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How to use Facebook Messenger’s secret conversations in iOS and Android

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In 2016, Facebook rolled out a privacy feature for the Messenger app called “Secret Conversations,” which are end-to-end encrypted conversations. End-to-end encryption means that the message can be read only on the recipient’s device and can’t be deciphered by a third party. As you may or may not know, Facebook Messenger encrypts your normal chats until they reach Facebook’s servers, so if required by law, Facebook could hand over your messages.

However, you will need to take care of a couple of things before you can start an encrypted conversation in Facebook Messenger. First, you need to enable the feature, and, second, you have to start the conversation as secret. How secret are the conversations? Facebook is using a protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems, which is the same protocol used for apps like Signal.

There is one limitation that we will show you in this walkthrough, and that is the ‘one device only’ limitation. If you have more than one device, say an iPhone and an iPad, when you enable secret conversations on one device, it will be disabled on the other.

Using secret conversations in iOS

When using Messenger in iOS, you have to start secret conversations separately from regular conversations. Let’s take a look at how to turn the feature on, start conversations, and delete your secret conversations.

How to enable secret conversations

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.

  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-left corner.

  3. Go to Secret Conversations, and make sure the feature is turned on.

  4. Tap Me in the upper-left corner to go back to the Me page.

  5. Tap Done in the upper-left corner.

Remember that you can only access secret conversations on one device at a time, so if you start using another device and you want to use secret conversations, then you will have to repeat this step every time you switch devices.

How to start a secret conversation

  1. Open Facebook Messenger, or if you’re following from the last step, tap Done in the upper-left corner to exit the Me page.

  2. Tap the pencil icon in the upper-right corner.

  3. Tap Secret in the upper-right corner.

  4. Select the user with whom you want to start your secret conversation.

  5. Messages you type will disappear after 10 seconds. To change the timer, tap the timer icon to the right of the typing area.

How to delete secret conversations

  1. Tap your profile picture in the upper-left corner.

  2. Go to Secret Conversations.

  3. Tap Delete Secret Conversations.

  4. Tap Delete to confirm your decision and delete your secret conversations history.

Using secret conversations in Android

In Android, you can start a secret conversation from within a normal conversation by tapping the details icon. Let’s take a look at how to enable, start, and delete secret conversations.

How to enable secret conversations

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.

  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.

  3. On the Me page, scroll down to Secret Conversations and make sure it’s turned on.

  4. Tap Turn On.

Remember that you can only access secret conversations on one device at a time, so if you start using another device and you want to use secret conversations, then you will have to repeat this step every time you switch devices.

How to start a secret conversation

  1. Tap on any conversation, or tap on any contact to start a regular conversation.

  2. Tap the details icon (details menu)in the upper-right corner to open the Details menu.

  3. Scroll down to Secret Conversation.

  4. Messages you type will disappear after 10 seconds. To change the timer, tap the timer icon to the right of the typing area.

How to delete secret conversations

  1. Open Facebook Messenger.

  2. Tap your profile picture in the upper-right corner.

  3. On the Me page, scroll down to Secret Conversations.

  4. Tap Delete all secret conversations.

  5. Tap Delete to confirm your decision and delete your secret conversations history.

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Here’s How to clean your TV screen

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Instead of forking over your hard-earned cash, we suggest making your own cleaning solution using a mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol. Using mild and easily obtained products that aren’t harmful to your TV, the method detailed below is the cheapest way to get your TV sparkling clean, and just as importantly, it does a great job. Here’s what to do.

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What you’ll need

  • Two pieces of soft, lint-free cloth (preferably microfiber)

  • Distilled water

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Measuring cup

  • Q-tips (optional)

Cleaning the display

The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off your TV and make sure it has a chance to cool down. Wait until it’s no longer warm to the touch before you proceed.

Next, dust the screen to remove any dirt particles and then wipe the screen with your soft, lint-free cloth to remove any residual dust. If you can’t see any visible smudges after you’re done dusting, stop here.

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If your screen is still dirty, it’s time to make up your batch of cleaning solution. First, mix the isopropyl alcohol with water using a measuring cup, ensuring the solution is equal parts water and alcohol. If you don’t have a measuring cup, try using a juice glass or shot glass to measure quantities before mixing. In any case, just make sure you’re not overdoing it with the alcohol — the resulting solution shouldn’t be more than half alcohol or it can damage the display.

Dip your cloth into your newly minted solution and ring it out to remove excess moisture. You want the cleaning cloth to be damp, but not wet. Afterward, gently wipe the damp cloth across your display.

Next, use the second lint-free cloth to dry your display. Don’t leave any moisture on it — you’ll want it to be completely dry before turning the TV back on.

Additional tips

  • If your TV’s bezel makes it difficult to clean the corners and near the edges of the display, use a Q-tip dampened with your solution to get to the hard-to-reach areas.

  • Make sure you’re using the right chemical. Don’t use ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride — only isopropyl alcohol.

  • Always use a clean cloth, as hard particles can get trapped in cloth fibers and leave unwanted scratches.

  • Ensure your cleaning cloth is damp, not wet. You don’t want drops running down your display with each wipe.

  • Do not use Windex or other glass cleaners! Said solutions generally contain ammonia and will hurt your TV screen.

  • Do not use paper towels; they leave behind tiny bits of paper that can mess up your display.

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here’s how to check your tire pressure

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Ways to check tire pressure

There are various ways to check the tire pressure on your vehicle. If you have a car that was made around or just after 1986, there’s a chance it comes with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Those chances increase as the cars get newer. For instance, the U.S. saw its first TPMS-equipped car in 1991, thanks to General Motors equipping the Chevrolet Corvette with the system. If your car was made after September 2007, your car unquestionably has TPMS, a federal safety mandate for light-duty vehicles (weighing less than 10,000 pounds), imposed through the United States TREAD Act of 2000. It’s a policy enacted following the historic and major Firestone tire recall of the late 1990s that affected Ford Explorer trucks equipped with faulty tires from the factory.

What does TPMS do? It automatically notifies you via a lit dashboard icon if you either have too much or too little air in your tires. Some of the systems are particularly rudimentary, with a single warning light suggesting one or more of the four tires isn’t filled properly. With more recent cars equipped with infotainment systems or trip computers embedded into the gauge cluster, there are more comprehensive TPM systems that tell you the approximate pressure of each tire.

Here are a few examples of TPM systems on newer vehicles:

If your ride doesn’t have a TPM system, or it does but it doesn’t display individual tire pressures, you’ll need to check the tires the old-fashioned way. First, you need to acquire a tire pressure gauge. These can be picked up very easily from places like your local gas station quick-mart, or any local automotive parts or general hardware department store. Most are just a few dollars, but the fancier ones can cost as much as $20 or $30.

These are the two most common types of tire pressure gauges, analog versus digital:

Step 1: Determine your correct tire pressure

Your owner’s manual will tell you the proper tire pressure readings for your vehicle application and associated weight. On most cars, like this 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, the tire pressure information is printed on a sticker placed on the inner door as well.

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Step 2: Double-check the tire sidewall

Read the tire sidewall and compare the information provided to the figures you got from your owner’s manual. As long as your tires are stock or within stock requirements (custom wheel arrangements notwithstanding), this is where your car’s tire pressure should be.

Step 3: Remove the tire valve stem cover

Access any one of your four tires and remove the tire valve stem cover.

Take your tire pressure gauge, and place it at the tip of the valve stem with the female receiver end of the pressure gauge. Give it a nice push for a couple seconds, and you’ll hear some air hiss out of the stem — no worries, this is completely normal.

Read the numbers, often in pressure-per-square-inch or psi, and compare them with the recommended tire pressure from steps 1 and 2.

Step 6: Rinse, wash, repeat

Repeat this process on every tire, including your spare if you have one, to ensure all the tires on your vehicle are properly pressurized.

Step 7: Fill, if needed

If your tire has too little air in it, which is likely since tires are slightly porous and can lose air in drastic ambient temperature changes, you can top it off using a store-bought air compressor or hand pump. Alternatively, you can pop by your local gas station and use their air pump in exchange for some quarters.

Typically, air pumps at stations have built-in tire pressure gauges to notify you of the pressure reading. Some of them can be worn and thus inaccurate, which is why it’s advised to just buy a tire pressure gauge and keep it in your car at all times.

Notes on nitrogen-filled tires

If your car was at a Costco Tire Center or even a dealership, there are chances your tires were filled with pure nitrogen. The reason for using nitrogen over any plain air is that nitrogen is less volatile of a gas. When plain air heats up, its mass expands and becomes less dense and when it cools down, its mass contracts and becomes more dense, thus affecting the pressurization of a tire. The use of nitrogen would be signified by the use of a green valve stem cap, rather than a normal dark colored one. Although it is advised not to fill nitrogen tires with normal air, there’s no real harm to topping it off if your tire pressure is off by a few psi.

You can get your tires refilled completely with nitrogen. However, average Joe tire shops will charge up to $30 a tire to empty them completely and refill them with nitrogen. Alternatively, you can pop into your local dealership and they might honor a tire refill as part of a customer courtesy. And if you bought your tires at Costco, they offer free nitrogen refills as part of their tire packages for consumers.

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