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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.


The text message is far from dead, but smartphone apps that let you chat with others (whether via text, video or voice) without charging you for every single message are increasingly popular. We've rounded up five of the most popular choices.


There'll be lots of texts flying around filled with Christmas greetings, but getting a message from Santa is much more impressive than getting one from someone you know. The Santa SMS service lets you schedule an SMS from Santa to surprise your loved ones.


iOS 5 came with a few hidden features that we've been discovering over time, and one is that it can read almost any text to you. This feature is disabled by default, but after enabling it you can have your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch speak pretty much any text aloud.


Texting is a fast and easy way to communicate, but it has its disadvantages too. A new study by the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia reveals that people may be more likely to lie over text message conversations than when they're speaking face to face.


Android/iOS/Blackberry: There are lots of apps that can send "free" text messages, but most require your recipient to also have the same app. JaxtrSMS is a free service from Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail, that can send free texts to any mobile number in the world, and display it to the recipient as coming from your own phone number.


Spam is an apparently unavoidable fact of life in email, but it's still a shock to get an unsolicited marketing message to your mobile number. If you've experienced mobile spam, Australian communications regulator ACMA has set up a dedicated service to let you report it.


Reading text messages or emails while driving is illegal, dangerous and stupid, none of which stops lots of people from doing it. Free BlackBerry app DriveSafe.ly reduces the risk by reading incoming messages out loud.