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Pros and Cons Of Apple Data Download

With the world finally wakening up to the horrors of all those privacy policies we’ve agreed to in the past, privacy has become a major conversation topic in the last 18 months. It’s about time. Too many people have seen ‘free’ services and signed away their lifestyles and other key information.

Not reading the Terms and Conditions is always dangerous, but it’s even more dangerous when the very price you pay is your identity.

Starting from now, all US citizens will have their right to download all of their Apple data – a feature brought in thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU. It’s going to help make Apple far less invasive on privacy, and ensure that users have total control over what data they provide.

More importantly, you now have the right to see (just about) every screed of data that Apple has on you.

How can I get my data via Apple Data Download?

 

  1. First off you need to log in to your Apple ID account on the official Apple site from a secure location.
  2. Then go to the Data & Privacy section, and select Manage Your Data and Privacy.
  3. Once you do this, select Get a Copy of your Data, and hit Get Started.
  4. Follow the Wizard provided, and choose all of the data that you wish to download. Otherwise, choose Select All to grab everything.
  5. You will then verify your identity with Apple and you’ll be sent all of your data to your Apple ID account for around 14 days.

In here, you will find all manner of critical details including:

  • Your entire call history when using your Apple ID device(s).
  • Your Apple ID details including login records and similar.
  • All data stored on your iCloud, including media.
  • All information that is stored about applications via the iCloud.
  • All Apple Music data that you might have collected.
  • All information held in the Game Center and the Apple Health app.
  • Purchase records and usage history across Apple Store, iTunes and APPLE Books.
  • All purchase records from Apple stores.

However, you need to note that the following data will not be accessible for you:

  • Your messaging history – this is because messages are encrypted and cannot be accessed outside of the device they are stored on using the right passcode.
  • Your browsing history as they are collected anonymously and thus cannot make the data attributable to your device(s).
  • Purchase history such as credit card numbers bank account numbers, device IDs and e-mail addresses. You need to contact your bank if you wish to see this information.

With this in mind, then, you should find it much easier to make a significant impact on the kind of data collected about and for you. If you are someone who is vigilant about privacy, then this should give you plenty of opportunities to learn about the kind of information that Apple has on you.

With the world finally wakening up to the horrors of all those privacy policies we’ve agreed to in the past, privacy has become a major conversation topic in the last 18 months. It’s about time. Too many people have seen ‘free’ services and signed...

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Maximizing Resources: Making the Most of Your Old Gadgets

In the ever-increasing pace of the modern world, we are always quick to throw away things that we no longer want or need. High-quality gadgets with decades left of performance soon become consigned to small cupboards, halls, and parts of the house that we simply do not check very often. If you are someone in this position and you find that you tend to make the least, not the most, of the gadgets that you buy, it might be time to take action on that front.

Rather than letting that piece of hardware rot, here are some good ideas to get the most out of every gadget that you have at home just lying around, waiting to be scrapped.

Cheap sound systems

One of the best ways to use an old smartphone is to load it up with music. Rather than filling up your new phone with your Spotify playlists, why not use an old phone and store it all on there instead?

Even older phones will be able to do this without any issue, leaving you with a cheap and easy music player that you don’t need to worry about being damaged, stolen or lost in any way, shape or form. Perfect, right?

Home Security

You could even turn your old smartphone into a CCTV camera at home or somewhere in the house. Think the kids might be helping themselves to your booze cupboard? Set up an old smartphone using tools like Manything; you can catch them in the act of taking what is not theirs with this free, easy to use smartphone camera solution!

Alternatively, turn it into an alarm clock. Make it super-duper loud, set it up across the room from you and wait for it to go off in the morning. Then, you can use it as an easy way to improve sleeping quality without worrying about your main phone dying out as you sleep.

Make a living

One of the best way that you can put your old gadgets to use, though, is to make some money from it. Make sure that it works well and that you can legitimately sell it without any feeling like they have bought a piece of junk.

If you can do that, then you can easily make sure that you can list it on sites like eBay as well as local classified ads. May as well put that money to good use and buy something that you can actually use, right?

The newer and better condition, of course, the better. Should you do this, then you can easily make a positive and proactive living from selling off gadgets at just the right time. You could sell each part individually, or you could sell it all as one: the choice is yours.

Done right, then, you can use any of the above solutions to make the most of those old gadgets which are just lying around and gathering dust at home.

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Help? How to Overcome a Fear of Flying

For years I found the concept of flying hard to get over. One of the first things I ever remember hearing about an aircraft was the name – Concord. While I would have been around 8 or 9 at the time, we didn’t have the money to go on holiday outside of our own country.

So, I never really cared for planes from a young age – when my first interaction with a plane was to hear about it exploding on the news, it left a long-term mark on my mind. First impressions and all that.

Anyway, for years I basically would find any unique way to avoid flying. For a trip, I’d insist that we’d drive from the UK and through other nations to get to where we wished to go. I’m lucky that those I travel with are just as good at enjoying a road trip as I am at suggesting one. However, it did leave me with a fear of flying for a large part of my life – so what can you do if you are like me?

Flying with Confidence

How can you avoid missing out on many important trips and flights in life through an irrational fear?

I recommend that you take a look at British Airways and their ‘Flying with Confidence’ program. For me, it was a life-changer: it really helped me to get over the parts of flying that scared the life out of me. You meet all manner of people in these places. I met people who take on dangerous trips for a living, driving vehicles in horrifying conditions, that simply could not step foot on a plane.

I met people like myself, who were left with a terrifying impression of flying from something they had indirectly experienced in childhood.

Changing your mind

One of the best parts of the process was that all it needed was for me to listen to the words of a professional pilot. Just as my dad used to put me at ease as a child when we’d drive in his old cars due to his skill as a driver, the pilots were quickly able to poo-poo and assuage any fears or worries that I had.

It felt great to have every “But what about…” question and fear batted back at me with a logical, legitimate answer that just made sense. The course even finished with a short flight, where I able to actually confront, combat and then defeat my fear all at once! Just some of the things that put me at ease here included:

  • Being able to learn more about how the aircraft works: learning about the operational details really made a big difference.
  • Speaking to the pilots had a huge impact, too. As I said, hearing it from a professional made a big difference.
  • Getting a better grounding on things like turbulence and other aircraft issues, helping me to see its akin to a car not changing gear as opposed to the engine exploding.
  • Panic and distraction techniques to help me stay comfortable when, as expected, something might go wrong during the flight and leave you worried.
  • Coping with the flight and taking small steps to appreciate where I was going wrong in my train of thought regarding flight.

If you are like me and find overcoming your fear of flying too much, I recommend that you take a trip to the British Airways Flying with Confidence program. It’s quite affordable and could make it much easier for you to start enjoying seeing the world without that constant fear of flying.

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For years I found the concept of flying hard to get over. One of the first things I ever remember hearing about an aircraft was the name – Concord. While I would have been around 8 or 9 at the time, we didn’t have the money to go on holiday outside of...