Resetting Advertising ID on Android, iOS and Windows phones

Advertising is everywhere you look today and what makes todays advertising even more aggressive is that advertisers track everywhere you go. They learn your preferences and habits and target advertising to you. Did you know that Microsoft, Google and Apple track user habits and target ads according to searches, website visits, email mentions and various other sources? They do this on your computer, your phone, and even your tablet. To get an idea of how much targeting they do visit a website such as a car manufacturer website and look at their latest cars and notice how many car ads you see everywhere. So how do I stop tracking and stop letting everyone see everything that I am doing. Follow these simple steps:


  • Tap on the Google Settings app icon – that’s the cog with the “G” inside, and it’s different from your general Settings app, where the Display and other menus are located
  • In Google Settings, go to Services>Ads, and checkmark the Opt out of interest-based ads option
  • Tap on the Reset advertising ID option at the top



  • Go to the Settings app
  • Scroll to the Privacy menu, and go inside
  • Go all the way to the bottom, until you find the Advertising menu
  • In Advertising, move the slider for the Limit Ad Tracking to on position
  • Just like in Android, tap the Reset Advertising Identifier that is underneath the Limit Ad Tracking option.



Since the Windows 10 Mobile and other Windows handsets before it use your Microsoft account, it seems that you need to both turn things off on your handset, and go to the web to reset your ad ID and opt out of advertising trackers:

  • On your Windows phone, go to Settings>Privacy>Advertising
  • Tap on Advertising ID, and then turn off the “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps” option, if on, then reset your advertising ID
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account at the “Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” option on the right (in grey);
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account at the “Personalized ads wherever I use my Microsoft account” option on the right (in grey)
  • Turn off the ad tracking option.

Q/A: How do I protect my kids from viewing inappropriate sites on phones & tablets?

Everyone is aware of the dangers online for children, and many parents understand they need to put a family computer in a common room that is monitored, but sometimes parents don’t think about tablets and smartphones. Children are curious by nature, and it is a good idea to put protection in place to keep children away from sites that are not appropriate. Today we will cover two of the major phone brands and what you can do to protect them.


ShieldMyTeenAndroid Parental Control

ShieldMyTeen’s parental control app for Android leaves no stone unturned to ensure a safe online environment for your child. Its internet filtering feature wipes out all harmful and inappropriate content from your child’s online access through category-based, keywords-based, and white list/black list-based blocking systems.

Moreover, it allows you to prevent your child from using apps that you deem inappropriate for them by using the application blocking feature to completely block their functionality. The app further offers a wide range of protection features to minimize your child’s exposure to digital threats.


iOS – iPhone & iPad

Apple has long included various means of placing parental controls and filtering for content available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but up until recent iOS updates there was not a simple method of blocking web-based adult content and material in Safari. That has changed with iOS 7, which makes it extremely easy to prevent access to adult themed web sites and general content that is deemed inappropriate for youth. The web restrictions are very easy to toggle on and off and access to them is password restricted, which makes it perfect to quickly turn on before handing an iOS device off to a youngin’ for unsupervised use.

Blocking Adult Content in iOS Safari with Web Restrictions

  • Open “Settings” and head to “General”
  • Select “Restrictions” and enter the device passcode to proceed (or set one up if you haven’t done so yet)
  • Scroll down to the “Allowed Content” section and tap on “Websites”
  • Choose “Limit Adult Content” and exit out of Settings, or manually add websites to limit access to if necessary

Note the wording used is “Limit”, because while iOS Website Restrictions are not 100% perfect at blocking all inappropriate content, the filtering is generally very effective at restricting access to adult themed material. Throughout our testing it turned the web into a generally much more PG-friendly version, with occasional slip-ups possible through social media, though particularly enterprising youth may be able to find other ways around the filtration that we weren’t able to. If there are very specific websites you want to block access to, you can add them to the restrictions list separately by tapping on “Add a website” under the ‘Never Allow’ section.

With the “Limit Adult Content” filter enabled, you will find several layers of filtering applied to Safari browsing. It appears that Apple has a automatic filter layer to prevent direct access to many adult sites and mature web pages, but it also enables thevarious search engine based filtering options to prevent inappropriate terms from being queried independently, this is done through Google SafeSearch, Bing, and Yahoo, and possibly others, with the result being significant prevention of web searches for a wide variety of terms.

What it looks like when Safari Restrictions are used to block adult sites

Of course you’re probably wondering what it looks like to attempt access to restricted websites and search terms, and the two screen shots below demonstrate this. On the left side is an attempt to access a direct wikipedia entry for an adult theme (full URL not shown for obvious reasons), and on the right is a general adult-themed search attempted through Google SafeSearch (we tried to use a PG-13ish search term that would be filtered out, apologies if it’s offensive to anyone):

Note that if a direct URL is entered that has been dubbed mature themed, it will be blocked directly with a message saying “You cannot browse “(URL)” because it is restricted” – conveniently there is an “Allow Website” button, so if a child has encountered a website that should be allowed you can always tap that button, enter the devices restrictions passcode, and permit access to the site. Similarly, performing adult centric web searches are blocked directly, with nothing being returned for those terms.

Parents, educators, and adults should also recall there are other Parental Control options in iOS too, for apps, TV shows, movies, and other content accessible through the App Store and iTunes Store. If you plan on giving an iPhone or iPad to a child, it may be a good idea to go through and enable some of these restrictions, either to prevent access to inappropriate material, or even just to prevent accidental credit card charges by disabling in-app purchases, which can sometimes be borderline predatory in how they are aggressively used for many games aimed at kids.

 Note that the website restriction filters through this trick are limited to Safari, thus if users have third party browsing apps installed on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, separate application-level filters would need to be used for those specific apps, or direct access to those applications would have to be prevented. Another option would be to simply remove the third party apps in question, since they can be downloaded again easily if needed.

Setting Up Spam Filters in Plesk 11.5.30

Are you annoyed by those unwanted emails? Or do you feel like you some of your emails may be being filtered by mistake? Setting spam filters is a crucial step in maintaining security and getting rid of those unwanted messages that slip through. We are going to be showing you how to set up your email account to work with the built in Plesk Spam Filter. Feel free to click on the images to expand the view.

If you have an email account on our server, please log in here

You will be presented with the Plesk log in page. Please enter in your email credentials.


After you log in, please select “Change Mail Account Settings

02You will then be presented with several Panels you can choose. Please select “Spam Filter“. If this is disabled, please contact us to resolve the issue. Select “Show Advanced Settings“.


Once you select “Show Advanced Settings” you will be presented with the options to tighten your spam controls to suit your needs. The “Filter Sensitivity” number, which is currently set to a 7 below, determines how strict you want the Spam Filter to be.  The higher the number, the more likely a message is spam. By default, the filter sensitivity is set so that all messages that score 7 or more points are classified as spam. If you receive lots of spam messages with the current setting, to make filter more sensitive, try setting a lesser value, for example, 6. If you are missing email because your spam filter thinks they are junk, try reducing filter sensitivity by setting a higher value, for example, 8

If you want to ensure that specific senders make it to your inbox, you can add them to the White List. Likewise, if you feel like some Spam is slipping through the Filter, you can add the email address to the Black List


If you have any questions, need assistance with your email hosting, or are still having Spam slip through please give us a call at 205.985.9942 or email our Web Department.