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[December 13, 2013]

Answers your questions about computers and the internet [Daily Post (Liverpool, England)]

(Daily Post (Liverpool, England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Q I am getting lots of junk email and I can't find my emails because of all the rubbish. How do I stop these coming through? A Don't be tempted to open any spam emails or click on links. Equally, don't reply and avoid the unsubscribe options as some spammers will use the link to confirm your email is still active. Use a second disposable email address for buying online and general purposes and keep your main email address for friends and family. Don't publish your email address on a website as this can get read and added to lists automatically. Use the settings in your email provider and Internet Service Provider (ISP) to block emails and use the spam filters they have available.


Q Is Skype free? How do I use it to call my family in Australia? A Skype is a way to make voice and video calls over the internet. There are other systems you could choose, but Skype is popular because it offers free internet calls to other Skype users. Skype charges for calls to mobiles and landlines and text messages. You will need a webcam (if you want to make video calls), a microphone and speakers/headset and an Internet connection (broadband or wifi works best) and email address. To use Skype you need to download the software or app and set up a Skype account. This is free and you will set up a Skype username. Share this with your family and they will be able to search for you and connect to you on Skype.

Q My grandchildren often visit, and always ask to use my laptop whilst they are here. I do not mind them using it, but they tend to move things about and change things on my desktop, how can I prevent this? A You need to set up a standard user account, but with no admin access, and have your own access protected by a password. Visitors could then use the standard account for their computer use. I then strongly advise that you consider taking steps to ensure that the content they view is suitable. Windows parental control and Google Safesearch are both good places to start, but other systems are available.

? Your internet questions answered by , coordinator of IT i Ti a Fi - a Gwynedd wide project aimed at getting more Gwynedd residents to get online. The project is part of the Get IT Together Programme managed by Citizens Online in partnership with BT's Connected Society programme, Cymunedau 2.0, Gwynedd Council and Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.2.0. BT's Connected Society programme, is BT's commitment to help people right around the world gain the skills and confidence they need to join the online community. Telephone 07854 690529, or email daniel.richards@citizensonline.org.uk www.citizensonline.org.ukwales Don't publish your email address on a website as this can get read and added to lists automatically.

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