Tuesday Tip: How to Update Phone Software and Become Harder and More Expensive to Hack

Not sure why you should update? Update your software for mobile phone security. “Keep your software updated!” is the closest thing we have to mobile phone security advice that will work for everyone. But the reasoning behind it… Read More

Tuesday Tip: How to Encrypt a Phone, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About a Stranger Accessing My Data

How to Protect Your Data by Encrypting Your Phone Losing your phone is the worst: you aren’t just out of a phone—you also have to worry about a stranger having access to all your photos, banking apps, messages,… Read More

Tuesday Tip: How to Take Great Food Photos With Your Phone

How to take great food photos with your phone When you sit down to a nice meal, which do you pick up first, your fork or your phone? Join the club. We’re all snapping pictures of our plates… Read More

Tuesday Tip: How to Change Your Facebook Settings After the Cambridge Analytica News

Tuesday Tip: How to Change Your Facebook Settings After the Cambridge Analytica News This is the first part of a special three part series on digital security by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  You shouldn’t have to do this…. Read More

Tuesday Tip: How to Take a Volunteer Vacation – The Alternative Spring Break

How to Take a Volunteer Vacation – The Alternative Spring Break What’s your goal when you travel? Taking selfies – or is it finding yourself? If you’re in search of meaning more than museums, try a volunteer vacation… Read More

Why your cell phone won’t ring—and how to fix it

Have you ever glanced at your phone screen and seen that you’ve a missed call—or three or seven? Argh! How did this happen? You didn’t even hear your phone ring. In fact, you’re quite sure it didn’t ring…. Read More

How to easily save energy at home

One consequence of human-caused climate change is extreme weather, including more intense heat waves. And a consequence of that is higher energy use at home. For example, a 2015 study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of… Read More

How to turn off push notifications on your Android cell phone

What are push notifications? They’re called push notifications. And they certainly are pushy. They’re those constant messages on your phone (ding!) that alert you to a new text, sports score, promo, sale, and everything in between. Some of… Read More

How to Make a Boomerang Video

A boomerang flies forward, then it comes back. The Boomerang app from Instagram works the same way. It’s a video loop that plays forward for 1 second, then back, then forward, then back…endlessly, for as long as you… Read More

How to Create Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories is one of platform’s coolest features. It allows you to take a series of photos or videos and post them to your Instagram profile, where they stay for 24 hours. After that, they disappear. Sort of… Read More