PC Doctor May 25, 2011

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Dear PC Doctor,


I used Mozilla Firefox to download some pictures that I wanted to save on my computer. I'm not sure if it worked since I can't find the pictures anywhere on my computer. I looked in My Pictures, where the rest of my pictures are usually saved but I don't see them. Can you help me out?

            Greg
 

Dear Greg,


Internet browsers typically save (as a default) to the Downloads folder on your computer. Depending on which version of Windows you're running, it might be in a different spot. On Windows 7, click the Start Orb. In the menu that appears click on the username of your computer in the top right. This opens a personal folder that contains all your major folders: Pictures, Documents and... Downloads! Double click on the Downloads folder and check out the missing files! You can then transfer (copy and paste) those files to the appropriate place, like your Pictures folder!

            PC Doctor


Dear PC Doctor,


I've heard that when I log into Facebook, I need to be careful to check and make sure that the address in the address bar has an “s” in the “http” part so it says “https” instead. Why, and what does this mean?

            Casey


Dear Casey,

It's true that if you're at the actual Facebook website, the “http” in the address will change to an “https”. The “s” stands for “secure” which means that the website is actively protecting your login materials from being visible to an outsider. There are scams out there, where you may be asked to log into a website that looks like Facebook but actually isn't. These websites don't have the “https”. If you log into a malicious website, they will have access to you and your friends’ personal information from your Facebook account! It's fairly easy to spot a shady website, if it looks fishy, it's probably a fake. Make sure it's the right address in the address bar and that it says “https” for security and you'll be good to go!

             PC Doctor

 

Until next time... happy computing!

Posted: to Athol Library News on Wed, May 25, 2011
Updated: Wed, May 25, 2011

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