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What is cloud computing?

You’ve probably heard companies advertising “cloud computing services” or friends talking about saving photos to their “cloud drive.” But what does that mean exactly? Is our data just floating around out there somewhere? If you aren’t quite sure, you are not alone!
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Cloud computing means storing and accessing our data remotely from “the cloud”
A 2020 survey by our company revealed that only half of respondents thought they could explain what cloud storage is – and only a third could actually do it correctly. Today: Cloud computing explained. more
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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

The Internet of Things, IoT, smart devices, the fourth industrial revolution – you may have heard these words tossed around with increasing frequency in the last few years. And lots of items that used to be “dumb,” from coffee machines to cars, are now connected to the internet.
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The Internet of Things connects countless smart devices
So what is the Internet of Things, how does the IoT work – and why do you need it? more
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Beware of online romance scams!

Nowadays it’s common for romance to blossom online, with almost one-third of US adults having used a dating website or app. Unfortunately for all the lonely hearts out there, there are also lots of scammers online looking for money rather than love.
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Is it true love or an online scam? Learn the signs of a romance scammer.
Romance scams, which often take the form of catfishing, are online dating hoaxes that target unsuspecting singles. But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. more
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What is typosquatting?

Fraudulent websites are a common example of a cybersecurity risk. Cybercriminals mimic the sites of trusted businesses to phish for visitors’ personal data or spread malware. One tool in their arsenal is typosquatting, where they buy domain names that are intentional misspellings of popular websites.
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Typosquatting turns simple typos into a tool for cybercrime
But how can a simple typo leave you vulnerable to online scams? more
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What is a QR code? And why are they suddenly everywhere?

QR codes seem to be everywhere you look nowadays. You see these “square barcodes” on ads and museum exhibits, packages and Wi-Fi access points. Even if you had never noticed them before the coronavirus pandemic, they seem to be everywhere now, playing a key role in exposure tracing in many locations. They also let us access information like restaurant menus without having to touch the surface of any object but our own mobile device.
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It’s easy to read a QR code – or create your own!
However, QR codes have been around for more than 25 years. Find out more, including how to create a QR code. more
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What is 5G? Answers to your questions about 5G technology

It seems like 5G is everywhere now – from ads for cellular carriers and new smartphones to reports of potential dangers of this new technology. But what is 5G and how will it affect you?
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What does 5G technology mean for you?
mail.com offers some quick facts about 5G technology.
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What happens to your online accounts after you’re gone?

Nowadays a lot of our lives take place online – emails and texts to friends and family, shopping, social media. We store important documents and precious memories in the cloud. But what happens after death – who has access to our online accounts and assets?
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When writing a will, don’t forget your digital assets and online accounts
Much of that is determined by the digital estate planning we do today. more
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Play online games for free with mail.com

You may have noticed a new feature in your mail.com inbox – a Games tab in the top navigation bar. Now you can play the best games, from slots to strategy, at the click of a mouse!
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mail.com’s free online games are just a click away from your inbox!

To get you started, here are a few of our favorite games – plus a special bonus for our readers. more
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Website cookies: Annoying or useful?

Unfortunately, website cookies are not a yummy treat – although the fact that they only exist in the virtual world means that at least they don’t contain calories! When the pair of shoes you were admiring weeks ago suddenly appears in ads on every website you visit or online shopping sites know your name, website cookies are behind it.
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Website cookies may not be delicious – but they can be useful!
But are cookies safe? mail.com answers all your questions. more
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Who is the inventor of the internet?

We all know that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and Karl Benz, the automobile. But who invented the internet? Even though we use the internet every day, we don’t widely cite a specific genius behind this innovation. This may be because the internet has been the result of gradual development rather than a flash of inspiration that can be attributed to a single person. But there are definitely some key figures along this path who deserve to be celebrated.
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Many people don’t know who actually invented the internet – do you?
Join us for a whirlwind tour of the history of the internet! more
23 people found this article helpful.