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Should you completely wipe your phone?

Alexander George at Popular Mechanics erases all content and settings on his iPhone once every few months. He doesn’t use a backup, transfer data, or build from the factory settings.

“Clearing out old apps or files, even if it’s just to re-download them, will help almost any device. But deleting is tedious. The trick is to do it all at once, with a clean wipe … your vital stuff will still be there. Modern cloud systems, as long as you have your password, will keep the stuff most of us really care about—your SIM card is your phone number, and as long as you have iCloud or Google Photos, copies of your photos and videos are safely stashed in a data center.”

Find out why George does this and how you can too at Popular Mechanics.

Fewer Americans connecting with high-speed internet at home

“As the share of Americans who say they own a smartphone has increased dramatically over the past decade – from 35% in 2011 to 81% in 2019 – a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the way many people choose to go online is markedly different than in previous years.

Today, 37% of U.S. adults say they mostly use a smartphone when accessing the internet. This share has nearly doubled since 2013, when the Center last asked this question. At that point, 19% of Americans named their smartphone as their primary device for going online.”

Families organize their lives with project-management software

“When Tonya Parker, a mom in Illinois, wanted to better organize her family life a little over a year ago, the first thing she did was set her kids up on Trello, a web-based project-management tool. Parker’s four children, ages 9 to 18, now use Trello, which is more typically used at work, to keep up with chores, to-do lists, shopping, and homework.” Find out if other families successfully organize their chaotic lives with project-manament tools at The Atlantic.

Women fight to hold big tech accountable for online trolls

“Lisa Cameron is a member of the British Parliament. She’s also a victim, and survivor, of online trolls … Her inbox, Facebook and Twitter accounts filled with insults about her appearance, rape fantasies, pictures of decapitated bodies, threats to her family, and anti-Semitic slurs (Cameron is Jewish) …Cameron’s #MeToo story — and those of her female colleagues in Parliament — has helped usher in a new era in the United Kingdom: digital assault is understood as a real threat, one that is pushing the government to hold tech giants accountable for their role as hosts to these attacks. Read more about it at NPR.

Kids learn how to make a bot army at DEFCON

DEFCON Hacking Conference is going on right now in Las Vegas. One of the seminars targets kids and shows them how to create their own bot army. “The goal isn’t to launch a new flurry of hoaxes and chaos on social media for the 2020 US presidential election. It’s to teach the next generation of voters about how easily fraud erupts social media and to break down the tools foreign actors use to spread disinformation,” r00tz.org co-founder Nico Sell said. Read more about it at CNET.