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6 Ways to Protect Your Precious and Expensive Gadgets from Bad People

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6 Ways to Protect Your Precious and Expensive Gadgets from Bad People

You are living in a world where technology is prevalent in every walk of life. You can hardly think of anything in the modern world that is not affected by technology in some way. People now rely heavily on their electronic gadgets not only for communication but for keeping their important data safe too. Smartphones have revolutionized the world and introduced a completely new idea of portability. Today, people like to carry their stuff with them. You want your music, files, photos, applications and other tools to travel with you no matter where you are.

However, the prevalence of these amazing gadgets has also put a heavy responsibility on your shoulders to protect them. The more portable your data is, the more vulnerable it is. People could snatch your smartphone, steal your laptop or take away your tablet to get access to whatever important data you have on those devices.

Not to mention, they automatically get access to your personal social networking and email accounts through your devices too. This highly requires you to take steps to protect your devices from all types of thefts, snatchings, stealing and other types of unauthorized accesses to your devices.

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Here are some ways to protect your devices:

1. Use Antivirus Softwares

You need to have the right antivirus software installed on your computer or tablet as soon as you get one. All the devices you use today have access to the internet. While internet is a great place, it also happens to be the haven for viruses, malwares and all types of cybercrimes. Most antivirus softwares now come with complete solutions i.e. they provide protection not only for your computer but your mobile devices. Some companies will include the protection of all your devices for one price while others will charge separately.

2. Use Passwords And Security Locks

It can be a bit annoying to enter your security code or press the power button to register your fingerprint every time you want to use your phone, tablet or laptop, but this is for your own good. Not to mention, the latest fingerprint scanning technology on the new devices has become so fast you can’t even think of scanning your fingerprint as an extra step while unlocking your device. You might remove all locks and security protections from your phone thinking that your phone is never used by anyone other than the people you trust, but you can’t be sure about other mishaps.

What if your mobile phone gets misplaced? What if someone steals your phone? In such scenarios, all your sensitive and personal information will be accessed by some random person. If they have a criminal mind, they could use your information to blackmail you.

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3. Apply Strong Passwords

When you make accounts on various websites and applications, make sure your passwords are strong. You don’t want generic passwords or use the name of most important people in your life as the password. If the thief is someone who knows you, your passwords can be hacked pretty easily.

You can use password generating applications for creating random passwords. These applications will additionally protect your passwords and allow you to sign in to many services without even entering the password manually.

4. Use Anti-Theft Applications

One great example of such an application is Track My Mac. This amazing application comes from Kromtech Alliance Corp. The main idea behind this application is to protect your Mac even when it has been stolen. You can control a lot of stuff using your iPhone with the help of this application if your Mac has been stolen. As soon as your Mac disappears, you can report it as stolen on the application. As soon as you send this report, your Mac will start getting tracked. You can see in real time the location of your Mac.

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In addition to that, this application allows you to take a picture of the thief. You can also control the screen lock of your Mac through the internet using this application. If your Mac was unlocked at the time of getting stolen, you could lock it remotely so nobody accesses your personal information. If someone still tries to access your Mac by entering wrong passwords, a picture will be taken of that person instantly and sent to you.

The most amazing thing about this application is that it allows you to track as many Macs as you want. If you don’t use Mac, you could look for another similar application.

5. Don’t Put Laptop In A Backpack

There are many different types of bags that you can buy for your laptops. For convenience, most people prefer bags that are worn on the back. However, if you are often walking or cycling among crowds, you don’t want to use this option. It is best that you use a bag that can be worn on your chest just like it can be worn on your back.

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This way, you can keep away from getting your laptop stolen behind your back. With your laptop in your backpack bags, someone could easily unzip it, insert their hands in the bag and take away your device. You won’t even notice if you are in a crowded and noisy place.

6. Use Bluetooth And Wi-Fi Wisely

First, you don’t want to keep your Bluetooth on because that exposes you to some really unwanted risks. At the same time, you want to use some VPN or similar service on your phone, tablet or laptop if you use public Wi-Fi a lot. Airports and hotels are places where people can use methods to access your personal information from your use of Wi-Fi.

When you have a VPN, all the communication you are doing on the internet is encrypted and so intruders are not able to harm you. In a similar manner, make sure that your Wi-Fi network at home is fully secured. Your Wi-Fi network can easily be backed to send hate emails or other stuff that could get you in serious trouble without you even knowing about it.

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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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