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Internet Basics

In Internet Basics, learn about the basic components of the World Wide Web and common tools that can make or break your Internet experience: search engines, Web browsers, RSS, spam and more.

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How do large Web sites handle the load of millions of visitors a day?

How do large Web sites handle the load of millions of visitors a day? Learn about Domain Name Servers and load balancing switches.


Annoying Verification On Its Way Out as CAPTCHA Goes Invisible

Google's CAPTCHA will use browsing habits to predict your humanity, only relying on the irritating jumble of letters for suspicious, potential bots.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wikipedia

Your college professors probably told you not to use Wikipedia for papers. But they might have been wrong.

Google Has a Shrewd Plan to Fight ISIS Recruitment

Google AdWords aren't just for selling products.

The Controversy Over YouTube Takedowns

YouTube takedowns have been skyrocketing this year, and uploaders don't know why. What's the line between copyright infringement and content creation?

Need a New Podcast to Binge? Here's What HowStuffWorks Podcast Hosts Listen To

HowStuffWorks loves podcasts, and our staff of podcast hosts offer up recommendations of their favorite ones to obsess over.

'Serial' Is Back and Has Upped Its Podcasting Game

The "Serial" team has just released its second season. Here's the scoop.

Why are Web addresses in English?

Here's something you've probably never pondered while surfing the Internet: Web addresses are in English. Why is that? And how do non-English speakers navigate the web?

How Internet Folklore Works

Perhaps your friends have posted that Facebook copyright message. Or you've gotten a forward-or-bad-things-will-happen chain email. Technology hasn't killed folklore – it's just created a space where it's shared more quickly.

Can Google predict disease outbreaks?

Want to know where and when the next big flu outbreak will take place? The answer might be as fast, and as close, as a Google search.

How the Deep Web Works

About 40 percent of the world's population uses the Web for news, entertainment and communication, but in truth, only a sliver of what we know as the World Wide Web is easily accessible.