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Here are 20 technology tips that make life better, safer and easier

Our everyday devices are new updates and functions all the time. It is difficult to keep up, but that is why you have me. Below you will Discover 20 great shortcuts – some of them are new, some are hidden gems that have always been there.

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Election deepfakes are everywhere: Before you click share on a picture or video, try a reverse image search. Open Google and click on Pictures above. You can drag and drop a photo or upload it from your desktop. Don’t be the person who shares fakes.

Do it now: The National Security Agency has a hot security tip that we should all take seriously. Turn off and restart your phone weekly. It may sound obvious, but it works in the fight against zero-click exploits and spear phishing.

Toxic topics: Millions of items of clothing from Chinese discount retailer Shein are full of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, autism and infertility. They are also sold on Amazon under various names, with some containing more than 400 times the safe levels of chemicals. To check your clothing, drop a drop of water on the fabric. If the drop sticks, rolls around and leaves no residue, you have a problem. Return the clothing or throw it away.

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You look good: Have you ever been caught checking your hair on a video call? Kind of embarrassing. Adjust yourself and the lighting Before the meeting. Start the camera App integrated into Windows (from the begin Menu) or open Photo booth on a Mac. Take it to the next level. How to look better and slimmer in pictures.

I didn’t want you to hear this: When you talk on Bluetooth in your car, the sound comes through like crazy. Before you say something really embarrassing in a parking lot, turn the volume Away down.

Get your loved one’s military honors: My father served in the Korean War. I requested copies of his medals and service records and am glad I did. The National Archives website makes it easy to request a family member’s service records and medals. Here’s how.

Did you make a mistake while typing a text or an email? Just shake your iPhone briefly. You will be asked if you want to undo the entry. Tap Undoand as if by magic, your last action will be undone.

Share Amazon Prime (and the bill) with someone you live with: Go to your Amazon Account Settings. Press the Amazon Household PossibilityThere you can add another person and share your Prime benefits with them.

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mute: When you are on hold waiting for help from customer service. Have you heard the message that your statements may be recorded for training purposes? You not Just say when you have a representative on the phone.

Overwhelmed? AI can help: Here’s a smart prompt for ChatGPT, Gemini, or your favorite chatbot. “I want to (fill in the blank) but I don’t know where to start. Can you help me by breaking it down into more manageable tasks?” I should have tried that Before I decided to sort out my entire closet.

I fly with a jet plane: Don’t wait in line for a bad passport photo. Go to Passport photo online and follow a few steps to take the perfect photo. It’s easy and the website tells you exactly what to do. This means you won’t be rejected when you submit the picture.

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Only your eyes: Make sure no one can open a document on your PC. In MS Office and Google Docs, click the Help button in the menu bar. Click Help again, then enter Encrypt with passwordThe program of your choice will guide you through the individual steps.

Get audio for the muted bar TV: Are you in a loud bar or at a party and want to watch the game? Tunity is a free app that scans the TV and gives you audio for your earbuds or headphones. Get it here on iOS or Android.

About Wordle? There’s a new game hidden on your iPhone called Quartiles. You score points by making as many words as possible out of three or four letter tiles. The iOS 17.5 update includes the game for all Apple News+ subscribers (you can get a free three-month trial if you don’t already have it). To find the gameopen Apple News and search for Puzzle > Quartiles.

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Specific sharing: Want to share a specific section of a web page? In Google Chrome, highlight the text. Right click Your selection and select Copy link to highlightPaste this link and your recipient will be redirected to this location.

Work for a nonprofit organization or school? The more you get for free (or cheap), the better. TechSoup is a reliable source for finding discounts and free things you may not know about, like Microsoft Office or IT help.

Your medical claim was denied: And all you got was a form letter. By law, your insurance company is required to send you all the relevant information if you know what to ask for. Try this free tool from ProPublica for help.

Use Facebook or Instagram? Meta recently changed its two-factor authentication rules to automatically “trust” all devices on which you have regularly used its apps over the past two years. Disable this option. Log in to one of the platforms and then go to your Settings and click on Account Center > Password and securityTap or click Two-factor authentication to turn it off. By the way, How to see everyone you blocked on social media.

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It’s not just about your computer: You must also close all tabs in your phone’s browser. On iPhone, open safariand tap and hold the icon that looks like two overlapping squaresIn the popup, select Close all windows. Done! On Android, say: “Hey Google, close all tabs.

Please go away: If you see an ad that you no longer want to see on Facebook, look in the upper right corner of the ad itself. Find the Three-dot symbol and tap Hide adIf only it were that easy to People.

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