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Question: I'm a corrections officer and I've gotten some friend requests on Facebook from former inmates when they get out of jail. I want to keep in contact with my family, but I want to stay hidden from everyone else. How can I make myself invisible on Facebook without deactivating my account?

Answer: With social media, you can never truly be invisible, but there are steps you can take to make your Facebook page harder to find. .

Go to the lock icon at the top of your profile and under “Who can contact me?” change “Who can send me friend requests?” from “Everyone” to “Friends of Friends.” This should filter out your work problem. You can change your message filter to strictly filter out messages from people you don't know.

Click “See more settings.” Change “Who can look me up?” to “Friends” and “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?” to “No.”

Help for family member with ALS

Q: I'm looking for technology to assist a family member, my aunt, with ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease. I want her to be able to interact with the rest of the family and I want her to stay engaged. We have an iPad Air. What apps can we use to help her?

A: The iPad is a great tool for this kind of situation. You can install an app like Verbally, recommended by the ALS Association, that will help your aunt communicate with the rest of your family. She can easily pick words to create sentences, or choose from preset and custom phrases, and have the app speak them out loud. There's also Speak Text and Voice4U. While tablets are getting more capable, you should also check with your insurance company and see if it can cover a dedicated speech-generating gadget for your aunt.

Email Kim Komando at techcomments@usatoday.com.

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