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.


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

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

Google AdWords aren't just for selling products.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

Since the advent of the Internet, we've been producing data in staggering amounts. Who's collecting it, and should we be worried?

The dot-com bubble produced plenty of companies that spent and grew too quickly and couldn't sustain themselves, but some burned out in spectacular style. Here are 10 tech companies that lived fast and died young.

Millions of mobile devices, computers and data centers make up the Internet. Machines join and drop off every second, and each requires electricity. Is it possible to measure how much juice the Internet uses?

Do you want to know how to use Google Earth to show and share GPS routes and tracks from your travels? Learn how to how to use Google Earth to show and share GPS routes and tracks in this article.

You'd like to learn how to put a photo album on a Web page and share it with others. Learn in this article how to put a photo album on a Web page.

You'd like to know how to e-mail some old pictures and new digital ones your family and friends. Learn how to e-mail pictures in this article.

Proxy servers and proxy server software can help you hide your IP address. Learn how to hide an IP address from this article.

If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you'll find your temporary Internet files on your C drive. Learn how to find temporary Internet files from this article.

A blogroll is a listing of other blogs that you either subscribe to or that you recommend. Learn what a blogroll is in this article.

The Internet lets you transfer information around the world in seconds. But the pieces of your file may not all get there the same way. How does all that data get where it's supposed to go without getting lost?

Sending pictures by e-mail should be a simple process no matter what e-mail service you use. How can you attach photos to your e-mail and be sure the message gets to your recipient?

Now that the Internet has become such an important part of our everyday lives, it's hard to imagine what life would be like without it. Could the Internet collapse? What would happen if it did?

Sure, you consider yourself the king of the Interwebs, but we bet you aren’t familiar with all of the sites that made our gallery. Or are you? Guess there's only one way to find out.

As it lost ground to Google, Microsoft decided to do more than just upgrade Live Search. Instead it created Bing, a "decision engine." Can Bing be the new no. 1?

Missed your favorite TV show again? Never got around to installing that DVR? Thanks to the power of the Internet, you can go to Hulu.com and watch the shows you love -- and are never home to watch.