email spoofing here...

How to Play Music in Mumble Without a Second Computer
It is possible to play music in Mumble, using a single computer with simultaneous copies of Mumble. About.com explains how in this tutorial...

Glossary of Modern Internet Jargon and Abbreviations
The strange world of text abbreviations and online chatter: what does it all mean? About.com explains online abbreviations in this special glossary...

Glossary of Internet Abbreviations, Part 3
The world of Internet conversation abbreviations: BRB, ROFLMAO, TTYL, RTFM, IMHO... what does it all mean? Acronyms from 'L' to 'TTBOMK' explained. Page 3.

Glossary of Internet Abbreviations, Part 4
The world of Internet conversation abbreviations: BRB, ROFLMAO, TTYL, RTFM, IMHO... what does it all mean? Acronyms from 'TTFN' to 'YMMV' explained. Page 4.

Internet Abbreviations: Email and Chat Shorthand!
The world of Internet conversation abbreviations: BRB, ROFLMAO, TTYL, RTFM, IMHO... what does it all mean? Page 2.

Who Are 'Haters'? What Do They Do?
What exactly is a 'hater' online, and what do they do? About.com explains haters and their tactics here...

The Best Cyberlockers
Cyberlockers are a controversial way store files in the cloud, Here are some cyberlockers that readers recommend...

What Is 'WB'?
'WB' is an online gaming jargon expression that has two meanings. About.com explains more about WB here...

What Is 'BISLY'? What Does BISLY Mean?
You see the expression

Downloading Music MP3s: Napster is Dead, but BitTorrents, KaZaA, and Limewire are here...
Napster's illicit P2P niche has been filled by several big players: BitTorrent, Limewire, Gnutella, OpenNap, KaZaA, Morpheus, WinMX and FastTrack. Page 2.

What Are Bitcoins and How Do They Work?
Since late 2008, bitcoin has become a controversial and powerful form of currency. About.com explains bitcoins and how they work...

A Beginner's Guide to Cryptocoin Mining
Scrypt coins like Litecoins, Dogecoins, and Feathercoins can make you a small profit. About.com explains how a beginner can get into the hobby...

Cyberstalking: More Common than Physical Stalking
Cyberstalking is now more common than in-person stalking. About.com explains how cyberstalking works, and what you can do about it...

What Exactly Is 'Scareware'?
'Scareware' is malware that uses intimidating and fear messages to frighten users into purchasing the product online. About.com explains scareware here...

What Is 'Flash'? Is That the Same as 'Adobe Flash'?
Adobe Flash is a web technology that allows dynamic visuals and music to be streamed to web browsers. About.com explains more about Flash here...

Memes and Web Weirdness
As the largest broadcasting medium in the world, the Internet and World Wide Web have grown some really odd, and downright bizarre, curiousities. Strange language, urban legends, fearmongering, hoaxes and myths... these are just some of the strange things you will find online. About.com tells us more...

The Mobile Web
Smartphones and tablets travel with people to far more places than their computers will. As part of this new normal, the world of handheld internet has blossomed into a rapid and 'bite-sized' universe of personal connectivity. About.com explains more about mobile internet here...

Why Even Bother Trying to Stay Private Online?
Just because 60% of Americans have given up on online privacy, you shouldn't! Here are 10 reasons why...

GroupMe: Text Messaging for Groups - A Review
GroupMe text messaging is extremely useful for sports clubs volunteer organizations who need to communicate online. About.com reviews GroupMe here...

30 Internet Terms Every Beginner Should Know, 2016
If you're like most people, there are online technical terms that are mysterious and befuddling. About.com explains the most common tech terms here...

30 Internet Terms Every Beginner Should Know, 2016
If you're like most people, there are online technical terms that are mysterious and befuddling. About.com explains the most common tech terms here...

30 Internet Terms Every Beginner Should Know, 2016
If you're like most people, there are online technical terms that are mysterious and befuddling. About.com explains the most common tech terms here...

Hacking 101: How to Break Into Computers
Within the boundaries of good ethics, About.com will show you resources on how computer security does have holes, and how it is possible to exploit those holes. Now, let's hope you use this knowledge for good...

What Is 'Zip' and 'WinZip'? How Do Zip Files Work?
Are you new to zip files and Winzip software? About.com explains how zip files work, and how to send and receive these compressed archives...

Is Your Internet Speed as Good as Promised?
Do you believe the claims that your ISP provides you 100Mbps speed? Here's how you can call them on it...

Editor's Picks: Best of Web
The Best Web Sites, as voted on by About.com readers! Best of the Web for games, artistry, philanthropy, design, usefulness, craziness, and more!

D - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms
D - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms

Halloween Internet Resources
An wonderful collection of useful Internet resources dedicated to Halloween costumes, Halloween recipes, history and decorating ideas, educational and fun resources for all ages.

I - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms
I - Glossary of Internet Terms and Acronyms

What Is the 'Internet'? Is It the Same as the 'Web'?
The 'Internet' is sometimes called the 'Information Superhighway'. About.com explains what the Internet is in this primer...

Internet Domain Name System - What Is DNS?
Internet 'Domain Name System' is also known as 'friendly addressing' About.com explains DNS and domain names here...

What Are Hyperlinks and How Do they Work?
Hyperlinks are the heart of the World Wide Web, and work by 'jumping' you to other web pages. About.com explains hyperlinks here...

How to Download YouTube Movies
Do you want to save a good YouTube movie? You will need to use special websites to save YouTube videos. About.com explains how here...

What Does 'pwned' Mean?
'Pwned' is an internet term that originated in the hacker subculture, and has grown to widespread use in gaming culture. 'To be pwned' means ...

Blogs and IM
Your handbook to learning web logging (blogging), chatting, instant messaging, and forum discussions. A perfect guide for newbies and people who haven't quite figured it all out yet.

Find a Date or Romantic Encounter on the Internet
Internet dating and matchmaking does work! Millions of people do it every day. A much more intelligent way to network, and much better than going to singles bars and leaving it to random chance. With a little effort and a very small outlay of cash, you too can find a compatible partner using an Internet dating service. See more here.

Start Your Own Web Site
Ready to publish your message or product to the world? Then start your web site right with this Beginner's Handbook! HTML 101, design strategies, hosting your site, graphics, and more...

Meeting People Online
Millions of people connect on the Internet every day. Making a new tennis buddy, finding a date for Friday night, locating fellow saltwater aquarium fans, or finding your true love online...it really does work! This tutorial library shows you how.

Netiquette and Trolling
The Internet has grown its own special 21st Century culture! Acronyms, shorthand typing, emoticons, netiquette expectations, flaming, and more... these are the cultural nuances of the online universe.

Online Auctions and Shopping
Buying, selling, and trading online is big business. This handbook introduces the new Internet trader to this ecommerce world, and provides intermediate power tips for successful selling and safe buying. Brought to you by the About.com consortium of Internet experts.

RSS - Understanding RSS and Live Web Feeds
RSS, which commonly stands for

Search Engines
Internet Search Engines and Search Directories: essentials for beginners, power tips for intermediate searching, and advanced techniques for power searching.

What Does the Phrase "Haters Gonna Hate" Mean?
'Haters gonna hate' is a popular online expression to show individuality and resolve in the face of other people's hateful comments. It is a common caption for memes of people and animals performing strutting and other publicly-contentious stunts.

What Does 'Yahoo' Stand For?
YAHOO! is a longtime icon of the Web, but where exactly does its name come from? About.com explains the odd history of the YAHOO moniker...

What Exactly Is 'Web 2.0'? Where Does the Expression Come from?
Web 2.0 is a techno-culture term that was coined in 2004 at an O'Reilly Media conference to describe the Web's evolution into an online service provider.

A Student's Quick Reference Guide to Web Research
College and university students pay heed: your professors expect more than just links to Wikipedia. Here is how you research with credibility...

The Student's Quick Reference Guide to Internet Research
What every college, university, and high school student should know about successful academic research using the World Wide Web. Page 2.

Why Would You Create a Meme? What Steps Would You Take?
Why on earth would someone ever want to create a meme? Interestingly enough, there are several reasons. About.com explains...

How to Play Music in Teamspeak With 1 Computer
It is possible to play music in Teamspeak 3, using a single computer with simultaneous copies of Mumble. About.com explains...

What Is 'Hard' Versus 'Soft' Internet Research?
When you are web researching, there is an important distinction between 'hard' and 'soft' research. About.com explains more here...

Streaming Music in Teamspeak 3 with Virtual Audio Cable
It is possible to play music in Teamspeak 3, using a single computer with simultaneous copies of Mumble. It takes about 30 minutes of effort...

What Is 'SSL' or 'SSH'?
You see these odd technical expressions around the Net. Techie guys say

What Does 'TBH' Mean?
You see the curious expression 'TBH' in an instant message. What exactly does TBH stand for? About.com explains here...

What Does RL Mean?
You see the expression 'RL' in online conversations. But what exactly does RL mean? About.com explains...

eBay Auctions: What Is 'NWT'?
'NWT' is 'new with tags'. 'NWOT' is 'new without tags'. These are common abbreviation for eBay sellers. About.com explains NWT and NWOT here...

Google Plus: Stream, Send Messages, and Share Photos
Millions of Facebook users are switching to Google+. This new social network is different from Facebook, and many terms and techniques will be strange at first. But after you learn some Google+ essentials, you're bound to like the service. Here is your Newbie Guide to Using Google+...

How to Send a Private Message in Google Plus
Google Plus private messaging is different from Facebook's method. About.com explains how to send private messages in the new Google+ social network... Page 2.

Google+ Quick Reference - How to Stream, Send Private Messages, and Share Photos
Millions of Facebook users are switching to Google+. This new social network is different from Facebook, and many terms and techniques will be strange at first. But after you learn some Google+ essentials, you're bound to like the service. Here is your Newbie Guide to Using Google+...

Google+ Quick Reference - How to Stream, Send Private Messages, and Share Photos
Millions of Facebook users are switching to Google+. This new social network is different from Facebook, and many terms and techniques will be strange at first. But after you learn some Google+ essentials, you're bound to like the service. Here is your Newbie Guide to Using Google+...

What Does kk Mean in a Text or Online?
'KK' is a common expression in both text messaging and online gaming. About.com explains kk here...

What Exactly Is Twitter?
Is 'tweeting' a form of instant messaging? Is it news reporting? Is it advertising? Why is Twitter so popular with celebrities and businesses? About.com answers these questions and explains Twitter here...

Torlock: An Interview with Jack the P2P Administrator
Why does someone spend their professional time helping peer-to-peer file sharers? About.com interviews Jack of Torlock.com to hear why he does this...

Interview with Jack, Co-owner Torlock
Why does someone spend their professional time helping peer-to-peer file sharers? Why put yourself at risk of getting sued or arrested for copyright violation? Page 2.

What is 'DRM' and Why is it so Controversial?
DRM, short for

The Best Group Text Messaging Apps
If you organize a sports team, a fraternity, volunteers, or even a project work group, then definitely consider group texting! Here are 4 good apps...

What Is 'Http'? What Does 'Http' Do for Web Users?
You see 'http://' and 'ftp://' in Web page addresses. What are these 'protocols'? How do they affect your web surfing? About.com explains...

What Is a Computer 'Protocol'? - Internet for Beginners
You see 'http://' and 'ftp://' in Web page addresses. What are these 'protocols'? How do they affect me? About.com answers these questions here...

What Is 'HTTP' Protocol, and How Does It Affect Me?
You see HTTP and FTP in web page addresses. What are these 'protocols'? How do they affect me? About.com answers these questions here...

How to Spot Fake Torrent File Downloads
There are always bad people who will abuse and deceive others in any system. In the case of P2P file sharing, abusive users will try to spread viruses or attempt to bilk others of cash by spreading fake torrents. Here are some tips on how to spot these fake torrent files before you download them and their embedded viruses.