Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Concerned about Facebook Privacy? Follow the simple tips.

Love Facebook? So you must have concerns about it.
Privacy have always remain a concern for Facebook and yeah it is naturally a site where we share most about our-self we naturally get concerns about our privacy.

Recently Yahoo News reported that Facebook keeps track record of sites you visit even if you are offline. Though it is yet to be confirmed.

Also according to new privacy policies Facebook Partner Websites by default can access your profile data.

Here we present some simple tips you might follow if you are concerned about your privacy on Facebook.

1. Regarding Apps and other Websites:  Go to Drop down Menu at Top Right - Click on "Privacy Settings"  You will find "Apps and Websites"  click on Edit Settings under Apps and Websites. Now under "Apps you use" you will find few apps which you have used recently. Again click on "Edit Settings" box this will open a list of websites and apps to which you or according to updated Facebook privacy it's partner websites have access to your profile information. Now Remove all the websites and applications which you don't wish to have access to your profile information by clicking on cross mark which appears next to edit. It will prompt you to remove the application? click on "Remove" to remove it. Do remove apps and games requests and websites which you don't use or don't want to have access to your profile info.

2. Regarding Facebook Tracking your browsing on other websites: Facebook does tracks other websites you visit if they have Facebook integrated in it so that Facebook can offer you valuable services like content sharing and it's superb comment system. Also if we believe Yahoo News reporting that Facebook tracks your browsing data even when you are offline then this tip should work.

Latest Version of Browsers viz Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Internet Explorer have an option "New Incognito Window" in Google Chrome (click on settings followed by New Incognito Window to start private browsing) or  "Private Browsing" in Mozilla Firefox (click on Tools, Start Private Browsing) and Apple Safari (click on settings, Private Browsing).

Open the Incognito window or start private browsing while you are using Facebook. This will keep your Facebook data away from normal browsing. In Google Chrome a separate window for private browsing is opened so you can enjoy other sites and Facebook privately to keep data of websites separate. This will not allow Facebook to keep track of other websites which you browse until you open other websites in Incognito window. Also your browser will not save any browsing history and other information on your computer.

Alternatively you can use another web browser dedicated to Facebook. Like browse other websites in Mozilla Firefox and Facebook on Google Chrome.

3. Old Posts on Facebook: With New Facebook you can change your privacy settings regarding posts or photo's you have posted even after posting it. Want to change all those old posts limited to Friends only all together?

Go to Facebook Privacy Settings. 4th option there is "Limit the Audience for Past Posts"  Click on "Manage Past Post Visibility" Followed by "Limit Old Posts". This will set all your old posts to "Friends only" except the friends whom you have tagged; their friends will be able to access the stuff.

4. Facebook Disconnect: We have found an Extension on Google Chrome Store called "Facebook Disconnect" (click to see) Which claims disconnecting Facebook on other sites. It works but it itself has privacy concerns because this extension will keep track record of all the data you browse through web. This has been mentioned on chrome store with red at right hand side. We do not recommend you to use such extensions. These can at times become bigger privacy concerns then Facebook itself.

Hope these Small tips would have been helpful for you. Let us hear from You and do share with us if you have some more ways to keep your privacy while enjoying life on Facebook.

Navneet Singh Chauhan
Founder - Tic Tech Tips.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Offline Gmail - Super Fast offline version of Gmail.

We at Tic Tech Tips blog on making your web experiences better. Today's post is dedicated to "Offline version of Gmail" which is recently launched by Google. Offline Gmail is available on Google Chrome Stores and works well with Google Chrome. We had some good experience with Offline Gmail and few bad too. Keep reading to know more.

At the end of post we have described "How to Install Offline Gmail"

Offline Gmail in many senses have capabilities to replace Microsoft Outlook (if you use Gmail) and here are something good about it.

1. It's really fast. Loads Faster and works well on slow internet connection. Full Gmail version has issues working with slow internet connections and this new offline gmail works quite well on slow internet connections.

2. Email Search: Offline Gmail has got a search box. You can easily search your email through this search box. Also result loads quite fast.

3. Nice user friendly Interface. It looks pretty much like Outlook and has got nice interface and easy to use.

4. Best part of it is that it needs very little space to install.

5. Synchronization with Gmail: Offline Gmail is synchronized with Gmail (online Gmail). It means all your activities on offline Gmail gets updated on Gmail when you go online. Like if you have 3 messages in your offline Gmail drafts and when you go online. These 3 drafts are automatically saved in Gmail drafts.

6. Offline Gmail can do some savings on your internet bill by bringing emails offline. You can do your stuff and synchronize data again by going online. This can save a lot for those who have time based internet bill plans.

Thumbs Down

1. Unable to delete sent emails in outbox. and email will automatically delivered when you will go online.
Tip - Clear Browsing data of your browser and that email will be deleted but caution all your offline data will be lost.

2. All Gmail offline data is also lost when you delete your browser's browsing history. This is a barrier actually. Google should add one more option in clear browsing data in it's check box list it should ask about "Deleting data of  Extensions"

3. When you delete an email on Offline Gmail while being offline. You get an option "Moved to Trash - Undo email" for few seconds. In case you did not do Undo and you realize later that you have deleted it by mistake you cannot find the same email in Trash.  Trash shows empty. And when you will go online then it will synchronize the data hence your email will be moved to trash in online Gmail.
Tip - You can move deleted message to inbox by logging in to Gmail and checking your Trash box.

4. Gtalk not available even if you are using offline Gmail when being online. This is not actually a reason to Thumbs Down this is what we wish should be available.

Here's are few pics of Offline Gmail. (offline Gmail Gallery pics - click on images to view a larger version)

Offline Gmail - Inbox View
Offline Gmail - Folder View
Offline Gmail - Search
Offline Gmail - Outbox
Offline Gmail - New Email
How to Install Offline Version of Gmail?

Follow these simple steps to install offline Gmail.

1. You must have installed Google Chrome browser on your computer/laptop. Not yet installed Google Chrome? No worries download now by visiting Google Chrome.

2. Run Google Chrome browser and Open a New Tab you will find "Web Store" at center of the page. or visit Google Chrome web store  (Refer image if not clear)

3. On Chrome Store you will find some great applications. To install Offline Gmail search "offline gmail" in search box at the top.

4. You will find the offline Gmail chrome extension in first result under "Productivity" and available for Free. click on it.

5. You can see details about Gmail offline application. You may go through it and then click on "Add to Chrome". A pop window will open asking Install Offline Gmail. Click on yes to install it.
6. After Installation open a New Tab. In New Tab you will find "offline gmail" under tab "Apps". This is the place where you will find "Offline Gmail" and anytime you wish to access it just open a new tab. For first time while accessing the application it will ask you to "Allow offline Gmail" kindly allow it so that application can work.

7. Now you can enjoy "Offline Gmail"

Offline Gmail being available offline it can save your internet bills by downloading emails and disconnecting the internet and then replying to all or sending new emails and other works and then connect back to internet and synchronize it. It can save a lot if your internet bill plan is time based.

Hope this small post will be of some importance for you.

Let us hear from you.

Navneet Singh Chauhan
Founder - Tic Tech Tips.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Download Windows 8 - Pre-Beta Version Free

Windows 8 is on it's way. Yes you heard it right. Microsoft is all set on it esteem project "Windows 8".

Windows 8 is expected to be officially released in September 2012.

Microsoft has just recently released it's pre-beta version of Windows 8 which you can download by visiting Download Windows 8 pre-beta version for Free. (Beta versions usually expires with launch of final versions. So you can enjoy Windows 8 beta versions till windows 8 is officially released.)

Check the Introductory Video which is officially released by Microsoft on it's Youtube channel

Microsoft Windows 8 is designed and optimized for Touch screen computers, laptops, tablets though it works well with Mouse and Keyboard

Few features of Windows 8 as presented by Microsoft at D9 Conference on June 1, 2011.

1. A tile based Start screen which makes launching of apps faster which also replaces Start Menu with a customized and Scalable full screen view of apps.

2. Notifications - Yes Windows 8 has got notifications which keeps you up-to date with information from installed apps.

3. Switching between apps is very fluid and natural

4. Multitasking: You can snap and re-size any application to the side of the screen so that you can manage multiple programs/apps all together.

5. Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC

6. Full touch web browsing with Internet Explorer 10.

Note: pre-beta versions and beta versions are bound to have errors and are under testing that's why they are available for free.

We hope windows 8 to be awesome.

Navneet Singh Chauhan
Founder - Tic Tech Tips.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

How to Undo Sent email ?

How to undo or delete a sent email?

Many a times it happens that in hurry we send an incomplete email and just after hitting the send button we realize that something more to be written or needs to be corrected.
But after sending the email we are helpless. We can't do anything.

But no more if you use Gmail email services, you can undo a sent email but only for 5-7 seconds after hitting the send tab. (The regret still remains as its for limited time but still it can save us many-a-times not always though)

As the feature is in beta stage it is not yet released for normal users but you can enable it yourself.

Here is how to enable this feature.

1. Log on to your Gmail account.

2. Click on Gear Icon at top right, then on drop down menu you will find "Mail Settings" option. Click on it. (If you have already enabled some labs feature you will find "Lab" in drop down menu, click on it to skip step 3) Refer the image for references.

Enable Undo Sent email in Gmail - Mail Settings Tab (click on image for a larger version)
3. Click on Labs Tab in Mail Settings.

Enable Undo Sent email Tab in Gmail - Google Labs Tab. (click on image for a larger version)
4. Now you will find a search tab at center of the page. Search "Undo Send". (It is a Dynamic Search so there is no enter option it will auto load as you will type.)

Enable undo Sent email in Gmail. (click on image for a larger version)
As Show in above image. After search you will find "Undo Send" by Yuzo F  under Available Labs. You will find Enable and Disable option. Click on "Enable" to enable it. After enabling it click on "Save Changes" and you are done. Now the Gmail will load again with this new exciting feature. You can also explore other new exciting features in labs.

You can always disable this feature by following the same steps but in 4th step click on Disable and Save it.

Hope this little Tip helps.

Have a great day.

Navneet Singh Chauhan
Founder - Tic Tech Tips.

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How to Recognize a Fake Profile on Facebook?

There are so many fake profiles on Facebook isn't it? But how to recognize them?

Here are few golden rules made by us to identify such fake profiles.

1. No.of Friends: Most fake Facebook profile's have too many friends usually above 1000+. You can look for suspicious profile even if number of friend's is above 500. 

2. Responses to wall posts: Most fake Facebook profile's usually of girl's do not reply to their wall posts. Check their news feeds and if you found that many of them are not responded back, remember it might be a fake Facebook profile.

3. Responses to own status updates: Fake profile's usually do an update and don't bother to comment back on their own status update's.

4. Incomplete Profile: Most Fake Facebook profile's have very few profile information and most of them are young in age.

5. Too few own Photo's: Fake profile's have too few Photo's of their own. They might claim that they are their own photo's but most of them are copied from web.  

TIPS: In order to identify the originality of the pics download the image to your computer and then search that image using Google Image Search (you will find a camera icon at the end of search box click on it to upload the image and search). If you can find same images on web it mean's it is copied from there and profile is a fake profile.

6. Profile Picture: Fake profile's usually have hot and too attractive profile pic.

7. Friending Activity: Fake profile's have too many friending activities. Like "Pooja is now friend with Jatin and 80 more people".

8. Chat Status Offline: Fake profile's are usually found offline and they hardly chat. 

9. Responses to message: Most fake facebook profile's do not respond back to messages.

10. Lot many Tag on other's photo: Fake profile's have too many tag's on other's photo but most of them are irrelevant tagging. You will find almost zero tagging in real pics with faces. 

11. Roleplayers: There are too many fake profile's on Facebook in the name of Roleplayer's. But these people will talk and respond to you and their only goal is to have some fun via roleplay's. If you see their work as "verified roleplayer" or so or details like of a celebrity or a movie story then make sure it is a fake roleplay profile. Many fake roleplayer's profile will inform you themselves that this is their roleplay account.

12. Website promoter's: There are many fake profile's made by Web promoter's and SEO guy's. If you find a profile promoting a website or content of a particular website too often then it might be fake profile. NOTE: Many blogger's promote their own blog and post their link's in such case visit their blog and see if the author name's are common then they might not be fake. Most Fake profile's if created with business interest's keeps liking and sharing update's from certain facebook page and they will keep inviting you to the event's created on that facebook page. Also such profile's are found hardly active on Sunday's as it's holiday.

13. Irrevelant Status Update's: Fake profile's usually do not have sense making update's. Most of them are good morning, good night etc. They are hardly tagged in other's relevant status update's like at McDonald's with the name of fake profile.

Facebook and we at Tic Tech Tips always recommend not to add strangers on Facebook but Facebook is a great place to mix. So here is a Golden Tip, "Before adding somebody as Friend you must have some conversation via Facebook Messages. This will surely help.

These are few of guidelines which may help you to realize a fake profile. All points may or may not be applicable on a specific fake profile. Use your own intelligence to realize fake profile's.

Also if you have found some ways to realize a fake profile let us know.

Navneet Singh Chauhan
Founder - Tic Tech Tips.

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Monday, September 12, 2011


Hello Everyone  there.

We are just done with setting this site.

We plan to write on

1. Science and Technology
2. Mobile and apps
3. Software Technology
4. Space Technology
5. Social Networking
6. Add on's

and on similar stuff's.

So Keep in Touch and bookmark us.

Till we find something good stuff for you.

Have a great day.

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