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How to stop Google from tracking you on any device

Though Google tracking can be useful, it can also be turned off, for the most part. Westend61/Getty Images You can stop Google from tracking some aspects of your online activity by changing your Google Account settings. Google tracks many details about you whenever you use your Google account on your computer, laptop, tablet, and phone. Here's how to stop Google from tracking your web activity, location, YouTube history, and more.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more s...
Tags: Google, Security, Privacy, Trends, Tracking, Google Account, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Business Insider Google, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to stop Google from tracking your computer and limit its data collection of your online history

There are several ways you can disable or limit how Google tracks you. Alain Jocard/Getty Images You can stop Google from tracking your computer by going to your Google Account page and turning off Web & App Activity and Location Services.  Google tracks your activity and location on any device when you're signed into Google.  If you force Google to stop tracking you, you'll lose Google's ability to personalize its services based on your web behavior and location.   Visit Business Insider'...
Tags: Google, Security, Privacy, Trends, Location Tracking, Google Account, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Open Google, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Location Services Google, Google Account Dave Johnson Business Insider


How to stop Google from tracking your Android's location

There are several ways to stop Google's location tracking on an Android. Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider You can stop Google from tracking your Android device by disabling Google's "Location History" option, or by disabling specific apps. Google tracks your Android's location at all times by default, and uses that information to give you traffic information, browsing recommendations, and more. Turning off location tracking may cause certain apps to stop working. Visit Business ...
Tags: Google, Android, Trends, Location Tracking, Location Services, Google Account, Dave Johnson, Location Data, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to post a story on your LinkedIn profile using the mobile app

It's easy to post a temporary story to LinkedIn. Peter Cade/Getty Images You can post a LinkedIn story to your profile as a temporary post similar to Instagram stories or Twitter fleets. To post LinkedIn stories, tap the "Your story" button in the stories section at the top of your mobile app, or tap "Share a story" in the Post menu.  To create your story, you can combine a photo or video with text and stickers, then tap "Share story." Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library fo...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Post, Trends, Social Media, Linkedin, Dave Johnson, Linkedin Tips, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Peter Cade Getty


How to stop Google from tracking your iPhone's location

You can stop Google from tracking your iPhone by disabling certain app features. d3sign/Getty Images You can stop Google from tracking your iPhone by disabling the "Location History" setting. Google apps that you download onto your iPhone track your location to give you real-time traffic information, location tags for your photos, and other features.  Many iPhone apps also have their own location settings, which you can enable or disable individually. Visit Business Insider's Tech Referenc...
Tags: Iphone, Google Chrome, Google, Trends, Location Tracking, Google Maps, Google Apps, Google Account, Dave Johnson, Location Data, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to recover deleted text messages on Android, and why you should back up your phone on Google Drive

Marko Geber/Getty Images Recovering deleted text messages on Android is a bit difficult. The best strategy is to plan ahead and allow Google Drive to regularly back up your phone.  Here are the most effective strategies for recovering deleted text messages.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Losing any kind of important data on your Android can be gut-wrenching. Accidentally deleting text messages is especially onerous because your phone has no trash can or...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Drive, Trends, Backups, Text Messaging, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Recover, Android Messages, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To


How to turn off cellular data on an Android device in 3 ways and avoid hitting your data limit

Turning off cellular data can be helpful when you're traveling and want to prevent extra fees. South_agency/Getty Images You can turn off cellular data on an Android device to avoid hitting your data cap. You can swipe down from the top of the screen and disable cellular data with a single tap. If you prefer, you can disable data for specific apps, such as streaming video apps that use a lot of data.   Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Thanks to the ubiq...
Tags: Android, Samsung, Trends, Data, Wifi, Data Caps, Cellular Data, Wi Fi, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Airplane Mode, Tiktok, TAP Network, HBO Max, Product Card, BI-freelancer


What is Chromium? A guide to Google's open-source software project, which runs some of the world's most popular internet browsers

This computer is running Microsoft Edge, a Chromium-based browser. Microsoft Chromium is an important piece of software that helps run some of the most popular internet browsers in the world, including Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. You can also download Chromium and use it as its own internet browser, but it's not stable and is missing many of the features present in modern browsers. Chromium is open-source, meaning that anyone can take the software and make their own program using it....
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Microsoft, Trends, Web Browser, Vivaldi, Chromium, Microsoft Edge, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Internet Browsers, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to enable long videos on your YouTube account to post videos that exceed the 15-minute limit

When you verify your Google Account, you can upload videos to YouTube that are longer than 15 minutes. Marco_Piunti/Getty Images You can enable long videos on YouTube by verifying your Google Account to upload videos longer than 15 minutes.  By default, YouTube limits you to uploading and publishing videos that are under 15 minutes in length.  On a desktop, you can go directly to Google's account verification page, but on your iPhone or Android device Google lets you verify your account wh...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Trends, Google Account, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Youtube App, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


Not all iPads can use the Apple Pencil — here's a breakdown of which iPads are compatible with which version of the Pencil

Depending on which iPad model you own, you'll need to use one or the other version of the Apple Pencil. Bebeto Matthews/AP Not all iPads are compatible with the Apple Pencil, an iPad accessory that lets you write, draw, and control your iPad with a stylus.  There are currently two versions of the Apple Pencil — the older version is compatible with more than half a dozen iPad models, while the newer version works with only three. The newer Apple Pencil has a flat side and attaches to th...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Trends, Stylus, Ipad Pro, Apple Pencil, Dave Johnson, Hollis Johnson, Tech Insider, iPadOS, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To


How to cancel your CBS All Access streaming subscription

You'll have to cancel CBS All Access from a web browser. Christina Reichl Photography/Getty Images You can cancel a CBS All Access subscription with just a few clicks on the streaming service's website. CBS All Access is a subscription streaming service that costs $5.99 per month for video streaming with commercials or $9.99 per month for commercial-free access to CBS' on-demand video content. When you cancel, CBS might offer you a month of free service to entice you to keep subscribin...
Tags: Apple, Trends, Roku, Cbs, Espn, Hulu, Streaming Service, Cbs All Access, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Streaming Apps, Siri Read, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to find the serial number for any iPhone, even if you've lost the phone or it won't turn on

You can the serial number on an iPhone in a few different ways. Reuters For most models of iPhone, figuring out how to find the serial number is as simple as opening the Settings app. For older models, it's on the SIM tray or the back of the phone. If you can't turn on your iPhone, you can also get the serial number from the Apple ID web page, or another iOS device using the same Apple ID. If you saved the original packaging, you can also find the iPhone's serial number on the barcode sti...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Trends, Apple Id, Reuters, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to track your iPhone's location when it's missing or stolen, or track the location of someone else's iPhone

Apple's Find My software lets you track the location of your iPhone, or find your friends' locations. Hinterhaus Productions/Getty Images You can track an iPhone's location as long as its Location Services feature is enabled.  If you lose your iPhone, you can log into iCloud's Find My iPhone webpage and see its location if you have Location Services turned on.  If a friend or family member shares their location with you through the Messages app, you can track their location using t...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Trends, Location Services, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Find My iPhone, Tap Location Services, Find My, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


What is airplane mode? How to toggle wireless transmissions on your device to troubleshoot or save data

You can use airplane mode on your phone, laptop, or tablet. FG Trade/Getty Images Airplane mode disables the radios and transmitters on portable electronics like phones and laptops.  You can toggle individual radios like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off even if airplane mode is on. Airplane mode is handy outside of airplane flights for troubleshooting and limiting cellular data usage.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Airplane mode is a setting found on most ...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Bluetooth, Wi Fi, Trends, Samsung Galaxy, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Airplane Mode, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to change your Google Assistant voice across your Google devices

You can change the Google Assistant voice on your devices through the Google Home mobile app. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider You can change your Google Assistant voice for your Google devices by selecting from as many as a dozen alternatives. You can select a different voice using the Google Home app on your iPhone or Android device by changing the assistant voice settings.  Any voice you choose applies to every instance of Google on your account, including your phone and Google smart ...
Tags: Iphone, Google, Android, Trends, Roku, Smart Home, Dave Johnson, Hollis Johnson, Tech Insider, Google Assistant, Google Home, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To


How to delete your Siri history on any Apple device, so that Apple won't save and analyze your voice files

It's possible to delete up to six months of your Siri history. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images To delete your Siri history, make sure your Apple device is fully updated, and then open the "Siri" page in its settings menu. When you speak to Siri, your voice files are uploaded to Apple's servers for processing, but your personal information isn't attached to it. Deleting your Siri history will only erase the last six months of voice files.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library f...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Privacy, Mac, Trends, Siri, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Catalina, Dave Johnson, Internet History, Tech Insider, Apple HomePod, Smart Assistants, Thomas Trutschel Getty


What is a 404 error? How to deal with the web error across sites, or fix one on your own site

It's likely that you've encountered a 404 error before. Maskot/Getty Images A 404 error indicates that the webpage you're trying to reach can't be found. You might see a 404 error because of a problem with the website, because the page was moved or deleted, or because you typed the URL wrong. 404 errors are less common today than they used to be, as websites now strive to automatically redirect visitors away from deleted pages. There are several ways you can try to resolve 404 erro...
Tags: Google, Internet, Trends, Internet Slang, Errors, Websites, 404, Wayback Machine, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Wayback Machine The Wayback Machine, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to turn off Siri suggestions on your iPhone completely or only for certain apps

You can customize when Siri makes suggestions or disable the feature. Westend61/Getty Images You can turn off Siri suggestions on an iPhone by disabling the feature in the "Siri & Search" section of your Settings app. Siri tries to learn how you use your iPhone and make timely suggestions to help streamline your day, but if you find this annoying or intrusive, you can turn it off. If you want some suggestions but don't want Siri to suggest certain apps, you can also disable Siri's ability ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Trends, Siri, Apple Watch, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Siri Search, Siri Suggestions, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Newsroom Affiilate How To


How to delete yourself from the internet with 5 different methods

If you're committed to eliminating most of your online presence, there are a number of steps you can take to do so. Andrew Brookes/Getty Images You can attempt to delete yourself from the internet by removing your information from online sites, services, and searches.  There are formal processes you can use to delete yourself from most online services, such as shopping sites, social media platforms, and data collection sites.  Here are the top five things you need to do to remove all —...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Security, Facebook, Internet, California, Trends, Social Media, Off The Grid, Amazon Best, Dave Johnson, Internet Privacy, Tech Insider, Spokeo, Andrew Brookes Getty, BI-freelancer


What is spyware? 5 ways to protect your computer from being infected

You can avoid a spyware infection on your computer by taking certain precautionary measures. Maskot/Getty Images Spyware is a type of malware that secretly monitors you, steals sensitive information from your PC, and sends it to third parties without your knowledge. Some spyware might track your behavior online while others can record passwords or even log your keystrokes.  You can avoid spyware by following common safe computing practices that are designed to protect you from all forms of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Malware, Spyware, Computers, Software, Cookies, Internet Safety, Adware, Don, Dave Johnson, Digital Security, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


How to create a group email in Gmail and message important contacts at once

It's easy to send group emails by creating a "Label" for your group. Lumina Images/Getty Images You can create a group email in Gmail using the label tool in Google's Contacts page. After you create a label with multiple emails, you can add that label to the addressee line in any email message.  If you are sending an email to a group of people, it's considered a common courtesy to use the "Bcc" line to hide the email addresses.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more ...
Tags: Google, Gmail, Email, Trends, Gmail Account, Bcc, Dave Johnson, Email Etiquette, Tech Insider, Open Gmail, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Dave Johnson Business Insider


What is Amazon Pay? How to use the online retailer's virtual payment service on other sites

It's easy to use Amazon Pay on hundreds on websites. Qi Yang/Getty Images Amazon Pay is a service offered by Amazon to let you use your account to make purchases at third-party retail sites. You can use this method to securely and conveniently make purchases without entering a payment method at the website. Hundreds of websites accept Amazon Pay at checkout, but there's no comprehensive list online — often, you will simply discover that a site accepts Amazon Pay when you reach checkou...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Trends, Online Payments, Amazon Alexa, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Amazon Pay, Amazon Pay Amazon Pay, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Qi Yang Getty Images Amazon Pay, Dave Johnson Business Insider Amazon Alexa


What is phishing? Here's what you should know about the virtual scamming technique and how to protect yourself from data theft

Phishing ploys and attacks can happen to anyone with an email account. seksan Mongkhonkhamsao/Getty Images Phishing is a form of cybercrime wherein you receive an email from a fake sender pretending to be someone else.  The goal of phishing emails is usually to get you to give up personal or sensitive information. Phishing is easy to detect if you keep an eye out for bad spelling and grammar, email addresses that don't match the alleged sender, and requests for information you shouldn't pr...
Tags: Google, Email, Trends, Scams, Cybercrime, Computers, Netflix, United States, Phishing, Data Security, Computer Security, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference


How to search all of Craigslist's website at once using third-party tools

There are a few workaround ways you can search all of Craigslist at once. SOPA Images / Contributor/Getty Images You can search all of Craigslist at once using a few third-party sites and apps.   Craigslist doesn't have many options for searching the site, and there's no built-in way to search all Craigslist sites at once — you're limited to your selected location. You can use searchcraigslist.org to search all of Craigslist at once, but it offers little help with filtering or organization...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Craigslist, Ebay, Trends, Selling, Classifieds, Dave Johnson, Amazon How, Tech Insider, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, CPlus


A new iOS 14 feature allows you to check for speed and red-light cameras on iPhone Maps — here's what you need to know

Apple's Maps app for iPhone can now notifies drivers when red-light and speed cameras are approaching. NurPhoto/Getty Images Apple has announced that Apple Maps for iPhone will now include warnings about speed cameras and traffic cams as part of the iOS 14 update.  Cameras will automatically appear on the Maps app's navigation screen, alerting drivers to speed and red‑light cameras as well as potential slowdowns. Apple Maps' speed camera tool is automatically enabled but, at present, o...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Maps, UK, US, Trends, Siri, Ireland, Reddit, Waze, Google Maps, Apple Maps, United States United Kingdom, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Navigation Apps


How to set a video as wallpaper on your Android device

With third-party apps, you can set a video as your Android's Lock screen or Home screen wallpaper. Westend61/Getty Images You can set a video as your wallpaper on most Android devices by using one of several free apps. If you have a Samsung device, you can use the built-in Gallery app to set a video as your Lock screen wallpaper, without downloading any additional apps. You can use an app like Video Live Wallpaper to set a video as the Home screen wallpaper in seconds, but running vide...
Tags: Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Samsung, Trends, Wallpapers, Dave Johnson, Video Apps, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to turn on the flashlight on your Android phone in 3 different ways

Android devices offer multiple ways to enable a built-in flashlight. Imgorthand/Getty Images You can turn on the flashlight on most Androids by pulling down the Quick Settings menu from the top of the screen and tapping the flashlight button. You can also turn on the flashlight with a voice command to Google Assistant. Some Android phones also let you turn on the flashlight with a gesture or a shake.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. There was a time when y...
Tags: Google, Android, Motorola, Lollipop, Trends, Flashlight, Gesture Control, Samsung Galaxy, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Bitmoji, Google Assistant, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference


Why won't my Android charge? 7 ways to fix charging issues on your Android device

There are a number of reasons why your Android may not be charging that you can troubleshoot yourself. Crystal Cox/Business Insider If your Android phone isn't charging, the problem could be anything from a broken charger to a software bug to a phone battery that needs replacing. To pinpoint why your Android phone isn't charging and fix it, you'll need to do some troubleshooting. Here are seven ways to test and check why your Android won't charge.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference l...
Tags: Android, Feature, Trends, Battery, Software Updates, Samsung Galaxy, Smartphone Batteries, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Charging Cables, Smartphone Charger, Crystal Cox, Antonio Villas Boas, Getty Images If, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


How to speed up or slow down video on an Android device using a third-party app

Third-party video editing apps help you speed up or slow down videos on your Android. Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images You can speed up or slow down a video on an Android with a third-party app — there's no built-in feature on Android that lets you alter video speed. There are many apps to choose from, but most require a purchase to unlock key features.   Here is how to speed up or slow down a video using FilmoraGo, which you can install from the Google Play store. Visit Business Insider's Tech ...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Google Play Store, Trends, Samsung Galaxy, Dave Johnson, Video Apps, Tech Insider, Product Card, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, Newsroom Affiliate How To, Smartphones (Reference


How to block pop-ups on a Mac computer's web browser, so you're never interrupted by spam

Using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac computer is quick and convenient. Jurgita Vaicikeviciene/Getty Images You can block pop-ups on your Mac using the built-in Safari web browser, or on other web browsers like Google Chrome or Firefox. Blocking pop-ups on your Mac can help protect your computer by fending off phishing attempts or potential scams. Some websites use pop-ups to help features run properly — if this is the case on a site you're using, you can set your Mac to allow pop-ups on th...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Mac, Trends, Safari, Macbook, iMac, Pop-up, Mozilla Firefox, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Internet Browsers, Meira Gebel, Product Card



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