The internet can be a big and intimidating place. These days, it is important to know how to navigate through it safely and efficiently. Our team of internet and tech specialists at Intermax Networks have assembled the ten most useful tips and tricks to guide you through the complex worldwide web.

1.      Use a password manager

A password manager is a tool that securely stores all your passwords in one place, so you do not have to juggle a million passwords in your head. Instead, you only need to remember one master password in order to access all your other passwords.

It will also notify you of any security concerns with your accounts and passwords, allowing you to easily resolve any issues. It will notify you when your passwords are at risk, repeat too often, or should be changed for routine security. Using a password manager can save you time and help you create stronger, more secure passwords without extra effort.

2.      Use incognito or private browsing

Incognito or private browsing modes allow you to surf the web without leaving a trace of your activity on your device. This trick is useful if you do not want your search history to be saved on your device, want to prevent passwords from being saved, or if you want to prevent others from seeing your online activity.

Though it should be noted that private browsing is only protecting you from leaving your browser history on a device, and it should not be used as a replacement for VPN (Virtual Private Network) or Tor browsing. Keeping your browser history discreet, especially when you are on someone else’s device or computer. Note: Incognito or private browsing is only protecting you from leaving your browser history on a local device, and should not be used as a replacement for VPN or Tor browsing.

3.      Use keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts can save you time by allowing you to perform common tasks faster. Whether you are trying to find the name of a song you only remember one line from, or need resources for a school research paper, shortcuts make your searches far less tedious.

For example, you can use “Ctrl + C” to copy text and “Ctrl + V” to paste it.  Ctrl+A to select all, Ctrl+Z to undo, Ctrl+Windows Key+S will let you screen snip, Ctrl+T opens a new tab, Ctrl+Tab moves you through browser tabs.  Windows+X will bring up admin features.  There are many other keyboard shortcuts that can be useful, depending on your operating system, the applications you use and what you wish to accomplish. These shortcuts will save you time and energy when using the internet.

Check out more shortcuts by clicking the links below!

Windows shortcuts

Mac Shortcuts

4.      Use a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts your internet connection and hides your IP address, making it more difficult for others to track your online activity and steal your personal information. They also help protect your data while you are on unfamiliar networks. VPNs can also help you access websites that may be blocked in your location.

Keep in mind that VPNs protect your data and location from your PC to the site you are looking at, but whoever owns the site you are on can see what you are typing or interfacing with. VPNs hide your location and encrypt data to and from but once you are on a site logging in or typing, that data is available to the company or persons owning that site. If you are looking for protection from the dangers of the web, a VPN makes a suitable shield.

5.      Use search operators

Search operators are special characters that you can use to refine your search results. For example, you can use the “-” sign to exclude certain words from your search, or the “site:” operator to search a specific website. Other commonly used search operators are quotation marks, which will make searching for websites and items easier. If you know exactly what you are looking for, but your search engine is crowded with unwanted results, refining your search with operators is the perfect solution.

6.      Use extensions and add-ons

Extensions and add-ons are small pieces of software that you can install in your web browser to add additional features and functionality. For example, you can use an extension to block ads, save passwords or translate web pages.

The extension link is typically in the top right corner of your browser, and there you can add, remove, and edit your extensions. You can make any web page or tool an extension, even your password manager, making those pesky passwords even easier to use. These quick and easy edits make accessing your favorite sites and tools effortless.

7.      Use online tools and services

There are many online tools and services that can make your life easier and more efficient. For example, you can use online calendars to schedule appointments and events or use online document editors to collaborate with others on projects.

You can also enable notifications for these services, getting reminders about tasks, appointments, and messages. These tools and services allow you to have the best experience while browsing the web. Your notifications from web pages, calendars, emails, and more will pop up as you search. So, you should take advantage, so you never miss the memo again.

8.      Use cloud storage

Cloud storage allows you to store and access your files from any device with an internet connection. This can be useful if you need to access your files from different devices or locations, or if you want to back up your data in case of a hardware failure. It adds an extra level of security to your data, as well as creates a seamless way to access and edit your documents from anywhere.

Internet Safety begins with backing up your information and files to the cloud. It is very important if your device gets damaged or lost. Without backing up those things, you can lose all your files in the blink of an eye.

9.      Use online backup services

Online backup services allow you to store copies of your important files on a remote server, so you can access them from anywhere and recover them in case of a disaster. Backup services protect your files and prevent you from losing them.

This will save you time and provide peace of mind. Think of a backup service as your backup to the cloud. This ensures that even if your data isn’t fully backed up in the cloud, you have those files stored safely somewhere else.

10.  Use screen capture tools

Screen capture tools allow you to take screenshots of your screen or record videos of your screen activity. On a mobile device, taking screenshots is as easy as pressing a few buttons. However, not everyone knows you can take screenshots on your computer or laptop as well.

You can take screenshots on your computer by using a snippet tool. To take a screenshot on your laptop, press the Crtl and Prt Sc buttons. Windows had a built-in screen clipping tool, CTRL Windows Key+S, and a built-in screen recording tool you can use by pressing Windows Key + Alt + R and it will start recording instantly. These images can be useful for creating tutorials, demonstrating a process, or sharing information with others. BONUS TIP: Windows has a built in screen clipping tool! Use Ctrl+Windows Key+S    And a built in screen recording tool you can use by pressing Windows Key + Alt + R and it will start recording instantly

By using these internet tips and tricks, you can improve your online experience and make the most of the resources available to you. Whether you are using the internet for work, study, or leisure, these tools, and techniques can help you be more productive and efficient.

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