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5 Reasons Why Young Adults Should Love Family Locator Apps

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5 Reasons Why Young Adults Should Love Family Locator Apps

Family locator apps cause a lot of controversy, especially among young adults, whose parents frequently make them (or they secretly) install a locator app to monitor their daily whereabouts and make sure they are up to no evil. The teen feels angry for the lack of trust and this results in mutual disdain. However, if you happen to be reading and you are one of the unfortunate people having to fight about a tracking app, bare with me – there is a way to use a locator app to your advantage.

There are many locator apps on the market, for example, take GPS Locator Apps, like GeoZilla, Life360, Glypmse, etc. These apps and similar locator apps have included features that can be utilized in various ways in everyday situations not only just to tell your parents where you’re not supposed to be!

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Down below, read 5 surprising ways you can use a GPS locator app to your advantage:

1. Reminders For Your Friends or Family

Whether you live with your family, partner, or roommates, locator apps may have several features to keep you connected and informed with the people in your circle. You can set location based reminders for the individuals in your circle on the app. You might see your family is at the grocery store without you. Instead of trying to ring everyone, simply send a text in the group chat to inform them on what it is that you want.

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2. Keep Your Parents Happy

We all know that sometimes parents just don’t understand. Children and young adults don’t always have time to check in. With a locator app, put your parents at ease with the app’s check-in feature which allows you to simply check-in when you arrived at your destination. In addition, two amazing features that parents will love is: the app can let you know the battery life of everyone in your circle, as well, in a unfortunate case of an emergency, the app includes a device monitoring special feature which allows you to instantly alert your circle when and if you do run into trouble. Some apps will also alert your circle if you go off the radar.

3. Tracking Chores To Completion

Keeping track of chores and tasks can be a hassle. Living with multiple people you probably can’t recall who’s turn it is to wash the floor? Or who’s turn it is to wash the dishes? Or possibly, your current method of keeping track is outdated. Assign time-based tasks to make sure you and your roommate are on the same page. Literally. This feature can also be useful for the parents out there who want to assure their children complete chores! This day in age, children spend most of the time on mobile or handheld, anyway, so the app is a easy and effective way to assign chores.

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4. Maintain Long Distance Relationships

Let’s face it; doing long distance relationships is hard. Weekly Skype dates is a great solution, but for the time when you feel lonesome at class or at work, open the locator app to know where your favorite person is and send them a note you are thinking of them. Remember to add a cute selfie! This can also apply to be used for groups of friends an your family.

5. Know When Someone Is Approaching Home Or A Location Of Your Choice

We’ve all been there, you have your boyfriend or girlfriend over or are doing something before someone gets home. With a locator app, know when the people you live with (or in your circle) are approaching home. This will leave you stress free and probably save you the awkwardness or embarrassment.

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Can you think of any other unconventional ways a GPS locator app can be used? Or have you used an app for a different purpose than what it was made for? Leave your thoughts below!

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Last Updated on November 25, 2021

How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

    What Does Private Browsing Do?

    When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

    For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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    The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

    The Terminal Archive

    While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

    Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

    dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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    Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

    Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

    However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

    Clearing Your Tracks

    Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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    dscacheutil -flushcache

    As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

    Other Browsers and Private Browsing

    Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

    If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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    As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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