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Think Big Tech, and I bet Google comes to mind. They control your inbox, calendars, document storage, cloud storage, routes, and more. Most of their products are free to use, which means that you are the product they are selling.
You have options. Tap or click here for my list of search engines that best protect your privacy.
We handle Google tracking because these services are free and incredibly easy to use. Hey, if you work in the Google ecosystem, you might as well get the most out of it. Here are five ways to do this.
5 ways to help you feel safe at home
1. A solution for your inbox
One of the best privacy features built into Gmail is spam protection. I’m not talking about a junk folder. This advice is better.
You can create a new email address, called alias, without any special setup. All you have to do is add the plus sign and a word after your username to your email address, like this:Username +firstname.lastname@example.org. ”
An easy use is to associate your recurring subscription services with a single alias, like this:email@example.com. “You can use this trick for email newsletters, correspondence with friends, neighborhood association information, or anything else you can think of.
Pro tip: This is also an excellent way to find out if a company is selling or renting your email address. If you notice a message that you didn’t sign up to receive, check your email addresses where it came from.
continue: To make aliases really useful, you need to filter them in the designated places in your inbox. Tap or click here and go to #2 for directions.
2. Share your emails without revealing your password
Do not share your email password with anyone. a period. But you can share a file Inbox with someone. In certain cases, it works fine.
Let’s say you run a small business and you want many people to have access to your customer service email. Or maybe someone in your family is sick or just growing up and needs help managing their emails. They can share their inbox with you.
To add a delegate:
to open Gmail on your computer and click Settings > View all settings > Accounts and import or the account > Add another account.
Enter the delegate email address and press next step > Send an email to grant access.
When you give someone access to your Gmail account, they can sort emails using filters, archive emails, and use labels to organize emails. They can also send, read and delete emails.
Pro tip: Another good use of inbox sharing is if you have a home email address where you send all your bills. Share this with your wife. Tap or click the reason why every home has its own email address.
continue: Verifying several different email accounts can be a pain. Tap or click here for steps to forward all your mail to one place.
3. This Google Shortcut saves a lot of time
It takes time to create a new Google Calendar invitation. You have to open your calendar and then click some buttons. There is a much easier way:New Cal. Seriously, try typing that into your browser’s URL bar without the quotes. Just make sure you’re signed in to your Google account.
Like magic, a new calendar invitation will appear, ready for you to fill out.
This works with a lot of other Google services as well. You can open a Google Doc by typing “doc.newor remind Google Keep by typingnew note. ”
You can use any of the following shortcuts for each app:
Google docs: document.new, docs.new, doc.new
Google Sheets: spreadsheet.new, sheets.new, sheet.new
Google Slides: Presentation.new, slides.new, slide.new
Google Forms: Forms.new, form.new
Google Keep: keep.new, notes.new, note.new
Google Calendar: meeting.new, cal.new
Google meeting: a new meeting
Pro tip: One of the simplest ways to organize your Google Drive folders is to color-code them, which is surprisingly simple. Open Google Drive and right-click on the folder you want to change. Click Change color and choose the color you want to use. he did.
continue: Keyboard shortcuts are a huge time saver. Touch or click seven of my favourites, including Ctrl + shift + V.
4. See everywhere you go with Google Maps
Google Maps makes it easy to navigate, but you may not like the stark fact of seeing every place that is placed on the map. Here’s how to check your location history:
When you are logged into your Google account on a computer, open maps.google.com.
Click on hamburger menu in the upper left corner.
When the full side menu opens, tap Your schedule. This will show a full map of where you were.
The data of the places you have visited can also be recalled by opening the side menu, and clicking your placesthen tap visited.
Pro tip: You can keep certain flights out of your search history by turning on incognito mode. Google Maps will not keep your search history or update your location history to include this location. Tap or click here for the simple steps to enable it.
continue: You can completely disable Location History if you don’t like it. Click or tap here to get it done. It just takes a minute
5. Work offline (but you have to set this up beforehand)
There is no such thing as settling down to do some work on the road, and then realizing that you don’t have internet. The good news is that you can read, reply to, and search your Gmail inbox even when you don’t have an internet connection.
NB: Emails won’t actually be I sent Until you have a connection again, and you won’t receive new emails until you are online. Think of this as the order of all of your responses.
to open Gmailthen tap gear settings. Choose View all settings.
Click on the tab that says Offline onlineAnd the check box To enable offline mail.
Pro tip: You can schedule emails to go out exactly when you want them. Tap or click here and go to #8 for steps on how to schedule. it’s easy. I use this all the time.
continue: You can also work in Google Drive offline. Get the steps here. Make sure to set this up Before you need it.
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