Category: privacy

How to Block Text Messages on iPhone

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Are you getting unwanted messages or texts from a random phone number? Or perhaps, it’s just an annoying contact who’s overloading your inbox on iMessage? Either way, you can easily block text messages on the iPhone, preventing your Messages app from getting any contact or communication through the block.

The native Messages app on your iPhone is the home to both regular text messages as well as iMessage conversations. Although iMessage doesn’t offer a dedicated blocking feature unlike most other instant messaging services, you can still block the contact…

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How to Use Email Instead of Phone Number for iMessage on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever wanted to hide your phone number from iMessage, or stop using a phone number for iMessage, whether for privacy reasons or another purpose? Ever wished you could use an email address instead? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that you can indeed get this done pretty easily on your iPhone or iPad.


Apple lets users access iMessage with either their phone numbers or email addresses, but the issue here is that when you set up the service on an iPhone, your phone number is used by default. Some users may wish to keep their personal phone numbers private…

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How to Check for Reused & Compromised Passwords in Safari for Mac

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Do you use a password that’s easy to guess for your online accounts? Or perhaps, you reuse the same password for multiple accounts? Maybe you’re wondering if your password has been compromised in a known data breach? Whatever the case, Safari for Mac can now help you monitor your passwords by providing Security Recommendations.

The latest versions of Safari for macOS have many privacy-oriented features, and perhaps one of the more useful is the ability to provide security alerts regarding your saved passwords. Safari will now recommend you to update your…

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How to Hide Last Seen on WhatsApp for iPhone

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Do you use WhatsApp to text your friends, family, and relatives? Did you know that you can hide your “Last Seen” status from your contacts and other users? Fortunately, this privacy setting is pretty easy to access within the app.

For people who aren’t aware, Last Seen is a feature that’s available on WhatsApp which gives users information on when someone last opened the application or used the service. It shows up right below the contact’s name or phone number in a conversation. Although this is a nice feature to have, privacy buffs would rather want…

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How to Hide Activity Status on Instagram

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Do you use Instagram on a regular basis to stay connected with your friends, family, and colleagues? In that case, you may have already noticed that Instagram Direct shows when a user was last active. It’s similar to WhatsApp’s Last Seen feature, but it can be easily disabled if needed.

For those who aren’t aware, Instagram Direct allows users to send private messages to other users. A user’s online or last active status shows up right below their Instagram name when you open Direct and go through the list of conversations. Although this is a pretty…

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How to Export LastPass Passwords

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Want to export the passwords stored in your LastPass account? Maybe you’re deciding to migrate to a new password manager, or you just want a hardcopy of your credentials for another reason. Exporting all your saved passwords from LastPass is pretty easy.

LastPass is quite popular, but they recently changed how their free plan works, limiting it to one device type, i.e. either computers or mobile devices changing how you access your saved passwords across different devices. This contrasts to something like iCloud Keychain, which is included as part of iCloud…

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How to Automatically Erase Apple Watch After Failed Passcode Attempts

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Did you know that you can set your Apple Watch to automatically erase all its data if someone’s trying to break into it? Fortunately, this is pretty is easy to do and all you need is just a few seconds to enable this optional feature. Much like you can set iPhone to automatically erase on failed passcode entries, you can setup the same feature on Apple Watch too.

Out of the box, Apple lets you create a simple 4-digit passcode for your Apple Watch. This allows you to secure your wearable as soon as you take it off your wrist. However, the issue with 4-digit…

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How to Turn Off Camera on FaceTime Calls with iPhone & iPad

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If you FaceTime a lot, chances are you’ve ended up in situations where you’re not quite ready for a video call. In that case, you may want to turn off your camera during the call until you’re ready to show your face. Or maybe you just need some temporary privacy while on a call.

FaceTime is extremely popular among Apple users as it offers a free and convenient way to stay in touch with other people who own an iPhone, iPad, or Mac through video calls. Although you could use FaceTime audio to make calls if you’re not prepared for the camera, you can’t…

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How to Restrict App Usage on Mac with Screen Time

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Do you want to limit the amount of time your kid spends playing a game or using a certain app on a Mac? Thanks to Screen Time, setting up app restrictions like this is a fairly simple and straightforward procedure.

Apple’s Screen Time functionality is integrated into macOS, iOS,, and iPadOS, it allows users to keep track of their device usage, as well as bringing restrictions and parental control features to the table. The ability to set time limits for app usage is one such tool that could prove to be extremely useful if your kid is spending too much time…

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