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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 20, 2019 at 03:15.

Uninstall These Eight Browser Extensions That Stole Data from Millions

Uninstall These Eight Browser Extensions That Stole Data from Millions

A massive data leak was recently discovered by cybersecurity researcher Sam Jidali, revealing private information for 45 major companies and millions of individuals. Dubbed “DataSpii” by Jidali and his team, the leak was perpetrated by innocent-looking Chrome and Firefox browser extensions that collected and distributed users’ browsing data—URLs that revealed private information about users...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 19, 2019 at 04:25. 2 comments

How to Use Faster Context Menus in the Latest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Beta

How to Use Faster Context Menus in the Latest iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Beta

The fourth iOS 13 and iPadOS beta has rolled out for developers, and while there are the usual list of changes and bug-fixes in Beta 4, one of the more interesting tweaks is a much more responsive Context Menu that you’ll be able to pull up on any device running iOS or iPadOS 13.

To try it out, simply long-press your finger on any app. You’ll need to spend less time doing so than you otherwise...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 19, 2019 at 00:15.

Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android

Delete These Banned Apps From Your Android

Google recently removed several apps from the Google Play Store after discovering they violated the Play Store terms of service—and, more importantly, could be used as stalkerware. That doesn’t mean they’re deleted from your Android device, though, so now’s a great time to remove them.

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, “stalkerware” involves giving a third party access to another user’s...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 18, 2019 at 03:30.

Check if Your Android Device Has Been Infected by Malicious Adware

Check if Your Android Device Has Been Infected by Malicious Adware

Another wave of sketchy apps has been banned from the Google Play Store. This time around, the offending apps all came from one publisher, CooTek, who has been accused by the security firm Lookout of deploying the malicious adware BeiTaAd in its apps.

According to 9to5Google’s summary of events leading to the Play Store ban, Lookout began investigating a number of apps after it caught wind of...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 18, 2019 at 01:15.

You Should Update Your Sprint Password Right Now

You Should Update Your Sprint Password Right Now

Sprint customers, change your account password right away—especially if you own a Samsung device.

As originally reported by ZDNet, Sprint informed its customers that a major security breach took place on June 22. Hackers used an as-yet-undefined vulnerability on a promotional Samsung website to obtain Sprint customer information. Sprint has yet to disclose how many accounts were implicated or...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 17, 2019 at 03:30.

How To Undo and Prevent Windows Updates

How To Undo and Prevent Windows Updates

Major Windows 10 updates aren’t always smooth sailing . And if you own Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, you’ll probably be a bit annoyed to know that you can’t update to Windows 10 version 1903, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system, thanks to a bug with Nvidia GPUs.

To be fair, errors like this are bound to crop up when a company pushes updates for an operating system installed on...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 17, 2019 at 00:15.

Experience the Apollo Missions With This Free Flight Simulator

Experience the Apollo Missions With This Free Flight Simulator

Windows: If you want to have an even more exciting Apollo 11 week, it’s easy to try out beautiful simulations of different Apollo missions on your PC—for free. All you need is the open-source application Orbiter and the Project Apollo add-on, which is a heck of a lot easier to manage than going to Space Camp.

Though Orbiter can be a pretty hardcore flight simulator, it (thankfully) comes with...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 16, 2019 at 02:15. 23 comments

Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now

Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now

A few years ago, hackers discovered that they could remotely take control of a PC by exploiting a vulnerability in Logitech wireless dongles. According to The Verge, dongles that Logitech is shipping today are still vulnerable to the same remote access hack—dubbed “MouseJack.”—a list that includes the manufacturer’s Unifying Receiver and G900 wireless gaming mouse.

While Logitech did roll out...

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Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 15, 2019 at 17:41.

The Best Competitors to Every First-Party Google App and Service

The Best Competitors to Every First-Party Google App and Service

Because of new EU anti-trust laws, Google is legally obligated to show its users apps and browsers from its competitors. But here in the US, there are no such rules , and Google doesn’t have to fill you in on similar products that may be available from other companies. Don’t worry, though—we went ahead and found that information ourselves.

Below, you’ll find picks from major competitors like...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 15, 2019 at 15:00.

How to Create Mood Lighting With the Google Home App

How to Create Mood Lighting With the Google Home App

Google has slowly but surely been transforming the Google Home app into a centralized control hub. If you haven’t opened the app recently, you may not have noticed the bevy of new features and settings available. The most recent of these new features is the ability to change the colors of your smart home’s lightbulbs natively in the Google Home app—something that has conspicuously been absent...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 15, 2019 at 14:49.

Get the Amazing 'Bloons TD 6' for Free on iOS and Android

Get the Amazing 'Bloons TD 6' for Free on iOS and Android

The very-excellent tower defense game, Bloons TD 6—normally $5 on mobile—is now available for free on iOS and Android for a limited time. Even if tower defense games aren’t your scene, this one is going to suck you in with its combination of cutesy, monkey-themed gameplay and a decent difficulty curve as you get better at poppin’ those horrible balloons.

Or, as Lifehacker’s senior...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 15, 2019 at 01:59.

How to Keep Spam Out of Your Google Calendar

How to Keep Spam Out of Your Google Calendar

Scammers and spammers have been wriggling their way into unsuspecting users’ Google Calendars for years now , but there’s been a swell of headlines on Google Calendar phishing scams over the past few weeks. Here’s why.

By default, Google Calendar will add events to your calendar whenever you receive an invite, even if you never clicked “accept.” As long as someone can blast invites your way,...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 22:36.

How to Force 'Better Performance' Mode for USB Drives in Windows 10

How to Force 'Better Performance' Mode for USB Drives in Windows 10

With the latest Windows 10 update, Windows 10 1809, Microsoft has changed the default USB drive transfer setting to favor quick removal over better performance.

While “Quick Removal” has been the default policy for some drive formats—such as FAT32—since Windows 7, the Window 10 1809 update now makes it the default for all drive formats, including NTFS and exFAT. Some formats previously...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 21:24.

Update Your Firefox Browser Right Now to Fix a Serious Security Bug

Update Your Firefox Browser Right Now to Fix a Serious Security Bug

On the heels of the Firefox 67.0 release, Mozilla has rolled out Firefox 67.0.3, which fixes a major security bug. According to the Mozilla Security board, hackers have reportedly been using the bug to take over PCs running unpatched versions of Firefox 67.0. All Firefox users should update to the latest version immediately to protect themselves from the exploit, which is easy enough to do:...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 18:19.

If Your Firefox Extensions Aren't Working, Update Your Browser

If Your Firefox Extensions Aren't Working, Update Your Browser

If your Firefox browser add-ons have suddenly stopped working, are now “unsupported” without any warning, or you can’t install any new ones, don’t worry: Mozilla is aware of these bugs and is working on fixing the issue. Resist the urge to adopt any clever workarounds right now, which might mess up any solutions Mozilla is trying to implement.

According to Mozilla’s blog post:

Late on Friday...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 17:43.

How to Set Up 'Guest Mode' on Your Android

How to Set Up 'Guest Mode' on Your Android

No matter how clean or secure your phone is, we all experience some anxiety when someone borrows it—even if only for a few minutes. For better or worse, we use our smartphones to manage critical parts of our lives, and one errant text or accidental “I left that photo up in my list of recently used apps” can cause a tremendous amount of grief.

Android users have it easy, though. Your devices...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 17:35.

How to Shut Down an Unresponsive iPhone

How to Shut Down an Unresponsive iPhone

If your iPhone is giving you grief, a simple reboot is one quick way to troubleshoot whatever is ailing it. But what if your device is freezing up and you can’t summon the standard “slide to power off” screen?

There are a few different ways to turn off and/or reset your iPhone, and we have step-by-step instructions for all the different iPhone versions below. If you still can’t get your...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 15:11.

Where to Find the Best Deals on the New Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Where to Find the Best Deals on the New Pixel 3a and 3a XL

In the past, Pixel phones weren’t always the easiest to procure, especially at launch due to limited retailer support and notoriously short pre-order supplies. The newly announced Pixel 3a and 3a XL, however, are available from just about every major carrier and outlet in the US, and all of them are offering additional perks or extra savings. Below is an overview of the newest additions to...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 13:23.

How to Save Your Jump VR Content Before Google Deletes It

How to Save Your Jump VR Content Before Google Deletes It

Google’s giving yet another service the axe —this time it’s the company’s VR content-editing service Jump VR. Google just announced that the service will be shuttering on June 28.

Jump VR is (for now) a cloud-based editing service that allows users with super-expensive, virtual-reality capture setups to combine their videos and photos into VR content—also known as “stitches”—that they can...

Brendan Hesse Brendan Hesse Jul 14, 2019 at 13:11.

Use Your Android Device As a Security Key on iOS

Use Your Android Device As a Security Key on iOS

If you’re one of those chaos-embracing individuals who own and use both Android and iOS devices, Google is now letting you use your Android smartphone as a physical security key for signing into your Google account on iOS.

We’ll show you how to set this all up, but we want to first acknowledge concerns that have been raised over this form of two-factor authentication (or 2FA, which is...

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