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How to fix your Facebook privacy settings

USA Today, news source 4:20 p.m. MDT July 27, 2014

A view of the Facebook logo on a computer.(Photo: Ted Aljibe, AFP/Getty Images)

Q: I can't keep up with Facebook's changes to its privacy policies. Is there an app or service I can use that will take care of my privacy settings for me? I really don't want to share some of the things I post with everyone in the world.

A: I know it's tough, but I recommend learning Facebook's privacy settings anyway, so you know exactly what it shares -- click here for my step-by-step guide. Particularly, go to your profile page and next to the View Activity Log button, click the three dots and choose View As... . This lets you see what strangers and friends can see on your profile, so you know if your settings are working. That being said, you can take a look at apps like AVG PrivacyFix as a backup. This helps you manage your privacy settings on Facebook, Google and LinkedIn. It will update you on any new Facebook privacy changes.


Q: I was really excited to start playing on my brand-new tablet, but then I read that tablets can get viruses. Is this true? Do I need anti-virus software?

A: Yes and yes! There have already been a few tablet-specific viruses, and it's only a matter of time before they become widespread. For anti-virus software, check outLookout Mobile Security or avast! Free Antivirus. These also work for smartphones.

It helps to make sure your tablet is up to date with the latest security fixes. To update an iPad, go to Settings > General Software Update. For Androids, it's Settings > System Updates. I also recommend switching your phone's default browser, too.Chrome and Opera Mini are both excellent mobile browsers, and a bit more secure than the defaults.


Q: My wife and I recently bought a new camper and plan to take the summer off and hit the road. We just need a way to download your show's podcasts and play them through the camper's built-in speakers while driving. How do you do that? Love your show!

A: The best way to download and play podcasts is with an iPod, smartphone or tablet. If the camper's stereo has an auxiliary-in port, you can plug your gadget straight in with a 3.5mm cable. For stereos that don't have that, look into getting an FM transmitter.

An FM transmitter plugs in to your media player and sends an FM signal you can pick up on the radio. Even better, FM transmitters are relatively cheap, and you can buy them at most retail stores that sell car and audio accessories.


Q: I'm often out and about for my job, and I occasionally have to digitize paper documents. Is there a better way to do this than by lugging around a scanner with me?

A: If you already have a smartphone or tablet, you're set. The built-in camera can do the job with the right app. CamScanner and Genius Scan are two good options. These automatically adjust exposure and perspective, and then crop the image to create a quality scan. You can save a single scan as a JPG or save a group of scans as a PDF file. Send them to a computer or through e-mail and you're done.


Q: I want to put together a collection of photographs I've been collecting on my mission trips and put them into a coffee-table book. What's the best program to use to lay it out, and how do I market it so I can hopefully make some money in the process?

A: Blurb and Shutterfly are good places to start. These help you create, print and sell photo books. If you want full control over the book layout, you can try a program likeScribus. This free layout and publishing program is similar to Microsoft Publisher or Adobe InDesign. It lets you save the finished product as a PDF to upload to a printing or selling site. When you have the finished product, you can sell the printed book or sell it as an e-book. Look at sites like ePub Bud, YooOffer or Amazon Createspace.

On the "Kim Komando Show," the nation's largest weekend radio talk show, Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, newsletters and more, visit www.komando.com. One of many areas that Facebook is seeking to develop is video. Earlier this season, the corporation acquired a video promotion platform that enables publishers to monetize their movies through live command Liverail,. "People think mobile program install adverts are a bulk of our mobile advertising and they're not," states COO Sheryl Sandberg. She sees cell marketing for FB as much more extensive, consisting of of in- feed ads via many different publishing companies and ad programmers.

"I think for some time television was for creative story telling and online advertisements were for targeted text based results, but were' since change," claims Sandberg. Component of the strategy going forward may be making like they are part of the user-content, an effortlessly chain of narratives -- not merchandise pressing of FB the advertisements feel. The firm is also toying with auto-play, having when consumers stop scrolling in their newsfeed movies automatically start. Mobile marketing totaled $9.69 million in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in 2013 and will grow 83 per cent to reach $17.73 million this year, according to eMarketer. Although FB is developing, Google is nonetheless on top: It required 41.5 percent of all net U.S. mobile advertising earnings in 2013.E-mail her at Glad I read this techcomments@usatoday.com.

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