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Friday, October 11, 2013

"Do Not Track" Me

Most of us are concerned about security, where our browsing and purchasing choices being recorded for advertising purposes. This is not the same as "Big Brother is watching" but is a security issue just the same.

There is a feature on many of our browsers that tell the websites you visit that you do not want to them to track your visit. Keep in mind that is a voluntary service and individual sites do not have to honor your wishes. For those that do, it will reduce some of the targeted advertising you see as you browse the web.

Firefox Tracking Option
Turning this feature on will not have any effect on logging into websites or your browser from remembering your history or other options.

In Firefox, you can access this feature by going to Options, Privacy and selecting the option of your choice.

I.E. 10 Tracking Protection




In Internet Explorer 10 it takes a few more steps as you have more options.

1. Go to your Tools (gear in upper right corner)
2. Select Safety
3. Select Tracking Option
4. Select Enable or Disable.

In Chrome, you go to choose to disable tracking in the Privacy settings by
1. Clicking the Chrome menu
2. Select Settings
3. Select Show advanced settings
4. Select Privacy.

If you want to read more about this tracking, other browser options or the sites that honor your Do Not Track feature, go to http://donottrack.us/.



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Facebook and Recipes, Lots of Recipes!

So, I do enjoy recipes and they are a harmless collection, but more and more recipes are showing up on FB. My son says it is because all the "old" folks showed up on FB, but I say that old and young can share the platform, but I digress.
You find this great recipe posted on Facebook (Or Pinterest) and decide you want to keep it, so you post it on your wall so you can find it again.. but wait.. it isn't alphabetical, you can't even search for it, so that recipe you want to use is now listed 10 miles down your timeline somewhere under 2011.

Image of Evernote Web ClipperHonestly, there are better ways and I would love to hear your suggestions. This is what I do. I use my Evernote program to save the document. There is a cute link on my browser navigation (featuring an elephant) at the top of my browser.

I highlight the text of the recipe, click the elephant button and Evernote Web Clipper pops up. I have a category all set for Recipes and click the Clip selection button. I am done.

When I want to get the recipe, they are all found in Evernote where I can browse OR search for the recipe of my choice. Since Evernote saves my information "to the cloud", I can access it from my desktop computer, laptop or even my tablet or phone.

Now don't think that it can only save recipes, oh no! Pictures, webpages, quotes, letters, ideas... Evernote helps you manage all those snippets.  The best part?  Free... yep, my favorite word, Free.





Edit Your Posts on Facebook

Edit your posts in Facebook

It used to be, that you could only edit your replies on Facebook, which would be very annoying when you posted something quickly and realized it really didn't sound quite as good as it was in your head.  Oops!

Now you can correct those faux pas with a click of the drop-down menu. As shown in the example, click the arrow and select edit.
If you comment on someone else's status, it is in a little bit different spot but still to the right but it looks like a pen which will let you know when you hover over the icon (or pencil).

So, now, you can clean up your posts, remove those misspelled words and embarrassing comments but remember, others can look to see what you wrote before you edited it, so it won't stop a lawsuit,  just in case you were wondering. :)