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Nextdoor privacy, the repair of poor Wi-Fi and more: Tech Q&A

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Nextdoor App Is not So Neighborly

Q: My neighbors complain about me Nextdoor.com. Is there anything I can do about it? Is Nextdoor safe?

A: Ah, Nextdoor. It seemed a great idea when it was released in 2011: the Development of an invitation-only closed social media network where only you and your checked neighbors sharing updates, selling things, and help each other. It is like the modern supermarket bulletin board where we would find repair shops, lost dogs and garage sales. It sounds so idyllic, doesn’t it? Nextdoor has its share of trolls and bullies. The most natural solution: Stop using it. I also understand that is easier said than done. If you do not want to do that, tap or click here for the insider steps to protect your privacy on Nextdoor.

Is Someone Snooping on Your PC or Mac?

Q: I think my crazy ex a keylogger on my computer. How can I check this?

A: I’m sorry you have a crazy ex. That stinks. Your question does not indicate what type of computer you have, so I will elaborate on how to tell if someone is snooping on your PC or Mac. Both operating systems, you can check recently opened files and folders. On the PC’s in a folder with the name “Quick Access”; on a Mac, it is under the Apple menu, in a folder called “Recent Items.” You can also use your browser history. Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge all have folders called “History”, but if you snooper has half a brain, they remove their activity before signing off. If you are a PC user, please go to my website for a pro-tip. I will take you through step by step how to use the Windows Event Viewer, Windows services, logins, errors and warnings. Tap or click here for the step-by-step instructions for Windows Event Viewer.

Bad Wi-Fi? Check Your Router

Q: My Wi-Fi stinks! Is it my router?

A: Slow Wi-Fi can be on your router. It is an excellent place to start. Getting a better signal from your router can be as simple as moving it to a better location. Choose a location that is central to your home or office, and make sure there are no large appliances or furniture are blocking the signals. It is also best to place the router high on a bookshelf or mounted on a wall, as unobtrusive as possible, of course. In addition to the router placement, there are several features that you should use, these are too technical to include in this post. Tap or click here for more advanced settings of the router that you can set.

5G Hype and Reality

Q: I keep hearing about how amazing 5G will be for us. Where can you get it? My phone says 4G. I feel left out.

A: The 5G upgrade will be great, once it is here. It is expected to improve virtual reality technology, and support for more connected devices. Relax. You have not been left behind. My phone still says 4G, also. Most everyone says that. The four major mobile carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – have announced plans to roll out 5G somewhere in 2019, to start in the big cities and the roll-out of the country until 2020. For example, Verizon has rolled it out only in Chicago and Minneapolis, with plans for 30 cities by the end of the year. Here’s the thing: 5G probably won’t work with your current phone. Once 5G becomes your place of residence, you will likely be in the spring for a new device. Tap or click here to find out if there is a 5G network near you.

The actual Cost of Streaming Services

Q: I want to save money by signing up for a streaming service. They are all pricey, or am I the wrong options?

A: Streaming services remind me of the candy jar that sits in my conference room. Some nuts, some nougat, some have caramel, some sweeter than the other. If I just eat a piece of candy, I’m missing all the other flavors. If I eat a handful, I am overwhelmed and left with a queasy feeling in my stomach. You feel the same way as your credit card bills after subscribing to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and the slew of other streaming services that offer unique menus of the content. Streaming services can save you money when you use the ac power cord into the wall outlet, and the most streaming providers offer plans that suit different budgets. Tap or click here for a membership for the major streaming providers.

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