It’s Time to Check Which Apps Are Tracking Your Location

Guess what? A bunch of apps like knowing where you are, so that their developers can then take that data, package it up for various advertising companies, and make a quick buck off of your precise whereabouts—including where you go and how long you spend there.

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How to Backup Your Allo Conversations Before Google Shuts it Down 

Google’s short-lived messaging service, Allo, is going the way of Google Reader, Google Health, and the Dodo bird. It’s not a surprise—Google began porting and integrating some of the more interesting features (like Google Assistant and web support) from Allo into Messages app for Android earlier this year, signaling…

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How to Avoid Fingerprint Scams in Apps

It’s great when an app allows you to add extra security—a fingerprint scan or a depth map of your face, for example—to access its contents. In case someone ever gets their hands on your unlocked device (or figures out your PIN), it’ll be trickier for them to access critical apps, like your banking apps, if they don’t…

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How to Keep Your Personal Data Out of IRL Targeted Ads 

Personalized ads—they aren’t just on your screens anymore. For the past few years, advertisers have been experimenting with ways to apply all that data they have about you to billboards and other IRL advertisements. Think about how creepy it is when Facebook knows too much about you. Now imagine how it would feel if a…

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How to Maximize Your Browsing Privacy Using DuckDuckGo

It feels like every day, I see another person realizing how little privacy they have online and saying “enough.” Upset about the state of our relationship to tech companies, they’re quitting Facebook and Twitter, avoiding Amazon, and giving up Google.

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How Do I Factory Reset an Android Phone with a Broken Screen?

How do you fix that which is broken? Specifically, how do you access your smartphone—to wipe all of your important data off of it, presumably before shipping it off for repair—when you’ve destroyed the screen?

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Need a Battery Boost? Turning off Your Android Phone’s Background Data Might Help

There are few smartphone hacks as useful as ones that extend your device’s battery life, and via this Reddit post by user u/neq, you might be able to give your Android phone’s battery life a significant boost by disabling to a relatively unknown feature.

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Need a Battery Boost? Turning off Your Android Phone’s Background Data Might Help

There are few smartphone hacks as useful as ones that extend your device’s battery life, and via this Reddit post by user u/neq, you might be able to give your Android phone’s battery life a significant boost by disabling to a relatively unknown feature.

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How to Play Classic Windows Games on Your Phone

I think the last time I played a Windows game—as in, a Microsoft game that comes baked into the Windows operating system—was back in Windows 95. Ah, FreeCell. That’s not to say that Microsoft’s games were bad, it’s just not very often that I find myself needing to strike up some Minesweeper to kill time.

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How to Crank Up Your Phone’s Text Size for Your Parents (Or Yourself)

Enlarging the font size on your phone is one of those famous old-people tech habits, like putting “...” all over your texts, or posting Facebook memes about sauerkraut. But it’s healthy for younger people too—it reduces eye strain, according to Intelligencer.

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