Monday, September 1, 2014

How to Use Facebook Activity Log

Facebook's Privacy Shortcuts menu.
The Facebook Activity Log is a very much under-advertised feature on the social network but it can really help you review, organise and lock down privacy on all your Timeline activity.

The Activity Log doesn't just give you access to all your past posts, status updates and uploaded photos.

It also lets you see all the content from friends that you've liked, shared or commented on your own Timeline.

From the Facebook Activity Log screen, you can delete content, remove items from your Timeline, change the audience setting to refine who can see each item (although this isn't possible for your likes/comments on friends' content because they control the audience settings for the original post).

Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Facebook Activity Log


Monday, July 14, 2014

Troubleshoot iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Internet Connectivity Problems on Virgin Media

I generally can't fault Virgin Media's high-speed broadband service -- I'm on the 100 Mbps service and it's fast and reliable. However, my Apple iPhone 5 has experienced significant connectivity issues when hooked up to Virgin Media broadband via the Virgin Superhub router. Even though the Virgin Media Wi-Fi signal was strong, the connection on the iPhone 5 could be painfully slow and often hung for long periods of time.

Fortunately, a small tweak to the Superhub router network security settings has massively improved the iPhone 5 Wi-Fi connection, so I thought I'd share this tip in case it helps other people.

Improve iPhone 5 Internet Connectivity With Virgin Media Superhub


Virgin Media Superhub primary wireless network settings screen.
The basic problem seems to be that the iPhone 5 just doesn't get on with the Virgin Media Superhub's default WPA protocol setting of "WPA Auto." You can get around this problem without compromising your home or office Wi-Fi network's security by changing this setting to "WPA2-PSK[AES]." Since making this change, my iPhone 5 has delivered an Internet connection as fast and as reliable as all the other devices I connect via the Virgin Media Superhub router. Here's how to do it in simple steps:

  1. Sign in to your Virgin Media Superhub's settings screen by going to "192.168.0.1" in the Web browser on any PC or laptop connected to the router (wirelessly or with an Ethernet LAN cable). If the page refuses to display first time, power the router off and on and then try again.
  2. Click the red "Advanced Settings" button at the bottom of the main Superhub welcome splash screen after you have signed in.
  3. Choose "Primary Wireless Network (SSD1)" in the Wireless section at the top of the page.
  4. Select the "WPA2-PSK[AES]" radio button to enable this function and, at the same time, deselect the "WPA Auto" default setting.
  5. Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page to store your preferences.

That's it your done! Give your iPhone 5 a try again and see if your Internet connection is any faster and more reliable. If you still encounter issues, you could also try slowing the router down from a max setting of "300 Mbps" to "140 Mbps."