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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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What's new with Internet Explorer 8?

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 appeared only two years after its predecessor. What improvements are included in this next-generation Web browser?


Annoying Verification On Its Way Out as CAPTCHA Goes Invisible

How will Google's reCAPTCHA technology change as it goes invisible? Learn more about identity verification in this HowStuffWorks article. See more »

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wikipedia

Wikipedia launched on Jan. 15, 2001. HowStuffWorks Now explores how it got so big and what lies ahead. See more »

Google Has a Shrewd Plan to Fight ISIS Recruitment

Google uses its vast research capabilities to help stop the spread of ISIS, or at least its propaganda. HowStuffWorks Now explains how. See more »

The Controversy Over YouTube Takedowns

YouTubers have been in an uproar over skyrocketing takedowns. HowStuffWorks Now looks at the conflict between copyright law and content creation. See more »

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. Read this article. See more »

'Serial' Is Back and Has Upped Its Podcasting Game

The second season of the "Serial" podcast is now out. Learn what's new with the second season of "Serial" at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Why are Web addresses in English?

People around the world have access to the Internet, but not everyone speaks English. Learn why web addresses are in English at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Internet Folklore Works

Cryptic chain emails started the Internet folklore phenomenon, but now there are some deeper cuts. Learn all about internet folklore at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can Google predict disease outbreaks?

Can Google help figure out when and where diseases will strike? Learn the answer at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How the Deep Web Works

Below the easily-searchable surface Web is more information than you can imagine. Find out what's going on in the deep Web. See more »