Q & A

Q)  Apple asks for my credit card number when I create an App Store account. But I only want to get free apps and don’t want to share this information.

IIf you create an Apple ID before you start shopping in the iOS App Store or iTunes Store, Apple typically asks for a credit card number. You can skip the credit card requirement if you go into the App Store first and select a free app to download before you create an account.

You can set up an Apple ID on the computer through the iTunes program or with the App Store app on an iOS device. After you find a free app and click to download it,
you will be prompted to sign into the store with your Apple ID. Click the “Create Apple ID” button in the box instead.

You are guided through the setup process from here and once Apple verifies the email address, you proceed to the payment screen.

In the Payment Type area, along with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal, you should see a “None” button. Click the “None” option.

If you decide later to buy an app or file, you will be prompted to add a credit card number to your account. Apple has additional information at support.apple.com/kb/HT2534.

Q)  Does everyone I interact with online see my Windows 8 picture? If so, how do I change it?

IThe Microsoft account picture you see on your Windows 8 computer is visible to your friends in contacts lists for apps and services you all use. If you hate it, the photo can be easily changed.

On a touch-screen computer, swipe your finger out from the right side of the screen, tap “Settings” and then “Change PC Settings.” If you use a mouse, move the cursor into the screen’s lower-right corner until you see the “Settings” charm appear. Click it and then click “Change PC Settings.”

Next, select “Accounts” and then “Your Account.” In the account picture area, click the “Browse” button to find an existing photo on the computer to use.

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