Q: I was shocked to hear you say on your national radio show that my phone is tracking wherever I go. What is the setting called?
A: “Frequent locations” is buried deep inside your phone’s privacy settings, and unless you turn it off, it will record your daily routine. It keeps track of where you are and how long you stay there. It even knows where you live and work based on how long you’re there and the number of times you go. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the idea of being tracked, you can disable it. Click here for the step-by-step instructions to turn off location tracking on your Apple or Android device.
Q: I was just diagnosed with a disease and faced with a myriad of doctors and treatments. Is there an app to help me organize my medical records?
A: Fortunately, there is an easy way to keep track of your medical records. You can access those records, customize them with your own notations, and share them with your doctors right from your smartphone or tablet. You can do that with the iBlueButton app, which was developed by physicians and informaticians. Click here for more information about how the app works, its security and a video overview too.
Q: I’ve heard you should wrap your car’s key fob in aluminum foil. Why?
A: Wirelessly unlocking a car is convenient, but it comes at a price. Specifically, the key fob’s signal is easy for criminals to intercept and this allows them to open your car without setting off any alarms. If you have a true keyless car model, they might be able to just drive away. Since your key fob’s signal is blocked by metal, you can wrap it in aluminum foil. You could also make a foil-lined box to put your keys in at home. I have a whole article about this. Click here for the research behind key fob’s insecurity and other ways to foil criminals.
Q: I have an old tablet. Can I use it to show my photos?
A: With the right app on your tablet, you can turn it into a digital photo frame. Try an app like Digital Photo Frame for Apple or Dayframe for Android. Both apps offer several effects that you can add to your photo transitions. You’ll also find tools to crop and resize your photos to perfectly fit the screen, and view your photos as thumbnails for easy selection into your slideshows.
Kim Komando hosts a radio show heard at 94.3 WSC News Radio noon-3 p.m. Sundays