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Remove these 5 dangerous tech gadgets from your home now

In our rush to get new technology set up and working quickly, it’s easy to skip settings that make a difference to our privacy. Don’t make this mistake. Here is a list of seven tech companies for settings you’d rather leave alone.

There are ordinary things we do every day that take months or even years out of our technology. Click or tap for five ways you’re ruining your expensive phone, laptop, tablet, and TV.

Some gadgets also pose security and safety risks. Check this list to make sure you and your family are safe.

1. Old phones in the drawer can start a fire

YouTuber Arun Maini, who runs a popular channel called Mrwhosetheboss, has collected every Samsung flagship phone since 2010. He’s noticed a scary pattern. Phone batteries swell enough to crack the glass and split the casing.

It’s not just Samsung phones. Any device equipped with a lithium-ion battery is subject to deterioration over time. A swollen battery is a serious problem that can lead to fire, injury, and property damage.

Look in the drawers for old phones and look for any signs of a swollen battery. If you see it, here’s what to do:

● Do not attempt to charge a swollen phone. Charging a swollen battery may result in a fire or explosion.

● If you have an older phone with an easily removable battery, carefully separate the battery from the case. If you have a newer phone, do not attempt to remove the battery yourself.

● Place the swollen phone in a fireproof bag and contact the manufacturer. You may not be able to exchange or get anything for an older model. However, at the very least, arrange for them to be properly recycled or disposed of.

When it comes to storing old phones, follow these basic rules:

● Turn off the phone and place it in a cool, moisture-free place.

● Charge the battery up to 50% if you plan to store it for a long time. Check the battery every six months or so and charge it halfway.

Maintenance can go a long way in getting extra years out of your current phone. Click or tap to get my simple guide to properly cleaning your iPhone or Android device inside and out.

2. Outdated routers let in hackers

Your router does a big job: connect all of your devices to the Internet. If you are using an older model, you may not be able to do the job safely.

The latest security standard is WPA-3, which was released back in 2018. If your router is not WPA3-compliant, then WPA2-PSK AES is the next most secure option. It is a sign that you need to get a new router.

When it comes to buying a new router, there are three primary factors. Consider the size and layout of your home, the number of internet-connected devices you have, and your internet speed. But with so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose the right router.

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3. There are no more updates

Whenever there is an internet connection, there is a possibility that hackers can wreak havoc. Security updates keep you safe from the latest cybercriminal tricks, which is why it’s vital to keep your smartphone, computer, and everything else you have up to date.

What happens when your equipment no longer receives updates? It’s time to upgrade. This is evident in your phone and computer, but the same goes for smart speakers, security cameras, and anything else that uses your home network.

Here are some other ways to protect yourself:

● Regularly check your network for connected and connected devices. If you see something you don’t recognize, take action. Tap or click here to learn how to check all devices on your Wi-Fi network.

● Consider creating a separate Wi-Fi network for your devices.

● Always use strong, complex passwords that are difficult to guess. Click or tap here to generate stronger passwords.

4. He is on the recall list

You don’t just have to worry about old hardware. Some products reach our homes with problems that can cause fires, injuries, and worse.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly warns of dangerous products and gives you steps to take if you have a recalled item in your home.

It’s worth checking their list periodically to see if you have anything that puts your family at risk. Sometimes, you can get a replacement or refund for the returned product. You’ll also find instructions on how to contact the manufacturer there.

5. Old power strips that are showing wear and tear

Outlet extenders and extension cords solve a lot of tasks around our homes. Sometimes the power strip will short out and shut down your devices. When this happens, even if only for a few seconds, check the power strip for signs of damage. Look for signs of redness around the ports. They will appear as rust-colored marks that you may be able to wipe away with your fingers.

Even without obvious signs of damage, old power strips can be dangerous to use. If you have no idea when you last replaced your list, add it to your shopping list.

There are several things that you should not connect to an extender. Click or tap here for 10 critical mistakes you might be making.

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