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Researching Your Family History Online For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Researching your family history online can be like digging up a chest of buried treasure. This Cheat Sheet directs you to the most important websites to check out in your quest to discover your family [more…]

What's in a Screen Name

The page you are looking for was recently moved. Don't worry, it's still here; it just has a new address: [more…]

Syncing Local Music with Spotify

You can use Spotify to sync (or copy) a selection of local tracks from your computer to an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Android device. Just follow these steps: [more…]

Fun Spotify Third-Party Resources

Many great Spotify-related websites and tools can make music recommendations, convert iTunes playlists into Spotify ones, and much more. Here are a few useful third-party-resource destinations: [more…]

Managing Your Spotify Playlists

Spotify makes it easy for you to organize and manage the playlists in your music library and avoid wasting time hunting for your favorite tracks. Here are some tips for keeping tabs on your playlists: [more…]

Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts

Spotify is fast, but you can make it run even faster by using keyboard shortcuts to perform certain functions. The most common tasks are outlined in this table. Hold down Ctrl while pressing the appropriate [more…]

Spotify Playlist Sharing Tips

When you’ve created a Spotify playlist you want to share with the world, here are some tips on how to get that playlist seen by the Spotify community: [more…]

Spotify Search Options

Apart from typing text into Spotify’s Search text box, you can refine your Spotify search by using different parameters or syntax. These more advanced search techniques can help you hone in on just what [more…]

Spotify For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Spotify is changing the way the world listens to music. With a Spotify account, you can listen to all kinds of music, create and share playlists, and even join the Spotify online community. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use E-Mail Safely

E-mail is a fast and convenient way to communicate on the Internet. To stay safe when e-mailing, follow these practices every time you send or receive a message: [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Strong Password for Internet Safety

Strong passwords — whether they be for your e-mail account or your computer access — don’t have to be hard to remember, just hard to guess. Although secure passwords use at least ten characters, and include [more…]

For Seniors: Avoid Unsafe E-Mail and Scams

Most e-mail scams and spam (uninvited messages, often sent to a large audience in an attempt to sell something) are easy to spot. Learn these common red flags to help you recognize e-mail scams: [more…]

For Seniors: Share Photos Safely on the Internet

Posting pictures online is a wonderful way to share experiences with others. If you share only with people who know you well, on reputable sites, and with privacy protections in place, you can be fairly [more…]

For Seniors: Keep Personal Information Safe from Online Criminals

The Internet can provide information about a person's significant life events — just as newspapers offer birth, wedding, graduation, and obituary announcements. Criminals lurk in both places, online and [more…]

For Seniors: How to Stay Safe on the Internet

No matter how safely you act online, if you allow your computer to be infected with viruses or spyware, your information could still be stolen and your safety compromised. Here are some steps you can take [more…]

For Seniors: Secure Your Browser and Search the Internet Safely

Browsers help you move around the Internet, and search engines make it easy to find information on the Internet. A secure browser, combined with an antivirus/antispyware program, helps you identify safe [more…]

For Seniors: Do Your Investing Online

You can perform online investing through most major brokers. Investing online is convenient, and online brokers enable you to place buy or sell orders very quickly and inexpensively. In addition, you can [more…]

For Seniors: Search a Web Page Using Internet Explorer

Sometimes it helps to be able to search a web page for specific information; luckily, Internet Explorer lets you search a web page easily. For example, you might search a web page to find out if it really [more…]

For Seniors: Subscribe to RSS Feeds Through Internet Explorer

An RSS feed contains frequently updated content from a website, such as breaking news. Subscribe to an RSS feed through Internet Explorer, and you'll easy stay on top of what's new on a website. [more…]

For Seniors: Play Podcasts through Internet Explorer

A podcast is an audio news article, interview, or similar item. You can play a podcast through Internet Explorer and control its playback, pausing or jumping back and forth through the podcast, and controlling [more…]

For Seniors: Get Advice about Finances Online

Through the Internet, you can access a wealth of financial information online. You can read financial news, get investment advice, and share financial investment information with others online. [more…]

For Seniors: Do Your Banking Online

Banking online is convenient. Typically, your bank will allow you to make account transfers and check your balance through the Internet. Your online bank may even allow you to download your account activity [more…]

For Seniors: Share Videos and Photos Online

The ability to share photos and videos online is a wonderful way to connect to others. Upload videos or photos to an online sharing site, then share them with your friends and family via e-mail or through [more…]

Steps for Securing Your Online Privacy

Personal information is floating all over the internet. If you're concerned about your internet privacy, protect yourself by taking these common-sense security steps when working on your computer: [more…]

Tips for Safely Banking, Trading, and Shopping Online

Online shopping, trading, and banking is convenient, easy, and for the most part safe, but don’t drop your guard when using the internet. Take the following steps to make sure your online banking transactions [more…]