Use A Google Script As An Open Source Unroll.me Alternative

If something is free, then it's you that's the product. Case in point; Unroll.me. This is a massively popular service that lets you unsubscribe to annoying newsletters enmasse. If you've ever used the service you know it has access to all your emails. It needs it to function. As it turns out, the folks at Lifehacker and The New York Times have found out that Unroll.me sells your email data to a company that in turn sells it to Uber. The data is anonymous but we understand if you're already looking for an Unroll.me alternative, and a quick way to delete your account. We've got you covered.

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What Is The Punycode Phishing Attack And How To Stay Safe

The internet can be a dangerous place. Earlier this week, we talked about a new scam email going around trying to get users to buy a fake VPN service. The scam put your money and your data at risk. Fortunately for the diligent, there are ways to spot a scam like that. Not all scams are easy to spot though, and phishing scams have just gotten smarter thanks to a little thing called Punycodes. It's a new way to register domains and while it wasn't developed to scam people, it is being used to do. Here's a look at what the Punycode phishing attack is, and how to stay safe.Read More

How To Get A Feature Rich Image Viewer In Chrome

Chrome can open common image formats. You can view a PNG, a GIF, a JPG, and an SVG file in Chrome without needing any extra tools. The thing is, Chrome is essentially a web browser. It supports viewing quite a few file types but that is to facilitate its main function i.e. opening web pages. It isn't built to be a smart image viewer. If you want to do anything other than view an image, you have to save it to your desktop and use a different app like IrfanViewEnhanced Image Viewer is a Chrome extension that gives you a feature rich image viewer in Chrome. You can set the default background color for an image, zoom in/out, pan around, rotate the image, and more.Read More

How To Enable The Dark Theme On YouTube

YouTube has a dark theme that it hasn't made public knowledge. It's likely YouTube is showing it to select visitors just now but it's live on the site. The dark theme will only be visible to you if you sign into YouTube and you turn it On. To check if it's already available, click your profile icon at the top right and check if there is a dark mode option. If not, you're going to have to make a small edit in your browser's console to enable the dark theme on YouTube. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Customize Subtitles On Facebook Videos

Facebook videos have captions. Unlike YouTube closed captioning, Facebook doesn't automatically generate captions for a video. If a video has captions, you can turn them On. The person uploading the video has to add subtitles. If they don't, there is no way to get captions for it. This is probably why you don't see a lot of subtitles on Facebook videos. These are videos people share from their cell phones. It's unlikely anyone would add subtitles to a video of their birthday party. That said, Facebook does support subtitles. Here's how you can customize subtitles on Facebook videos.Read More

How To Search For Emails By Size In Gmail

Google knows search. It can identify good content from bad content. The spam filters in Gmail are a testament to this. There is nothing quite as robust as Gmail's spam filters and that's mainly because it's a Google product. Gmail has a pretty great search feature too. Even if you communicate with the worst kind of people, chances are Gmail will still be able to find emails from them. The lack of a subject, or the lack of a proper subject will not be a problem. The search feature is smart and it looks at more than just the subject and the sender or date. These are some of the basic search parameters that Gmail supports. It also has a useful size parameter that lets you search for emails by size. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Figure Out International Page Sizes For Printing

Printing pages have standard sizes. At work, the most you will see are the standard A4 size page. For MS Word the default paper size is set to something called 'legal'. Outside work, there is a whole world of printing and page sizes that you are unfamiliar with. PaperSizes is a little web app that breaks down the size of printing pages. It doesn't just simplify page sizes. It tells you the various sizes that envelopes, photographic sheet, and business cards are available in. You can explore international page sizes for printing by country or function.Read More

How To Disable Auto Tab Refresh In Chrome

Chrome automatically refreshes tabs that you haven't visited in a while. It's a new feature added to the browser in version 48. If you have several tabs open in any given window in Chrome, and you don't visit a tab for a long time, Chrome will refresh it automatically when you next click switch to it. This is to get you the latest version of the web page. Chrome assumes that in the time you opened and then visited the tab, something might have changed. This ensures you always have the latest version of the page. Officially, this feature is called 'Discarded tabs'. It not only gives you the most recent version of a page but it also aims to reduce memory usage. Here's how you can disable auto tab refresh in Chrome.Read More

How To Enable A Preview Pane In Gmail

MS Outlook and the Mail app in Windows 10 have something in common; a preview pane. The UI has three columns; inboxes/folders, emails in an inbox, and a preview pane. When you select an email from the list of emails, you get a preview of it in the preview pane. A lot of desktop email clients have this same UI. Thunderdbird and Mail in macOS are no different. If you like this particular layout but would prefer to have it in Gmail web, you can. To enable a preview pane in Gmail you have turn on an experimental feature called Preview Pane. Here's how.Read More

How To Use Reactions In Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is rolling out a new feature; reactions. If you use an iOS device, reacting to a message is something you can do in the stock Messages app. Facebook has added a similar feature to Facebook Messenger except it's using its own custom reactions. These reactions are similar to the ones you use when you react to a post in your feed. There is a 'Like' reaction and also a dislike reaction in the form of a thumbs up and a thumbs down emoji. Here's how to use reactions in Facebook Messenger.Read More

How To Stop Chrome From Adding Custom Search Engines

When you repeatedly search the same website in Chrome, the browser adds it as a custom search engine. It also automatically sets a keyboard shortcut for it. All you have to do is type the first few letters of the website's name and tap the Tab key. You can then enter a search term and search the website directly. There is no need to go through the Google search page. Chrome does this to make search more efficient but if you don't like the feature there is no way to disable it. There is however an extension that can stop Chrome from adding custom search engines. It's called Don't add custom search engines. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Add Bookmarks To A YouTube Video [Chrome]

We all know how bookmarks work in a web browser. We also know that bookmarks are extremely useful so what's stopping us from extending the feature to a video? YouTube is the largest online video repository in the world. It features content that is both entertaining and educational. The YouTube player is surprisingly simple; you can get a link to a specific time in a video but you can't bookmark a position in it. At best, YouTube can remember where you left off when you were watching a video and resume playback. Youtube Bookmarker is a Chrome extension that lets you add bookmarks to a YouTube video. All bookrmarks can be accessed when you visit the video. The extension maintains a list of all video you've added a bookmark to. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Set Up An Email Signature, Mobile & Personal Computer

As soon as humans discovered writing, they invented signatures. The purpose being the identification of the author and possibly a return address. This tradition carried over to emails as well; more out of tradition than necessity people set up email signatures. With the passage of time though, those signatures have grown to have a real purpose. An email signature can convey additional information in terms of job title, a phone number, social media profile links, and even a personal website. Here's how you can set up an email signature on your iPhone, Android Phone, Windows PC, and macOS.Read More

How To Loop YouTube Videos And Playlists On The Chromecast

Google owns YouTube which means YouTube has the best Chromecast support you can imagine. No other video streaming service, or its app, comes close. That said, Google has odd restrictions for casting YouTube videos to the Chromecast. You can cast a single video or an entire playlist. You can even create a queue of videos to cast to the Chromecast. What you can't do is loop Youtube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. When a video ends, or a playlist ends, the Chromecast will not play it again from the start. There is no setting on YouTube that you can tinker with to loop YouTube videos and playlists on the Chromecast. The good news is there is a work around. It has one limitation; it only works from your desktop. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Export A Single Bookmarks Folder From Any Browser

All browsers have a neat export feature for bookmarks. You can export your saved bookmarks to an HTML or XML file from your browser. You can import the file in any browser. As far as bookmarks go, browsers tend to play nice with each other. Browsers have reasonably well equipped bookmarks managers, for the most part. If a browser's bookmarks manager is missing a feature, an extension or an add-on will likely make up for it. This is true in most cases but there will be exceptions. For example, you can't export a single bookmarks folder. You have to export them all, or nothing. Likewise, you can only import all bookmarks saved in an HTML or XML file, and not just select ones. There is no extension or add-on that fills this gap so we have to make use of a work-around. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Go Live On Facebook From Your Desktop And Phone

You can broadcast live from your Facebook account. This feature has been around for about a year but only for smartphone users. Facebook pages had the option to go live from the desktop but ordinary users didn't. Facebook has now expanded the Go Live feature so that everyone can go  live from their desktop. The feature works from your news feed and profile. If you've ever gone live from your phone, the learning curve will be a small one. The major advantage of being able to go live on Facebook from your desktop is that you can connect with an external, better quality, camera. Here's how you can go live on Facebook.Read More

How To Turn Off Tabbed Posts On Facebook

Facebook has added a new feature to its web interface; tabbed posts. A tabbed post is basically a pop-up that appears on Facebook. The pop-up shows you a post that you're following. It appears whenever there is new activity on the post. You do not have to click the notification for the new activity to get the tab to appear. It appends next to the chat window and you can close or minimize it. The tabbed post makes it so you can check out and respond to new activity on a post without leaving your news feed. The feature is enabled automatically and you might not like it much. Here's how you can turn off tabbed posts on Facebook.Read More

How To Mute Keywords And Filter Eggs On Twitter

Twitter has long had an abuse problem. Anytime something remotely controversial starts to trend, dozens of new accounts aka 'Egg accounts' or 'eggs' pop up. They don't contribute much to any conversation and are more or less trolls. Then there are legitimate accounts that behave like trolls. Over the past years, this has become a serious problem for the company and those who use Twitter. To fight this, Twitter has introduced muting features and filters. You can mute tweets and accounts that send tweets  containing certain words from appearing. Likewise, you can filter out notifications from eggs i.e., accounts that have the default egg profile photo. Here's how you can mute keywords and filter eggs on Twitter.Read More

How To Upload Files To Dropbox From Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger bots were insanely popular when they were first announced. News and media pages were quick to create a dedicated Messenger bot for their page and website. Quite a few other services joined in. The aim was to let users interact with a service from inside the Messenger app. A user didn't have to leave the app to get directions, restaurant recommendations, or transit times. The hype has died down but every once in a while, someone develops a truly awesome Messenger bot that's worth writing home about. Alfredo is a Messenger bot that lets you upload files to Dropbox from Facebook Messenger. It works on both the web interface and the mobile apps.Read More

How To Find Newly Added Content On Netflix

Netflix gets new content every month. If a very popular movie or TV show is coming to Netflix, you will likely hear about it online. Websites run a monthly list of content arriving and leaving Netflix. Unfortunately, they don't make those lists on a per-country basis. Netflix restricts content by region. A lot of the shows and movies you think are coming to Netflix are not available in your particular country. If you get excited for an upcoming TV show or movie only to find out it isn't available in your country, you will want a better way to find newly added content on Netlflix. It turns out there is an official page where you can view newly added content on Netflix. It updates weekly. There's also a website that has a list of newly added content on Netflix that updates daily.Read More