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Are you done with Facebook and want to delete your account?

Are you done with Facebook and want to delete your account? Wait a minute! You can deactivate it instead. But what’s the difference between deactivating and deleting? Find the answer here. You will also learn how to deactivate or delete your Facebook account.

Deleting Your Facebook Account vs. Deactivation: What is the Difference?

Facebook offers two ways to eliminate access to your account if you want to stop using it: deactivate the account and delete the account. Deactivation is a temporary process that lets you hide your account from others. You will have to reactivate the account to use it. Deactivation comes in handy when you want to take a break from Facebook without deleting the account.

Deletion, on the other hand, is a permanent process where your Facebook account is completely removed. You will have to create a new Facebook account if you decide to use Facebook again.

DeactivationDeletion
EffectTemporaryPermanent
Profile visibilityHiddenHidden
Data retentionData is retainedData is deleted after 30 days
MessengerAccessibleNo access
Facebook PagesDeactivatedDeleted
Oculus ProductsInaccessibleInaccessible

Now that you know how the two differ, it’s better to deactivate the account if you want to take a break from it or no longer like using Facebook. However, if you have decided that you no longer want to be in any relationship with Facebook, you can delete it.

What Happens When You Deactivate or Delete Your Facebook Account

Let’s see how various things change when you delete or deactivate your Facebook account.

Can People Search for Your Profile?

Your profile will disappear from other people’s view in both cases. However, it might still be visible in certain places like Messenger, old posts, etc., when you deactivate your account. Yet, nobody can click on your profile, as only your name will be visible. Deleting the account completely vanishes your profile without leaving any trace.

Does Deleting or Deactivating Facebook Delete Everything?

Your existing posts (photos, videos, etc.) will remain safe on Facebook when you deactivate the account. You can reactivate the account to access them at anytime. However, the same can’t be said about deleting the account, as everything related to your account gets deleted unless you download the data including chats as shown below.

How to Download Your Facebook Information

1. Log in to your Facebook account before deleting or deactivating it.

2. Click on the small down arrow at the top. Go to “Settings & privacy → Settings” from the menu.

Facebook Account Settings And Privacy

3. Click on “Your Facebook information” from the left sidebar and hit the View button next to “Download your information.”

Facebook Account Download Information

4. On the next screen, select the type of data, quality, and time period of the data you want to download. Hit the “Create file” button.

Facebook Account Download Data

Can You Use Messenger If You Deactivate or Delete Facebook?

Deactivating Facebook doesn’t deactivate Messenger. You can chat with others, and people can search for you on Messenger. You will have to manually deactivate Messenger if you want to. On the other hand, you cannot access or keep your Messenger account when you delete your Facebook account.

Can You Access Old Messages?

Deactivating or deleting the account doesn’t have any impact on messages that you have sent to other accounts. Such messages will still remain visible in another person’s inbox and in your inbox as well in the case of deactivating the account.

Can You Log in to Other Websites?

Deactivating the account doesn’t stop you from using Facebook login on some sites, such as Pinterest, Spotify, etc. However, you cannot use your Facebook login on other websites after deleting the account. You will have to contact the websites to recover your account.

What Happens to Oculus Information?

When you deactivate the account, you cannot access Oculus products or information, such as purchases and achievements, associated with your Facebook account. The same thing happens when you delete your account.

Can You Use Facebook Pages?

The pages associated with your Facebook account also bear the brunt of deactivating or deleting the account if you are the lone admin.

The pages you own will be deactivated or deleted when you deactivate or delete the account respectively. You can reactivate the pages when you reactivate your account. However, you cannot regain the deleted pages later if you are the only admin.

If you don’t want to lose your pages while deactivating or deleting your account, you can make someone else the admin of your pages. That way your pages will remain safe.

How Long Does It Take to Delete or Deactivate the Account?

Deactivation is a quick process and will happen immediately. On the other hand, Facebook gives you a grace period of 30 days after you submit the request to delete the page. During that period, you or others cannot view the Facebook account. After 30 days, your account and the associated information will be permanently deleted.

Can You Cancel Account Deactivation or Deletion

You can cancel the deactivation by simply logging in to your Facebook account at anytime.

Similarly, you need to log in to your Facebook account within 30 days of submitting the request if you want to stop Facebook from permanently deleting your account.

Now, let’s examine how to delete or deactivate your Facebook account.

How to Deactivate or Delete Your Facebook Account on Desktop

1. Open the Facebook website and log in to your account.

2. Click on the small down arrow at the top. Select “Settings & privacy” -> Settings.”

Facebook Account Settings And Privacy

3. Click on “Your Facebook information” in the left sidebar.

Facebook Account Your Information

4. Click on View next to “Deactivation and deletion.”

Facebook Account Delete Or Deactivate

5. Select the Deactivate or Delete option you desire and hit the blue button at the bottom to continue.

Facebook Account Delete Or Deactivate Confirm

How to Deactivate or Delete Your Facebook Account on iPhone

On the iPhone Facebook app, you can only deactivate the account. Deleting it is not an option. You will have to use the Facebook mobile website (as shown below) or a PC to delete your Facebook account.

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the three-bar icon and go to “Settings & privacy → Settings.”

Facebook Iphone Settings

3. Tap on “Personal information → Manage account.”

Facebook Iphone Manage Account

4. Tap on the “Deactivate” option next to Account.

Facebook Iphone Deactivate

How to Deactivate or Delete Facebook Account on Android, Facebook Lite, and Mobile Website

1. Open the Facebook app, Facebook Lite, or m.facebook.com from a browser on your phone. Log in to your account.

2. Tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Scroll down and tap on “Settings & privacy → Settings on Android.” On Facebook Lite and the website on a mobile device, tap on “Settings.”

Facebook Android Settings

3. Tap on “Personal and account information” followed by “Account ownership and control.”

Facebook Android Manage Account

4. Tap on “Deactivation and deletion” and choose the Delete or Deactivate option on the next screen, then hit the blue button at the bottom to continue.

Facebook Android Delete Or Deactivate

How to Deactivate Facebook Messenger

Once you have deactivated your Facebook account, follow these steps to deactivate Messenger.

1. Open the Facebook Messenger app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.

2. Tap on the profile icon at the top. Scroll down and select “Legal and policies” on the next screen.

Facebook Messenger Legal

3. Tap on “Deactivate Messenger.” If you don’t see the option, make sure you have deactivated the Facebook account first.

4. Restart your phone if needed. Whenever you want to reactivate Messenger, just log in to Messenger.

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How to Benchmark Your Windows PC

To fully understand your PC’s performance, you need to understand benchmarking and benchmarking software. This tutorial helps you do that by walking you through all you need to know to benchmark your PC and the benchmarks to start with.

What Are Benchmarks?

In this context, a benchmark is a fixed test (measure) of performance – whether of your entire PC or individual components. This measure of performance can be lined up to and compared with other PCs that have run the same benchmark, allowing you to see how your performance lines up compared to everyone else’s.

Is one of your components underperforming in comparison to what other people are scoring? A benchmark may reveal that discrepancy.

Have you overclocked your components? A benchmark will help you quantify how much improvement you made and test the system’s stability.

How do I benchmark my PC?

Fortunately, benchmarking software is usually pretty simple, especially if you aren’t specifically running a graphics-focused benchmark. As a quick example, below is the installation and initial process of Geekbench 5.

1. Download Geekbench 5 to your Downloads folder of choice. Once the download finishes, run the setup application.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example

2. From here, it’s just your usual Windows installation process – reading the EULA, deciding if you want it pinned, and so on. You can even launch it right out of Setup, and after choosing the trial run, your benchmarks are immediately available.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example 2

3. Click on the “Run Compute Benchmark” button to start the benchmarking test.

This straightforward download-to-setup-to-run process is pretty much identical across top benchmarking software. With the benchmarking software that I test in this article, I’m specifying where the installation process differs or more options are available.

Where more options are available in a piece of benchmarking software, it’s usually graphics options or other benchmarks. You’ll be walked through these options, what they mean, and if you should even use them for all of the software tested below.

The Best Benchmarking Software

Note: I have actually installed, run, and included my results in all of these benchmarks below! My PC’s specs for running these benchmarks are:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z490i AORUS Ultra
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i chromax Low Profile CPU Cooler
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4-3200 Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO (XMP disabled, so clocked at 2133 MHz)
  • GPU: Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 1070
  • SSD 1 (boot): SATA3 ADATA ULTIMATE SU800 512GB
  • SSD 2 (storage): NVMe XPG Gammix S11 Pro 1TB
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Same PC, old graphics card

1. Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmarking tool. We’ve talked through the Windows setup process for this one above, but the specifics are what you should expect: download, run the installer, and run the program. Once you’ve done all of this, you’ll be presented with your choice of two benchmarks.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example 3

With “CPU Benchmark,” you can test the speed of your CPU, both per-core and with all cores working together.

With “Compute Benchmark,” you may have a choice of different APIs to use. I recommend using Vulkan, if available, as it is the most modern standard. The “Compute” refers to GPU Compute and is used to benchmark GPUs rather than CPUs.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example 4

On an Nvidia GPU, you may also see CUDA as an option under “Compute Benchmark” – this will score lower than the other tests for the reason that it’s focused specifically on a part of your GPU that normally isn’t used by other applications, even games. CUDA is mainly for accelerating professional workloads, like rendering video, without hurting GPU performance.

Once you have your results, you can compare them with any other set of results on the site. 

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Pc Results
Desktop run of Geekbench 5, showing a 1334 single-core and 7609 multi-core score.

To compare, I’ve also embedded below the results of the same test run off my phone. (To get it for your own phone, check the Geekbench site’s downloads page.)

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Mobile Results
Mobile run of Geekbench 5, showing a 312 single-core and 1299 multi-core score.

According to this benchmark, it takes every CPU core of my phone to compare to even one of my desktop CPU cores in raw power. To compare results between your own devices, run the benchmark for yourself and use this page to find other results.

2. Unigine Valley

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Valley

Unigine Valley is not the latest Unigine benchmark, but it is the best one for running stability tests on a wide range of graphics hardware, including low- and mid-range hardware.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Setup

After a quick download and install process, type “Valley Benchmark” in Start and open the benchmarking suite. As with all benchmarking software, you’ll want to use a standard preset to properly compare to other users and hardware. I recommend “Extreme HD Preset” (even for modern low-end GPUs, due to the age of this benchmark). I’ve included my results with that preset at the bottom of this review.

If you’re looking to push the limits of your benchmark even further than this standard and have a compatible display (or graphics card that supports downsampling), you can push the rendering resolution past 1080p by switching Preset to Custom.

Now you get to choose each individual setting – including resolutions besides 1080p. 1440p and 4K, for instance.

In this case, I would recommend turning down anti-aliasing, since it isn’t as noticeable when you’re downsampling or running higher-than-HD signals at native res. This will keep the benchmark in line with what you can expect running most modern games at higher resolutions on your hardware.

“Quality” will have the biggest impact on specific graphical effects and fidelity for each of its tiers. I recommend keeping it on “Ultra” to account for the age of the benchmark, but you can definitely try to lower it if you’re interested in seeing how your hardware scales.

“Stereo 3D” is for 3D monitors. If you don’t have one, ignore that setting.

Once you’ve selected or customized your preset, launch into the benchmark by clicking Run.

At the top of the screen, you’ll notice a row of in-Benchmark options.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Setup 2

Clicking “Benchmark” will immediately start the benchmarking run, which will rotate through various high-fidelity scenes, testing different graphical features while recording system metrics. Your final score will be given in a results screen like the one at the end of this review.

“Camera” allows you to adjust field of view and camera settings, including complete free camera control and a first-person walking camera. The Valley is quite large if you choose to explore it, so be mindful of that.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Setup 3

In-Benchmark Settings and Quality Settings are about the same – mostly. Within Settings, you’ll find a few new options for toggling the FPS/GPU monitor and heavier graphics settings like Volumetric Shadows. I recommend keeping all of these enabled, especially GPU Monitor (to see if you’re overheating under high load).

That’s everything important explained. Now for the results on my system below running the recommended Extreme HD Preset. I’ll explain the score, too.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Valley Results

The FPS score is what is going to matter most here. For the majority of modern games, you’ll want to aim for a score of 60 FPS or better. This means your GPU should be in roughly the punching weight needed for modern games at high settings: 1080p and 60 FPS.

My results here show an average of 95 FPS for my GTX 1070.

According to these GTX 1070 July 2021 benchmarks, the GTX 1070 on High settings at 1080p can push about 88 FPS on average in the latest games. That is uncannily close for a synthetic benchmark, especially one this old, but it shows just how scalable both it and GTX 1070 still are.

At the default 1080p, though, you will be limiting the ability of high-end GPUs to use their faster and larger-density memory. If you want to really see what a modern high-end graphics card is capable of and aren’t just testing stability and temperatures, scroll down to the 3DMark review!

3. UserBenchmark

UserBenchmark is among my favorite full PC benchmarking tools for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, using the application is exceedingly simple: it doesn’t need to be installed, and after you launch the application, you can benchmark your entire PC in one click. Once the benchmark finishes, you’ll see your results automatically opened in your default web browser on a page like the one in the screenshot below.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Userbench Results

However, I would be remiss not to discuss UserBenchmark’s weighting of results. While UserBenchmark’s individual metrics will be generally accurate, the final score used to tally up everything can be less consistent, especially if you’re comparing AMD and Intel CPUs.

UserBenchmark remains useful due to the sheer sample size of its database, and it serves as an especially good way to make sure your hardware is performing as it should compared to identicalhardware. However, it’s important to NOT use it to make final hardware buying decisions, since the UserBenchmark-weighted score and real-world comparisons can differ.

4. 3DMark

3DMark is one of the premier graphical benchmarking solutions on the market, and like Geekbench, is also multi-platform. Unlike Geekbench, it has a variety of paid demos and tiers and essentially has the most intensive CPU and GPU benchmarks on the market at a given time. This is the benchmark to use when you really want to put gaming-grade hardware to the test.

For PC users, especially those who wish to test it for free, setup requires a few extra steps. Specifically, you’ll need to go to the 3DMark Steam Page and click “Download Demo” to get the free trial of 3DMark. From there, you would launch it like any other Steam game.

However, 3DMark is a little different from the other benchmarks on this list, since it’s actually a benchmark suite rather than a singular benchmark on its own. Let’s take a look at the main launcher together.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update 3dmark Setup 1

By default, you’ll see whichever of the three benchmarks included in the demo that 3DMark decides is best for your system.

The current-gen 3DMark test included with the demo is “Time Spy,” so I recommend running that one if you want to see whether your current-gen gaming PC is up to snuff.

However, there are tests besides Time Spy! Let’s take a moment to peek at the others. Click “Benchmarks” in the top-right taskbar.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update 3dmark Setup 4

Some of these Benchmarks will be grayed out due to paid tiers, but they all include explanations for what kind of hardware they’re made for.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update 3dmark Setup 3

The free tests for all users are Time Spy for DirectX 12, Fire Strike for DirectX 11, and Night Raid for DirectX 12 integrated graphics users. Time Spy and Fire Strike are both viable for modern desktops, but Night Raid should be scalable to the integrated graphics in your laptop as well, so long as it was made after mid-2015.

Beside choosing your benchmark, there isn’t much to customize in the demo version of 3DMark. The actual settings are best left on default if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you can’t actually take control mid-benchmark as with Unigine. You’ll need to wait it out to get scored or cancel it entirely by hitting ESC.

Since Time Spy is the most modern test, and you’re unlikely to be using 3DMark without gaming-grade hardware, I’ve chosen to run Time Spy and include my results below.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update 3dmark Time Spy Results
My results screen for a 6377 Time Spy score; Individual Graphics Score is 5996 and Individual CPU Score is 9981

You’ll get a few different scores. The main two scores are Graphics and CPU score, which measure your GPU and CPU power, respectively. “Estimated game performance” is a metric that is locked behind paid tiers but allows you to see lab-tested estimates for your performance in specific games.

Your main Score is a little different. The green meter/worded score and the numeric score don’t actually match each other.

Your numeric score is for your ranking in the benchmark as a whole. An RTX 3070 gets a score of 12311 compared to my 1070’s 6377, for instance. Lined up with the 1070’s real-world performance of ~88 FPS average in modern games at 1080p, I’d say you’re doing very well once you breach 6000.

The green meter/worded score actually corresponds to how you performed compared to people with similar or identical hardware – below “Good,” and you’re most likely overheating or being bogged down by background programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do before I benchmark my PC?

Before you start benchmarking your PC, it’s important to ensure that you have all other programs closed. Having other applications open will bog down your results, sometimes significantly, especially in the case of games and web browsers. You’re also advised to close as many background applications as you can, but those shouldn’t matter too much.

2. Should I benchmark my PC?

If you’re an overclocker: absolutely, you need to test the stability of that overclock.

If you’re a regular user: It depends. If you’re here, chances are you’re at least curious. We recommend anyone run a benchmark if they suspect that their PC is underperforming. Despite some controversies (discussed in its entry), UserBenchmark is great for identifying whether components in your system are underperforming compared to identical components in other systems.

Outside of testing stability, there’s no reason you have to benchmark your PC. But it can tell you a lot about what you’re working with, especially if you’re looking to compare your current performance to potential upgrades.

3. Should I benchmark my PC before selling it?

Absolutely, especially if you want to quickly demonstrate the legitimacy of your listing and asking price. If you’re selling a gaming PC in particular, you may even want to run games with in-game benchmarks and include those results with your listing.

4. My PC shut off during a benchmark, what do I do?

If you’re an overclocker: congratulations, you just experienced your first unstable overclock! Turn things down and try again or revert to stock and stay there.

If you’re a regular user, chances are high that something is wrong with your PC, most likely your cooling or power. Use a hardware monitor to verify that your components aren’t overheating when you’re running your benchmarks. If you are overheating, it may be time to replace your cooler or thermal paste. (You can also take the steps outlined in this article to alleviate the issue in the meantime.)

If your thermals don’t seem to be the problem, it’s most likely a case of your GPU trying to draw more power than your PSU can handle.

5. What do I do if my hardware is performing below expectations?

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Userbench Below Expectations
UserBenchmark Results Page With Underpeforming Hardware

Simply take whatever steps you need to to fix the issue. Benchmarking software with a large database is ideal for finding issues like this.

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Why An SMTP Server Is Important

The email system is one of the most widely-used internet-based apps today. It allows users to send and receive emails worldwide. Although we have numerous chat messengers today, emails are still used by both individual users and business owners. In this post, we’ll take a deeper look at how emails get sent worldwide. Get comfortable and have a look!

An SMTP Server As The Main Tool For Sending Emails

SMTP means Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, used for sending, receiving, and relaying emails between senders and receivers. Simply put, it’s a machine that takes care of the email delivery service. An SMTP server has an address that is usually set by the mail client that you are using. It has the following format – smtp.serveraddress.com. You can find your server address in the settings of your email account.

When an email is sent, the server processes it, determines which server to send your email to, and relays it to that server. The inbox service provider of the recipient downloads this email and puts it into the inbox. After that, a user receives a notification that a new email is delivered.

Currently, there are four standard SMTP ports: 25, 465, 587, and 2525. Of course, other ports can also be used but they are less popular. Such ports as 587 and 2525 are considered the most reputable options today.

What Are The Main Benefits Of Using SMTP Servers?

We’ve just covered the basics, so now is the time to find out why these serves are important. Remember that without this tool, your email will never be delivered to the recipient. When you create a letter and click on “Send”, your message will be immediately transformed into a string of code, which is later sent to the SMTP server. It processes your code and delivers it to the recipient. If there’s no SMTP server, your message will be lost in translation.

In other words, the SMTP mail server is responsible for the timely delivery of all outgoing emails. If the server is inefficient, emailing might become a challenging affair. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance for email users to have safe and reliable SMTP Mail Servers.

There’s another benefit of SMTP servers – they verify that the email is from a live and active account. Simply put, they act as safeguards that protect your account from illegitimate messages. If a message can’t be delivered, it will send it back to the person who sent it. As a result, a sender receives a notification that the email address is wrong and a letter can’t be delivered. Plus, if the message wasn’t sent successfully, the SMTP server will send it once again until the transmission is successful.

One of the main advantages of the SMTP connection is the ease of installation. To start using it, you only need to change the SMTP credentials. Just a few clicks and the system is already integrated. 

An SMTP server is a must-have tool for marketers. It goes without saying that email marketing is one of the most effective marketing tools. More and more businesses are going online and the need for effective marketing campaigns is growing at the velocity of sound. Unfortunately, ordinary outgoing mail services can’t fit the goals of a successful email marketing campaign. That’s why modern businesses opt for an outgoing SMTP. Currently, an SMTP server is considered the best way to send emails and newsletters to customers. And the main reason why marketers choose this tool is the capability to track the email status. In this case, all your letters will be tracked till recipients get them. On the plus side, marketers can also find out the reaction of recipients to their emails. 

Sometimes, your emails go into the spam of the recipient. And that’s why emails are deleted even before they are viewed. But you can prevent this from happening by using SMTP servers as they make sure your newsletters reach their final destination.

Overall, SMTP servers are powerful solutions that make email marketing easier and more effective. When choosing a reliable SMTP server, you can be doubly sure that your letters reach your targeted audience safely.

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25 Really Cool Google Search Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About

Those days were gone when Google was just a simple search engine. Now Google owns YouTube, Android, and many other services. However, Google has always been known for its search engine, and it keeps improving its search interface from time to time.

Millions of people use Google search every day for a variety of reasons. It doesn’t matter whether you are a student or a business person; you will find relevant information for literally everything through Google search.

Google knows everything; whether it’s a weather forecast or a current score, you can search whatever you want on Google. Since Google knows everything, it provides you few handfuls of tools to narrow down your search. There are certain things to perform right from the Google search page.

Best Google Search Tricks You Probably Don’t Know About

In this article, we will share some of the exciting Google features that most users don’t know. So, let’s check out the cool Google search features in 2021.

Stopwatch: Want to use a stopwatch but don’t have a clock? Simply, type “Stopwatch” in Google, and see a clock placed above the results.

Countdown: The same applies if you want to lead a countdown. Write “Countdown” or “Timer” and Google will display above results a clock ready to start a countdown.

Metronome: You never know when you’ll need a metronome. So Google has already built one that you can activate by typing “Metronome” in the search field.

Calculator (Normal and scientific): We all know that we have a Calculator on our computer and mobile, but sometimes we need to access them faster. So, simply go to Google. Just type “Calc” Google will display above results a calculator, even it also works if you enter the concrete operation in the search field like “84/2”.

Currency conversions: If you often do online shopping, you might feel the need for a currency converter. To make it easier, you can ask directly to Google with the amount. For example, “250 dollars in rupees”. You can also use the abbreviation of the currency bank ( “250 USD in EUR”).

Conversions of measurement units: In measuring conversions, values are fixed (not as currency). You can find them in the above (for example, “50 inches in centimeters”) and get the change in the usual way. But if you use Chrome, try typing the measurements directly in the browser address bar, and see that one of the autocomplete results is already switching to another unit of measurement.

For Your Hobbies

Football results: It is very hard to live without knowing how was your team in the Champions League or who is facing in the next game of the league? Write “results” followed by the name of the sports in the search bar and have all the information right there.

Movie listings: If you prefer the cinema, then it is a quick way to know what movies are being projected in your city. Type “movies” followed by the same, and see a list of movies over the results. Clicking on the movie name will also tell you the show timings and seat availability.

Biography of an author: Want to read other books of your favorite author? Just open Google search and search for “books by” followed by the name of a writer. For example “books by Chetan Bhagat”, and you will see his/her biography in a special format.

For Travelers

Weather forecast: If you are planning a vacation trip, you would like to check out the weather forecast. A weather forecast is one of the first things you should consider before planning a vacation. Just open the Google search page and search for ‘Weather forecast (city name). Google will show you the weather forecast timeline.

Flight information: Whether you want to capture a flight or just want to pick up someone at the airport, Google also has information that may be useful. Enter the flying code in the search field, and you’ll see a small tab on it: route, time of departure and arrival, whether or not it is delayed, airport terminal, etc.

See the highlights of a city: With the Internet and some mobile apps, it is very easy to find information about any place that you plan to visit as a tourist. To see the highlights of a particular city, type “attractions” followed by the name of the city (Example: “attractions Kolkata”).

Looking Through Your Stuff

Locate your airline tickets: If you have your flight tickets saved on your Gmail account, you can find them on Google itself. Simply type “my flights” in the search field and see a summary of your next air travel (obviously only visible to you).

Locate your reservations: Similarly, like airline tickets, if you have any hotel reservations in Gmail, then you can make them available through a simple search on Google, putting “my hotels” in the search bar.

Review your purchases: Another thing you can check on Google, your most recent purchases on the Internet, as it will provide all the purchased receipts that are stored in Gmail. Simply write “my shopping” and see a list of them.

Find your mobile phone: Do you know Android Device Manager? It is the function integrated into the mobile operating system from Google that allows you to locate lost devices. Simply search on Google “Find my device” in the search field.

See your photos in the cloud: One last personal thing you see on Google, your photos, that you synced in the cloud. To do this, simply write “my photos” or “my pictures”.

Knowledge Never Goes Waste

See what falls on any given day: If you plan a vacation or a trip, you might like to know on what day of the week the festival will fall. Well, you can ask Google by typing the name of the festival along with the year (Example: “Christmas 2021” or “Good Friday 2021”).

Calculate distances: How many kilometers between two cities? Very easy to calculate, just ask Google with the phrase “A to B,” where A is a town and B is another. You will see a mini window of Google Maps displaying the route, number of kilometers, and the traveling time. If there are also flights between the two sites, Google will include them in the results.

Knowing the age of any famous personality: We know that celebrities love to lie about his/her age, but you can use Google search to figure out their actual age.. Just type “age” followed by the name of the celebrity.

Know your IP: Although there are other ways to find out your IP address, a quick search on Google with “my IP” will return the public IP you are currently navigating.

Other Cool Stuff

Flipping a coin: Heads or tails? If you do not have a handy coin to decide something crucial, Google can lend you a hand. Type “flip a coin” in the search, and you will have a virtual currency available to use for heads or tails.

Rolling a die: Much like the currency before, Google has given this feature because you never know how much you need one. All you have to do is type “roll dice” and have six virtual faces ready to use.

Fun Facts: Fun facts are little pearls of knowledge that Google shows you in a special format whenever you enter “fun facts” in the search field. For example, did you know that Venice has 118 islands connected by 400 bridges and 170 boats?.

Google in 1998: This last trick allows you to make a quick trip to the past. Type “Google in 1998” and then you will be able to see how Google look like in the past 1998.

So, these are some of the excellent Google search tricks that you can use today. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you know any other such tricks, let us know in the comment box below.

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Facebook Data Leaked from Over 500 Million Users

Facebook just can’t seem to catch a break. It lost much respect in the past four years because of its policy of liberally sharing user data. Users and the U.S. Congress held CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s feet to the fire. Over the weekend, it was discovered that Facebook data belonging to 533 million users was leaked.

Huge Facebook Data Leak

On Saturday, the leaked Facebook data was published to what has been called a “low-level” hacking forum. This personal information included phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and email addresses. This data was from more than 32 million records on U.S. users, 11 million on U.K. users, and 6 million users in India.

A sample of the data was viewed and verified by Business Insider. Known Facebook user IDs were matched to the phone numbers. Facebook’s password reset feature was used to test the email addresses.

The data was stolen using a vulnerability that was patched two years ago, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

Leaked Facebook Data Computer

CTO Alon Gal of Hudson Rock, a cybercrime intelligence company, was the first to find the leaked Facebook data. Gal said despite being older data, it was, of course, still a worthwhile effort for the hackers. Stolen data is routinely used to impersonate the victims or scam them.

Gal added, “A database of that size containing the private information, such as phone numbers of a lot of Facebook’s users, would certainly lead to bad actors taking advantage of the data to perform social engineering attacks [or] hacking attempts.”

Interest in this data was first raised in January in the same hacker forum. A user mentioned millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers could be obtained from a bot for the right price. There is no longer a price attached, as the entire trove of information was posted to the forum.

Deja Vu

Again, this just adds to Facebook’s woes. When the vulnerability was found in 2019, it was after millions more had their data leaked from Facebook’s servers. And this was after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2016 when eighty million users had their data scraped in a political attempt to target voters.

“Individuals signing up to a reputable company like Facebook are trusting them with their data, and Facebook [is] supposed to treat the data with utmost respect,” noted Gal. “Having their personal information leaked is a huge breach of trust and should be handled accordingly.”

But there’s another worrisome point. It’s out, it’s done, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. You can get upset with Facebook and leave the social network. But your data has most likely already been leaked. Leaving the social network at this point will do nothing to help you.

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How to Enable and Use Commander in Google Chrome

Google is testing a new feature to help users quickly access Chrome commands using a search interface accessed through a keyboard shortcut. First spotted by Techdows, the feature is currently hidden behind a Chrome flag in the latest Canary build of Google Chrome. In this article, we’ll be going hands-on with the feature so that you can know what to expect when the software giant eventually rolls out the feature to the stable channel.

Use Commander in Google Chrome

Chrome’s upcoming Commander feature offers a search interface to utilize Chrome commands, somewhat like how Chrome actions work. This can also be considered as an equivalent to universal search available in operating systems. With that said, here are the steps involved to enable the feature in your machine running Chrome Canary 90 and newer.

Enable Chrome Commander

1. Open Chrome Canary and visit chrome://flags. In the search box of Chrome flags, type ‘Commander’. You can alternatively paste the below URL to your browser:

chrome://flags/#commander
enable chrome commander

2. Choose ‘Enabled’ from the dropdown list present next to the flag and restart the browser. The feature will be available to use after you restart it.

Chrome Commander Usage

After enabling the feature, use the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl+Space’ to activate Commander. You’ll now get a search box within Chrome, as you can see in the image below:

chrome commander search UI

You can now type keywords to view all related commands. For instance, if you type ‘new’, you’ll see the options to quickly open Google Sheet, Meet, Form, Docs, and Slides. You can also open new tabs or windows from here. This should be convenient if you’re someone who’s not accustomed to different Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

chrome commander ui

One aspect of the feature worth mentioning is that the search box won’t disappear when you click out of it or switch to another tab, at least in its current state. You’ll have to manually press the keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Space) again to close the search box.

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How to Use Google Assistant in Chrome on Android

Many Android users love the convenience of Google assistant. You can control smart home devices, play games, get important details, and much more. A new experimental feature allows you to enable Google Assistant in Chrome on Android to enjoy the voice assistant directly within the browser.

Benefits of Enabling Google Assistant

For most users, you’re probably already used to just asking Google Assistant a question by saying “Hey Google” or pressing the Google Assistant button on your Android device, if one’s available. Having it incorporated in your browser may not seem like a big deal.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Benefits

However, Google is slowly adding Google Assistant functionality to as many existing Google features as possible to ensure easy access no matter what you’re doing. For instance, some devices already have Google Assistant integrated into the Gboard keyboard to aid in more accurate voice typing.

By enabling Google Assistant in Chrome on Android, you can search using Google Assistant versus just Android’s built-in voice recognition search software. This can lead to better accuracy for voice searches.

Before You Enable

There are three things you need to know before trying to enable this feature. At the time of writing, the feature is still experimental, meaning there could be some glitches. Also, it’s not enabled by default. If it goes over well, it’ll likely be incorporated into newer versions of the Chrome browser.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Before 1

The feature is only available on Android devices for now. Even if you’re using Google Assistant on iOS, the feature is only compatible with Android.

Finally, you’ll need the latest version of Chrome for this to work. If you have an older version of Android, newer versions of Chrome may not be compatible with your device. I had to update to version 87.0.4280.141 to do this.

Enable Google Assistant in Chrome on Android

The Google Assistant feature in Chrome on Android involves enabling a flag. Chrome flags are experimental browser features. They come and go as new features are tested out. They’re a great way to try out new things before they’re fully released.

To access flags, open Chrome on Android and enter chrome://flags in the address bar.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Flags

This brings up all the current Chrome flags available.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android All

Instead of scrolling, type “omnibox assistant voice search” in the search box at the top of the screen.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Search

When the Omnibox Assistant Voice Search appears, tap the drop-down box below it. It’ll say “default” at first.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Box

Choose “Enabled” or opt to add a grey or colorful mic. I went for the colorful mic.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Colorful

You’ll need to relaunch Chrome for the changes to take effect. Tap the blue Relaunch button at the bottom right to relaunch.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Relaunch

When Chrome restarts, you’ll see a microphone in the Google search box. If you tap the omnibox or address bar to search, you’ll see the colorful mic (or whatever option you chose) to use Google Assistant.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Mic


Tap the microphone icon to start interacting with Google Assistant. If you haven’t given Chrome permission to access your mic, you’ll need to do so now. Also, if you don’t have Google Assistant enabled, you’ll need to enable it.

Alternative Way to Use Google Assistant in Chrome

If you don’t want to go through enabling a flag, there is a workaround. Gboard keyboards have Google Assistant built in on newer devices. Others may only have Android’s voice recognition built in.

Tap the search box or address bar in Chrome to bring up your keyboard. Tap the microphone icon and then speak.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Keyboard

Whatever you say is entered into the search box. However, not all Android devices have this feature.

How To Use Google Assistant In Chrome On Android Speak