Facebook Graph Search gotchas
Q. I was playing around with the Graph Search feature on Facebook and its scary how much information you can find. Is there a way to make sure my information is safe?
A. I understand your concern. Fortunately, Graph Search has to respect your privacy settings. Click the padlock icon at the top right of your Facebook page. Click “Who can see my stuff” and make sure “Who can see my future posts?” is set to Friends.
Then below that, click the “Use Activity Log” link. This shows you everything you’ve posted and anything that has been posted about you. Go through and remove everything you wouldn’t want someone else to see. And click the Audience Selector icon next to a post to change it to Friends or Only Me if it is set to public. Learn about more ways to protect your Facebook privacy.
Make extra money online
Q. I’d like to make a little extra money for Christmas. Any ideas?
A. There are several ways to make extra money online. You can answer questions for students at a site like JustAnswers or even tutor at sites like Tutor or Smarthinking. Take freelance jobs at a site like FreelanceSwitch or Elance. Or jump into the world of microstock photography at iStockPhoto or Shutterstock.
Q. Everyone keeps telling me to get a new browser, but I’m happy with Internet Explorer 8. Is there really any reason I would want to use something else?
A. As a matter of fact, there is. Two common browser myths are that all browsers are the same, and that you don’t need to have the latest version. While browsers look similar and work the same, they have differences under the hood. And newer browsers are built to handle the latest Internet threats.
Older browsers can be missing key security features. So, just about any browser is going to be faster and more secure than IE8, whether it’s Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer 11. And don’t forget that browsers are free, so you can try several and see which one you like best. Learn about three more browser myths and the truth behind them.
Surprising use for a camera
Q. I’m taking my kids stargazing in a few days. Is there some kind of app that will tell us what stars we’re looking at?
A. You’re going to love this. There are several apps that use augmented reality to help you stargaze. Star Walk and Sky Guide are two for iOS gadgets and Star Chart is a good one for Android. Just point your smartphone or tablet camera at the sky and the app will tell you what stars and constellations you’re looking at. Of course, that isn’t the only cool thing you can do with a smartphone camera. You can grab a visual search app like Google Goggles or a real-time translation app like Word Lens. Find even more great ideas.
Make iOS 7 more readable
Q. I upgraded my iPhone to iOS 7 and love it, except for the font. It’s too thin and hard for me to read. Is there a way to fix this?
A. The new font in iOS 7, which is Helvetica Neue, is fairly narrow and thin. Some folks are having trouble reading menus, settings, notifications and even apps on the Home screen.
Luckily, iOS 7 includes a bolder version of the font. It’ll make it a lot easier to read your gadget display without wearing out your eyes.
To use it, tap on Settings and select General. Tap on Accessibility and look for the section called Vision. Turn on the Bold Text setting. You’re done!
Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. Hear it locally at 94.3 WSC News Radio noon-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.komando.com.