Computer Tip: How to Google internationally

I recently took a trip to Spain and brought my laptop with me. When I used Google search, my results came up in Spanish and automatically changed the url address to “www.google.es” (instead of .com at the end). How do you prevent this from happening?

This can be quite a pain in the neck, especially when you would like to continue searching in your own language even though you are in another country. This is one of those Google features that supports those living in that country by redirecting you to the site in that country’s language.

There is an easy way to fix this. All that you need to do is type “www.google.com/ncr” in the url address box. I think the “ncr” stands for “no country redirecting.” If it doesn’t, then it should!

Nevertheless, this easy fix works for any language that you wish to search in regardless of the country you are in at the moment.

Carry on and enjoy browsing with the internet again. I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation. His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Computer Tip – Website Viewing

Do you have difficulty sometimes reading or viewing a website because the print is too small (or too large)?  If so, try the following:

To enlarge:

  1. Go to the website you want to enlarge
  2. Press and hold the <Ctrl> key
  3. Next, start pressing the <+> key (the plus sign is usually found on the number keypad)
  4. The view of the website will start to enlarge with each press of the <+> key
  5. Continue pressing the <+> key until you reach the desired size of text

To reduce:

Follow the same steps as above except instead of pressing the <+> key, press the <-> key (the minus sign key is also easily found on the number keypad).

There is no need to squint your eyes or bring your head closer to the screen.  These two simple strokes will do the job nicely and provide you with a bit more control of the internet.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Computer Tip – How to deselect multiple files

To deselect a file from a group once a group of files is selected:

  1. Press and hold the <Ctrl> key and click on the item(s) you want to deselect
  2. The mouse can also be used in place of the <Ctrl> key
  3. Once all items are selected, release the mouse or <Ctrl> key
  4. The items should still be selected, if not, repeat steps above
  5. Right click on any one of the selected items
  6. Choose what you want to do (delete, copy, or move, etc.)

In my next post, I will show you how to “select” multiple files.  I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Computer Tip – How to select multiple files

To select multiple files in a directory or messages next to each other:

  1. Using the mouse, click once on the first file or message (no double-clicking) to highlight it
  2. Then let go of the mouse once the item is highlighted
  3. With one hand, press the <shift> key down on the keyboard
  4. With the other hand, use the arrows (up, down, left, right) to start the select process
  5. Once all items are selected, release the arrow keys first
  6. Then release the <shift> key
  7. Right click with the mouse on any one of the selected items
  8. Choose what you want to do (delete, copy, move, etc.)

To select files or messages NOT next to each other:

  1. Click on first item
  2. Press and hold the <Ctrl> key down on the keyboard
  3. Using the mouse, click on the rest of the items
  4. Once all items are selected, release the <Ctrl> key
  5. Right click on any one of the selected items
  6. Choose what you want to do (delete, copy, or move, etc.)

In my next post, I will show you how to “deselect” multiple files.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Secure Online Passwords

Most hackers can break into your computer without using any impressive programming skills.  A lot of people use their name, pet name, home phone number, or simple words like “password.”

If you have a very simple password, then a hacker can hack your computer very easily by trying to guess your password.  To safe guard your personal computer from these guys there is a very simple way to create a tricky password.

Below are some steps to make your passwords difficult to guess:

  • Try to use the max number of characters allowed in your password

This is the simplest method because the longer the password the more difficult it is to guess.  Or make an effort to exceed the minimum required.

  • Combine lower-case and upper-case letters in your password

Most PC users apply only lower-case letters to their passwords, but it is best to use the combination of both upper and lower-case.  Doing so will make it much more difficult to crack.

  • Combine letters and numbers in your password

When you mix both letters and numbers it makes your password incomprehensible, and places the odds in your favor because most just use letters or just numbers.

  • Try not to use the name of any family member in your password

The name of your child, spouse, pet, city, or country are easy to guess if anybody knows you and your family.

  • Password management and encrypting software

If coming up with your own password is too time-consuming, there are many software tools that help you generate and manage your passwords.  Some of them are free and most are inexpensive for the security and peace of mind they provide.

  1. PC Tools Password Generator is a password generator that you can download for free.
  2. Roboform is an inexpensive way to manage and/or encrypt your passwords, with excellent features such as the ability to automatically fill forms for you when you apply to a certain membership website or online purchases.  It is a great time saver.  Look for programs such as these to rid yourself of the headache of remembering and maintaining passwords.

If you would like more information on how to secure your passwords, I am always available on skype for any questions or technical assistance.  My skype name is: patient.computer.tutor

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in computer information systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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