Tech Q&A: Getting your name off Google, avoiding tourism scams

Get your name off Google

Q. A Google search for my name brings up a few posts I don't want people to see. What can I do?

A. Your best bet is to ask the people who own the posts to take them down (or you can take them down if you posted them). They'll eventually disappear from Google. If the posts meet certain reputation-damaging criteria, you can submit a request to Google to remove the search-result links. Find out how to do that, and more on cleaning up your Google search reputation.

Make websites easier to read

Q. It's getting harder to read the tiny text on websites. How can I make them more readable?

A. To zoom text and images in any browser, just hold CTRL (On a Macintosh, hold COMMAND) and press the plus key (+) to zoom in. Hit plus a few times to zoom in even further. Too far? Hold CTRL and press the minus key (-) to zoom back out. CTRL and the zero key (0) resets the zoom level. Click here to learn six more handy browser tricks that make your online life easier.

How long should you keep your tax paperwork?

Q. My taxes are done, but I'm never sure how long I should keep the paperwork. Is there a definite answer?

A. The minimum time to keep your tax returns is three years, and four years for employment tax records. But depending on what you filed, you might need to keep records for seven years, or even indefinitely. Get more details on how long to keep tax information, plus two more things you need to do now that tax filing is done.

Defeat a spam caller

Q. I'm tired of getting telemarketing calls. What can I do?

A. Don’t hang up. They'll just call back. Instead, say "No" three times, and that will end the sales pitch. Watch this video for more ways to stop spam callers. And if you're getting a ton of calls, add your phone to the Do Not Call registry, and learn the laws for who can call you and when.

Avoid common tourist scams on your next trip

Q. I'm going on an overseas trip soon and I'm worried about getting scammed. Do you have any advice?

A. Learn how tourist scams work, so you can spot them. For example, don't pay for cheap items with large-denomination bills, because you might not get the correct change. It's especially hard to spot if you aren't familiar with the exchange rate. Click here to learn about four other scams you could encounter and how to avoid them.

Bonus: Add photos to your contacts

Q. I've seen people add photos to the contacts on their iPhones. How do you do that?

A. On an iPhone, open your "Contacts" list, select a contact and tap "Edit." Then tap "Add Photo" and select a picture from your album. Click here to see this process in action or here to learn how to add photos to contacts on an Android phone.

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