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Before you Buy VoIP, Evaluate Your Network
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Tech Terminology: Cookies
Everyone loves cookies, but browser cookies take on a whole other definition in the computing environment.
Do you know what browser cookies do, as well as what their purpose is? Today’s tech term is dedicated to cookies–they might not be delicious, but they do serve an important role within your organization.
What Are Cookies?
Cookies are bits of information from websites that are stored on your computer in a text format. What this accomplishes is that it makes it much easier to access information repeatedly. The information is stored in name-value pairs that check if you’ve accessed the website before.
If you have, it customizes your experience to reflect any information that has been collected in regard to that website. The cookies are then removed when the browser window closes, or they linger for as long as they are set to.
In their most basic sense, cookies give websites the ability to remember that you logged in, while also retaining specific settings that are customized based on your input. This keeps them from reverting to the default settings upon leaving the browser.
A perfect example of how these work is looking at Amazon and other e-commerce sites. You might wonder how they know what products to recommend to you. The answer is cookies–they keep track of what items you’ve browsed, giving you the ability to potentially purchase them at a later date.
Is This Dangerous?
On the other hand, they aren’t always there to help. In the above example, Amazon might be suggesting searches for you, but other websites can store data in the form of ads.
Advertisement cookies contain information about what you might be interested in, meaning that any website that uses that particular type of ad will be able to see information about what you’re interested in. A good example of this is Google AdWords, which is used all over the Internet.
To clear cookies collected by the browser, you can use the Clear Private Data tool. This also deletes any saved login credentials that you have stored. To make this less irritating for you, you can whitelist specific websites to preserve their cookies.
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Tip of the Week: Handy Browsing Shortcuts
When so much of the day is spent working on the computer, it can be argued that efficiency is paramount to productivity. The faster you are able to do things, the more you could potentially get done. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few such shortcuts.
Restoring Closed Tabs
We’ve all been in the position where we’ve closed out of a browser tab to immediately realize that we still needed it. Fortunately, there’s a shortcut for just this situation. Next time you accidentally hit that little “x,” try pressing Ctrl + Shift + T to reopen the tab.
However, once you are actually ready to close a tab, or your last browser window, there is a shortcut that allows you to do so quickly: Ctrl + W
Space Bar Scroll
Instead of tiring out your finger playing with the scroll wheel on your mouse, Windows offers another option that utilizes the space bar. Tapping Space as you hold Shift will have your screen jump down in full-screen chunks, rather than slowing crawling like the start of a Star Wars movie.
Mouse Wheel Functions
Speaking of the mouse’s scroll wheel, you can also use that to accomplish different things. For instance, it you want to quickly open a link in a new tab, clicking on it with the scroll wheel will do so in a single click, rather than the multi-click process you would otherwise go through.
What are some of your favorite tricks and shortcuts? Share them in the comments, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog!