Traveling soon? 5 Smart Technical Steps to Take Before Taking the Road

Rear view of the cockpit of a commercial aircraft with passengers. Inside the plane with people sitting on the seats. (stock) p> NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Travel now means that your tickets, maps, hotels, rental cars and more are all stored on your phone. But what happens if it is missing? Here’s how to find your phone when you lose it – even if the battery is flat. And other wonderful phone emergencies? The battery is dying, and you have to leave for the airport. oops. Tap or click for clever ways to get more battery life. Travel can be stressful, but these hacks can make the difference. 1. Keep an eye (digitally) on your belongings 3 Help you keep an eye on your valuables and find them when something is lost. I put an apple on my dog’s collar, my keychains, my bike and in my cars. Here are 10 smart ways you can use Airtag. Airmarks uses signals from other iPhones to determine where they are. Using the Find My app, you can see the location of each AirTag associated with your account. It’s a good idea to throw one in your checked baggage. This way you can know if your suitcase is arriving at your destination. But Airtag will be worthless when your luggage goes through the airport’s internal conveyor belt system. There are usually not enough iPhones nearby for AirTag to work. But once your luggage is out there, you will know exactly where it is located. Want to grab some now while you think about it? Apple Airtags are perfect if you have an iPhone, Mac or iPad. The Tiles 2-Pack is Android compatible, and includes a tracker for your luggage and one to slip into your wallet. There is an application for this: 10 Best Travel Applications to Plan Your Next Adventure 2. Follow Your Travels the Easy Way Strongly> Here’s a handy iPhone trick if you have a family member or friend coming to you from the airport haal. Send a text message with the airline you are flying with and your flight number, such as “Southwest Airlines 1175.” The person can tap on the message to open the flight tracker. They can see flight progress and estimated arrival time without searching for the flight online or on the tracking website. Easy! If your flight uses Android, they can do a web search for the airline and flight number to see the same information. This travel hack is awesome! Uber has a new way of making a car wait for you when you land. Your Uber driver will follow your journey. Here is my 60-second tip on how it works. Get breaking data breaches and security news as it happens. Subscribe to my free email alerts. Travelers stand in front of an information board at Beer Airport in Berlin, Germany, on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. Germany’s next transport minister advises people not to travel during Christmas, as the country is trying to stem a spate of coronavirus infections. (Joerg Carstensen / DB AFP) P> 3. Get these pictures on your phone Strong> H3> I have basic pictures on my phone. In the worst case, you lose your wallet. Getting home will be much easier if you have photos of your essential documents. Make sure you include your license, passport and health insurance card as a minimum. The easiest way to do this on the iPhone is to use the handy document scanner built into the original Notes application. Open the Notes application. Create a new note by clicking on the icon that looks like a square with a pen at the bottom right of the screen. Tap the camera icon at the bottom of your new note and choose Document Scan> Powerful. On Android, take some photos and mark them as favorites in your gallery or use the Google Drive scan feature: p> Open the powerful Google Drive application>. Tap the plus button in the lower right corner. Tap Scan and allow access to the camera if you do not already have it. Follow the on-screen instructions to capture and save your photos. Pro tip: Strong> I also recommend saving your metadocuments as PDF files and saving a copy in your iOS books, Android e-book app or even sending it to your Kindle. This way you can access it offline. You may also want to send a copy to your travel companion. Smart move: Take my advice and download these 9 images that you should always have on your phone at your fingertips. You will thank me later! A trip to an exotic travel destination (Stoke) p> 4. Check your rental for hidden spy cameras This happened to me. I rented and settled a house and realized how many cameras were watching me. It was very upsetting. When renting through Airbnb, cameras are allowed in public areas and common areas, but not in bathrooms or bedrooms. It can not be hidden and must be made public in the menu descriptions. FRPo completely bans indoor cameras, although outdoor cameras are allowed for “reasonable surveillance.” Larger cameras are easy to spot, but anyone can easily hide smaller cameras behind furniture, openings or decorations. Then there are the hidden cameras that can disguise all sorts of things, from Roku to an exhaust extender. Seriously, you’ll be shocked when you see these things. A simple way to detect most types of cameras is to look for lens reflection. Turn off the lights and scan the room slowly with a flashlight or laser pointer, looking for bright reflections. Scan the room from multiple locations so you do not miss a camera aimed only at certain locations. Also check openings and any holes or gaps in walls or ceilings. You can also get an RF detector. This tool can capture wireless cameras that you may not see. If you can connect to the rental’s wireless network, a free application like Wireless Network Monitor shows you which tools are connected. You may be able to detect connected cameras. Just be aware that the owner has placed the cameras on a second network, these may be wired or just standard types. If you find an indoor security camera that has not been disclosed to you, pick up the phone and call the police. Tell them that you have direct evidence that your landlord is spying on you in your rental home without your knowledge or permission. Use this exact phrase. Document the situation with video and photos on your smartphone. Once you have your police report, contact the rental site. 5. Find the most comfortable seat If you are tall, you know how important it is to have a few extra inches of legroom on a flight. The difference between rest or stiffness can be hours. Google Flights is a great way to find the cheapest flight, but you can take an extra step to get a more comfortable seat. Get a Chrome browser extension called Argyll for Google Flights. When you use Google Flights, you will also see the amount of legroom per seat for each flight you have selected. Another great option is Enter your airline and flight number, and you will see a map of the best seats with the most legroom, no download required. Bonus Tip: Bulletproof Headphones, Credit Report Change, Powerful New Zoom Trick> Have you ever tried one of those “buy now, pay later” services? Many buyers love this setting – but now it’s going to appear on your credit report. Speaking of shopping, you can buy a vertical mouse or life-saving headphones. (Yes: a player’s headphones saved him from a stray bullet.) In this episode, I share the news with Ertag as well as a cute new zoom trick that you can use to talk to your hands. Watch my “Kim Commando Today” podcast on Apple, Google’s podcast, Spotify, or your favorite podcast player. Listen to the podcast here or wherever you get your own. Just look for my surname, “Commando.” What digital lifestyle questions do you have? 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