What pages open when you start Chrome?

Google Chrome has about 63% of the market for internet browsers* So, there’s a good chance that you use it and, judging from my experience with my own IT support clients, there’s a good chance that you haven’t made many changes to make it behave more how you would like. So, here are just a …
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Chrome – saving and opening groups of web pages

Do you have different tasks that need different sets of web pages to be opened regularly? An example might be that you buy items of a particular type online from the same few sources – eg John Lewis, Amazon, Argos, Currys. Quite separately from these websites, you may have other tasks that require a completely …
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The Binary Chop

The “binary chop” (or “binary search”) is a very useful computing technique Suppose that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser and suppose that it has been playing up recently – perhaps appearing very slow at times or freezing altogether. If you try googling for a potential solution, you may see suggestions that you …
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Some Chrome Basics

The most popular website browser isn’t always obvious in how it works According to Statista, Chrome had 69% of the browser market in September 2019. Most people find it fast and secure. However, there are some basics that some people miss. This is possibly because Google attempts to keep Chrome looking as “clean” and uncluttered …
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SSL and HTTPS

If you use Chrome you may have noticed it flagging up websites as “not secure” In the past, most connections to websites have been unencrypted. In other words, anyone capable of “listening in” to such a connection could have understood everything that passed between the user and the website – in both directions. Clearly, this …
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Trusteer Rapport – more trouble than it’s worth?

A security tool that your bank may be encouraging you to use may be giving you grief Trusteer Rapport (which is installed on your computer under the name of “Trusteer Endpoint Protection”) is a piece of security software from IBM that is intended to make your online banking safer by spotting fake banking websites, intercepting …
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Prevent Websites From Asking Your Location

Are you fed up with browser popups that tell you the website you are about to visit “wants to know your location”?   I find this really irritating. It reminds of the irritation I feel whenever I go into a Nespresso shop. Actually, there are several things that annoy me about Nespresso shops, but the …
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Disable Chrome’s Software Reporter Tool

There are at least three reasons why you might want to stop Chrome’s Software Reporter tool from having its way with your system: It is a resource hog It might try to remove desired enhancements/extensions to Chrome It compromises your privacy by reporting its findings to Google Google don’t make a fuss about Chrome’s software …
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Importing Favorites into a Different Browser

Want to move to a different browser? You may have thought of trying a different browser, but can’t face the thought of starting afresh with your collection of internet favorites (known as bookmarks in some browsers). Well, don’t let that stop you. It’s fairly easy to copy your favorites from one browser to another (technically, …
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