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Protect Your Personal Information!
There’s a lot of personal information out on the Internet: phone numbers, addresses, etc.
Your browser-- Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge and others-- collect certain data as you browse. This way they can “target” you for ads and anticipate what you might want to look at on the web. Sometimes web sites will store your address, phone numbers and email addresses.
Google has just announced that they will allow you to request that some of your Personal Identifiable Information (PII) can be scrubbed from their search engine. If you find a web site that has your email address, phone number or address, you can request that it be removed by filling out a form online.
To get to the form, open Chrome and go to support.google.com. A web page will open with a search bar under “How can we help you?? Type “Remove personal information” in the search bar to search. Choose the option that says “Remove select personally identifiable info…” then click the Start Removal Request button.
You will be lead through a series of questions about what information you want removed. After submission you will receive a confirmation email and Google will look into the request and either remove it or inform you why they can’t.
As always, be selective of which web sites you enter your personal information into.
Have a great week!
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How I Came To Write This Weekly Column
When I took over the ComputerFAQ business from Robert, he told me that the job also came with writing a weekly article for the Shopper. Now I knew about Robert’s article, and I read it weekly, but my stomach was immediately inundated with very large butterflies when I found out that I would be writing for other people to read.
I hadn’t written anything outside of instruction briefings and meeting notes in my previous job. Those things were easy-step one do this, step two, etc. But actually, writing an article was totally new to me. Several people offered to pre-read the articles before they were published but even this seemed terrifying to me. What if I really stink at it?
I made it through my first introductory article without the walls caving in on me. I didn’t get any hate mail or hysterical laughter from anyone that I knew that read it. Whew, made it. But then it dawned on me that I had to do it again, and again… oh dear.
Well, fast forward almost two years and I’m still writing! I have to admit that some weeks I have a hard time coming up with new material, but I thoroughly enjoy the process. I’ve had several people tell me they cut out some of my articles and save them for reference! That is such a wonder to me, and I am very grateful to my readers for their thoughtfulness and to The Shopper for allowing me to continue providing information to you.
Happy 46th Anniversary Shopper!
Computer Faq Gal
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I’ve lived in the Randle area for the past 20 years, moving here from Kent in 1999 to get out of the city life and never looked back. I have three children, my oldest daughter lives in Seattle and the younger daughter and son live in Randle. I’m blessed with three beautiful grandkids.
I started working with computers in the early 80’s when I worked at the Air Traffic Control Center (FAA) in Auburn, WA. I worked there for 12 years and eventually ended up in the computer lab overseeing new Air Traffic Control students doing their required computer training. From there, I took a job with Boeing in their Computer Based Training department developing the computer training materials that airplane customers receive when they buy Boeing’s planes. Except for a few Boeing layoffs and re-hires, I worked there until 2015 when our department was disolved and the work moved elsewhere to save money.
Since leaving Boeing I have worked at a variety of jobs in the valley. While working at Fischer’s Market I met Robert. After he learned of my computer background he told me he was wanting to retire at some point and was looking for someone to work with him and possibly pass the torch to. For the past 6 months or so I’ve been working as his assistant and learning his business. On March 31, I officially purchased ComputerFAQ from him and am very excited to continue his work.
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