What Is The Punycode Phishing Attack And How To Stay Safe

The internet can be a dangerous place. Earlier this week, we talked about a new scam email going around trying to get users to buy a fake VPN service. The scam put your money and your data at risk. Fortunately for the diligent, there are ways to spot a scam like that. Not all scams are easy to spot though, and phishing scams have just gotten smarter thanks to a little thing called Punycodes. It's a new way to register domains and while it wasn't developed to scam people, it is being used to do. Here's a look at what the Punycode phishing attack is, and how to stay safe.Read More

How To Get A Feature Rich Image Viewer In Chrome

Chrome can open common image formats. You can view a PNG, a GIF, a JPG, and an SVG file in Chrome without needing any extra tools. The thing is, Chrome is essentially a web browser. It supports viewing quite a few file types but that is to facilitate its main function i.e. opening web pages. It isn't built to be a smart image viewer. If you want to do anything other than view an image, you have to save it to your desktop and use a different app like IrfanViewEnhanced Image Viewer is a Chrome extension that gives you a feature rich image viewer in Chrome. You can set the default background color for an image, zoom in/out, pan around, rotate the image, and more.Read More

How To Disable Auto Tab Refresh In Chrome

Chrome automatically refreshes tabs that you haven't visited in a while. It's a new feature added to the browser in version 48. If you have several tabs open in any given window in Chrome, and you don't visit a tab for a long time, Chrome will refresh it automatically when you next click switch to it. This is to get you the latest version of the web page. Chrome assumes that in the time you opened and then visited the tab, something might have changed. This ensures you always have the latest version of the page. Officially, this feature is called 'Discarded tabs'. It not only gives you the most recent version of a page but it also aims to reduce memory usage. Here's how you can disable auto tab refresh in Chrome.Read More

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website's name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don't like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It's called Don't add custom search engines. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Error In Chrome

Chrome stops opening certain domains without warning. It will open everything else but refuse to open one or several domains. When Chrome fails to open a domain, it will give you the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error. This error doesn't tell you much about what the problem is. It can appear for domains like YouTube. Even if you have visited a domain in the past without any trouble, Chrome will refuse to open it. The simple solution is to use a VPN but if we're being honest, that isn't a solution. In order to fix the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED error in Chrome, you need to do a little cleaning. Here's how to fix the problem.Read More

How To Add Links To The Reading List In Chrome [iOS]

Pocket was the first app that made Read It Later popular. There has always been a read it later feature in browsers, except it's called bookmarks. Read it later is a more sophisticated version of bookmarks. You can save links you intend to read later to a list of links. These links can be grouped, and marked as read or unread. Google has introduced a reading list feature in Chrome for iOS. You can add links to the reading list in Chrome from inside the browser or any other app. This means links from Safari or from the Twitter app can be sent to Chrome's reading list. The feature works though an iOS extension so you must be running iOS 8 or above to use it. Here's how you can add links to the reading list in Chrome.Read More

How To Change The Language For Chrome Translate

Chrome has a built-in translation feature. When you visit a webpage that isn't in your default language, Chrome offers to translate it. The translation option is accessible from the Omnibar. You can dismiss it if you don't need a translation or you can click it any time you need it. The option only appears if the site you're visiting isn't in your default language. As useful as Chrome translate is, it doesn't support multiple languages. It will translate text from one language to the default language. Users can change the language that Chrome translates to on the fly. You can change the language for Chrome translate from the translation prompt or from the language settings in Chrome. Here's how.Read More

How To Always Open YouTube Videos In Theater Mode

YouTube introduced theater mode a few years ago. Theater mode pushes the suggested videos below the video player. The video player itself sits on a nice black background. It is without a doubt, the better viewing experience. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't remember which viewing mode you prefer. Regardless if you're signed in or signed out, YouTube will always default to the regular viewing mode. You have to click the theater mode button on the video player every single time. YouTube doesn't have a work around for this but, there are add-ons and extensions that make it so you always open YouTube videos in theater mode.Read More

How To Check If A Job Description Is Discriminatory [Chrome]

Job titles in tech are pretty creative; companies hire wizards, gurus, and the occasional hackers to develop products. The job titles are no doubt meant to excite and encourage potential employees to apply. This appears to have caught on in other industries as well. There isn't anything wrong with it unless the job title becomes too vague. With jobs, it's not just titles that can be vague. At times, job descriptions suffer the same fate. They are either too vague or outright discriminatory. For anyone unfamiliar with what red flags to look for, Joblint is a Chrome extension worth checking out. It lets you check if a job description is discriminatory or not. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Create A Quick YouTube Playlist In Chrome

You can create playlists on YouTube but some conditions apply. For one, you have to sign into YouTube. If you don't sign into YouTube, the playlist feature will not be available. When you're creating a playlist, you have to add the videos one by one. For each video you want to add, you have to open it and click the 'Add To' option under the video's description. That is three clicks per video for the playlist you want to create. The good news is, if you use Chrome, you can create a quick YouTube playlist using TubeLister. It's a Chrome extension that will add all open YouTube videos to a new playlist. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Check If A Website Is Affected By CloudBleed

CloudBleed is a new vulnerability that effects CloudFlare. CloudFare is a content delivery network and security provided that is the backbone of some very large, big name websites. This new vulnerability has made it possible for sensitive information; passwords, encrypted keys, and more. A simple Google search will not bring up this leaked information. As with any security breach, the standard protocol is to change your password immediately. The leak has bee patched but it has affected quite a few websites. Cloudbleed Indicator is a Chrome extension that alerts you when you visit a website affected by the vulnerability of the same name. CloudBleed is a Firefox add-on and Chrome Extension that can search your history and your bookmarks for affected websites. Here's how to check if a website is affected by CloudBleed.Read More

How To View Tabs In Full Screen Mode In Chrome

You can go full screen in any Chrome tab. The full screen feature isn't limited to just media i.e. videos. If you're using a web app to type, using it in full screen will help avoid distractions. The full screen mode hides all tabs that you have open in the same Chrome window. The Taskbar/Dock disappear as well though you might still get alerts from apps. Tab Revolution is a Chrome extension that lets you view tabs in full screen mode. The tabs appear when you move your mouse to the top of the screen. You can click a tab to switch to it.Read More

How To Clear The Cache For A Particular Website [Chrome]

Chrome has a built-in tool to flush the cache. You can use it to purge your browser's cache from the last hour, day, week, month, or since forever. The downside to this tool is that it will delete everything indiscriminately. If you want to clear the cache for a particular website, Chrome seemingly has no controls for this. Ctrl+F5 doesn't do the trick either; it executes a hard reload of the page but the cache remains intact. Here's how you can clear the cache for a particular website in Chrome.Read More

How To Sync Video Playback On Netflix When Watching With Friends

When you binge on Netflix with a group of friends, it's assumed you're all watching in the same room. That's not always true; you could both be watching the same thing from the comfort of your own homes. If you often watch Netflix with long distance friends then Netflix Party is a Chrome extension you should check out. It lets you sync video playback on Netflix so that you and your friend are watching the same scene at the same time. It prevents spoilers, of course, but also makes for a better viewing experience. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Find The Message ID For A Gmail Email [Chrome]

Gmail has quite a few management features for keeping track of important conversations. You can use labels, folders, and the star feature to make sure you don't lose an email. Gmail's robust search is another way to quickly find and retrieve a message. Every message you send or receive in Gmail has a unique ID. It's what Gmail uses to differentiate messages. On the surface you see the sender, subject, and contents of a message. At the back end, this unique ID is what keeps track of everything and you can use it to keep track of emails outside of Gmail. Gmail message ID finder is Chrome extension that helps you find the message ID for a Gmail email.Read More

Play The Chrome T-Rex Running Game On Your Phone

Chrome has a neat little game hidden on the No Internet Connection page. Most desktop users know about this game; whenever you lose your internet connect and Chrome fails to load a page, it shows you a 'No Internet Connection' message. Just above this message is a pixel image of a T-Rex. If you tap your space bar, the T-rex starts running. Cacti appear in its path and you must tap the space bar to jump over them. This very same game can be played on Chrome for iOS and Android. Here's how you can play the Chrome T-rex running game on your phone.Read More

How To Scan A QR Code With Chrome For iOS

Since the days of iOS 4, I've had a dedicated QR code scanning app on my phone. I don't use it very often but when I do need to scan a code, it is the best option available. There are quite a few QR code scanning apps available in the App Store but very few of them are well built. If you have Chrome installed on your iOS device, you no longer need a dedicated QR code scanning app. You can now scan a QR code with Chrome. Here's how.Read More

How To Identify Clickbait On Facebook [Chrome]

You'll never believe what this Chrome extension does. It can identify clickbait on Facebook and save you from reading through a long, ad-laced list of outdated and/old/incorrect information. The extension is called This is Clickbait and it's available in the Chrome Web Store. It does two things; identify links shared on Facebook as clickbait or not clickbait, and for the slightly ambiguous links, it offers a clickbait score. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Sort Answers On Quora By Votes

Quora is a pretty great place to get advice on just about anything. It's like a reasonable Reddit where conversations don't devolve into puns and you can't be shadow banned. There are quite a few subject matter experts that contribute to discussions and offer their insight. The answers are sorted based on an algorithm which might not suit everyone. Quora Upvotes is a Firefox add-on and Chrome extension that lets you sort answers on Quora by votes.Read More

How To Password Protect Your Chrome Profile

Chrome collects a lot of information about our browsing sessions. We have the option to wipe everything Chrome has saved but that means a lesser browsing experience. On occasion, we can use Incognito browsing to keep some things private but our history and auto-fill data make browsing much easier. Of course, if this information were to fall into the wrong hands, it would mean trouble. Google Chrome has a neat little profile locking feature that lets you password protect your Chrome profile. They've hidden this feature pretty well but here's how you can set it up.Read More