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[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

onedrive

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) by Microsoft gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices (similar to Google Drive)

OneDrive provides 7GB free of space, but you can earn more free space by referring friends who do not already have OneDrive or purchase addtional space.  It will also give you another free 3GB when you upload photos to OneDrive.

One of OneDrive’s strength, if you are a Microsoft Office user, is the integration of free Microsoft Office online.  It works closely with Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint.  OneDrive users can collaborate on documents in real time like on Google Drive.  You’ll be able to see the changes they make as they make them.

For more details on how to use OneDrive, a video is shown below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

 

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[6 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Browsers3Some of you may or may not know that the Internet Explorer is not the only web browser available to use when browsing the internet, there are a few other web browsers that can be used to surf the internet.  The PC computers in the Skokie Public Library have 3 web browsers installed, they are Internet Explorer, FireFox and Chrome.  The Digital Media Lab iMacs have Safari, Firefox and Chrome installed.  All of these web browsers have very much the same basic functionalities for web surfing.  Internet Explorer is made by Microsoft, Safari is made by Apple, Chrome is made by Google and Firefox is made by Mozilla.  Feel free to use any one of these when you come in to browse the internet.

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[15 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

Take a look at some interesting Internet-related stats from 2012 as compiled by Royal Pingdom.

There were….

2.2 billion – Number of email users worldwide.
425 million – Number of active Gmail users globally, making it the leading email provider worldwide.

634 million – Number of websites (December).
51 million – Number of websites added during the year.
(Here is one of the 634 million websites, the Skokie Public Library’s website: www.skokielibrary.info.)

87.8 million – Number of Tumblr blogs.
17.8 billion – Number of page views for Tumblr.
(Check out the Skokie Public Library on Tumblr at skokielibrary.tumblr.com.)

59.4 million – Number of WordPress sites around the world.
3.5 billion – Number of webpages run by WordPress viewed each month.
(Hey did you know that this blog is run by WordPress?  Read some of the Skokie Public Library’s blogs at blogs.skokielibrary.info/.)

246 million – Number of domain name registrations across all top-level domains.
100 million – Number of .com domain names at the end of 2012.
(The Skokie Public Library’s domain name is skokielibrary.info.)

2.4 billion – Number of Internet users worldwide.
274 million – Number of Internet users in North America.
(You are welcomed to surf the internet here in the Skokie Public Library.)

1 billion – Number of monthly active users on Facebook, passed in October.
300 million – Number of new photos added every day to Facebook.
(You can friend us too.  Skokie Public Library on Facebook at facebook.com/skokielibrary.)

200 million – Monthly active users on Twitter, passed in December.
175 million – Average number of tweets sent every day throughout 2012.
163 billion – the number of tweets since Twitter started, passed in July.
(Give us a tweet or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/skokielibrary.)

1.2 trillion – Number of searches on Google  in 2012.
(Next best thing.  You can also search for books and other Library materials on the Skokie Public Library’s catalog at discover.skokielibrary.info.  Or you can search contents from the the Skokie Public Library website here.)

1 billion – PSY’s Gangnam Style video became the first online video to reach 1 billion views (currently over 1.3 billion) and it achieved 1 billion views in only 5 months.
4 billion – Number of hours of video we watched on YouTube per month.
(Yes, the Skokie Public Library has their own videos made that you can watch on youtube.com/user/skokielibrary.)

5 billion – The total number of photos uploaded to Instagram since its start, reached in September 2012.
(Well, you can check out the Skokie Public Library’s photos on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/skokiepl.)

To see more stats related to internet from 2012, click over to Royal Pingdom, an uptime monitoring company.

That’s a lot of people using the internet.  How much do you think year 2013 will exceed (or decrease) last year’s numbers?

The Skokie Public Library has full service internet computers on the 1st and 2nd floors.  Feel free to browse the internet at your leisure and be part of the amazing Internet population.

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[2 Nov 2012 | No Comment | ]

Do you want to convert an audio file from WAV format to MP3 format?  Do you want to convert a PDF file to a DOC format? Or do you want to convert video from AVI format to MP4 format?  Online-Convert.com is a free online file conversion tool.   This very useful website supports a lot of different source formats for conversions.  Check it out.

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[26 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

 

Part 3: HTTP Versus HTTPS

When doing online banking or making online purchases or payments, one quick way to check whether you’re on a secure website connection, is to look at the web address in the top browser window.  Does the URL start with http (hypertext transfer protocol), or https?  Https (hypertext transfer protocol secure) adds an additional level of security, beyond http, with SSL (secure sockets layer).

Https provides this extra encryption layer to create a secure channel for your communication, even if your side is insecure.  This prevents eavesdropping by third parties.  While not infallible, https is used by banks and credit card payment websites.  Always check for https before entering sensitive information into a website.

For more information check out these short articles:
BizTech: HTTP vs. HTTPS
WiseGEEK: What is the Difference Between http and https?
Digital Purview: HTTP vs. HTTPS

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[26 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

 

Part 3: HTTP Versus HTTPS

When doing online banking or making online purchases or payments, one quick way to check whether you’re on a secure website connection, is to look at the web address in the top browser window.  Does the URL start with http (hypertext transfer protocol), or https?  Https (hypertext transfer protocol secure) adds an additional level of security, beyond http, with SSL (secure sockets layer).

Https provides this extra encryption layer to create a secure channel for your communication, even if your side is insecure.  This prevents eavesdropping by third parties.  While not infallible, https is used by banks and credit card payment websites.  Always check for https before entering sensitive information into a website.

For more information check out these short articles:
BizTech: HTTP vs. HTTPS
WiseGEEK: What is the Difference Between http and https?
Digital Purview: HTTP vs. HTTPS

Browsers, Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab, Online, Productivity, Search Engines, Technology, Web 2.0, Websites »

[25 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

Part 2: Email Account Security

At some point you may have wondered, which free email accounts provide the best online security?

If the most popular free email providers want to stay in business, they need to offer strong security to keep your email private and safe. This includes spam filtering, virus cleaning, and phishing protection, as well as a request to you, the customer, to create a strong password and security question.

The latest versions of Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail (Windows Live), and FastMail are rated very high for security; to see independent website ratings (and other info) for free Email providers, check out these links:

- Free email providers rated
- Check your email security now
- Super secure free email providers

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[13 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]

Part 1: Password and Login Security 

Find a small sampling of the world’s worst, most easily guessed passwords (below), according to a Forbes magazine article by David Coursey, and lists compiled by SplashData and Imperva, two productivity and security websites.

Is YOURS on the list? Don’t tell anyone, just change it quick!

To come up with a much more secure password, experts (and reformed hackers) recommend that you do the following:

1. Password should contain at least eight characters
2. Password should contain a mix of four different types of characters– upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters such as !@#$%^&*,;” If there is only one letter or special character, it should not be the first or last character
3. It should not be a name, a slang word, or any word in the dictionary. Should not include any part of your name or e-mail address
4. Security guru Bruce Schneir recommends turning a sentence into a password. Example: “Now I lay me down to sleep” might become nilmDOWN2s, a 10-character password that won’t be found in any dictionary
5. It’s OK to write down a HINT about your password, and keep in your wallet. Just don’t also include a list of the sites that password works with. Try to use a different password for every site, or least develop a set of passwords that you use at different sites.

password
123456
12345678
qwerty
abc123
monkey
letmein
dragon
baseball
111111
michael
123123
iloveyou
trustno1

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[22 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]

The website mashable.com claims to be the largest independent online news site dedicated to covering digital culture, social media, and technology. With over 17 million new visitors each month, Mashable has a very engaged online news community, and is a resource for major online publications. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City, with an office in San Francisco. Their website has very engaging infographics, created by a number of top design and information agencies.

For example, check these out:

Cell Phone Evolution

Life and Times of Steve Jobs

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[27 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Are you using Dropbox as a way to back up or share your files online (in the “cloud”)? You may want to consider an alternative, since Dropbox has recently suffered from some well-documented breaches in privacy.
 
SpiderOak works in much the same way, but with superior encryption/protection. SpiderOak actually encrypts your files on YOUR computer, before sending them off to the cloud. You can also set it up to do automatic backups at night. And like Dropbox, SpiderOak offers 2 GB for free, and can be accessed from any computer platform.