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Comment by MmeMoxie on Have You Tried the VLC Media Player? (August 18, 2019 10:26 AM)
Tried it, did not like it, period, end of quote. I found that it was not that flexible or easy to use. As one other posted, the Help is useless, since...
Comment by Reggie on Free Bank Accounts at Walmart? (August 18, 2019 02:51 AM)
What a shame that in (one of) the most affluent nation on earth, so many Americans are financially illiterate. Kids in schools today learn about drag...
Comment by Marsha P. on Beyond Google: The Other Search Engines (August 18, 2019 01:58 AM)
Remember when Google (Alphabet) used the slogan "Do no evil"? And then it disappeared. Why? Because the public started realizing how absolutely vil...
Comment by Ryan James on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 17, 2019 02:16 PM)
This was a great aid and the fact that it helps you decide on what to turn off or delete is great! Thanks Bob...
Comment by barry on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (August 17, 2019 07:03 AM)
Fred Roller I think your full of you know what , police every where have always had quotas. next you are all partners with the state , the city , the ...
Comment by Phil on Try These Free Online Photography Classes (August 16, 2019 10:31 PM)
Bob, You just barely touched the subject of free photography courses. My two favorites are: https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/ https://www.creativeli...
Comment by Fred on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 08:42 PM)
An alternative is O&O ShutUp10. This is for windows 10 and there are other versions for other windows versions. It's free last time I checked and rea...
Comment by Robert Marshall on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:47 PM)
I am a less-than-tech desktop Windows 10 user, I always read your articles Bob, just to get some idea of what is going on under the bonnet(UK) - hood ...
Comment by Dr. Sheldon Cooper on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:37 PM)
Advanced System Care has similar functionality in it's Startup Manager component....
Comment by John S on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:32 PM)
A good article, as usual, and autoruns is a good tool. The problem is that what is really needed is a tool that can identify what automatically-loaded...

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[FAKE] When Your Friend is Not Your Friend

Are you getting Facebook friend requests from people who are already your Facebook friends? Are friends complaining they are getting new friend requests from you that you didn’t send? Here's what is going on, and what you can do about it…

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[FAKE] When Your Friend is Not Your Friend

Are you getting Facebook friend requests from people who are already your Facebook friends? Are friends complaining they are getting new friend requests from you that you didn’t send? Here's what is going on, and what you can do about it…

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What is The Root of All (Facebook) Evil?

Facebook is here to stay, for better and worse. But its majority owner and hapless, callow leader has got to go. Mark Zuckerberg is the source of all that is wrong with Facebook, and the world cannot afford to wait indefinitely for him to change for the better. What would it take to move Facebook from autocracy to democracy? Read on for my analysis of why this MUST happen...

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Can You Control Ads On Facebook?

Facebook has long faced withering criticism for bombarding users with ads in their news feeds, groups, sidebars, and anyplace there might be as scrap of white space. The ads are supposedly targeted to one’s interests, but the volume, invasiveness, and what many believe is dirty, underhanded trickery makes the average person lose interest in all ads pretty quickly. Read on to learn what you can (and cannot) control when it comes to Facebook ads and privacy...

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Just Say NO to Facebook Messenger Malware

Fly fishermen are always tying new flies, refining the tricks they play on trout and other piscean species. Likewise, phisher-men in the digital waters constantly try new ways to get you to bite on their hook, which is baited with malware. Recently, researchers at Kaspersky Lab reported a fancy new “fly” involving Facebook’s Messenger, the bigger, better messaging app that Facebook is pushing to replace that awful, tiny, temperamental chat box. Read on to see how Messenger has been used to deceive users into clicking links that lead to loss...

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Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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[10 TIPS] To Tame Facebook

Many people give up on Facebook because they are overwhelmed by its firehose of information. Constant torrents of status updates, check-ins, memes, and of course those “sponsored stories” can easily become a huge waste of time. Facebook burnout ensues, and accounts languish for years without an update. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to filter and manage your Facebook experience…

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[SCAM] How to Avoid Scams on Facebook

With 1.5 billion users, Facebook is the world’s largest social network - and also the biggest target for scammers. It’s impossible to count all the fake friend requests, promotions, heart-rending appeals for donations, and other shenanigans that are circulating on Facebook at any given time. But here are some of the most common ones, and some tips on spotting scams before you get taken...

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Facebook Embraces Privacy and Simplicity (Not)

Yet another Facebook policy update is coming on January 1. This one, according to the company, is all about reassuring Facebook members that they are in control of their personal data. Reactions to this claim fall into three camps: the skeptics, the paranoid, and the co-conspirators in Facebook’s plot to pull the wool over members’ eyes. Here's what you need to know...

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The Truth About Community Standards on Facebook

Two waves of outrage have rippled across Facebook in recent days. They serve to highlight the true intentions that Mark Zuckerberg and company have for their hapless members. If you understand what they’re up to, you will be able to meet it with equanimity and immunity. Read on..

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How to Keep Facebook Out Of Your Face

Facebook recently announced that it will start using all the data it collects about your browsing habits to deliver more targeted ads to you. That does not mean “better targeted” ads, necessarily. It means that Facebook will sell more ads, more ads will appear on your Facebook pages, and more advertisers will know more about you. If you don’t want that to happen, here's what you need to do...

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Facebook Tightens Privacy Protections

Privacy activists have long pilloried Facebook for foisting excessively confusing and, some say, deceptive “privacy” settings upon users. Facebook blew them off for a long time, disingenuously claiming that it just gives users “options.” But market forces have caught up with the social media giant at last. Here's what Facebook is doing to improve privacy within their service...

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Facebook and Your Digital Shadow

A PR campaign launched to promote a new game from Ubisoft has highlighted the holes that many people leave in their Facebook privacy settings. You can take this inadvertent security test to get an idea of what stalkers and identity thieves might be able to learn about you from your Facebook profile and activity. If the results are unsettling, I have some tips for you on tightening up your privacy settings. Read on!

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Big Brother Needs Your Help!

Every time you tag a person in a photo on Facebook you are helping Big Brother solve one of his toughest and most pressing problems: How to identify anyone from any picture of him or her. Here's why you might want to stop tagging, and steps to keep others from tagging you...

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Forgot Facebook Password

Did you forget your Facebook password? Having trouble logging in? Or did you forget the email address for your Facebook login? Maybe your email account is not working, so you can't change your password. Or maybe it's something with a simple fix. Here's the scoop on Facebook and password issues...

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Is Facebook Tracking Your Online Activity?

Sometimes I see ads on Facebook that are very closely related to websites I have recently visited. Even scarier, my sister said she saw my face on the CNN website, in a list of people who 'liked' an article. I do enjoy using Facebook, but are they really able to track every move I make on the Web? If so, what can I do to protect my privacy online?

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Facebook Malware: Are You Protected?

Almost since its inception, Facebook has been fertile ground for hackers and phishers. Today, with 600 million members, Facebook is experiencing a torrent of malware attacks. Learn some of the methods most commonly used by hackers and how to safeguard your Facebook account...

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Facebook Privacy Problems

Facebook, the most successful social media site ever with over 500 million members, is in a constant battle over members' privacy. It seems the company's business model is based upon invasion of members' privacy. In fact, that's exactly how Facebook got started! Here's what you need to know about Facebook and your personal privacy...

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Facebook Applications

On Facebook, I always get invitations to add 'applications' to my profile. Some sound interesting, but I'm not even sure what an application is. Are they part of Facebook, or something from the outside? Do I need to worry about viruses?

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Facebook Privacy

I've switched from Myspace to Facebook because I was unhappy with the privacy controls there, and I've been told that Facebook lets you control this much better. Would you please go over the Facebook privacy settings and recommend which ones I should focus on?

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Facebook - Getting Started

Looking for an alternative to an oversaturated MySpace? Facebook is a great alternative for the college and professional set. A little more serious than MySpace, Facebook is more than just competing to see who can have the most friends. Facebook boasts over 25 million members, and is the number one photo sharing site on the Web. Here's the scoop on getting started with Facebook...

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