Kim Komando: How to delete yourself from people search sites

Kim Komando: How to delete yourself from people search sites. “People search sites build profiles based on public info scraped from across the internet. These profiles often contain sensitive data like phone numbers and addresses — and scam callers and mail spammers rely on these websites to scout prospects. You might be thinking, ‘Is this legal?’ Data brokers get away with it by giving people a chance to opt-out. Unfortunately, this is usually easier said than done. Prepare to jump through some hoops.”

Bustle: 7 Easy Ways To Detach Yourself From Social Media

Bustle: 7 Easy Ways To Detach Yourself From Social Media. “If you’ve been anywhere near the internet recently, you’ve likely — and somewhat ironically — seen your newsfeeds buzzing about the recent Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. The docu-drama examines our relationship with social media, featuring interviews with tech experts who have worked everywhere from Facebook to YouTube to Pinterest. Their message is clear: social media is having an increasingly damaging impact on humanity. If you feel like you’re becoming more and more addicted to social media, the documentary is a healthy reminder why it’s necessary to take a step back from scrolling every so often.”

CNN: How to save your favorite TikToks

CNN: How to save your favorite TikToks. “The Commerce Department plans to bar downloads of TikTok, as well as popular messaging app WeChat, on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders concerning the two apps are set to take effect. The department said Friday that, as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain TikTok or WeChat on an app store will be prohibited, meaning no more downloads or updates. If you didn’t have your settings set to save your TikTok videos to your device every time you posted a new video, you’ll need to go through manually. There are a few ways to do this.”

How to use TikTok: It’s not too late to try the app for the first time (CNET)

CNET: How to use TikTok: It’s not too late to try the app for the first time. “Starting Sunday, the wildly popular social video app TikTok won’t be allowed in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, as part of new measures against China by the Trump administration. Tencent’s WeChat apps also fell under the ban. It’s not too late, however, for you to have some fun on the quirky video app.”

Washington Post: How to track your ballot like a UPS package

Washington Post: How to track your ballot like a UPS package. “For an election marked by confusion and deceit about voting, ballot-tracking tech is a win for truth, justice and the American way. It won’t end all our debates about disenfranchisement and election fraud. But the transparency helps us hold local officials and the U.S. Postal Service accountable. And it can take away some of our own uncertainty about voting by mail.”

Refinery29: 13 Insta Accounts To Follow If You Want To Start Making Your Own Clothes

Refinery29: 13 Insta Accounts To Follow If You Want To Start Making Your Own Clothes. “The pandemic has given us the space and time to sit down and make alterations to our existing wardrobe and create new pieces from old. Whether it’s to open up your wardrobe to plus-size possibilities, take a stand for sustainability or embrace a slower pace of life, there are countless reasons to dive in.”

At Home With Tech: How to Turn your Zoom Recording into a TV Talk Show

At Home With Tech: How to Turn your Zoom Recording into a TV Talk Show. “Recording a Zoom conversation is easy. It’s a one-click process. But if you’re looking to create a more controlled visual product that follows the traditional structure of a professional video interview or TV talk show, you’ll need to put on your MacGyver hat and use the Zoom interface a little differently. It’s all about finding the best way to control which webcam feed is being recorded at any given moment.”

Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Social Media Addiction, As Told By the Social Dilemma Doco

Lifehacker: How to Curb Your Social Media Addiction, As Told By the Social Dilemma Doco. “There’s no question social media is addictive and a new documentary on Netflix, The Social Dilemma, delves into just how it was designed that way to keep you glued to the screen. Thankfully, some of former tech giant employees offer handy tips to try and escape this addiction.”

Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers (Screen Rant)

Screen Rant: Snapchat: How To Add Stickers To A Snap & Make Your Own Stickers. “When it comes to enhancing pictures, Snapchat has a variety of stickers available to help users show off their creativity and design skills. Snapchat is not the only social media app that’s geared towards younger individuals with quirky or fun features, although it is one that provides multiple ways to customize the experience and the content shared. While stickers is only one of those options, it is a highly useful one.”

New York Times: How to Declutter Your Digital World

New York Times: How to Declutter Your Digital World. “Working remotely may have eliminated your commute and allowed you to spend the day in your pajamas, but it also means you’re most likely bombarded with digital communication every second of the day — from personal and professional emails crowding your inboxes to push notifications reminding you of every news development to the nonstop viral allure of Twitter and Instagram. If you are suffering from tech fatigue, or simply trying to become more productive online, here are steps you can take to organize your digital landscape.”

Mashable: How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

Mashable: How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should). “Google Street View offers up a window to the world in all its bizarre, intimate, and often raw glory. That window just so happens to peek into your home, as well. What that peek reveals may be more than you’ve bargained for — think views into bedroom windows, potential fodder for stalkers, and more. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. Specifically, you can ask Google to permanently blur your house out — leaving only a smeared suggestion of a building in its place. The entire process is surprisingly easy.”

How to Use Facebook’s Messenger Rooms: A Beginner’s Guide (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Use Facebook’s Messenger Rooms: A Beginner’s Guide. “You probably use Facebook and Facebook Messenger on a daily basis, but you may not yet have tried its built-in Messenger Rooms feature. If you don’t know, Messenger Rooms are Facebook’s take on video-calling, and the feature is incredibly easy to use. Ready to hop on a video call? Here’s how to get started using Facebook’s Messenger Rooms.”

WSB-TV: 12 of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online

WSB-TV: 12 of the Best Places to Watch Free Movies Online. “Whether you enjoy comedies, mysteries, documentaries or something else entirely, you can find a great selection of movies online for free. In this article, I’ll take a look at 12 of the best websites and resources for watching free movies. I’ve visited each of the websites listed below, and I’ve tested a few videos from each to ensure quality, check for ads and see what’s available at no charge.”

The Next Web: This free tool automatically deletes your old tweets, retweets, and likes

The Next Web: This free tool automatically deletes your old tweets, retweets, and likes. “There are a lot of tools out there for deleting your old tweets in bulk, but they don’t offer you much control, and many of them require you to run them manually every time you want to clear your tracks. To get rid of all this headache, developer Michael Lee had made a tool named Semiphemeral to get rid of your old tweets, likes, retweets, and even DMs. This tool was earlier available as an open-sourced version you had to set up on your own server, but now anyone can easily use it through its new web interface.”

PolitiFact: Antifa activists did not start the West Coast wildfires

PolitiFact: Antifa activists did not start the West Coast wildfires. “Dozens of other posts blaming antifa for the wildfires were flagged as part of the company’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) Collectively, they’ve been shared thousands of times. Is there some evidence that these left-wing activists are responsible for the wildfires ravaging the West Coast? No. Officials have dispelled the rumors, and while investigations are still ongoing, many of the fires appear to have been sparked accidentally.”