Tech Q&A: How to protect your computer from snoopers

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The mute of your microphone

Q: I have a tape on my webcam to keep snoops at bay. Do I have to worry about someone listening in on my gadget microphone?

A: Put tape over your webcam is a good policy. Word has spread about the possibility of getting shot in your office or bedroom, this useful habit no longer sounds as paranoid as it used to be. But you’re absolutely right… the microphone can still be compromised. It is hard to switch your audio input through the regular settings. Luckily there’s a clever hardware hack that can keep snoops at bay. It is so simple. Click here to learn how to mute your gadget, built-in microphone.

Find the best airline tickets

Q: I am shopping for the summer vacation airfares. How can I ensure that I will always have the lowest prices?

A: Entire books are written on how to globetrot on the cheap, and one of the most expensive parts of the journey of your flight. But how do budget travelers do? You probably know many of the prices of airline tickets can fluctuate and it is frustrating to book a $750 flight, only to discover a $380 ticket along the line. If you don’t have much experience with booking your flight online and you don’t collect frequent flyer miles, there are still some simple ways to scour the internet for the best deal. Click here to learn how to use “incognito-mode” can improve your deal find opportunities.

Netflix secret codes

Q: My roommate told me he finds great things to watch on Netflix, with the help of secret codes. Can you explain what this is and how it works?

A: It sounds so cloak-and-dagger, isn’t it? Netflix has secret codes!!! If you have the correct numbers, you will find a clandestine cache of your movies. Who knows? Only smart insiders! As it turns out, that these “secret codes” are pretty easy to use, as long as you have a regular computer and a Netflix account. Click here to learn more about Netflix secret codes.

Improve the TV picture quality

Q: My TV picture looks weird. What I also see, it looks like a soap opera. Help!

A: To start with, you’re right. Your TV is the picture look weird. You are not misleading, and there is nothing wrong with your eyes. Some high-end Tvs have an advanced technology that allows for motion-heavy images from blurring. It is exciting and new and most people have never heard of. But it tends to make your TV a “soap opera effect”, which is both rough-looking and distracting. Fortunately, it is not so difficult to solve, but you need to follow a number of specific steps. Click here to restore your picture quality of the way it was intended to look.

Decode your kids’ text messages

Q: My teenage daughter texts all the time. I looked at her messages, but with all the lingo, I don’t know what she says.

A: You’re not alone. Many parents take a look on their kids’ phones and have no idea what they see. Is it a code? A foreign language? What does “53X”? In principle, the “text-speak” is both a code and a foreign language. Children acquire all these abbreviations and slang terms very quickly, and they can communicate complex ideas, with just a few letters. This can be a challenge for concerned parents, especially if your teen is interested in ” sexting.” And it can be downright dangerous when children try to communicate with someone that they don’t really know. Click here for more information about sms ‘ and is the secret lingo.

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