[Fox News] Genius tech life hacks no one tells you — until now

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You know you have to reset your phone when you sell or get rid of it, but what about your printer

No joke. Your home office powerhouse stores more than you realize and can be dangerous in the wrong hands. It’s easy to wipe it, though. Check out No. 4 here.

Then, there are the tech tips that make you feel like a real power user. Here’s a Google Drive trick I use almost every workday. 

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFO AFTER A DATA BREACH

Each swipe of your loyalty card, keypad entry of your phone number or submission of your email address tells the store everything you bought, when you bought it, in what quantity and at what price, along with your payment details. 

And guess what? All that info goes to third parties they share the data with. Try one of these methods instead:

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Have a friend who shares articles from Apple News or another aggregator? Sometimes, you can’t open them or get a paywall from Apple. 

Here’s a workaround: Do a Google search for the title. You’ll almost always find it free to read on the original site.

Google pro-tip: Search tricks to get what you want

TECH SMARTS: WINDOWS AND MAC TRICKS YOU’LL USE ALL THE TIME

There are certain tech items you can’t put in your recycle bin or trash can. Doing so is illegal in some places. Here are the proper ways to handle them:

If you need to eliminate any of the above, search online for your city or town’s name plus the term “electronics disposal.” You can also check out this handy site.

You can have as many tabs open as you want on your Safari browser or Google Chrome. Chances are, you have hundreds open. It’s easy to clear them out, and you really should every now and then.

EXPOSED: UNCOVER THE TRACKING SECRETS OF APPLE AND MICROSOFT WHILE YOU WORK ON YOUR MAC OR PC

You pull into a gas station, and, whoops, the tank is on the other side. Here’s a little trick so you never mess it up again, even in a rental or if you borrow someone else’s car. Note: This doesn’t apply to every model, but most have it.

The tank is on the car’s right side if the arrow points right. If the arrow points left, the tank is on the left side. Voila!

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