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How to Be Your Own Version of Massie Block

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How to Be Your Own Version of Massie Block

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. That add up to the big things

People want transformation to be this glamorous, cool, fun and easy thing, They think they can re-share a popular quote on instagram stories and thats going to be enough. Transformation is NOT easy.

When really, it’s none of those things

True transformation happens in the trenches. It happens when all of the small changes and choices you make day in and day out finally add up

Transformation happens when you realize you are WORTH the changes that you are making

. and you are ALL worth those changes

. you are ALL worth living your life to your fullest potential

I’ve been doing ALOT of work on my own transformation in the past year and let me tell you- it is HARD. It is sometimes gut-wrenching. To do the work and dig into your past, your behaviors, your personality traits and really get a good glimpse of who you’ve been so that you can change the path of you’re going to become.

Luckily, i’ve found the most amazing therapist whose helped me SO much along the way. (ain’t no shame in my therapy game)

The first step to transforming into who you want to be is to recognize who you’ve been in the past. And not in a way where you’re judging yourself for it— just in recognizing your thought patterns, your actions, the words you use often etc. You also have to recognize the events in your life that have had a giant effect on who you’ve become— this was the hardest part for me. I tended to block out events that have shaped me instead of face them head on.

What happens when you try and detach from events like this is that you end up bringing them along with you subconsciously. Only until you can face it- do you truly gain clarity and can decide for yourself how you want to be moving forward.

If you are TRULY interested in transforming.. in becoming a higher version of yourself, I genuinely recommend finding a therapist who can help guide you. Someone who is very unbiased and really great at leading conversation and providing a space you feel comfortable peeling back the layers of your past.

It’s VERY worth it my friend. YOU are worth becoming the best version of yourself.

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How to Be Your Own Version of Massie Block

With its easy-to-use interface, H&R Block’s At Home software is ideal for preparing simple tax returns. H&R Block, the makers of At Home, has done a good job of making data entry screens easy to read, and extra help is available through “Guide Me” interview-style questions.

H&R Block’s audit support included in the price of the software, which means an H&R Block employee will personally help you defend your return in an IRS audit.

H&R Block At Home Is Best for Wage-Earners

At Home’s clean interface and short interview questions are all aimed at helping speed things along. At Home has the ability to import W-2 data from participating firms. At Home can also import investment income and capital gains details directly from participating financial institutions.

Self-employed taxpayers will appreciate At Home’s business assets and depreciation interview, which nicely handles deductions for business equipment.

H&R Block’s At Home software lacks some functionality for optimizing self-employed tax returns.

At Home will not assist in calculating a SEP-IRA or solo 401(k), both of which are popular retirement savings plans for the self-employed. At Home also will not calculate how much estimated tax payments should be for the current year. These are all fairly common issues that self-people face, and At Home could have made those features much more useful.

H&R Block At Home has a clean, two-tier navigation system along the top of the screen. But navigating to individual data entry screens feels a bit cumbersome. Clicking on “federal,” for example, prompts At Home to ask whether you want to continue where you left off, go to the first page of the interview, or review what you’ve entered so far. To drill down to specific sections relating to the federal return, click on the “Take Me To” link, which presents a table of contents for various sections.

Users still need to click through the screens in that particular section to access the particular area they’re looking for. There’s no quick way to navigate back or forward to a specific data entry screen.

Help Questions on Each Page

H&R Block has aimed to make tax and program help easier to access. On the right-hand side of At Home are common questions relevant to the current data entry screen. On the input page for the sale of stocks, for example, At Home displays questions covering where to report sales of assets when a Form 1099-B hasn’t been received, how much of a stock loss can be deducted, and how to enter data from a consolidated brokerage statement. Unlike TurboTax, which uses a community model to answer questions, the answers in At Home are written by the H&R Block staff.

At Home also features a “Guide Me” set of interview questions. On the filing status page, for example, you can either select your filing status directly or you can click on the “Guide Me” button to be led through a series of questions that will help determine the best filing status for you.

At Home also provides an “Ask a Tax Advisor” function for contacting an H&R Block tax advisor for an additional fee of $19.95. (One free question is included in the Premium version, and unlimited questions are included with the Best of Both version.)

If you get stuck on your tax return, you can have your data routed to an H&R Block employee who will personally review your data and finish preparing the return. H&R Block calls this product the “Best of Both.”

At Home Product Versions

H&R Block’s At Home software is offered in Basic, Deluxe, Premium and Premium & Business versions. Differences among the product versions include import tools, extra help and guidance, and access to an H&R Block employee.

H&R Block also offers a Premium & Business edition that includes At Home Premium plus software to prepare business, payroll, partnership and estate tax returns. The At Home Premium & Business is a more comprehensive software bundle than the similarly named TurboTax Home & Business which covers only sole proprietors who file a Schedule C.

The prices for H&R Block’s software are as follows:

  • Basic: $29.95 (includes federal software and e-file) + $39.95 per state tax software module + $19.95 state e-file (Windows and Mac).
  • Deluxe: $54.95 (includes federal and one state software) + $19.95 for state e-file. An additional state return costs an extra $39.95 each (Windows and Mac).
  • Premium: $74.95 (includes federal and one state software) + $19.95 for state e-file. An additional state return costs an extra $36.95 each (Windows and Mac).
  • Premium & Business: $89.95 (includes federal and one state software) + $19.95 for state e-file. An additional state return costs an extra $36.95 each (Windows only).

More H&R Block At Home Resources

From About Financial Software:

  • Tour of H&R Block At Home Software with screenshots.
  • At Home Review.
  • Compare Different Versions and Features of H&R Block At Home.
  • Compare H&R Block’s At Home versus Intuit’s TurboTax.

Note: The author accessed H&R Block At Home software on the Web using the try-before-you-buy guess access. The author did not test H&R Block’s e-filing service.

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Watch-only addresses are a Blockchain Wallet feature you can find in the Imported Addresses section of your wallet. In recent updates, we’ve made some improvements to how you can use watch-only addresses, and how the balances of these addresses are reflected in your wallet. In this post we’ll cover details on these updates and how that affects your wallet experience.

What are watch-only addresses?

A watch-only address is a public bitcoin addresses you’ve imported into your wallet. This is a cool, useful feature if you want to monitor activity at a particular bitcoin address. You can import any existing bitcoin address into your wallet as a watch-only address, which will incorporate all of its incoming and outgoing transactions into your live transaction feed. You can tell which transactions are for watch-only addresses, because they’ll be labeled as such.

To learn more about the Addresses section in your wallet, including Imported Addresses, check out this guide.

Transaction activity for a watch-only address will have a Watch Only label to the right of transaction type (Sent or Received). In this case, you can see that the third transaction at the bottom is for a watch-only address. Watch-only addresses are included in your total balance.

Our wallet will now include the balances from your watch-only addresses in your total wallet balance. This can be helpful if you use watch-only addresses to monitor addresses that you control, and if you want to know the total value of your bitcoins in your accounts, plus your imported addresses.

It’s important to keep track of which watch-only addresses you do control and which ones you don’t control, because your total balance will now represent the sum of all bitcoin addresses in your wallet. A great way to identify your imported addresses is to create unique labels for each of them. Be aware that if you have imported a watch-only address that you don’t have the private key for, your overall wallet balance may not accurately represent the total bitcoins under your control.

Spend from a watch-only address with the private key

Watch-only spending is another feature that was included in a recent update. If you have imported your funds using watch-only addresses, you can now spend from them by providing the private key when prompted.

Send from your watch-only addresses by entering the private key when prompted.

Are these updates available on mobile?
Yes, the latest version of our wallet includes both of these features on iOS and Android.

Do you have any additional questions about watch-only addresses? Leave them in the comments!

Here’s how to install the H&R Block software you bought from

How to Install H&R Block Software on Windows

  1. Open the purchase confirmation email and click the Download Program link to start the H&R Block download.
  2. Close all open applications.
  3. Open the downloaded file. If you can’t find the download file, see the Finding Your Downloaded File section below.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard to complete the installation. We recommend installing to the default location.

How to Install H&R Block Software on Mac

  1. Open the purchase confirmation email and click the Download Program link to start the H&R Block download.
  2. Close all open applications.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file. If you can’t find the download file, see the Finding Your Downloaded File section below.
  4. Follow the instructions to drag the file to the Applications folder.

Finding Your Downloaded File

If you’re still having trouble installing the H&R Block software you bought from our website or on a CD, here’s how to find the downloaded file from the steps above.

  1. Either push the Windows key and the letter Q at the same time, or click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. In the search field, type *hrb*.exe
  3. Press Enter.
  4. The installation file should appear in the resulting window. The file should have the letters HRB somewhere in the name.
  5. Double-click the file to start the installation.
  1. On the Apple toolbar located at the top of the screen on the desktop, click File.
  2. At the bottom of the drop-down menu, click Find.
  3. On the finder sidebar on the left of the screen, choose Mac HD.
  4. Type HRBlock in the Search box at the top right of the Finder window, and all files that begin with HRBlock will populate in the menu below.
  5. If you don’t have your confirmation email with the download link, you can request it again.

Need more help?

If you have a Windows computer, our step-by-step installation videos can help walk you through the process of how to install your H&R Block software. We’ve covered the installation process for both Windows 7 and Windows 10. Need help with something else? If you didn’t install your H&R Block software from our website, our videos can also help you install your software from a CD. You can also find help to uninstall your software when you no longer need it on your computer.

Once you’ve installed your software, you’ll be all set to start into your return and get your best tax outcome. And no matter what your tax situation is, our tax pros and support specialists will be ready and waiting to help you along the way.

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Real help. From a real tax pro. Read on to learn how H&R Block Software Assist lets you chat with a tax pro without leaving your chair.

Having trouble importing last year’s return into your H&R Block software? We’ll tell you what kinds of files you can import and walk you through the process.

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Try using Edge Canary version. It seems to work better than the released version.

You can uninstall Microsoft Edge by going to Settings > Apps

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Click on Microsoft Edge > Select Uninstall

Or, Control Panel > Programs and Features > Uninstall Programs

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This new Edge gives you no choices for uninstalling. You are not allowed to access to disable it. It loaded without my permission and it won’t sync properly with my passwords or other apps I use regularly. The previous “legacy” version worked fine. I would like to rid my computer of this piece of **** but nothing seems to work.

I need usable suggestions not more idiotic downloads that don’t work. Help!

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you may not be able to uninstall Edge Chromium If you received it from Windows Update but you can run both Edge Chromium Stable and Edge Legacy side by side. You Must be running Chromium Stable. See here:

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When I installed the latest update just now, the new Edge came along with it. I tried to bypass by shutting down Edge through the task manager, as I was able to do once before, but it was too late. The new Edge grabbed all my passwords, history, etc. from Chrome, without my permission, and replaced the ones that were on the old Edge. I found the .exe file as discussed here, but it didn’t bring back the old settings.

There’s no longer an option to uninstall Edge via Apps in Settings or Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. And I don’t want the old Edge back, or to run new and old side by side. I just want the work back I did this weekend, in the form of the history and open tabs that were on Edge tonight before this happened. I don’t have much hope for that. I use Edge in a very limited capacity, and I’ll switch to another browser to do that work, and stick to Chrome for regular browsing as I have for some time. And I’ll redo my weekend’s work again. So I guess I’m just blowing off steam here.

I do wonder if System Restore might work, although I think that’s a legacy of Win 2007. Or the entire update does appear to be in Add or Remove programs. I could try uninstalling that, but I don’t want to break anything. It’s the Edge issue that’s the problem.

Microsoft never ceases to think it knows what I want better than I do. Last time it was One Drive, and It took me forever to disable that to the point where it didn’t interfere with my own system of storing my files that was already in place, and get that system working again. I don’t want my files on your servers.

Why does Microsoft think forcing me to using their products is a good idea? And why don’t they realize that some of us already have systems in place that we’d rather not have wiped out without warning? And that some of us want to preserve at least the illusion of privacy?

Are you getting too many phone calls from spammers and telemarketers? You can take several steps to battle those annoying, unknown callers.

Are you sick and tired of the robocalls and spam calls you get on your landline or mobile phone? Lawmakers have been trying to pass legislation that would address the problem, but there are a few actions you can take on your own.

iPhones and Android phones come with built-in features for blocking specific phone numbers, while mobile carriers offer their own blocking tools. Several third-party apps—such as Nomorobo, Hiya Caller ID and Block, RoboKiller, Truecaller, and YouMail Voicemail & Spam Block—strive to block telemarketing calls.

You can also register your phone number with the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry, though that won’t stop scammers and disreputable telemarketers from calling you. Let’s check out each option.

Block Specific Numbers on an iPhone

Silence Unknown Callers in iOS 13

Block Specific Numbers on Android

Block All Unknown Callers

AT&T Call Protect

AT&T customers can access a support page with directions for blocking calls on different types of phones. The company also provides a fraud and spam call blocking app for iOS and Android named Call Protect, and an app for the family known as AT&T Secure Family for iOS and Android.

The basic version of Call Protect is free for AT&T Mobility subscribers, with the carrier rolling it out automatically for new customers and adding it to the accounts of existing customers. A Plus version of Call Protect with enhanced Caller ID and Reverse Number Lookup features is available for $3.99 a month.

Verizon Call Filter

Verizon Wireless offers a free version of its Call Filter service for customers with compatible phones and postpaid plans. The free version tries to detect and filter out spam calls. It alerts you when an incoming call is likely spam, lets you report unsolicited numbers, and can automatically block robocalls based your set level of risk.

For $2.99 a month per line, the paid version of Call Filter kicks in Caller ID, a personal spam list, and other features. iPhone users can download the Call Filter app from the App Store. The app should be pre-loaded on your Android device. If not, download it at Google Play.

Productivity expert Jill Duffy shows you how to use the complicated but powerful parental control tools built into iOS so that your kids can safely play games, use apps, and watch videos on your iPhone or iPad.

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When you let children play with an iPhone or iPad, you can take a few steps to make sure it will be a safe experience for both of you. Children should be able to play games and watch videos, but not accidentally wipe out all your emails, land on a site with adult content, or charge your credit card for App Store purchases. You also want to protect the phone or tablet itself from accidental dings, scratches, and cracks.

When you kid-proof your iPhone or iPad, everyone can have a little more peace of mind about the experience. The settings and options are not in the most logical places in iOS, however, so you’ll definitely need some help finding them. Our instructions and recommendations for making your iPhone or iPad safer for children to use can help.

How to Use Guided Access to Lock Kids Out of iPad and iPhone Features and Navigation

My favorite iOS feature for parents is called Guided Access. It’s not exactly a one-touch setting, but it’s the most thorough option for locking most of your phone while still allowing someone to access what’s on the screen.

When you use Guided Access, you disable parts of your phone and parts of the screen. For example, if you want your kids to be able to watch a video, but you don’t want them to be able to search for new videos, you can block off access to the part of the screen with the search bar.

Here’s how to set it up and use it.

1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. It’s way down at the bottom under the Learning heading.

2. Tap to enter the Guided Access settings. Turn on Guided Access.

3. Next, tap Passcode Settings. Either create a passcode or enable Touch ID. There may also be a Face ID option on supported devices. This passcode or fingerprint lock ensures that only you can turn Guided Access on and off.

4. Now, go back one screen and turn on Accessibility Shortcut, which lets you enter Guided Access mode by triple-tapping the home button.

You’re now ready to use Guided Access.

5. Open the app you want to let your kid use.

6. Triple-tap the home button to launch the screen that lets you customize Guided Access for the particular app or screen that you have open.

7. The instructions tell you to circle the areas of the screen you’d like to disable. Use your finger to draw circles or rectangles around any on-screen buttons that you want to render off-limits. For example, on YouTube, you might disable the search and share buttons, the ability to skip ahead to the next video, and the related videos at the bottom of the screen. As you draw circles and rectangles around those areas, they become grayed out. (Screenshots are disabled in this mode, which is why I had to use a photo of the screen above.)

8. Press Options in the bottom left. Now you can disable physical buttons, such as the volume and the sleep/wake button. You can also set a time limit. With a time limit in place, the device fully locks once the time runs out. Back in the main settings for Guided Access (Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access), you can enable an audio notification that will alert you about 30 seconds before the phone locks. It locks on a screen that says Time Expired.

9. To end Guided Access, triple-tap the home button and enter the passcode or use Touch/Face ID. In the upper left corner, tap End.

How to Block App Store Purchases and Adult Content

Next, you can consider restricting purchases and types of content, such as adult websites and R-rated movies. Here’s where to find those options.

1. Go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions. Does it make sense that these options live under Screen Time? No, but that’s where they are.

2. Tap Enable Restrictions. The next three entries are where you should focus your attention:

  • iTunes & App Store Purchases
  • Allowed Apps
  • Content Restrictions

Each option is self-explanatory as you go through them. The first one lets you disable the ability to install apps, delete apps, and make in-app purchases. It also contains an option to require a password before purchasing or downloading something.

The second section, called Allowed Apps, lets you disable some apps entirely, such as Wallet, Airdrop, FaceTime, and others.

Finally, in Content Restrictions, you get the bulk of the options for restricting adult content. There’s quite a bit of information to wade through here, including internet content filters; tv, movie, and book restrictions; app restrictions; and gaming restrictions such as blocking kids from adding friend and playing multiplayer games.

On the one hand, Apple gives you a fine level of details for all these controls, which is useful when giving permissions to older children in particular. On the other hand, it would be helpful to have a one-touch option to cut down on all the decisions you have to make. Choose what’s right for you and your child.

If you need even more control, consider installing a parental control app on your device. Note, however, that as is common with many such utility apps, parental control apps give you less direct control on iOS than you would get on Android. It’s just part of the trade-off you make when you choose to live in Apple’s walled garden, which tends to be a bit safer.

Recommended Cases and Screen Protectors

Having a good case and screen protector is not just valuable when you let children handle your mobile; it’s always a good idea. PCMag has articles recommending the best cases for a variety of iPhone and iPad models. You can look up your exact model, or just browse our lists of the best cases for iPhone 8 and the best cases for the iPhone X. If you have an older phone, most of the manufacturers in these roundups probably make cases for your model, too.

You can also take a look at PCMag’s favorite iPad cases with the same advice in mind.

Finally, don’t overlook a screen protector. They prevent scratches and cracks on the touchscreen, lengthening the life of your iPhone or iPad and keeping the trade-in value high for when you’re ready to upgrade. There are a few schools of thought on what kind of screen protection is best, whether it’s a PET, TPU, or tempered glass protector. Pick the one that’s right for you and your device.

If you follow all this advice, you should be able to hand over your phone to any toddler or teenager without too much worry.

I get it. You’re bored and want to try something shiny and new. And look! Here comes Windows 10 2004. But think twice before marching your PC to the front lines. Wait while we see what problems lurk. Here’s how to sit on the sidelines for now.

Things change — sometimes for the better. There are two big changes in the Windows 10 world that come into focus with Windows 10 version 2004:

  • Updates now appear to run on a tick-tock model: The Windows 10 update in the first half of the year contains major changes; the update in the second half of the year holds only minor changes. Microsoft hasn’t committed to the new tick-tock model, but all evidence points in that direction.
  • Microsoft doesn’t cram a new version of Windows down your throat, like it used to. (Don’t get me started on the surprise!forced 1703 to 1709 upgrades.)

Windows 10 version 2004 continues in the same mode, but with an unusual difference. Instead of getting a full-fledged “tick’s” worth of changes, what we’re seeing is more of a whimper. In addition to the usual promises of faster and better, and maybe a Search that actually works, we’re also seeing a demotion (er, realignment) of Cortana, better Windows Subsystem for Linux, and Windows Hello working in Safe Mode. Be still my beating heart.

There’s a reason why: Microsoft has realigned the Windows 10 delivery schedule to sync up with Azure. Don’t ask me why: Tail, meet dog. In this particular case, the big new version of Windows 10 delivered in May 2020 was actually finalized in December 2019.

While we’re going through the usual crowdsourced beta testing, you should take these steps to make sure you aren’t accidentally swept up in an unwanted upgrade.

Step 1. What version are you running?

The method for blocking unwanted version upgrades varies greatly depending on which version of Windows 10 you’re running. To find out, click Start > Settings (the gear icon) > System, and on the left side at the bottom, click About.

You’ll see something like this screenshot.

Take note of both the edition (Pro, Home, Education, Enterprise) and the version.

If your computer is connected to a network that has an update server (such as WSUS or SCCM), you don’t have any control over your version — the network admin gets to sweat this one out. But if you’re connected to a normal network, or not connected at all, read on. Enterprise and Education users who aren’t connected to a network with an update server can follow along with the Pro instructions below.

Step 2. If you’re on version 1803, it’s time to move on.

For Home and Pro customers, the last security updates for Windows 10 version 1803 arrived on November 12, 2019. That means you’ve been running without a net — and Microsoft has been trying to push you onto a newer version — for half a year.

It’s time to move on from 1803. I, personally, have moved to version 1909, a.k.a. the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. You may want to hedge your bets a bit and go to version 1903, but for several months now, all of the significant bugs documented in version 1909 are also in version 1903. There are many ways to move from 1803 to 1909, but the easiest is to back up everything and follow the steps in the Windows Update Assistant.

Step 3. If you’re on version 1809, you have a tough decision to make.

Last month, Microsoft granted a reprieve to Windows 10 version 1809 Home and Pro customers. Officially, 1809 will continue to receive updates until November 10, 2020. The official version of the announcement attributed the change to the pandemic. Many folks noted that there are lots of paying customers still stuck on 1809.

Staying on 1809 is relatively easy if you’re using Windows 10 Pro. Using an administrator account, click Start > Settings > Update & Security. Click the link marked Advanced options. Make sure you have the Channel and feature update deferral set as shown in the screenshot below.

With the Channel and feature update deferral settings like that, Microsoft won’t try to push you onto Windows 10 version 1903 or 1909 until you’re ready to give the go-ahead. (Unless the company, uh, “accidentally” forgets to honor its own settings, as it has several times in the past.)

Just remember: Don’t ever click Check for updates.

For Windows 10 version 1809 Home users, the only way to take control of version updates on your machine is to move to 1903 or 1909 and proceed to Step 4. To move to 1909, remove all updating blocks (for most people that means turning off metered connections), and let Windows Update take its time and do its thing. But don’t click Check for updates.

As Windows 10 1809 reaches end of support on November 10, 2020, you can expect that Microsoft will start bending the rules a bit and push harder to get you onto 1909 or 2004 (or some future version). We’ll keep you posted on those developments at Computerworld.

Step 4: If you’re on version 1903 or 1909, don’t click that link.

If you’re running Windows 10 version 1903 or 1909, sooner or later you’ll see a Windows Update notice (Start > Settings > Update & Security) like the one in the screenshot below.

The notice will appear in Windows 10 1903 and 1909 Home and Windows 10 1903 and 1909 Pro. (Yay!)

If you want to avoid installing Windows 10 version 2004, don’t click the Download and install link. It’s that simple. If you avoid clicking the Download and install link, you’ll continue on 1909 (or 1903) forever — or until MS decides it needs to push you off, whichever comes first.

Too bad Microsoft didn’t decide to delay Windows 10 version 2004 until the work-from-home world was in a better space, but them’s the breaks. Curtail your clicking finger, avoid the shiny new version siren call, and you’ll be relatively stable for months to come.

Woody Leonhard is a columnist at Computerworld and author of dozens of Windows books, including “Windows 10 All-in-One for Dummies.”

Just like in Zoom meetings, you can add your own custom background for a video chat in Teams.

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Use your own custom images with Microsoft Teams videoconferencing calls.

If you’d like to be somewhere else, at least digitally, you can now add your own background of a tastefully decorated room, for example, or a Minecraft farm to Microsoft Teams video chats. Designed for business and education, Teams includes group chat, video calling and collaboration tools, and has seen a spike in use since more people began working from home as a response to the spread of the novel the spread of the coronavirus .

With the update to Microsoft’s collaboration tool, you can now pick a custom image as your video chat background. The Zoom video chat service also lets you pick your own custom background images for calls . But with recent concerns about Zoom security , some users are starting to look to other services such as Teams for their chats.

How to change your video chat background in Microsoft Teams

Important catch: This feature is only available for scheduled meetings, according to Microsoft.

1. Start or or join a Teams meeting, from the Windows or Mac application (you can’t change your background on the web app at this point).

2. At the bottom of the screen, click or tap the three dots to go to your Meeting controls.

3. Select More actions > Show background effects. Either select Blur to blur your background, or choose from the available images to replace it.

4. You’ll be able to preview your background to see how it looks. If you like it, hit Apply. That’s it!

In the future, you’ll also be able to create your own images, upload them to Teams, and then select them as a background image for your video chats, Microsoft said.

You can have video chats with up to 250 people in Microsoft Teams , and if your workplace or school has access to Office 365, you already have access to it. You can also check out a free version of Microsoft’s communication tool.

it converted boot.asm into boot.obj but the size of this boot.obj is near about 760 bytes but the file boot.bin that i downloaded from here has the exact size 512 bytes.

so i want to know that how can i convert boot.asm into boot.bin of exact size 512 bytes.

You should use the command:

I advise you to write your own utility to write to raw sectors on the disk.
Read the following section in the article: “Reading raw bytes from a drive”.
Use the code I wrote there. It’s real easy to write you own utility.

I’m writing my own operating system and I read somewhere that the BIOS interrupts are not available in 32 bits and 64 bits mode. I need help on reading and writing files on disk without BIOS interrupts in 32/64 bits assembly mode.

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Starting with Firefox 23, Firefox blocks active mixed content by default. This follows a practice adopted by Internet Explorer (since version 9) and Chrome.

This page explains what you should be aware of as a web developer.

Your website may break

If your website delivers HTTPS pages, all active mixed content delivered via HTTP on this pages will be blocked by default. Consequently, your website may appear broken to users (if iframes or plugins don’t load, etc.). Passive mixed content is displayed by default, but users can set a preference to block this type of content, as well.

Note that since mixed content blocking already happens in Chrome and Internet Explorer, it is very likely that if your website works in both of these browsers, it will work equally well in Firefox with mixed content blocking.

In any case, the best way to know if something is broken in Firefox is to download the latest Firefox Edition, open different pages on your website with the web console open (enable the “Security” messages) and see if anything related to mixed content is reported. Or use a free online crawler like SSL-check or Missing Padlock, a desktop crawler like HTTPSChecker, or a CLI tool like mcdetect to check your website recursively and find links to insecure content. If nothing is said about mixed content, your website is in good shape: Keep making excellent websites!

How to fix your website

The best strategy to avoid mixed content blocking is to serve all the content as HTTPS instead of HTTP.

For your own domain, serve all content as HTTPS and fix your links. Often, the HTTPS version of the content already exists and this just requires adding an “s” to links – http:// to https://.

However, in some cases, the path may just be incorrect to the media in question. There are online as well as offline tools (depending on your operating system) such as linkchecker to help resolve this.

For other domains, use the site’s HTTPS version if available. If HTTPS is not available, you can try contacting the domain and asking them if they can make the content available via HTTPS.

Masks are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

  • CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • CDC does not recommend use of masks or cloth masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent

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Wear a Mask to Protect Others

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms
  • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart
  • Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​

Follow Everyday Health Habits

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

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Take Off Your Mask Carefully, When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place mask in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash masks)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
  • Considerations for Wearing Masks
  • How to Wear Your Mask
  • How to Wash Your Mask
  • How to Make Your Own Mask
  • ASL Video Series: Easy DIY Mask
  • How to Make Your Own Mask Video (Spanish)

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Android can be confusing. There are a lot of different versions, and many of them are still running on devices today. Keeping up with the latest version can be a challenge, but fret not—we have you covered.

Major Android versions are generally released once per year (though it wasn’t always like this), with monthly security updates released in between. Occasionally, Google also releases point updates (.1, .2, etc.), though those generally come without regularity. Oftentimes, more significant updates that aren’t quite as significant as full version releases warrant a point update—like the update from Android 8.0 to Android 8.1, for example.

Alongside every version of Android is a code name, which many people use instead of the version number. Each one is named after a dessert or some other form of confection, which is more for fun than anything else.

A Brief Android Version History

We thought it fitting to give a brief rundown of each Android version on the accompanying code name and release date. You know, for completeness.

  • Android 1.5, Cupcake: April 27, 2009
  • Android 1.6, Donut: September 15, 2009
  • Android 2.0-2.1, Eclair: October 26, 2009 (initial release)
  • Android 2.2-2.2.3, Froyo: May 20, 2010 (initial release)
  • Android 2.3-2.3.7, Gingerbread: December 6, 2010 (initial release)
  • Android 3.0-3.2.6, Honeycomb: February 22, 2011 (initial release)
  • Android 4.0-4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich: October 18, 2011 (initial release)
  • Android 4.1-4.3.1, Jelly Bean: July 9, 2012 (initial release)
  • Android 4.4-4.4.4, KitKat: October 31, 2013 (initial release)
  • Android 5.0-5.1.1, Lollipop: November 12, 2014 (initial release)
  • Android 6.0-6.0.1, Marshmallow: October 5, 2015 (initial release)
  • Android 7.0-7.1.2, Nougat: August 22, 2016 (initial release)
  • Android 8.0-8.1, Oreo: August 21, 2017 (initial release)
  • Android 9.0, Pie: August 6, 2018
  • Android 10.0: September 3, 2019

As you can see, the update system was without any sort of regularity early on, but the Ice Cream Sandwich era started the yearly OS version update schedule.

A few other fun notes:

  • Honeycomb was the only tablet-specific version of Android, and it ran alongside the Gingerbread build for phones. The separate phone and tablet OSes were then combined starting with Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich was arguably the most dramatic update to Android to date. It not only combined the tablet and phone versions of the OS, but completely overhauled the look and feel of the system.
  • Google initially released developer-focused Nexus devices to highlight each Android version’s power. This eventually evolved into the consumer-focused Pixel device line we have today.
  • Android KitKat marked the first time Google teamed up with a commercial manufacturer for an Android release. They did it again for Android Oreo.

The Latest Version of Android is 10.0

The initial version of Android 10.0 was released on September 3, 2019 on Google’s Pixel devices.

Unlike previous versions of Android, this version doesn’t have a cute dessert name—or any other type of name beyond the version number. It’s just “Android 10.” Google still plans to use dessert names internally for development builds.

Android 10 features a number of updates and new features over its predecessor, including revamped gesture navigation, a system-level dark mode, better permission controls, more system security updates delivered through Google Play.

How to Check Your Version of Android

Here’s the fun part about Android: how you find out even the simplest information varies depending not only what version of Android your phone is running, but also who manufactured the device.

But we’ll keep it as simple as possible here. Go ahead and open your phone’s setting menu by pulling down the notification shade, and then tapping the cog icon.

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From there, scroll to the very bottom of the menu and tap the “About Phone” entry (it may also read “About Device”). If your phone doesn’t have this option, it’s probably running Oreo, which received a pretty dramatic Settings overhaul. In that case, look for the “System” option.

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There should be an entry for Android Version—again, depending on the device and Android version, it may be different. On Oreo, you can find the version info under the “System Update” section.

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How to Update to the Latest Version

The short answer is also an unfortunate one: you might not be able to.

Android updates are first handled by the manufacturer of your phone—so Samsung is responsible for its updates, LG handles updating its phone, and so on. The only updates handled by Google itself are for Pixel and Nexus devices.

To see if there’s an update available for your device, head into Settings > About Device > System Updates (or similar). Again, this may be in a different place depending on your phone—Samsung puts the System Updates option in the root of the Settings menu, for example.

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Tapping this option will check for an update on the device, but there’s a good chance it won’t find anything. As soon as an update is available for your phone, it generally notifies you of that fact, and prompts you to download and install it right then.

The only surefire way to make sure you’ll get the latest version of Android is to buy from the Pixel line. Google updates these phones directly, and they’re generally up to date with the latest major version and security patches.

Facebook now lets you create and customize a cartoon version of yourself to use on the social network and other messaging services.

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Making your Facebook avatar is a fun, easy way to express yourself online.

Still haven’t created a Facebook avatar ? You’re missing out. The social network’s newest addition lets you make a cartoony character version of yourself, which you can customize with a variety of faces, hairstyles and outfits. You’ll then be able to use the avatar in your Facebook comments, stories, your profile picture and Facebook Messenger chat windows. They’re similar in style to Bitmoji and Apple’s Memoji avatars .

In addition, you can use your Facebook avatar as a sticker in apps like Snapchat, Twitter, Mail and Instagram. Ready to dive in? Here’s how to create your own Facebook avatar on your iPhone ($699 at Amazon) or Android phone right now.

The Facebook avatar I created.

Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET

For more like this

1. Open the Facebook app on your phone and tap the hamburger menu (three stacked lines). It could be in the lower right corner in iOS and in the upper right corner on Android phones.

2. Scroll down and tap See More.

3. Select Avatars.

4. Tap Next and then Get Started.

5. Select your preferred skin tone (there are 27 options) and tap Next.

6. You’ll then be instructed to choose a hairstyle for your avatar. You can select Short, Medium or Long for a variety of styles. Once you’ve made your selection, tap the Color icon.

7. Next, you’ll move on to your avatar’s Face icon, where you’ll select the face shape, complexion and face lines.

8. After you’ve customized the face, tap the Eye icon. Select an eye shape, color and lash length. Then move on to the Eyebrows icon and select the brow shape and color. You can also add glasses.

9. Now it’s time to customize the nose and mouth. Select your nose shape and then move on to your mouth shape. You can also add a lip color and facial hair.

10. Next, select a body shape. Once you do this, you can choose an outfit that you like best. You can also choose to add a hat, scarf or cat ears to your avatar’s outfit.

11. Once you’re finished customizing your avatar, tap the check mark icon in the upper right corner. Tap Next and then Done.

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Robotexts and junk messages are a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them. Here’s how to block spam text messages.

You hear the sound of an incoming text message and excitedly check your phone, thinking the message might be from a friend or family member. But no, this one is a robotext, a junk message sent to you by a spammer trying to con you into clicking on a link, opening an attachment, calling a number, or doing something else that’s likely to cause you trouble.

Robotexts and spam messages are a fact of life, just like robocalls and junk email. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them. Just as with spam phone calls, you can block and stop robotexts with the right tricks and tools.

Since you can largely ignore them, robotexts may not be as invasive as robocalls, but that doesn’t mean these types of texts are harmless. Depending on your mobile phone plan, you may get charged for incoming text messages, so there’s already a financial burden. From there, things can get even more dangerous, if you’re not careful.

Clicking on a link or attachment in a spam message could trigger malware that infects your phone. Plus, if you’ve ever responded to a spam message, even accidentally, your phone number was likely tagged as valid and may have been disseminated to other scammers, increasing your odds of getting more junk messages. So, how do you deal with robotexts and spam messages? There are a few ways.

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First, many legitimate robotexts include an option to text STOP to tell the company to remove you from their distribution list. But that action usually just confirms to the scammer that you exist and that your phone number is valid. So unless you know the text came from a legitimate company that honors such requests, you’re better off not responding to the message at all.

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You can block a number that’s been sending you junk messages. The drawback with this approach is that spammers typically spoof or switch phone numbers. So even if you block the number, you can still receive messages from the same spammer using a different number.

On an iPhone, open the text message you received. Tap the phone number at the top of the screen and then tap the Info button. At the Details screen, tap the phone number and then select the option to Block this Caller.

On an Android phone, open the text and tap the three-dot icon in the upper right. The steps then vary based on your phone and OS version. Either select the option to Block number, or select Details and then tap the option to Block & report spam.

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You can report a robotext to your mobile carrier by forwarding it to a specific number. To do this, copy the original message and text it to 7726 (which spells out SPAM). This works for AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint, all of whom will use the information to try to block future spam messages.

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On an Android phone, you can disable all potential spam messages from the Messages app. Tap the three-dot icon in the upper right of the app and select Settings > Spam protection and turn on the Enable spam protection switch. Your phone will now alert you if an incoming message is suspected of being spam.

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The top US mobile carriers offer their own filtering and blocking tools for subscribers. For the most part, they’re geared more toward spam phone calls but they can also block numbers that attempt to deliver spam text messages.

Verizon’s Call Filter blocks robocalls and spam messages. The basic version is free, while the Plus version costs $2.99 for a single line or $7.99 a month for three or more lines. T-Mobile offers Scam ID and Scam Block, two features included with a standard plan. Another option called Name ID provides more advanced protection for $4 a month.

The carriers also have technology on the back end to identify and block spam messages in much the same way email providers try to stop spam email messages. If you need more robust robotext filtering, you may want to check out a third-party app.

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Available for iOS and Android, Nomorobo costs $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year, though you can try it for free for two weeks. In addition to blocking suspected spam phone calls, Nomorobo can filter spam text messages. With iOS 11, Apple introduced an SMS-filtering feature that third-party apps can use to block spam texts, and Nomorobo takes advantage of that.

After installing Nomorobo on your iPhone, open Settings > Messages > Unknown & Spam. In the section for SMS Filtering, turn on the switch for Nomorobo. The app will now take over to block potential spam text messages and display their source.

Open the Messages app and you’ll see your texts are now organized into two tabs: iMessage & SMS and SMS Junk. You won’t be notified of any messages placed in the junk section, though you can peruse it to see which texts are marked as junk.

When you receive an SMS message, your iPhone shares the sender’s phone number or email address and the contents of the message with Nomorobo. That step helps Nomorobo analyze such messages to better learn how to block potential new spammers based on message content.

On an Android phone, you need to set Nomorobo as your default phone app. You then confirm your phone number through a verification text and choose how you want robocalls and robotexts to be identified.

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Designed for iOS and Android, RoboKiller costs $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year. The app looks at each message to analyze the phone number, message content, attachments, and other elements to determine if the text is legitimate or not.

After installing RoboKiller on an iPhone, open Settings > Messages > Unknown & Spam. In the section for SMS Filtering, turn on the switch for RoboKiller. If a message is deemed to be spam, RoboKiller moves it to the SMS Junk folder in the Messages app where you can review it.

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This article explains how you can block or allow pop-up window ads on your Mac. Generally, pop-ups are forms of advertising. The good news is that you can easily configure your Safari browser to allow or block pop-up windows.

How to block pop-ups in Safari

Pop-ups are annoying. They are unwanted. Sometimes they may slow down your computer. Some pop-ups may use phishing methods. Some may attempt to trick you into downloading and installing dangerous software on your Mac. Some pop-ups are just annoying because they may interrupt what you are doing.

Here is how to block them

  1. Open Safari
  2. From the Safari menu, choose Preferences
  3. Click the Websites tab
  4. Click Pop-up Windows on the left sidebar. In here you can see the “currently open websites”. You can adjust your settings for these individual websites.
  5. If you want to block popups, find the “When visiting other websites” option (bottom of the window). There are two options to block: Block and Block and Notify.How to Be Your Own Version of Massie Block
  6. If you select Block and Notify, then you will be notified an a popup is blocked. When a pop-up is blocked in Safari, Safari will briefly say: “Pop-up Window Blocked” in the search field. Also, the address bar will indicate this. You can also decide to allow pop-ups, if you click the small window icon. If you select the Block option, then Safari will block popups without letting you know.

Please note that if you still get pop-ups after blocking them, then your computer could have malware.

It is a good idea to turn on Fraudulent Website Warning in Safari security settings by going to Safari > Preferences > Security.

How to allow pop-ups in Safari

You may want to allow pop-ups for variety of reasons. Sometimes, certain websites may require you to disable pop-up blockers in order for them to work correctly. It is obvious that some legitimate websites may have web content in pop-up windows. Not all pop-up windows are malicious, dangerous or invasive. Please note that you can allow pop-ups from a specific site. In fact, we recommend this. To do this, open the website where a pop-up is blocked. In the search field (address bar) click the window icon (see the image above).

Here is how turn off pop-ups completely for all sites:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click Safari > Preferences
  3. Select the Websites tab
  4. Click “Pop-Up Windows” from the left side menu
  5. And then select AllowHow to Be Your Own Version of Massie Block

Please note that by default, Safari disables pop-ups automatically in the browser, unless you configure differently.


Steve Lachman says

I hope that this will eliminate the pop-ups that appear to be generated from GOOGLE for various services. It fills the whole right-side of my screen on my desktop. Very annoying especially when I am on a ‘ZOOM’ conference.

I followed these exact instructions and allowed pop-ups on my computer so I could finish a final exam for my online class. However, even though I have successfully allowed the pops ups in the preferences/websites tab…pop-ups are STILL blocked when I go to take my final exam. I click on the tab I need to start the recording of my computer screen and it says the whole ‘oops! you must enable pop-ups in your setting’…I’ve redone it multiple times and refreshed the page, logged off and back on. But to no avail. Any help or direction?

To ensure that your browsing history isn’t shared with online advertisers, use Google’s opt-out features or the free Disconnect add-on for Google Chrome and Firefox to opt out of receiving ads based on your online footprints.

Much has been made of Google’s new privacy policy, which takes effect March 1. If you’re concerned about Google misusing your personal information or sharing too much of it with advertisers and others, there are plenty of ways to thwart Web trackers.

But what exactly are you thwarting? You don’t become anonymous when you block tracking cookies, Web beacons, and the other identifiers as you browse. Your ISP and the sites you visit still know a lot about you, courtesy of the identifying information served up automatically by your browser.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers the Panopticlick service that rates the anonymity of your browser. The test shows you the identifiable information provided by your browser and generates a numerical rating that indicates how easy it would be to identify you based solely on your browser’s fingerprint.

According the the entropy theory explained by Peter Eckersley on the EFF’s DeepLinks blog, 33 bits of entropy are sufficient to identify a person. According to Eckersley, knowing a person’s birth date and month (not year) and ZIP code gives you 32 bits of entropy. Also knowing the person’s gender (50/50, so one bit of entropy) gets you to the identifiable threshold of 33 bits.

When I ran Panopticlick’s test on a Mac Mini, it reported 20.89 bits of identifiable information, which according to the entropy formula would be insufficient to identify me. But maybe I want the sites I frequent to know a little bit about me. As I explained in a post from last October , personal information is the currency of the Web.

How to Be Your Own Version of Massie BlockThe Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Panopticlick scanner generates a numerical rating of your browser’s anonymity. Screenshot by Dennis O’Reilly

In some ways, Google’s explanation of personalized ads is more informative than the company’s privacy policy. Of course it’s in Google’s best interest to keep you in the personalized-ads fold, but the company does its best to present personalization as a boon to users. It certainly does help pay for the “free” services we’ve come to rely on.

Use Google’s own tools to opt out of ad networks
Prominent in the Google privacy policy are links to services that let you view and manage the information you share with Google. Some of this personal data you volunteer, and some of it is collected by Google as you search, browse, and use other services.

To view everything (almost) Google knows about you, open the Google Dashboard. Here you can access all the services associated with your Google account: Gmail, Google Docs, YouTube, Picasa, Blogger, AdSense, and every other Google property. The dashboard also lets you manage your contacts, calendar, Google Groups, Web history, Google Voice account, and other services.

Get information about all the Google services associated with your account in one place via the Google Dashboard. Screenshot by Dennis O’Reilly

More importantly, you can view and edit the personal information stored by each Google service, or delete the service altogether. To see which other services have access to the account’s information, click “Websites authorized to access the account” at the top of the Dashboard. To block an authorized service from accessing the account, click Revoke Access next to the service name.

View the services that access information in your Google account via a link on the Google Dashboard. Screenshot by Dennis O’Reilly

The Google Ads Preferences Manager lets you block specific advertisers or opt out of all targeted advertising. Click the “Ads on the Web” link in the left column and then choose “Add or edit” under “Your categories and demographics” to select the categories of ads you want to be served or to opt out of personalized ads.

Google’s Ad Preferences Manager lets you choose the categories of ads you see or opt out of personalized ads entirely. Screenshot by Dennis O’Reilly

Another option is to use Google’s Keep My Opt-Outs extension for Chrome. Google also participates in the Network Advertising Initiative’s opt-out program. Select some or all of the dozens of online advertisers from the NAI program and then click Submit to place a cookie in your browser instructing the ad networks not to serve personalized ads.

Free add-on for Firefox and Google Chrome targets tracking cookies
Several free browser extensions help you identify and block the companies that are tracking you on the Web. For example, Ghostery (available in versions for Firefox and Chrome) adds an icon to your browser toolbar showing the number of trackers on the current page. Click the icon to see a list of the trackers and view options for blocking or white-listing specific ones.

The free Disconnect extension (also available for Facebook and Chrome) takes a more direct approach to wiping your Web tracks. Disconnect blocks tracking by Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Digg. It also has an option for depersonalizing searches.

The free Disconnect extension for Google Chrome and Firefox blocks tracking by Google and other popular Web services. screenshot by Dennis O’Reilly

As with Ghostery, Disconnect places an icon in the browser toolbar that shows the number of elements it has blocked on the current page. Click the icon to open a window showing the number of trackers blocked for each service. To unblock tracking for one of the services, click its entry. (Note that I tested Disconnect only with Google; also, blocking of international Google domains is not yet available, according to Disconnect’s developers.)

When I tested Disconnect, I had to sign in to Gmail, Google Docs, and other Google services every time I returned to or refreshed one of those pages, which is understandable considering that blocking the cookie prevents Google from keeping you signed in. Otherwise I was able to use Google services without a problem, including search, viewing and sending Gmail, and accessing, creating, uploading, and downloading Google Docs files.

While people are rightly concerned about who is watching and recording their Web activities, at least Google makes it possible to use the company’s services without being too forthcoming with your personal information. ISPs and other Web services do as much tracking as Google–or more–but garner far fewer headlines. For a detailed look at the state of privacy in the digital world, read about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self-Defense project.

After all, the true threat to privacy is from the trackers we don’t know about, and who aren’t household names.