Here are some tips on “How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets” | WIRED

This is IMPORTANT… If you are planning on getting rid of your old devices (smartphone, tablets, computers), PLEASE take at least (at minimum) the necessary steps to clear the device of your data. Always do a backup to ensure you have all of your files, before doing this.

Reflected below, are steps I extracted from the article (see source link below), that will help you wipe an Android device, a Windows Computer, and a Mac. I don’t know how many times I have assisted folks and they throw the old device in the closet somewhere and the device is still holding their entire life…

For Android devices, open up the Settings app then tap System > Advanced > Reset options, and then Erase all data (factory reset). Over on iOS, the equivalent option is in the Settings app under General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

If you’re using a Windows computer, you need to load up the Settings app then click Update & Security, then Recovery, then Get started under the Reset this PC option. Choose to remove all personal files during the process. If you’re using a Chromebook or Chrome OS tablet, open up the Settings pane and pick Advanced, then Powerwash to get your computer into an as-new state.

It’s slightly more involved on a Mac: You need to restart macOS, then as soon as it begins to boot up again, hold Option+Command+R until you see a spinning globe. Release the keys, then choose Reinstall macOS, then choose Continue. Follow the on-screen instructions and select your main hard drive when prompted.

Source: How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets | WIRED

Chromebook’s Built-In Screen Capture Utility

Every Chromebook has a keyboard, and taking a screenshot with the keyboard can be done in a couple ways.
  1. To capture your entire screen, hit Ctrl + window switch key.
  2. To capture only part of the screen, hit Ctrl + Shift + window switch key, then click and drag your cursor to select the area you’d like to capture.

Here is “How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70”

Chrome version 70 is required in order for this feature to work. You can get the full details by clicking on the source link below.

Whether the feature works depends entirely on whether the owner of a site has enabled it, so you won’t be able to use PiP with every video you encounter. It does work on YouTube, however, and this is a great place to test it out. Find a video and start it playing. Right click on the video window and the YouTube menu will appear. Right click again and the Chrome context menu will appear. Select the Picture in Picture option and you’re good to go.

Source: How to use picture-in-picture mode in Chrome 70

How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it | by INSIDER

Google is shutting down Google+. If you have a Google+ account, I highly recommend you delete it. Steps to delete the account can be found by clicking on the source link below…

After a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google accidentally exposed personal information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, you might be thinking about deleting your account before the social network formally shuts down. We’ve got you covered.

Source: How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it – INSIDER

How to Delete Your Facebook Account | by PCMag.com

You can delete your account (permanently) but, nothing is ever permanent when it comes to the internet (and that includes Facebook).

To fully delete your Facebook account forever and ever, go to facebook.com/help/delete_account. Just be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, “after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.”

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Source: How to Delete Your Facebook Account | PCMag.com

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