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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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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Stop your Browser from Trying to Save Passwords

Do you get hassled by your browser offering to save passwords? All major browsers can be configured to save the username and password of your account at the website you have just accessed. That’s all very well if: You don’t use a password manager (such as LastPass) to handle this for you and You trust …
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Deleting Cookies Automatically

Unless you are a Safari user, you can set your browser to delete any cookies set by websites during the current session (ie cookies set since you opened your browser) According to Wikipedia (source): “An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent …
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Saving and Viewing Passwords in your Browser

Following on from last week’s blog, how do you go about saving usernames and passwords for websites, and how do you go about seeing what has been saved in your browser? All of the following instructions are for the latest version of the browser (as at 29/10/2015) when viewed on a Windows 10 PC. The …
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Changing Your Browser’s Home Page

Has something hijacked your home page? It is quite common for both malicious and benign software to decide (rather arrogantly) that it’s going to replace your browser home page with something else and that it’s not going to ask your permission or even tell you about it. This blog explains how to put it back …
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Running and Saving Downloads

What is the difference between “saving” and “running” files downloaded from the internet? Actually, probably not much in most circumstances. When you “run” a file from a website, it is downloaded to your own computer and placed in a temporary folder. You probably can’t easily see where that temporary folder is and you probably won’t …
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Firefox Add-ons for Online Privacy

We can make a stab at reducing the information we give away in our web browsing When my computer support clients ask me which internet browser I prefer I say “Firefox“. The main reason is that there is a wide range of “add-ons” to tweak how it works. In particular, I am interested in add-ons …
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Internal Server Error – 500

Would you like the good news first, or the bad news? Sometimes when you attempt to visit a website you may be presented with a fairly blank screen that just has some incomprehensible (and somewhat intimidating) text. This text comes in lots of variations that mention either or both of “error 500” and/or “internal server …
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