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The Best New Features to Try in iOS 12 The Best New Features to Try in iOS 12

The latest version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 12, is out. It features dozens of new features and improvements; there’s something for everybody.

How to Stop an Ex From Breaking Into Your Accounts How to Stop an Ex From Breaking Into Your Accounts

In this week’s tech-support column, I’m taking on an uncomfortable issue: How to regain control of your accounts from a not-so-kind ex. I’m hoping your former loved one isn’t a complete psychopath—or, at least, isn’t a psychopath that has access to your accounts—but it’s an all-too-familiar story. You live with…

What's the Best Way to Unlock Your iPhone? What's the Best Way to Unlock Your iPhone?

I remember all the hubbub when Apple first announced Face ID back in September of 2017. There were countless articles and thought pieces criticizing Apple for the terrible experience its new security technique was about to create. Instead of just pressing on your iPhone’s Home button, a natural task as you pull your…

How to Set Up Two-Step Authentication on Your Microsoft
Account How to Set Up Two-Step Authentication on Your Microsoft Account

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: You should use two-factor authentication everywhere you can. It’s an easily enacted security measure that should give you a lot more peace of mind.

How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System How to Use Amazon Echo as Your Home Security System

If you’re renting, you may not be able to install a traditional wired security system—and if you live in a small space, you probably won’t need to. Instead, consider building your own security system piecemeal with an Amazon Echo device as the brains of the operation. Amazon’s Alexa integrates with literally thousands…

Strengthen Your Online Security With C.O.A.C.H. Strengthen Your Online Security With C.O.A.C.H.

Do you have any idea whether you’re “safe” online? Online security and privacy are complicated, and risks vary by person: you might worry about getting harassed, hacked, or your boss finding your terrible old blog posts and using them as an excuse to fire you. Crash Override’s Automated Cybersecurity Helper helps you…

How to Disable the Automatic Wifi Wakeup Feature in Android Pie How to Disable the Automatic Wifi Wakeup Feature in Android Pie

If you’ve updated to Android 9 Pie, you may have noticed that your smartphone will now automatically turn on your wifi connection—if you’ve turned it off—when you’re near familiar network with a strong signal. This feature, which debuted in Android Oreo, is now flipped on by default in Android Pie.

This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked This Chrome Extension Alerts You If a Website Was Recently Hacked

Chrome: Keeping up on the latest security information is tough, and odds are good that you don’t think about website hacks very much unless you see a headline that a particular site or service exposed your user name and password.

How to Take Back Control of Your Smart Home Devices From Someone Else How to Take Back Control of Your Smart Home Devices From Someone Else

Picture this: Your home is full of “smart” gadgets that you didn’t set up yourself, but you have a decent understanding of how to use them—or, at the very least, how to yell at [smart speaker you use] to play your favorite music.

Two-Step Text Authentication Isn't Enough to Keep Your Accounts Secure Two-Step Text Authentication Isn't Enough to Keep Your Accounts Secure

Just last week, Instagram confirmed reports that it’s modifying its account security setup to allow users to log in with passcodes from security apps, like Google Authenticator, instead of simpler text message-based codes. While this isn’t the sexiest of news, it’s great to see this practice growing in popularity:…

Here's What Chrome's New Security Warnings Actually Mean Here's What Chrome's New Security Warnings Actually Mean

Chrome fans might have noticed a little change in their browsers today. Assuming you’re running Chrome’s latest iteration, version 68, you’ll now see a big “not secure” button in the address bar whenever you pull up a website that starts with http:// instead of https://. (For what it’s worth, I’m using Chrome version…

How to Avoid ATM Fraud When You Travel How to Avoid ATM Fraud When You Travel

Travel inherently includes some security risks, because part of security is knowing how things are supposed to work, so you can recognize what’s sketchy. Go to a new city and you might fall for a taxi scam, get pickpocketed—or get your money stolen by an ATM skimmer. We talked to Daniel Smith, security researcher at…

How to Safely Transport All Your Geeky Comic-Con Gear  How to Safely Transport All Your Geeky Comic-Con Gear 

San Diego Comic-Con is upon us. And if you’re flying to this, or planning a trip to another geeky convention, you probably already know what you should and shouldn’t try to pack in your luggage. (It’s not in your best interest to surprise the Transportation Security Administration with a thermal detonator, Gom Jabbar,…

Register Your Bike Before It Gets Stolen Register Your Bike Before It Gets Stolen

When your bike gets stolen, just calling the cops isn’t going to be much help, says bike owner Jason McDowell in OnMilwaukee. But if you register your bike and record its serial number, you can alert the community and local bike shops when your bike goes missing. That makes it harder for the thief to sell your bike,…

How to Make Your Wifi Router as Secure as Possible How to Make Your Wifi Router as Secure as Possible

Though more router manufacturers are making routers easier to set up and configure—even via handy little apps instead of annoying web-based interfaces—most people probably don’t tweak many options after purchasing a new router. They log in, change the name and passwords for their wifi networks, and call it a day.

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…

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