Facebook can be a great social network. However, it does have its risks. Almost every day, I hear about Facebook accounts being hacked or duplicated. That is why it is important to monitor Facebook’s privacy and Security settings. Taking simple steps can help protect someone’s personal information in an age of over sharing and public access.
There are 2 steps that can be taken to help protect privacy on Facebook. Both of these are found in the security settings. To get to Settings, on a desktop, go to the upper right-hand corner, to the carrot (arrow) and go to Settings.
The 2 features that are key to protecting yourself are Security and Privacy. Facebook has some great articles about these settings, and others, by visiting: facebook.com/help
There are 2 main parts that are helpful in the Security Settings.
Log-In Alerts: This alerts you when there is an unrecognized login
Two-Factor Authentification: This feature requires a second security code for any unrecognized device login.
Privacy has 3 areas to help protect your account.
Who can see my stuff?
Who can contact me?
Who can look me up?
Changing these settings, can add an extra layer of protection, so that Facebook can be enjoyed for the site it was meant to be. Enjoy networking with safety and privacy in mind.
Always remember to periodically check these settings especially after any Facebook updates or notifications.
Facebook as well as other social networking sites can be very active and informative by providing you with much needed information about a product, family, and friends. It can also be frightening sometimes as well. When others post to your Facebook account unwanted or offensive information, you do have ways to stop it from happening again without worry.
Blocking posts from an individual requires a couple of steps and can be done without worry of the person knowing. I have included in today’s post instructions on how to block someone from your Facebook account. Feel free to share them with others or to print them for future use.
Recently Google launched a version of the Earth program that does not require a download. Now you can travel the earth just by visiting the website. In the Chrome browser, it does not work in Edge, just search for Google Earth. Click on the link and away you go.
You can travel around the world using your mouse, arrow keys or their built-in navigation buttons. See your home, explore a vacation spot, travel to far off lands and much more. With the Voyager feature you can take guided tours of sites and learn facts as you go. Voyager has a lot to offer for the inquisitive mind with links to websites, videos and more. Keep track of the places you’ve visited with the bookmark feature. Zoom in and out, explore in 2D and 3D views and drop into a street view where available.
There’s a lot to do in Google Earth, but if you find yourself wanting more consider downloading the desktop version. The browser version is packed with options, but the download has even more. In the download version you can plot trips from one point to another then fly them, travel to the stars or moon and Mars, and go back in time to old maps. Those are just a scant few of the additional options in the desktop version.
I am really enjoying the browser version because of its ease of use. The limited options make it less confusing and easier to navigate. If you ever tried the desktop version and got frustrated I’d recommend the browser version to start. I will say though that I miss the extra options of the desktop version and find myself going back to it when I can.
Keep an eye out for the fall season Smartstore Guide and sign up for a free class to get started with the desktop version of Google Earth. In the meantime, happy travels.
The sun is shining and the air is warm. For me, that means summer is well on the way. It also means that it is time for the spring cleaning. This year I’ll be cleaning more than windows and door jams. I’ll also be cleaning up my email as well as my social media accounts settings to ensure that my privacy settings were still in a safe place. This included Facebook settings. When I talked with my fellow siblings about my intentions the first thing they asked was “How do you clean up your Facebook settings?” The more I thought about it the more I realized perhaps others also needed this type of help. So, to help them as well as others, I’ve created a handout with instructions on how to conduct a Privacy Checkup on Facebook.
I know it will help them, I hope it helps you as well.
Find a Grave is a great resource if you’re looking for information about some who has died. It will give information such as birth dates, death dates, obituaries, biographies, family ties, and it even includes pictures of headstones and memorials. While Find a Grave has a small staff, it is run mostly by contributors who submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs, etc. The site can be browsed by geographical location or cemetery and searched for specific names. The site has over 60 million grave records and contains information the grave sites of regular people and famous big-names.
I looked up one of my favorite authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, as an example. His grave is located in Sleepy Hallow Cemetery in Massachusetts. From his Find a Grave page, we can see that he was born in Salem on July 4, 1804 and died in Plymouth on May 19, 1864. It gives a short biography and pictures of him when he was alive and his headstone. It also has links to the pages for his parents, siblings, spouse, and children. There’s something pretty cool about being able to see one of my favorite author’s headstones without having to travel to Massachusetts to do so. Next time you’re doing some research on someone who has died or if you’re curious about your ancestors or your favorite celebrities, check out Find a Grave.
I have a lot of email accounts. For a long time, I found myself going through these accounts one by one. This takes a lot of time. Then, by accident, I found out that I could add all of my email accounts into one account through “Gmail.” I felt like celebrating. Then, I had to figure out how to do this. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
Open the Gmail account you want to import from.
At the top right corner, click on the gear
Select Settings from the drop down menu
Then, select the forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
In the “POP Download” section, select Enable POP for all mail.
At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.
Then, go to Accounts and Import tab.
Go down to Check mail from other accounts, and select Add a POP3 mail account you own.
It will ask for the email address.
Then, you will be asked for your password for that email account.
Click, Add account.
Just follow steps 7-10 for every account that you want added.
***Using Gmail Settings allows users to import contacts, filter and block users, and lets the user access to their account information
With the recent release of Apple’s iOS 10.3 version, you may discover that you can no longer play previously downloaded content. The following instructions will take you through the steps to correct this issue.
Lately I’ve discovered that several people are using the Chrome feature Incognito when browsing the web. Incognito is a browsing window that can be opened in Chrome that allows some privacy by not keeping certain files while the web is searched. Edge and Firefox offer a similar private browsing feature. A common assumption is that one is searching in a truly private manner and thereby preventing visited websites from tracking. However, that is not the case. Incognito or private browsing does not keep visited websites from tracking. What it does keep private are some of the files that are typically stored on a specific computer or device during browsing. Examples of files that are not kept often include the search history and temporary internet files, along with some others depending on which browser is used to access the internet.
So, what information is private and from whom? Usually the only thing not being collected and stored is the evidence on the specific device being used that a site has been visited. Meaning that possibly a search history would not be kept on that device. So, if someone is looking for a gift for another person online they may want to search using incognito if other people have access to the device and could see visited website by going through the history. Using incognito would prevent others from seeing that history. However, the fact that the site was visited will not escape the attention of the site that was visited if they are set up to collect information about their users. In essence the only one being kept from seeing some types of information are the persons using that specific device. Everything else is pretty much fair game as usual.
For specifics of how the different browsers operate and information on what they are helping keep private, visit the link to their Help section below.
Chrome help: Provides instructions on how to open an incognito window in Chrome.
Mozilla help: Provides instructions on how to open an incognito window in Mozilla.
Edge help: Provides instructions on how to open an incognito window in Edge.
A friend of mine works for Google. He was in town recently and was telling me about one of their new projects called Google Arts & Culture. Since that conversation I have spent a lot of time exploring Arts & Culture and want to share it with you as well. It’s incredible!
With Google Arts & Culture you can “explore art collections from around the world; discover inspirational moments, iconic people, and artistic wonders. Search by time or even color.”
Essentially, Google has partnered with museums from all over the world; captured and cataloged their collections and them posted them online, for free, in hi-res images. You can zoom in on the work of your favorite artist to reveal the secrets of a masterpiece. Take virtual, 360 degree (essentially Google Street View-style) tours of the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, National Theater of Korea, Museum of Natural History in Venice, and so on. It really is amazing.
On the Google Arts & Culture homepage there is a menu on the left – select any of the options to explore by Artist, Medium, Movement, Historical events, Historical figures, and Places. No matter what you click you will find something beautiful. Select Artist and you can browse high resolution art from hundreds of artists – Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet, Raphael, Freda Kahlo, and so on. Select a piece and zoom in close enough to view brush strokes:
Fan of modern art? Gothic? Minimalism? Post-modern? Whatever you like select Movements from the menu and start exploring. I clicked on the Street Art option and spent about an hour browsing all the images.
Select Medium and you can browse hundreds of different options – oil painting, ink, textiles, metal, brick, diamond, canvas, clay, wood, etc. Select a medium and view hundreds of high resolution art works in that medium.
Most of Google’s products are kept behind Google’s account wall – meaning you can’t use them unless you are signed into a Google account. This is not true for Arts & Culture – it’s open to anyone. No need to sign in. The only benefit I notice from signing into a Google account was to keep track of your favorite artworks – each piece has a little heart on it. Users can click that heart to mark it as a Favorite – to bookmark it and revisit quickly and easily or to share on social media.
It’s available as an app as well. Free from both the Apple and Google Play stores. And the app is Cardboard-ready too – meaning you can use it to take virtual reality tours of places too. Another benefit of the app: the experimental feature called the “Art Recognizer,” which lets you point your phone at an artwork in a museum and have Google instantly deliver some information about it. Google says it plans to roll the feature to museums around the world, though the company hasn’t specified when this will be completed.
Arts and Culture has so much to offer it’s difficult to even begin describing it. Basically just go there and start clicking – I guarantee you’ll find something you love.