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How to Disable the Lock Screen On Your Nintendo Switch

When you wake your Nintendo Switch from sleep mode, you have to go through a slightly tiresome lock screen. First, you have to press A to unlock the lock screen, then press any button three times to really unlock the console. The lock screen doesn’t use a password or PIN, so there’s no security involved. It’s just an extra step, presumably to prevent the console from turning on in your bag. If you’d rather skip the tedium, here’s how to turn the lock screen off.

Nintendo considers the screen where you have to press any button three times to be the “lock screen.” This is a little confusing, as that makes the lock screen the second screen you see when waking the console. When the console is in standby mode, you can wake the screen up by pressing either the power or home buttons. This will show you a screen…

How To Maintain Your Privacy Online

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Threats to online privacy seem to grow every day so make sure you know how to protect yourself. There are a lot of things you can do to stay safe online. Unfortunately, not all of them are guaranteed to work.

Clearing your browser history, for example, can’t really do anything. Installing an ad blocker won’t get the job done, too. If you really want to protect your online privacy, here are the things you need to do.

Use secure passwords and usernames

It seems so convenient to just use the same usernames and passwords for every site. That way, you can remember them even without writing things down.

But, consider this:

If you use an easy-to-guess password for your social media and use the same one to log in to your bank, you’ve just made it super easy for someone to gain access to your bank account.

To protect yourself, choose passwords that are at least eight characters long and make sure they contain different types of characters. Use numbers, capital letters, lower-case letters, and symbols. Change your password for every site you frequent, too.

Use a password manager

The next step in password protection is to use a password manager. It’s an app that can generate crazy-long passwords that you couldn’t possibly remember. It encrypts not only your password but also your security questions and their answers, your credit card numbers and their PINs and other vital security information.

Now, all you have to remember is the password to your password manager.

Don’t click on the link

You know better, right? So, why do you click on those links you get on your email?

Usually, it’s because the email came from someone you trust. However, what if your friend clicked on a malicious link? Your friend’s entire address list could have been hacked and that includes you.

As much as possible, don’t click on suspicious links, even if they came from people you trust.

Lock down your social networks

Sure, those warnings that pop up on…

Everything You Can Do With Your iPhone’s Secret “Interrogation Codes”

Your iPhone has secret codes you can plug into the dialer to access hidden options. These codes “interrogate” the phone to find and change various settings. For example, you can view a more precise display of your cellular signal strength and set up call barring to block outgoing phone calls.

Many interrogation codes do things you can now do from your iPhone’s normal Settings screen. All interrogation codes are used by opening the Phone app, typing a code into its keypad, and tapping the call button. Here’s what you can do with them.

Field Test Mode

The most commonly used option here is probably Field Test Mode. Field Test Mode shows you more detailed information about your cellular signal strength, including a precise numerical value for your signal strength rather than the usual five dots. You can walk around your home or office and see where your signal is strongest and where it’s weakest, for example.

To access Field Test Mode, open the Phone app, type the following code into the keypad, and tap “Call”.


You’ll see the numbers appear in the upper left-hand corner of your screen, as shown below.

Call Barring

You can set up “call barring”, preventing any outgoing calls until you disable the call barring feature. This feature is not available in your iPhone’s Settings screen, so you have to use these hidden codes to enable it.

You don’t need to set a SIM card PIN to use this feature. However, if you have enabled a SIM card PIN at Phone > SIM PIN, you’ll need to know it. This is different from your screen unlock PIN.

To enable car barring and prevent outgoing calls, plug the following code into the dialer and tap “Call”. Replace “PIN” with the numerical PIN of your SIM card. If you don’t have a SIM card PIN, you can type any number you want in place of the PIN….

Futuristic New Mastercard Includes a Built-In Fingerprint Scanner

You can put down the pen and forget your PIN with Mastercard’s newest credit card. As The Verge reports, the company is testing out a credit card with a built-in fingerprint scanner that allows customers to authorize their payments with the swipe of a digit—no PIN or signature necessary.

The new Mastercard is just as slim as a regular one, and it works with all existing chip-and-PIN readers. To get one of the fancy new cards, you’ll need to register at a branch. Your fingerprint will then be converted into an encrypted digital template, which is stored on the card. To use the card, you’ll just dip it into a store’s card reader as normal. But instead of entering a PIN, you’ll be prompted to place a finger or thumb on the embedded sensor on the card’s top right corner in order to…