25 Tech Hacks to help you in your digital life
(1) If you always wished for a safe, pleasant and hassle free browsing end user experience for heaven sake install:
- Chrome or
Yes, even on Windows 10.
Google Chrome browser is the most secure and fastest now. Google has devoted their best brains to develop a top notch product.
IE has always sucked and will remain forever with that after taste. Bitter and sour. Unpleasant to say the least.
And I am not a paid Google or Firefox agent. Install either of the 2 browsers or both and see for yourself. Default to the browser you like if you have installed both for testing. Keep the second choice if you want to revert and try the second one latter on.
(2) Getting harassed by constant ads and pop-ups on your Chrome Browser. Install the following extensions and have a pleasant and safe browsing sessions. I have these installed on my chrome browser. Never a bother by ads and irritating pop-ups.
- Avira Browser Safety
(3) Then Install Adblock extension on your browser. This one is standard issue or install. A must have. And, when you want to hide your browsing history ;-), check the 2nd check-box, as shown in the picture below. Try it!
Install and experience the above extensions and give me a feedback.
(4) Google “[food] vs [food]” to compare nutritional values.
(5) Project Naptha is a browser extension that allows you to select, copy, modify, erase, and translate text in images.
(6) Not sure whether your remote control is working? Most probably, some of you know this one. Use any camera to check whether it emits light when you press a button.
(7) Want to sign up for free trials? Use a gift card.
(8) Before going to a suspicious site, Google “safebrowsing:(website)” to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.
(9) To avoid spam from certain sites, use disposable temporary email services to sign up for stuffs:
(10) Add a fake email address into your contact list. If a bot starts sending out spam using your email address, you’ll get an undelivered mail notice.
(11) AccountKiller.com guides you on how to delete your online accounts from popular websites.
(12) HaveIBeenPwned.com checks if your email has been compromised in a data breach.
(13) SumoPaint.com is the closest online free version of Photoshop.
(14) Always accidentally close your important tabs? Pin them.
(15) Your laptop is overheating? Place 2 forks underneath.
(16) To extend laptop’s battery lifespan, try to keep the battery meter between 40% and 80%.
(17) Use super glue a dot on your phone charger so at night you don’t fumble around like a fool.
(18) Want to edit an online image in Paint? Paste the image URL directly into Paint to open it.
(19) When online shopping, begin the checkout process but don’t complete it. Most online stores will send you coupons codes to encourage sales.
Please note that this doesn’t work on every online stores like Amazon, but worth trying.
(20) You can also Google “find my phone” to locate your Android Phone.
(21) Forgot where you parked your car? Don’t worry, Google Now remembers that bit too.
Don’t get addicted please, especially in crowded cities like Mumbai.
(23) If you haven’t seen this video, it has some pretty cool smartphone photography tips & tricks.
(24) Writing an essay or a mail ? Copy and paste it into Google Translate. Press the Listen Icon at the bottom. This can help you to find errors easily as you listen to the text being read. Helps a lot when you are dog tired, but still need to type mails or documents.
(25) To find direct download link for movies, search “[movie name] -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi)”.
Example: spider man -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls|txt) intitle:index.of “last modified” (mkv|mp4|avi).
If you want to find music, simply change the last part (mkv|mp4|avi) to (mp3|wma|aac|flac). It tells Google to show webpages with any of these terms: mp3, wma, aac, or flac. You can also replace with terms of other file formats like pdf, zip, rar, etc.