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If You Text From Your PC, Don't Use SMS For Two-Factor Authentication

We love two-factor authentication, and we love services that make our text messages accessible from our computers. However, if you don’t want anyone else — a snooping spouse, child, parent, or most importantly, a laptop thief — getting hold of your private information, you might want to alter how you use two-factor authentication.


App Directory: The Best Text Messaging Replacement For Android

It’s been a while since we last looked at Android text messaging replacements. For dedicated SMS users, Handcent SMS takes the cake.


How To Use All Of Messages' New Features In iOS 8

One of the surprising overhauls in iOS 8 is Messages. Apple changed a lot of stuff and added some new features to Messages that make it much more pleasant to use. Here’s everything you need to know.


Pushbullet Can Now Reply To SMS From The Desktop Using Any Texting App

Pushbullet can’t seem to stop rolling out useful updates. Users can now reply to SMS messages from the desktop, regardless of what app you use for texting.


Ask LH: How Can I Use Two-Factor Authentication Overseas?

Dear Lifehacker, I am quite security-conscious when it comes to online accounts and use strong passwords via LastPass and two-factor authentication wherever possible via SMS. However, I will be travelling overseas soon, and getting a new SIM card and number. How can I keep my accounts secure while travelling and not need to receive text messages?


Pushbullet And EvolveSMS Work Together To Let You Send Texts From Your Desktop

Despite living in a wonderland of messaging apps, many of us still rely on boring old SMS, which is unfortunately tied to your phone. Pushbullet and EvolveSMS make it easy to text from your desktop.


How To Fix The Most Common iMessage Problems

Apple’s iMessage is a great way to avoid text messaging charges and send messages to other Apple users for free, but it’s not without its problems. Unfortunately, unlike traditional SMS, the problems don’t seem to magically work themselves out on their own, so here’s how to fix some of the more common issues you might come across.


Delete Individual SMS Messages On iOS

Deleting a conversation on iOS is easy, but deleting an individual SMS message from a thread requires a bit more work. Here’s how to do it.


App Directory: The Best Way To Text From Your Computer On Android

You don’t switch away from your PC to your smartphone to reply to an email or an instant message, so why should a simple SMS message be any different? Thankfully, if you have an Android device, you can continue using your PC (and its full-size spacious keyboard) to read and send text messages. Our choice for this task: MightyText.


Ask LH: Can I Get Around My Bank's Requirements For SMS Verification?

Dear Lifehacker, I have an online savings account with an Australian bank that uses SMS codes for verification and login. However, it only allows Australian mobile numbers. I find this very restrictive: what if I travel overseas but don’t want to activate global roaming? Is there any way I can work around this?


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