New technology confuses all of us! This is not knowledge we are born with. It doesn’t seep into our brains as we sleep. So don’t let it get the best of you. Don’t feel like you’re the only one who struggles with new technology. Keep learning! Take a class! Watch a YouTube video. And most importantly, keep laughing!
The answer is “A lot!”
Go to MyAccount.Google.com
Google will walk you through the settings and help you choose your preferences.
Or look at the individual sections to change your preferences.
Change each setting for your preferences.
Google follows what you search for and develops a “profile” for you. They narrow down your search results then to fit your profile. If you do a search that gets strange results, you can delete it from History to keep your profile more clear.
You can turn off tracking or delete your history.
It is worth your time to check the Google settings. You want to give enough info to have good search results but not enough to display your whole life to the Internet.
- Change the brightness of your monitor screen to match the light level of your room. EX: If you’re working with the lights off in the office, dim the screen. Or the reverse, brighten the screen when the sun is shining in the windows and adding to the florescent lighting.
- Adjust the monitor and/or your chair until your eye level aligns with the top of the monitor. We naturally look downward by about 10-15 degrees. Next best option: Align so you are looking at the center of your monitor. Do NOT look up at your monitor! That’s bad for your eyes and your neck.
- Increase the font size of your Windows displays and of your software programs. Use at least a 12 point font. You can even use a larger font later in the day to help with eye strain.
- Be wary of the colorful background designs offered by Windows, Firefox and other software manufacturers. Yes, they are entertaining but they are harder on your eyes than a simple design where the contrast between the background color and the font is greater.
- Take frequent breaks. No, not to play solitaire! Blink your eyes. Look out the window, across the room, somewhere in the distance. Do a couple of easy stretches sitting in your chair or standing at your desk. Close your eyes and take some deep breathes.
Confession is good for the soul, they say. So here goes…
Last week I tried to log onto my 2 laptops and kept getting the “Invalid password” message. I type that password twice every morning. Pre-coffee! Of course, I knew what it was. I tried rebooting. I tried CAPS ON and caps off. Finally I called my IT support who was going to come with his reset software. (Thank you Nick’s Computer Guys for fast response!)
I finally quieted down enough to try the password on auto-pilot as I usually do. Oh… yeah… there are 2 more digits to it.
Later in the week, my sister wiped her iPhone because she got confused about her phone password. She never turns off the phone therefore she never uses that password.
I use a password protector software but I had left my Windows password out of it. My sister uses a password storage software but it doesn’t have online access, only phone access.
Confession over. Let’s talk about how you can prevent either of these scenarios happening to you.
Option 1 – I strongly recommend this!
This is a great shortcut to use when you need to switch back and forth between several documents/windows. Hold the ATL key down and press TAB once and you see a small screenshot of all your open programs that you have minimized, making easier to visually see exactly which program you would like to open.
Have you ever considered switching over and using Office 365? This video gives an overview and examples of how Office 365 could benefit you.
I’ve talked to several of you about doing podcasts about your services or products. Video can be a powerful tool. This video is a fine example of what NOT to do. But it is really funny! WARNING: There are several F bombs. Click here to watch.
The Internet has changed the world and every aspect of our lives. It can be a little overwhelming some days. However, we can’t ignore it or just say “I don’t like all this new stuff!” As individuals and as professionals, we must find our path and stay up to date in a changing world. The path is different for each of us based on our lives and our professions. I don’t need Instagram today because their target market isn’t my target market. But I certainly need a mobile-friendly web site, some access to mobile computing and a Facebook business page.