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May 23, 2011

Kim Komando answers you phone, computer questions

OSKALOOSA — Q. I’m uncomfortable with my iPhone storing my location data. I heard that an update would fix this. When will it be out?

A. Many people were uncomfortable with the iPhone’s location log. This stored over 10 months of user location data on the iPhone. Fortunately, the update containing the fixes, iOS 4.3.3, is available. Download it through iTunes. The update limits the location storage to seven days. It prevents location data from being backed up to your computer. Finally, if you turn off location sharing, it deletes the location storing altogether. To turn off location sharing, go to iOS’s Settings and disable Location Services. The upcoming iOS 5 will encrypt location data to make it secure.

Q. My TV has video-streaming apps like Netflix built-in. Do I still need to buy a separate unit to watch online video?

A. Your TV’s streaming apps are designed to replace set-top boxes like Apple TV or Roku. You can watch Netflix. Just connect your TV to the Internet and start watching. But I bet your TV doesn’t have every streaming service available. If you like the ones it has, you’re set. To get ones it doesn’t have, you will need a separate unit. Try one of the boxes I mentioned. You can also connect the TV to a computer. Many TVs have a VGA or DVI port for computers. The TV will act like a monitor. Then you can watch anything you can stream on your computer. Visit Komando.com/news to learn more about your options.

Q. I keep hearing that I should secure my wireless network. Is an unsecured network really that big a deal?

A. Is being accused of distributing child pornography a big deal? I think we can all agree that it is. That’s happened to several people recently. Pedophiles used unsecured networks to distribute and download millions of images. The network owners got visits from the FBI. That’s not something you want to go through. Securing a wireless network isn’t as hard as you think. Visit Komando.com/news for thorough instructions. If you still can’t get it, hire someone who can. Spending a little money now can save your reputation in the future.

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