Most of us who use a computer on a regular basis have had the unsettling experience of seeing online ads that fit our shopping and browsing habits follow us around the internet. By closely tracking our site visits, online purchases and web searches, search engines providers and advertisers are able to build up a made-to-fit portfolio of what might be appealing, and then inundate us with the propaganda for those findings no matter where we roam online. This might be unsettling for some.
Fortunately, it's easier than you might think to pull the blinds down on these digital peeping toms. Let Mac|Life show you how to turn your browser's privacy options up to eleven.
RockMelt blasted into our collective conscience this month to compete for web browsing dominance against Safari, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Flock -- not to mention a handful of smaller competitors. So which one is right for you?
It doesn’t happen often anymore, but once in a while I’ll surf to a page that won’t open in Safari, and I get a message saying something like, “Sorry, you are using a browser that isn’t supported. Please use a supported browser.” I’m using Safari 5, if that matters. Should I just stick with Chrome or Firefox all the time?
With the announcement of a potentially harmful virus floating about the internet this week, many Mac users have been weary of watching online videos via links to external sites, especially those on social networking websites like Facebook. However, this virus can be all but stopped by simply turning off Java code execution in your web browser of choice, according to SecureMac. That’s why we would like to show you how easy it can be to protect yourself from Java-based viruses originating from your web browser through applets.
Gmail is a fantastic service from Google, and while it works seamlessly with email programs like Apple Mail and Entourage, sometimes it’s just simpler to use it in a web browser. Unfortunately, that can’t provide the finesse of a dedicated email application, which leaves the user experience feeling subpar instead of super. The good news is that Gmail’s completely scriptable, which means you can modify it to suit your needs. Don’t worry if coding isn’t your expertise--many people have written ready-made scripts that you can use to improve your experience in just a few clicks.
For those of you who prefer to rock an Android handset over Apple's brand of smartphone sexy, prepare to be giddy: Mozilla has announced the immediate availability of Fennec Alpha for Android, bringing with it improved performance and responsiveness that even occasional on-the-go users are sure to enjoy. The alpha version of the software marks Mozilla's second update to Fennec for Android since April and brings us one step closer to the much anticipated beta version of the software.
Yikes! First Apple's own Snow Leopard cut support for PowerPC processors, and now it's highly possibly that Firefox will follow suit. Firefox director Mike Beltzner himself has proclaimed that he's gathering data on the number of PowerPC users use Firefox, but it's unlikely that they will be supported anymore.
Granted Firefox can have its ups and downs. However, one feature of the browser that has recently come about, that really hasn't received much attention. You can build your own add-ons for the browser.
Once you get a certain reputation for knowing things about computers, it isn’t long before your grandpa or your Aunt Marge out in Skokie are calling up, wanting you to help them remotely. The phone rings constantly as relatives, older co-workers, maybe even that cute girl who lives two blocks over (you wish), call up. Here’s the thing, though: getting them to navigate where they need to go to gather information about their system can be a real chore. Not anymore.