Members of the PPDC share their best tips & tricks that have helped them along their digital journey.
Tracy from City & Hackney, shares her money-saving pearl of wisdom:
"Going incognito when you shop online can help you save money by automatically deleting your browser history when you close a tab. This means companies can’t track what you’re looking at and put prices up (yes, it happens!), so it will be especially useful for planning your next holiday or finding the best deal on your utility bills." Find out how you can browse in private on Microsoft Edge here, and Google Chrome here.
Paromita shares one of her favourite tips:
Bookmarks are a useful reminder tool for websites you want to return to. You can use a bookmark to quickly access your council services, or a holiday deal you found which you want to come back to. You can add as many bookmarks as you want and remove them within a couple of clicks of your mouse. Bookmarking a page on a browser saves time and also helps you stay organised with your online activities.
How to save the website’s URL/location of the page on the internet.
To add bookmarks on your Google Chrome browser.
1. Open Chrome > click/tap more button (three vertical dots on top right hand corner)
2. Go to bookmark >select bookmark this tab
Shortcut buttons: Ctrl + D
Paromita shares some great info on Cookies:
When a website asks your permission to allow cookies, they are asking permission to store files on your computer, phone or tablet. These files will help the website recognize your device the next time you visit. Similar to when you go to the dry cleaners and get an ID. The ID will help them find your items when you collect your clothes.
Example: On an e-commerce website, you add some items to your shopping cart but don’t checkout, when you come back in a couple of days, the cart will still show the items you added. Cookies saved on your browser allowed this to happen.
Another example: On google search, allowing cookies means it will remember that you want to read the website in English or whatever language you chose.
What cookies cannot do. They cannot access any personally identifiable details from your computer –name, phone number, email address. They cannot access information stored in your folders/hard drives. Cookies cannot deliver additional files and viruses.
You will see cookie permission pop-ups when you first visit a website. These are called first-party cookies, where first-party is the website. Some cookies are necessary and you won’t have an option to refuse them. So, when they ask for permission, they are asking permission to store other types of cookies. Those are called third party cookies.
Third party or advertising cookies can read the file stored on your computer to show ads that match your interests, analytical cookies collect feedback -they will show the website how long you have been browsing, what pages of the website you visit, etc.