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How to Quickly Disable Fingerprint and Facial Recognition on Your Phone How to Quickly Disable Fingerprint and Facial Recognition on Your Phone

Opening your phone with your fingerprint or facial recognition is cool and convenient. But in the United States, enabling Touch ID or Face ID basically gives the cops free access to your phone if you’re arrested. Thankfully iOS and Android let you temporarily turn off fingerprint or face recognition with several…

Upgrade Your Phone's Fingerprint Lock With No Special Software Upgrade Your Phone's Fingerprint Lock With No Special Software

The average person uses only 10 percent of their finger-power opening their phone. That doesn’t mean anything, but you should be teaching your phone more than a single fingerprint. Try these three upgrades to streamline your phone’s fingerprint recognition.

PSA: The TSA Has Rules For Spices and Powders on International Flights Now  PSA: The TSA Has Rules For Spices and Powders on International Flights Now 

Next time you’re coming back to the United States from a foreign country, you should throw all those spices and powders you bought in your checked baggage rather than trying to carry it on.

How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone? How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone?

Sometimes, the best tech problems aren’t the super-specific, why-is-this-doing-that-thing-and-now-smoking-help kinds of questions. This week, a reader sent in a fairly generic question that’s applicable to everyone, because it concerns our favorite topic: passwords.

Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router Prevent DNS Rebinding Attacks by Adjusting Your Router

Programmer (and artist) Brannon Dorsey wrote up a fascinating and fairly technical piece about the perils of DNS rebinding the other day. It’s worth a read if you have even the slightest interest in how web browsers work to prevent one site—a scammy site, let’s say—from sending a request to another site—your bank—and…

Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache Fix This Mac Security Flaw by Deleting Your Quick Look Cache

A new, unpleasant report making the rounds today is a great reminder that your Mac’s Quick Look feature—useful as it might be for previewing files by mashing your space bar—stores information about the contents of encrypted USB drives you’ve connected to your system.

How to Turn Off Cortana on a Windows 10 PC How to Turn Off Cortana on a Windows 10 PC

If you’re using a Windows 10 machine, you might want to consider disabling Cortana—at least on the Lock Screen—if you aren’t planning to install the latest Windows updates for whatever reason. (And, generally, do you really need a smart assistant helping you out when your PC is locked?)

How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store  How to Continue to Download Chrome Extensions Without Using the Chrome Store 

I can’t recall the last time I didn’t install an extension from the Google’s Chrome Web Store. However, developers—up until now—have been allowed to offer their extensions as inline downloads. In other words, they could drop a download button on a website, you’d click on it and see a typical installation confirmation…

What to Do When There's a Data Breach What to Do When There's a Data Breach

We will all, inevitably, be affected by a data breach of some kind (you likely have been already). When that day comes, you’ll want to be ready to mitigate the consequences.

1Password's Updated Password Manager Is a Must-Have for Your Mac 1Password's Updated Password Manager Is a Must-Have for Your Mac

macOS (and after we wrote this, Windows!): It’s been a few years since we’ve seen AgileBits release a major update to its killer password management app, 1Password, which is why everyone’s so excited about last week’s debut of 1Password 7. This app should pretty much be a household name at this point, as it’s one of…

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication For Firefox How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication For Firefox

Firefox has started rolling out two-factor authentication, and if you use the browser to store any passwords you should enable it now.

Why Even Your Bullshit Accounts Deserve Strong Passwords Why Even Your Bullshit Accounts Deserve Strong Passwords

This week, password manager Dashlane analyzed ten years’ worth of passwords from public data breaches. The big lesson is, don’t reuse passwords. Not even a little, not even with a “formula.” Password formulas are easy to hack. And even your bullshit accounts deserve strong, unique passwords.

Facebook Just Made Two-Factor Authentication Easier to Set Up  Facebook Just Made Two-Factor Authentication Easier to Set Up 

Facebook is making it easier to set up two-factor authentication on your account, and allowing those who want to use a third-party authenticator app instead of their phone number to receive their authentication code.

Password Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers Password Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers

Every time we write about passwords on Lifehacker, a few readers share their secret formula for creating passwords. According to Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password manager Dashlane, those formulas are easy to hack.

Don't Give Out Your Information in a Facebook Meme Don't Give Out Your Information in a Facebook Meme

Look, we’re all guilty of participating in an ill-advised meme or two, and it’s all fun and games until your identity gets stolen.

How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised How to Secure Your Email Now That PGP Is Compromised

If you’ve been using PGP—short for Pretty Good Privacy—to send and receive encrypted emails, it might be time to switch to a different service to maintain the privacy of your communications. A brand-new vulnerability, hilariously called EFAIL, can reveal the contents of your emails (even older emails, in certain…

How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone  How to Keep People From Snooping Around on Your Phone 

Sometimes when you show pictures to a friend or relative, they start rudely swiping to other pictures. We have a hack for that. But what if they start opening other apps? Good lord! I was shocked to hear people do this. But you can stop them. Here’s how to enable the Guided Access shortcut and easily lock people into…

How Twitter's Password Screwup Might Have Happened How Twitter's Password Screwup Might Have Happened

Last week, Twitter revealed that it had accidentally stored some user passwords in plain text, and thus suggested that all users change their Twitter password. It was bad. But honestly not that bad, according to Tristan Bolton, founder of enterprise cloud provider BoltonSmith. We talked to him about how it might have…

Change Your Twitter Password Now Change Your Twitter Password Now

Twitter, a social network built to test just how much bullshit internet users will tolerate, just announced that it accidentally stored a bunch of passwords in plain text. While it was just an internal error, and everything is probably fine, you should probably change your Twitter password now. Happy Password Day!

Use This App to See If Someone is Messing with Your MacBook Use This App to See If Someone is Messing with Your MacBook

The best way to ensure that nobody tries to open, log into, or otherwise screw around with your MacBook is to make sure that they don’t have physical access to your laptop. This isn’t always possible.

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