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Remove predictions from SwiftKey

SwiftKey is a swiping keyboard for Android, the one I like best. However, sometimes I want to remove predictions that I really don’t want, in particular a prediction associated with an adult site’s name (I used it to make sure Norton ConnectSafe is configured properly.) The last thing I want to do is give my kids or wife the impression that I’m checking out these sites, and since they have access to my phone, the completion is misleading.

My wife is aware that I check the ConnectSafe configuration every now and then, but I don’t want her to have any reason to suspect my browsing habits. (I can hear you now: “Suuuuuuure.” But it’s true. The only woman I want in my head is my wife.)

The Main Point: Changing SwiftKey

Anyway, I finally found out how to remove a prediction in SwiftKey, thanks to SwiftKey’s own knowledge base:

How do I add a word to the dictionary, or get rid of a word I don’t want with SwiftKey Keyboard for Android?

Basically, long-press the word in question (hold down your finger on it) and a dialog box will open up, asking if you want to remove it. Done.

SwiftKey is excellent. Highly recommended.

ConnectSafe

Incidentally, I’d like to offer a plug for ConnectSafe, too. It’s not perfect; if you wanted to find a way around it, you certainly could. But it’s a good start towards sanitizing the internet for family use, on the assumption that you actually want to filter out various types of sites.

It has three different DNS servers: one filters out malware sites (i.e., security risks), another filters out security risks plus pornography, and the third filters out security risks, pornography, and what I’d consider “sensitive subjects:” hatred, racism, suicide, and other potentially mature subjects.

We have our DNS settings set to the second level (security plus pornography), because the world is a cold and bitter place, and I’d rather discuss “mature subjects” than pretend they’re not there. Your mileage may vary, but I’ve found ConnectSafe to be an excellent service.

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