Amazon porch pirates, Facebook defense, settlement videos, and more: Tech Q&A

Hagerstown, MD, united states – June 2, 2014: Image of a Amazon packages. Amazon is an online company and is the largest retailer in the world.


Facebook Burglars

Q: How can I see what apps are stealing personal information from my Facebook account? I can’t believe that there is only one Cambridge Analytical there!

A: I think Mark Zuckerberg has more than proven his indifference to the privacy of the user. For this reason, and for many other reasons, I deleted my own Facebook account. I don’t blame anyone for leaving the service, but I also understand why millions of others will continue. But you’re right: many of these Facebook-focused apps, especially quizzes, have compromised our security and collected the important data without that we realize it. The games that used to seem so entertaining have made use of us, and now is the time to remove that interference apps. How do you do this already? What about an app that you opened years ago? You will be glad to know that these are easy to tease and to eliminate. Click here to remove an app that you have installed on Facebook.

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Best Operating System

Q: What is the difference between Windows, Chrome and Mac operating systems? Is one better than the other?

A: The answer is simple: each operating system has advantages and disadvantages, and they each appeal to a different type of personality. Then again, they are also all very similar: you are going with a mouse, you can find different programs on your desktop and you are storing your data as files. A lot of people swear by an operating system or another, and they even mock anyone who uses a rival operating system. But at the end of the day, most of us can learn from one of these systems fairly quickly; they are designed to be intuitive and simple, and any computer-literate person can navigate the basics in a few hours. If you have no idea what the best system is for you, you probably need a side-by-side comparison, particularly a comparison that takes into account the most recent developments for each system. Click here for a comparison of Windows, Mac and Chrome.

Smartphone Spies

Q: Is the Chinese government that by means of our smartphones? This freaks me out.

A: It sounds like the plot of a Bond film: Chinese workers make use of cheap mobile phones to spy on everyday Americans, try to gather as much intel as possible. Someone, somewhere, probably using a Huawei or ZTE phone and has some juicy information to steal. Not the reason that the Chinese government, who has so much control over the people and the technology sector, would be tempted to use this kind of spying? Whether you believe the rumors or not (both companies deny they are), great powers have been involved in a number of rather dubious behaviour in the past 20 years, and I have my suspicions. The bottom line is, if you want to keep your phone safe, there are measures you can take. Click here to see if the Chinese government is spying on your phone.

Stop Amazon Thieves

Q: I order a ton from Amazon. What can I do to prevent people from stealing the packages off my porch?

A: the vast majority of envelopes and packages arrive safe and healthy, but most Americans have regular mailboxes or porches, unguarded and vulnerable. There is nothing to prevent a passerby from picking up the coveted package, and walk away. But Amazon has the master of flexibility, and there are plenty of ways to keep your deliveries safe. One of the most obvious is to send orders to your workplace, that may be much more protected than your home. Not everyone works in a stationary office, and your boss may have a policy against personal supplies (especially if you do a lot of things on a regular basis). Instead, there are many tricks to keeping these packages safely. Click here for 6 tricks to keep packages from being stolen from your porch.

End Endless Buffering

Q: I must be doing something wrong. When I stream videos, stops or buffers, and that is super annoying.

A: Nothing gets people angry as a slow loading of the film. After all, we want to lose ourselves in a cinematic story, and when all is quiet, and the small “buffering” icon appears, most of us start moaning with frustration. Wi-Fi is faster than ever, so many of us can go for a few days or weeks without a single buffer to hang. Even a good smartphone with a strong network can stream movies and TV-series and never had the hiccups. But when things slow down, check your router. There are a number of simple ways to improve your connection, and you can even use a cable to connect the things in accordance. (Not a bad option for a stationary TV). You may also want to check to see if your router or smart TV is virus-free. Malware can slow things down. Click here for three simple tricks for smoother video.

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