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What are the benefits of using a proxy?

I know students and employees use them to get by web filters. But what else? I hear about "privacy and security" but I can never find anything really explaining it. I did see one link that said it ...
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How to browse safely?

Just curious. What are the best practices and tools you use for safe Internet browsing? How to stay away from spywares, adwares etc? Update: For my work, I use Internet Explorer on Windows and ...
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Why does my browser try to open ads from fwdsnp.com?

When I browse to some retail websites, my browser briefly directs to fwdsnp.com. From there it tries to open a popup and then forwards to the site that I actually want. I first noticed this with ...
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Does any browser or plugin have a 1 click means to surf securely?

I don't mean anonymously so much as I mean turn off JavaScript, Flash, and anything else that potentially has a virus. I recognize the UX goes way down, but that's one reason this has to be easy. ...
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Simple way for browsing offline in Firefox

My favorite browser is Firefox, and during browsing I visited some webpages that I would like to see again offline. But when I'm disconnected I can't reach those webpages from history, because ...
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How to keep the bandwidth usage of internet browsing low?

I am using firefox 4. I want keep the bandwidth usage as low as possible when I am browsing the internet? What options do I get? If I disable the option of "load image automatically", will still ...
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Are there ways to browse a website blocked by my ISP? [duplicate]

Is it possible to browse a website blocked by my ISP?
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Browsing very slow in Windows

I have formatted and reinstalled my i5 PC a few months ago. A while ago, browsing became very slow. I can't remember installing any special browser addons, but it could be since I download a lot of ...
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Redirect specific url requests to local site

Is there a specific way to redirect requests for a specific URL from a browser to a local site or location?e.g. setting a Firewall or some OS rule to redirect a request for the jQuery lib to a ...
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How do you click web page elements without a mouse?

I installed Arch Linux a few days ago on my Chromebook C720, but due to some kernel support issues with the touchpad, I'm left with no mouse. I'm not too bothered about fixing it right now though, ...
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Is it a good idea to tweak the hosts file to speed up internet browsing?

Yesterday I came across a Firefox extension called Speed DNS which claims to speed up browsing by performing DNS lookups in advance. According to the author, it "does DNS pre-resolution of all the ...
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Map a Windows network folder using IPv6

I need to map or browse a network folder. I can only use IPv6 in the browser / URL. Is this possible? I am using two Windows 7 machines, one Vista PC, and one Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. The ...
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“Turn Off The Lights” on any website?

On Youtube, there is this nice button (easy to overlook - top left of the video) which lets one "turn off the lights": the site background changes from white to black, the text color changes from ...
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How do I prevent a web page from directly embedding data from other external sites?

I browse with Firefox and 50% of the time, I am behind a proxy. The proxy firewall blocks certain sites including Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I am unable to obtain a complete list of blocked ...
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How do I block myself from time-eating websites?

I want to block my Mac (running Snow Leopard) at work from accessing sites like Facebook and reddit. there are browser extensions, but I'm worried about security – I get nervous allowing them to ...
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How ISP sees the HTTPS traffic? [duplicate]

If I am visiting a https url say https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HKoqNJtMTQ. What exactly my ISP will see ?
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How do I prevent google from giving me an “id” cookie in Firefox?

I run Mozilla Firefox with Private Browsing, so each time I start a browser there are no cookies. Unfortunately for me, the first chance it gets, google gives me an "id" cookie, since it notices ...
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1answer
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Will using Tor prevent the administrator of a home network from tracking what sites I visit?

I'm not home very often, but when I am, I would like to be able to browse privately. I believe my home network is monitored for my younger siblings, but I'm not sure specifically how. If I use Tor, is ...
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Is there a way to make keyboard shortcuts in a browser to navigate to a special web page?

I was wondering if there is a way to navigate to web pages in a browser( no matter which one this facility is worth being forced to change the browser! ) using keyboard shortcuts for example if I ...
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XP Computer does not resolve DNS

I'm unable to figure out why this one computer on a network cannot resolve URLs. When an address is typed in, the message "Page cannot be displayed" is shown. When the IP is typed in, the page ...
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Is it my ISP's fault that I mostly cannot browse over HTTPS?

When I browse sites over HTTPS (specifically GitHub and Twitter) it sometimes works, but mostly it doesn't. Web pages often fail to load and my web browser shows that "the server unexpectedly dropped ...
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2answers
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Monitor my internet browsing behaviour

I need a simple tool (preferably open source) to monitor my Internet browsing behaviour at home. Ideally, this tool should log the website accessed, and the amount of time spent on the site. Reporting ...
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1answer
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How does Kaspersky Parental Control calculate internet time usage? [closed]

I'm trying to limit the usage time of Internet with Parental Control of Kaspersky (or Web Policy on Business Editions), but wondering about problems may occur. How does Kaspersky calculate the ...
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1answer
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One of windows 7 PCs on the network has internet browsing problems (mtu?)

I have a weird problem that started recently (last few weeks) - on my home network 1 pc has problems browsing web sites (although ping is usually not an issue ~1% lost, is probably fine for wireless, ...
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IE8 and 9 don't open new tabs

Internet Exporer 8 and 9 don't open a new tab when I middle-click, right click and select "Open in New Tab", or control-click. I’ve searched for a solution but I haven’t found a working solution. The ...
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1answer
452 views

Secure Browsing, how [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to browse safely? What's the best way to browse "suspicious" sites safely. I know Firefox used to be "the thing", but now I don't think it is (IMHO). What I'm ...
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How to get browsing history report date-wise in Firefox?

How to get browsing history report date-wise in Firefox? by default it shows monthly, weekly and last day. I need to know for each day.
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How to check a webpage for updates

Sometimes there are news pages on interesting sites that doesn't have any feed service. Is there some way (webapp, browser plugin, or something) to keep those page checked for updates? Thank you!
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1answer
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Various issues with common websites and Internet Explorer

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit | Dell Core i5 laptop, 4GB RAM Internet Explorer 10 (upgraded to 11 - problem persists) TROUBLESHOOTING: IE 10 - Advanced/Reset/Delete Personal Settings - problem ...
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Adding items to /etc/hosts doesn't block Facebook on Windows 8

I have seen that I can't block facebook by adding 127.0.0.1 on Windows 8! Searching on Internet let me know that I should use IP V6 loopback for blocking facebook. Now I have added the following lines ...
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Where can I get Microsoft Pivot?

Does anyone know whatever happend to microsoft live labs pivot. Where can I download it? Couldn't find anything on the web. The official site redirects to bing 404 page. Seems like Microsoft has ...
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395 views

How to temporary remove all cookies in chrome?

What i want to do is simulate what a new internet user sees. If i make a youtube search, for example, the results are different for me (they are base on the history of my activity on youtube, i ...
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1answer
227 views

How can I automate logging into a website?

I would like to automate login to some websites. I have servers working 365 days so I look for a good idea to reload the site opened at a particular frequency. Any hints at how this can be done?
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1answer
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In situ Photo organiser/viewer: looking for app that organises photos without adjusting original location or requiring import

I'm looking for a photo organiser/viewer that allows me to view photographs, organise them without adjusting their location or requiring to import them. For example, if I want to simply view ...
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How to achieve best browsing performance using Polipo?

I'm using Polipo to browse the web, I've set up the config file as follow (consider that I have 4 Gb of DDR3 ram, and my computer is quite fast): I've noticed that seems better if I disable the ...
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Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM, will an ssd make web browsing significantly faster? [closed]

Assuming a PC has plenty of RAM (as many cheap laptops with HDDs do), will an SSD make web browsing significantly faster? Is an SSD a worthwhile investment for someone who's in google docs and gmail ...
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Generating Pretend Website Browsing Traffic

I need to automate simple HTTP(s) web browsing traffic, visiting a variety of random sites. Current off-the-shelf solutions I have found are designed for increasing view counters or website testing. ...
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Laptop can ping, but not browse. Clean windows install. Telnet doesn't work. Not the network

The laptop is able to ping and tracert, but not browse the internet. I'll start by saying what I've already ruled out: It is a completely fresh windows install The network works fine for the other 5 ...
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Offline website downloaded - no css functionality

I scraped this wiki help page for offline viewing: http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/enu/2013/Help/00001-Revit_He0 Notice the Side Toolbar -> Revit -> + 2013 -> + Help -> + Revit Help Click the ...
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1answer
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Another 'can't browse but can ping'

Suddenly my ability to browse disappeared yesterday. I can still ping by ip/name, I can connect to RDP computers remotely. I also have a virtual machine on my laptop that is able to browse the web. ...
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Using mozilla firefox with utf-8 addresses (in greek) on mac

Very often when I use firefox (any version from 10+) and I type my utf-8 seo url it behaves strangely. For example it randomly cuts the url and adds the url again at whole like this: ...
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Download speed spikes

My download speeds drop to about 1 kbps then spike to between 200 kbps and 500 kbps then drop to about 1 kbps for about 5 seconds before it spikes again. But if I surf the internet i get speeds ...
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How to delete active logins in ie9

How to delete active Logins in ie9?? I want all logins to be cleared on closing the browser(ie9). Can anyone help me out??
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1answer
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Is there any shortcut or add-on for Firefox that would allow going back to previous view position (within the current page)?

I'm kind of missing this feature which I use all the time in Visual Studio when browsing through the code, inside my browser (it's Ctrl+-). So how is such feature supposed to work in a browser? The ...
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1answer
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Which [indexing] image browser software would you recommend?

I did some Googling but frankly there are too many out there, and I am looking for a specific set of functions. Here is my need-have feature list: Not folder based (or at least not only) - I want to ...
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1answer
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Is there any some way to automatically synchronize firefox and chrome browsing history?

The title states the problem quite well: Is there any some way to automatically synchronize firefox's with chrome's browsing history (and viceversa) ? Something like XMarks, but working with the ...
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2answers
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Cannot browse to most websites, on my PC only

I cannot load most websites on my PC. Using Chrome, FireFox, or IE I get the "this webpage is not available" error. I've tried and failed to ping the websites that won't load. I'm in a domain ...
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Encrypt internet traffic with ssh

Purpose: I want to encrypt my browsing. According to this lifehacker article it can be done by setting up OpenSSH on Windows with Cygwin. What I don't understand is: If I install the server on my ...
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Can Firefox be used with multiple Private Browsing sessions?

I have a need to use Firefox with multiple independent sessions, due to some websites with problematic path-dependent navigation. Firefox's "Private Browsing" option seems to allow multiple windows ...