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Help with the basics of using the Internet, including definitions, using search engines, newsgroups, and more.

#1: The Dangers of Searching for Jessica Biel, Tom Brady, Angeline Jolie, and Others
A reminder that seemingly-innocent Internet searches can have disastrous consequences.

#2: What Software Uses a Particular Port?
View a list of software packages that access assigned Internet ports.

#3: Why Security Questions Can Be Bad News
Many online services require security questions as well as passwords when creating accounts - read how these can actually reduce your security.

#4: Always, Always Scan Downloads!

#5: Searching By Asking Questions

#6: Search USENET for Articles

#7: What Are Cookies?

#8: Take Advantage of Multiple Windows When Surfing
Stop jumping back and forth between index pages by using several browser windows.

#9: Looking for Someone?

#10: Read Search Engine Help Pages

#11: Bookmark A Search

#12: Smileys

#13: Don't Crosspost too Much on Newsgroups

#14: Try Another Search Engine

#15: Broken Images on Web Pages


#17: Sometimes It's Best to be Impatient for Web Browsers

#18: What is an Url?
Just what exactly does the term URL mean regarding the Internet?

#19: Why Use One Search Engine When You Can Use Several?

#20: .HTM and .HTML

#21: Looking for Someone?
A couple of websites you can search to help find a long-lost friend.

#22: Power Searching

#23: Find Another ISP?

#24: Internet Basics - Abbreviations When Chatting
If you participate in chat rooms on the Internet, you are bound to run upon abbreviated text with which you may be unfamiliar. Here are some widely-used abbreviations and what they stand for.

#25: Having Problems Accessing a Website?

#26: Find Domain Name Owners

#27: In USENET, Read the FAQ

#28: URLs are Case Sensitive

#29: Web Searching - Advanced Boolean

See Also:

Internet-Related Software

Look here for tips and tricks on using Internet-related software, such as web browsers and E-Mail clients.

Search Engine

Advice on searching the web. Help with search engine syntax, advanced search engine features, filtering search engine results, and more.

Wireless Internet

Help for wireless Internet (wi-fi). How to connect, where to find Wi-Fi Hotspots, laptop configuration tips (including firewall installation), and more.

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The MalekTips website was created in 1998 by Andrew Malek of Envision Programming. The page's goal is to freely disperse computer-related tips, hints, and informative articles. Tips are organized to be easy to find, and are presented clearly, in easy-to-understand language. MalekTips also provides information and links to public-domain, open source, freeware, shareware, and commercial software available for download.