Tech Q&A: the road to the top of the search results

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To the top of the Google search results

Q: What is the secret to getting on the first page of the Google search results? I want to make something, but no one visits my site.

A: This is a great question. It is so large, in fact, that thousands of people dedicate their careers to figuring out how to make your websites stick out on the internet. It is vital to have a relevant and well-designed website. You may already be familiar with the term “search engine optimization” or SEO. The best websites make use of keywords, social media and searchable headers to make themselves visible. You can also make use of online marketing and interactive programs to draw people. The most important of these days is to remain active; the internet is an ever-changing landscape, and you have to work to keep. Click here for 10 secrets for nailing search results.

To shed light on the ‘Dark Web’

Q: I keep hearing about the “Dark Web.” But what is it exactly? How do you get it?

A: It sounds ominous, doesn’t it? “Dark Web” would be a good title for the next Dan Brown novel. But the “Dark Web” is really just a part of the internet that is not completely public and that you need special software to access it. Many novices the use of the terms “Dark Web” and “Deep Web” interchangeably, but they are two very different things. If you think that’s creepy and illegal shenanigans, you’re probably thinking of the “Dark Web.” Everyone has access to this online nook if they have the extra legwork, but it is best to avoid. The “Deep Web” on the other hand, is designed for security and privacy, that the “surface” of the internet. The Deep Web cannot be accessed by a search engine, and it consists mainly of data that is stored on private networks of companies. Click here to learn more about the Dark Web and the many myths surrounding.

App allows you to skip airport security lines

Q: I heard you tell a caller that they could skip the security line at airports with an app. Can you tell me more?

A: This is correct. Before you get too excited, do not forget that you still have to scan your luggage and step-by-step through the metal detector, just like every other passenger. But if you’re flying internationally, you can skip through the U. S. Customs and Border Protection with an app called “Mobile Passport.” If you’ve ever flown to the US. from a another country, you know how exhausting this process can be. American points of entry are some of the busiest and most thoroughly monitored in the world, and the rules can be hundreds of people deep. Click here to learn how the Mobile Passport will help speed up the process.

Erase personal data on your old PC

Q: I get a new PC for Christmas. How can I ensure that all my personal information out of the old before I donate or sell?

A: I’m so glad that you asked this question, because a lot of people get rid of their old computers without even thinking about what there is on them. If they delete a number of files and believe that their personal information is safe. First, ensure that the transfer of all the data that you want to keep to the new computer. Take all the time you need, because you will never be able to get it again. Then you will want to pull Darik’s Boot and Nuke. Click here to find out how DBAN works and tricks for using it effectively.

Signs hard drive is failing

Q: I know when my car runs out of gas will not go anymore. How do you know if your hard drive is failing?

A: That is a good metaphor, but a faulty hard drive is a bit more serious than just running out of gas. It is more like the “check engine” light coming on, or even the car stalling for no reason. If that aging clunker, a computer usually signs of old age, such as software glitches, a noisy fan, or just really slow activities. Most people want something more precise, that is the reason why your motherboard has its own system of supervision. Click here to learn how to instantly get an estimate of your hard drive.

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