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LinkedIn Privacy Settings – getting the right amount of exposure

Depending on how you are using LinkedIn, you may want to limit the amount of public exposure you have.

Those who want to market their company through the platform can create a company page, but for those who are networking with their personal professional profile, some measures can be taken to limit what is shared with the great wide world.  Even though you might not have contact information in your public profile, there is a lot of potentially sensitive information that hackers and other internet-based bad guys can glean from your public LinkedIn Profile.

Listing the companies you work for or have worked for could help hackers with social engineering attacks against those companies. Listing the college you currently attend in the education section could help someone gain more information about your current whereabouts.

How to limit information in your public profile

1. Click on the profile image in the top-right corner of the LinkedIn site after you’ve logged in.

2. Click the ‘Privacy & Settings’ link from the drop down menu.

You will see a screen like this:

screenshot of LinkedIn profile privacy settings

Privacy settings in your LinkedIn profile

3. Select the ‘Privacy’ tab at the top middle of the content window, choose the ‘Edit Public Profile’ link.

4. On the Public Profile settings page, In the ‘Customize Your Public Profile’ box on the right side of the page, uncheck the boxes of the sections you wish to remove from public visibility.

Review Your Privacy Control Settings and Make Changes as Needed

If you aren’t comfortable with people seeing your activity feed or knowing that you’ve viewed their profile, consider limiting access to your feed and/or setting the ‘anonymous’ profile viewing mode. These settings are available in the ‘Privacy Controls’ section of your ‘Profile’ tab.

You will want to check this section every so often for new privacy options that may be added in the future. If LinkedIn is anything like Facebook, this section may change often.

Need help with adjusting your LinkedIn settings?  We are always here to help – contact PC Experts


Using Online data backups

Online Data Backup Review

Thanks to Chris Snoke, toptenreviews.com
 Few things in life are as devastating as the loss of family photos, home videos or important documents. Some people buy fireproof safes for the most irreplaceable of their personal belongings, but even a safe can be stolen. Worse yet, stuffing every single snapshot or home video you’ve ever taken into a box isn’t exactly conducive to enjoying them or sharing them with others. Cloud backup services are ideal for giving your scanned and digital treasures a place to live that’s safe from theft, disaster and the all-too-common reality of hard drive failure.

By using an online data backup service, you can streamline your entire digital life and have a user-friendly platform that will give you anytime access to those files, even on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. The best cloud backup services, Carbonite,IDrive and CrashPlan, each distinguish themselves by providing a wide range of automatic backup features, powerful restore functions and unlimited or near-unlimited storage capacity. Learn more by reading our articles about online data backup.

Online Data Backup Services: What to Look For

Without doubt, one of the most important considerations when choosing an online data backup service is storage capacity. Some cloud backup services place caps on the amount of online storage space that you can have, or charge an exorbitant amount of money to obtain what might be considered near-infinite capacity. In stark contrast, some of the best data backup services charge you a flat rate and impose no limits on the amount of storage space you can use. When seeking out a good cloud backup service, consider not only how much storage you need now, but also how much you will need in coming years. Doing so could save you a lot of time if you run out of space and need to migrate all of your digital data to another service that will give you more capacity.

Once you’ve nailed down the issue of space, you’ll next want to look into the kinds of features that come included with the service. While some come packaged with software suites that do everything for you, others provide only the storage space itself and leave it to you to manually upload your files to the cloud and restore them yourself whenever necessary. Here are some of the most important criteria to bear in mind when perusing online data backup reviews in search of the ideal cloud service.

Backup & Restore Features
Look for services that include things like the ability to back up more than one computer at a time, continuous backup that saves all changes to the cloud in real time, and the ability to schedule backups at certain times to limit the amount of bandwidth you consume. Another important feature is called file versioning, which enables you to revert to earlier versions of a file you’ve already written over. Some online data backup services store an unlimited number of versions indefinitely, while others keep only a small number or give you access to only the last 30 days of file versions.

Security
Using an online data backup service means you will be uploading all of your digital files through an internet connection. This is a process that, without the proper safety precautions, could leave your personal files and information wide open for hackers to intercept. All of the services in our top 10 online backup reviews provide high-level encryption before, during and after upload, but not all come with additional security measures.

Additional security features offered by some cloud backup providers include giving you the ability to set your own encryption key that nobody else can access, being able to set folder permission and restrictions, and letting you perform a remote wipe of a computer or mobile device in the event it’s stolen. Look also for cloud backup services that own and maintain their own data centers and don’t farm out the storage of your data to another party, leaving security procedures in the hands of others.

Mobile Access
One of the many perks of cloud storage is having the ability to access your data remotely. All of the best online data backup services come with accompanying mobile apps that you can download and operate on Android and iOS devices. However, not all of them perform the same functions or at the same level. Look for services with a mobile app that will perform mobile backup, which can automatically back up all of the pictures and videos on your smartphone to the cloud. Some even provide full mobile backup capabilities, which include backing up apps, contacts and text messages.

Help & Support
Even working with the simplest of data backup services, there may come a time when you need to find information or talk to someone who can walk you through an issue. If an issue should arise, you should be able to find a solution by phone, live chat, email or through an online tutorial. Many cloud services include all of these options and even have active online user forums where you can seek out a wealth of information and even improve your awareness about cloud backup in general.

Hard drive failures happen every day. If you’re stockpiling thousands of irreplaceable family photos on a computer and don’t have them backed up elsewhere, your digital files could be living on borrowed time. An online data backup service can give you plentiful cloud storage in which to store your important files so they aren’t lost forever to the random hand of chance.


A lot of infections currently are not viruses – meaning, they don’t replicate. The designers of this modern Malware use nice clean graphics and believable offers to get their nasty producst onto our computers.

If you are infected, first look for the name of the suspicious program, something like “Free Media Player” or “PC Helper” – you get the picture.

Then do a search on this site:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/

If you find a guide for your particular infection, follow the steps there!

If not, do the following:

  1. Download Malwarebytes,
  2. Update
  3. Run a Scan
  4. Remove everything it finds
  5. Reboot the computer
  6. Download Hitman Pro
  7. Run a scan, and once again, remove everything it finds.

How to reset Internet Explorer

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC. This can be useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings changed after installation. Resetting Internet Explorer isn’t reversible, and all previous settings are lost after the reset.

How to reset Internet Explorer settings
  1. Open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box. To do this, use one of the following methods:
    Automatically open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box

    Note This automatic wizard applies to Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, go to the “Manually open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box” method.

    1. Click here to download the automatic wizard.
    2. In the File Download dialog box, click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
    Manually open the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box
    1. Close all Internet Explorer and Explorer windows that are currently open.
    2. Start Internet Explorer.Note If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, start Internet Explorer from the desktop. Changing your settings will affect both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer that you start from the desktop.
    3. On the Tools menu, tap or click Internet options. If you don’t see the Tools menu, press Alt.
    4. In the Internet Options window, tap or click the Advanced tab.
    5. Tap or click Reset. If you’re using Windows Internet Explorer 6, click Restore Default.
  2. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, tap or click Reset.Note Select the Delete personal settings check box if you also want to remove browsing history, search providers, Accelerators, home pages, Tracking Protection, and ActiveX Filtering data.
  3. When Internet Explorer finishes applying the default settings, tap or click Close, and then tap or click OK.
  4. Exit and then start Internet Explorer.

Notes

  • If you close all visible windows, but still get an error message when trying to reset, you might have processes running that are not visible. Restart Windows, start Internet Explorer, and try resetting again.
  • If you cannot start Internet Explorer, you can open the settings window by pressing Windows Key + R, typinginetcpl.cpl in the Run box, and then pressing Enter. After the window is open, follow the steps that are described in the “How to reset Internet Explorer settings” section.

How to reset Firefox

Refresh Firefox – reset add-ons and settings

If you’re having problems with Firefox, refreshing it can help. The refresh feature fixes many issues by restoring Firefox to its default state while saving your essential information like bookmarks, passwords, and open tabs.
Note: Extensions and extension data are removed.

Refresh Firefox

  1. Click this Refresh Firefox button directly, if you are viewing this page in Firefox (it won’t work if you are using a different browser). You will also find a Refresh button on the top right corner of the Firefox about:support Troubleshooting Information page.
  2. To continue, click Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  3. Firefox will close to refresh itself. When finished, a window will list your imported information. Click Finish and Firefox will open.
Note: There’s also a Refresh Firefox button in the Firefox Safe Mode window, if you can’t start Firefox normally.

What does the refresh feature do?

All of your Firefox settings and personal information are stored in a profile folder. The refresh feature works by creating a new profile folder for you while saving your important data.

Add-ons which are normally stored inside the Firefox profile folder, such as extensions andthemes, will be removed. Add-ons stored in other locations, such as plugins, will not be removed but any modified preferences (such as plugins you have disabled) will be reset.

Firefox will save these items:

  • Bookmarks
  • Browsing history
  • Passwords
  • Open windows, tabs and tab groups
  • Cookies
  • Web form auto-fill information
  • Personal dictionary

These items and settings will be removed:

Note: Your old Firefox profile will be placed on your desktop in a folder named “Old Firefox Data”. If the refresh didn’t fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created. If you don’t need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.