THE DEEP WEB

Most of the web is invisible to Google, according to an article in Popular Science magazine. The so-called “Deep Web” is hidden behind password-protected sites, or sites you have to pay to enter, or sites that require special software to view. By some estimates, it’s 500 times larger than the Web we see.

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HOMEPAGE NINJA

We bookmark favorite web pages all the time, so our list can get cluttered. Here’s how Joy keeps her favorite sites front and center. It’s a free service called “Homepage Ninja.” Everything you bookmark goes on your own special website page.

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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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CHROME KILLS FLASH

“Chrome Kills Flash.” This reads like a headline from a new comic book, but it refers to ads and pictures that use Adobe Flash to make them pop up from the Internet. (The late Steve Jobs often said how much he hated Adobe Flash.)

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CLAIM YOUR SPACE

 ClaimYour.Space allows you to claim a website that ends in dot space instead of dot com.  We noticed that CocaCola.space is taken, as is Nike.space and the usual brands. But you might want one with your name on it, like UncleMax.space.  Cost is $8.39 to register an open domain for one year.

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BUGGY CHROME

We recently switched from Google’s “Chrome” web browser to “Opera” because Chrome started giving us problems. Now there’s a solution from Google called “Software Removal Tool.” Get it at google.com/chrome/srt. What it does is scan your browser for anything that slows it down. This includes extensions; these are small programs like “AdBlock” or “Gmail Offline.” Extensions slow your browsing. If there’s one you have to have, you can always put it back on. Chrome seemed to work slightly faster after we tried this. (We get so impatient sometimes.)

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THE SHARING ECONOMY

Sharing your car, couch and kitchen are all part of the so-called “sharing economy.”

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GOING PRIVATE

A reader tells us he always starts his Chrome web browser in “private” browsing. This means there is no trace left on your computer of sites you visit or files you download. It’s particularly helpful to use this when you’re on a public computer, like at a library or hotel.

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AN AD-FREE WEB

Many people pay for ad-free TV, but will they pay for an ad-free web? Google is testing that idea with a service called “Contributor.”

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