SECURE INTERNET

We’ve long recommended the Avast anti-virus program, because it’s free. But a major flaw was recently uncovered by a Google researcher in what they called “Project Zero,” which aims for zero threats.

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TIME TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO BALKY BROWSERS

Your Web browser is not your operating system! Nor is it your search engine. There’s a surprising amount of confusion, and it leads to anxiety. In fact, there’s plenty of time to panic.

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PRIVATE BROWSING

We always assumed that when you use Firefox’s “Private Browsing” feature, no one could track you. Not so, until now.

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WAIT, I DIDN’T PRESS PLAY

Chrome users no longer have to worry about so-called “Flash ads” playing automatically, ever since Chrome killed Flash. But what about other videos that start up out of the blue?

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TIPS AND TRICKS

— If you look up a map in Google Maps while you’re connected to the Internet, it will still be there when you’re disconnected. That goes for directions too. — Your cell phone service provider will block certain text messages if you call and give them a name or number to block.

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BUYING AN INTERNET BUSINESS

Our niece has a baby and was looking for a way to generate some income without leaving the house. So she went to a website we’d never heard of, Flippa.com, and bought a business for $365. She’s already $100 ahead.

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FINDING GOOD STUFF ON THE WEB

Most people find good websites through social networking sites. The six most popular are Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Digg and LinkedIn. The seventh, Flipora, is one we’d never heard of till they announced a new version.

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GET UP AND OUT THERE

If you want to get a website online fast, there are over a dozen services, that can do that, and many of them are free. We’ve used the free versions of “WordPress” and “Yola” to create web sites. Friends have raved about Weebly for producing new sites, so we tried it and must agree, it’s very nice; it’s also free.

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THE INTERNET OF SHARING

Forty years ago, Bob wrote about an idea that may finally be gaining adherents. As a homeowner, he thought it was ridiculous that everybody on the block had their own lawnmower. Why not just have one and pass it around? Why try to own everything if you can share it? To pay for repairs or replacement, you would all contribute to a common fund, maybe monthly or once a year. It took the Internet to move this idea along.

People are now sharing tools and toys using apps like “Freecycle,” amounting to 700 million pounds of used items last year, according to a recent report by author Jeremy Rifkin. If those items were stacked …

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CLOUD MAGIC

“CloudMagic” lets you search Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange, iCloud, Outlook, iMap and Google Apps from one search box.

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