Upgrade Your Nintendo Switch SD Card Without Re-downloading Anything

Nintendo has been the leader in the handheld gaming market for decades, following the release of the original GameBoy. Despite this, it’s their home console products that have made Nintendo the superstar gaming company adored across the world.

So it was quite a surprise when both lines of product were combined into a single hybrid console – the Nintendo Switch. The Switch is a high-performance gaming tablet that seamlessly moves from the big screen to the small screen, allowing you to take AAA games everywhere you go.

While this is pretty awesome, it does come with some compromises. For one, the Switch doesn’t really compare with traditional consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One when it comes to raw performance. The other comparative weakness is the lack of a hard drive.

While a home console now has hundreds of gigabytes available for digital downloads, the Switch only has 32GB of internal storage – and a big hunk of that is taken up by the operating system.

Luckily underneath the kickstand lurks a future-proofed SD card slot, that will accept up to a 2TB card – a product that currently costs about as much as the console itself. So many users will probably end up buying a more reasonably priced SD card for their console, upgrading to a larger capacity during sales or as the price of SD technology comes down.

The question then is whether you can transfer your existing SD content to the new, larger card without having to re-download all your games. The answer is yes and it’s not hard at all.

Transferring SD Card Content For The Nintendo Switch

Before we begin, you should know that you can’t swap SD cards between Switch consoles. The games you download are linked to a specific console. This tutorial is about using a new SD card to replace your old one.

You can however use multiple SD cards for one Switch and swap them out, although this can be rather tedious.

Here’s
what you need to complete the transfer:

  • A Nintendo Switch – obviously!
  • The old SD card containing your games.
  • The new SD card you want to upgrade to.
  • A Windows computer with an SD card reader.

Most
laptops now have a built-in SD card reader, but if you are using a
desktop machine you can buy a USB card reader for not much money.

With
everything ready, here is how to do the transfer.

  • First, turn your Switch off completely by holding the power button. Putting the console into sleep mode is not enough. If you remove the SD card without switching off first, it will shut down anyway. So you save no time by skipping this step – and you risk data corruption.
  • After turning the power off, lift up the kickstand and remove the SD card.
  • Now, take both SD cards and go to your computer. Put the old SD card into the card reader. It should show up in Windows Explorer as a removable drive. On the drive you’ll find a single folder simply named Nintendo.
  • Copy the entire Nintendo folder to your computer. The desktop is a good place, since this is only temporary storage. Don’t delete the folder from the old SD card yet. If anything goes wrong, you may need to try again.
  • Remove the old SD card from the PC. Then insert the new larger SD card.

If the SD card is brand new, you don’t need to do anything. However, if it is used or from a minor brand, you might want to first format it using the official SD card formatting utility. We have never needed to do this with any Nintendo console when doing an SD transfer, but it may be a solution if the transfer doesn’t seem to work.

  • Copy the Nintendo folder back onto the new SD card.
  • Wait for the transfer to complete and then remove the new SD card from the card reader.
  • Put the card back in the Switch. With that done, power the console on and your games should be just where you left them. Just with more free space.
  • Once you have confirmed that everything is working, you can delete the old SD content and the temporary folder on your computer.

10 Essential Tools For The Digital Nomad

The world of work is changing and it’s changing fast! Thanks to technology and work that’s more knowledge-oriented, there’s no reason for you to be tied to a specific place of work. You could be traveling the world, lounging on the beach or simply chilling on a couch. Sounds good right?

Well it’s eminently possible these days, if you have the right tools to make it all work for you. Each Digital Nomad eventually develops a mix of tools that fits their needs and profession, but these ten tools are essential to anyone looking to get into that digital nomad lifestyle.

Cloud Collaboration Tools

No person is an island and if you want to work, more often than not it’s going to be in collaboration with a team. There are many cloud-based collaboration suites out there, but these are the biggest, most mainstream options from the world’s tech giants.

Google Suite

If you have a Gmail account, you already have access to the full Google Suite of online applications. This includes Google Docs, which is a great, streamlined word processor.

Google Docs is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to work with someone on a document and since it is completely free you have no excuse not to try it and the other components of the Google Suite at least once.

Office 365

Of course, there’s something to be said for good old Microsoft Office. It’s remains the vanilla standard for general productivity. However, modern Office isn’t your grandparents’ Clippy-cursed desktop software anymore.

Office 365 has now moved into the cloud for good and you can experience almost the full-fat working drone experience with just a web-browser and an internet connection. Unlike the Google Suite though, you need to pay a subscription fee.

On the bright side, this also lets you download the traditional Office applications, provides oodles of cloud storage and a sizable list of value added features. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars every month, it definitely worth a look. It has some great multi-user plans where one fee can outfit an entire team or family with software and services.

Cloud Storage Tools

Don’t copy that floppy! Oh the heady days of physical media storage. These days even capacious USB thumb drives are becoming an uncommon sight. Instead it’s easier to simply keep your files safely in the cloud.

As a digital nomad, these cloud storage services have become a lifeline. From keeping digital copies of crucial travel documents to letting you share and receive work-related files, you can’t live the life without some cloud in your life.

Google Drive

Included as part of the aforementioned Google Suite, this is a great option and won’t cost you a cent. Google is always adding more space as well and at the time of writing there was about 17GB of storage available.

You can store just about any file in your Google Drive and recently an application that allows for offline syncing has been made available. Obviously it’s also perfectly integrated with other Google apps.

DropBox

The industry standard in cloud storage solutions. DropBox only offers about 2GB of storage on the free tier, but has some of the best Windows and mobile integration.

Syncing is flawless and the company is constantly adding more web-based features and smart indexing of your information. They also have a Google Docs-like equivalent, Dropbox Paper.

OneDrive

OneDrive has a free option of 15GB a month, but you can pay for up to 6TB or get it as part of an Office 365 subscription.

While it’s a little behind Google or DropBox in terms of elegance or intelligence, OneDrive offers amazing value per GB. The personal plan nets you Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive for the price of a fancy coffee every month.

Coworking Spaces

Thanks to a rise in digital nomads, a new business as emerged. Entire companies now exist where you can simply show up, book some office space and get down to business for a few hours.

You can get air conditioning, internet access and printing facilities for a reasonable, tax-deductible fee. Coworking spaces are popping up all over the world, but finding one on your travels can be tricky.

DropDesk

DropDesk lets you find coworking spaces easily all over the USA. It’s got an easy filter system and clear photos to show you exactly what you are getting.

It’s a pity it’s not an international service, but if you’re touring around the Land of the Free, it’s a neat way to find a desk.

Coworker

If your needs are a little more international, then Coworker is just the ticket. From New York to Hong Kong, there’s a massive list of interesting places to do your job.

Coworker operates in 163 countries, which is amazing since there are 195 countries in total.

Gig-Economy Services

As a digital nomad, you’re probably doing some sort of gig-economy work yourself, so it’s rather appropriate that you make use of these services to support your remote, digital career.

After all, if you’re moving from one place to the next while working online, you will need transport and a place to stay. Luckily the gig-economy is here to save the day.

AirBnB

If you’re very mobile, then the traditional rental and lease business isn’t always a good fit. AirBnB is an app service that lets you easily find private accommodation just about anywhere in the world. I

It’s also host to some of the most interesting and quirky places to stay. A perfect fit for a nomad.

Uber

Rental cars are insanely expensive and as a nomad you don’t need to own a vehicle. So a service like Uber is perfect to take your from your AirBnB to your coworking space.

Stopping for some a skinny latte on the way there. Heaven.

UpWork

Of course, if you want to be a digital nomad, you have to get remote work! UpWork is the biggest platform for online, remote freelance work. If you have the skills to pay the bills, someone on UpWork will pay for them.

It’s by far not the only option – Fiverr is also another possibility – but any nomadic newbies could do worse than starting here.

Wherever I May Roam

The world belongs to all of us, so why not get to see it while you have the chance? We don’t have to be anchored to a place by our jobs and life’s too short not to see the planet.

So pack that laptop, charge that smartphone and pick up the airline tickets.

5 Tips To Keep Your Family Safe On The Internet

The internet is quite possibly the greatest human invention in history, but like most things we’ve come up with, it’s not all good news. While the world is largely a better place thanks to the web, it can be a pretty dangerous place for the uninitiated.

As our social and professional lives become ever more digitized, the average person needs to learn new skills almost constantly. If you’re a parent, your kids are growing up in an online world that simply didn’t exist when you were their age.

So how can you prep them to be safe about their inevitable technology use? Here are five ways you can beef up your family cybersecurity.

Have “The Talk” With Your Family

The weakest link in any cybersecurity setup is always the human element. Hackers refer to the techniques that target people as “social engineering” and it’s an extension of the large set of confidence tricks out there which criminals use to victimize innocent people.

There is no software or hardware tool you can buy that will make up for someone in your family being tricked into opening the doors to cybercriminals. So the best strategy is to make sure your children and significant other, and anyone else who lives with you, are aware of the most common attacks. Email phishing scams, catfishing and malicious attachments are just three examples.

Take the time to sit down and clearly explain these threats to your loved ones. Make sure they understand the risks and implications. If anyone in your family is not able to understand these threats or apply the right mitigations, then it’s too early for them to use your home’s internet connection without supervision.

Most importantly, instill the rule of “see something, say something”. In other words, if something seems off or strange, that person should let you know.

Secure The Local Environment

Not every technology or network-based threat comes from the internet. There are ways your local network can be compromised as well. For example, piggybacking is the process of connecting to someone else’s WiFi without their knowledge. Usually to use their internet connection, but it’s worse than simply getting your bandwidth hogged by a stranger.

Once an unknown person is connected to your local network, they can get access to any devices that are on that network. Especially if they haven’t been configured correctly. The next step might to steal files from local drives or network-attached storage. Malware such as keystroke loggers could also be installed by rogue users on your network.

So make sure your router is set to the highest WiFi security standard supported. At the same time, make sure that your WiFi key is a proper strong key and not something like myWiFi123. The same goes for the admin password to access your router settings. Don’t leave it with the default password!

You may want to go as far as whitelisting only specific devices, so that even if a rogue device connects, it won’t get access to anything.

Set Up a Guest Network

What about people who visit your home that need internet access, but aren’t part of your trusted circle? Many routers offer the option to create a guest network these days.

This is a second WiFi hotspot that allows for direct internet access, but cuts that user off from the rest of the local network. This is the WiFi connection to use with visitors if at all possible.

Configure All Your Mobile Devices Properly

Our smartphones and tablets are wonderful machines and it’s unthinkable that any of our kids or independent family members would leave the house without one. However, they might be walking around with a big fat security vulnerability.

Make sure that everyone has a passcode and full disk encryption enabled on their smart devices. If not, anyone who steals or temporarily grabs that device might get access to information they could use to somehow harm you.

Use Content Restriction Tools

Do you know what websites your family members are visiting? Would you be invading their privacy if you monitored their activity? It’s a tricky question, but there’s no doubt that plenty of the content found on the web is simply not suitable for children or teenagers.

In the past, tech-savvy families might have a home proxy server that logs every site visited and blocks sites that are on a blacklist. Luckily that’s not something you need to do anymore, thanks to custom safe browsing DNS services.

DNS is short for domain name servers and is basically a phonebook for the internet. When you type an internet address into your browser, it sends a request to the DNS registered on your router. The DNS takes that address and then looks up the exact numerical internet protocol address. This is the actual physical network address of the web server that hosts the site you want to visit.

Your internet service provider has a DNS that is automatically configured, but you can log into your router and manually override which DNS it should use. You can pay for a subscription-based custom DNS service that automatically blocks web content you don’t want your family members accessing. Depending on the specific service, you can block whole classes of site and also specifically block a custom list of sites.

Some internet service providers offer this service as part of your existing subscription too, so it’s worth checking if that’s the case before paying any additional money.

Streetwise For The 21st Century

Before the internet, children were given advice on not taking candy from strangers or accepting rides from people they don’t trust. Now the strangers have a direct line into the home, along with con artists and providers of adult content.

Family members of all ages need to become streetwise in a way that’s appropriate to the 21st century and the 4th Industrial Revolution. It doesn’t have to be hard, but it does have to be done.

How Browser Fingerprinting Hurts Online Privacy & What To Do About It

The literal meaning of fingerprint is the impression your fingertip leaves when you touch something. The whorls and ridges that can be clearly seen under a magnifying glass. As far as we know, each person’s whole fingerprint is unique. Which means if your fingerprints match those at the scene of a crime, you’d better have a good explanation why.

So, when we talk about browser fingerprinting, you probably have the general idea right already. As you probably thought, it’s a way to identify who has visited a site by identifying the unique aspects of their browsers. What aspects are these? Glad you asked!

What Is This Fingerprinting Stuff Anyway?

Let’s imagine that you have a freshly-installed copy of Windows and have just installed the web browser of your choice.

When you visit a website, that website can request all sorts of information about your computer from the browser. On this fresh new machine, it will know things like what hardware the computer is using, what the screen resolution is and the version of Windows you’re running.

As you use the computer, visit websites and install plugins, your computer and browser becomes more and more unique. Which means that the specific browser and computer used to visit a given site can be matched later.

Let’s say you switch on some sort of privacy protection, such as a VPN. Although your ISP and the remote site you connect to are in the dark about who you are or where you are from, your browser fingerprint can tell them something.

If two sites both compare fingerprints, you may be linked to both. If you visited one of them without any privacy protection, you will have confirmed your internet activity while ostensibly “anonymous”.

How To Test Your Browser Fingerprint

You can test whether your browser is leaving a unique print around quite easily. There are several online tools that expose that information for you to see. The one that’s easiest to recommend is the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Panopticlick 3.0.

All you have to do is click “TEST ME” and you’ll see within a few seconds whether your browser is unique enough to be a privacy risk. Go ahead and try it now.

Leaving No Fingerprint Behind

Presumably most of you reading this have failed the tracking test. So what can you do to anonymize your browser?

The answer to this question comes in degrees. There is no 100% foolproof way of anonymizing your browsing, but you can make it hard enough that whoever wants to track your browsing won’t have the resources or motivation to do so.

Let’s look at some practical steps you can take to become more anonymous online.

Private Browsing Modes

Popular browsers such as Chrome or Firefox have private browsing modes that switch off plenty of functions used for tracking and fingerprinting.

When you’re in private browsing mode, the computer won’t retain cookies or site data. It doesn’t hide many things from the site you are visiting, but it does prevent the accumulation of some unique data that could be used to identify you.

Of course, you can’t use the entire internet in this mode. So switch over to a private tab when visiting sites you’d rather not have as part of your total ID data.

Kick The Extension Habit

Every modification you make to your browser makes it easier to tell it apart from all the other users on the net. It can be tempting to really customize your experience and there are many brilliant extensions for browsers like Chrome.

Unfortunately, if you care at all about being tracked and identified, you need to refrain from using extensions. Well, except for one. The Privacy Badger extension from the EFF actually blocks invisible tracking technologies and you can get it for Firefox and Opera.

Bye Bye Javascript

JavaScript is a cornerstone of the modern web. It’s a scripting language that lets websites do all sorts of fancy, interactive and intelligent things. It’s also the main way that websites interrogate your system and fingerprint your browser.

So if you really want to avoid getting tracked and traced, disabling JavaScript is a strong method. One popular tool that works with Firefox is NoScript. It also provides protection against clickjacking.

With NoScript you have to explicitly whitelist the sites you trust with JavaScript, so it’s very secure,

Use Popular Browsers

While it’s cool to try something off the beaten path, it’s not the best idea if you care about browser privacy. It’s best to stick to browsers that are very popular. So avoid niche and heavily modified browsers.

There are many ways to express your individuality, but this is one area where it’s actually a bad idea. 

Boss Mode: Use a Virtual Machine, VPN and Privacy Operating System

If you want a more hardcore solution to being tracked and identified through your internet browsing habits, it’s possible to do something a little “nuclear” in terms of privacy. By combining several technologies you can radically reduce the chances that you can be identified by the sites that you visit.

The recipe goes something like this:

  • Use a virtual machine, which hides your true hardware specifications.
  • Run a privacy-focused operating system within the virtual machines. Tails is a good choice.
  • Use the stock Tor browser, which is already included in Tails.
  • Use a VPN that does not store activity logs, so that your ISP has no data for correlation with data from sites you visit.

In combination, these measures make it very hard for either your ISP or the site you visit to uniquely identify you.

Of course, none of that matters if you volunteer your identity. Logging into Facebook or Twitter leaves little doubt about who you are. Which means you also have to be cognizant about the information you openly provide and whether it’s what you want to do or not.

How To Download Videos From Twitter, Facebook & Instagram

Have you ever wanted to save videos from social media websites? Maybe there’s a Twitter video you want to download, or videos from Facebook or Instagram that you’d like to save? There isn’t a download button on these sites, but there are third-party tools that let you save videos from Instagram and other social networks.

Some of the best video downloaders for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are web apps, meaning that you don’t need to download a program to your computer to use them. Just copy the link to the video you want to save, and then paste it into the video downloader website to get the file (some even let you convert the video to an audio file format).

All the methods mentioned below work from a computer, but you can also use them to save videos directly to your phone or tablet. However, depending on the device you have, you might need an extra app that can handle file downloads. iPhones, for example, can use Documents, MyMedia, or Files.

Note: Downloading a video from these websites means videos that are actually stored on the site, not linked elsewhere. For example, if a Facebook post has a link to a YouTube video, you can’t use a Facebook video downloader to save it; you’d need a YouTube downloader instead.

Important: You should be aware
of copyright laws in your country before downloading videos from
Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Just because a video can be
downloaded for free doesn’t mean that it’s legal for you to take
it.

Download Twitter Videos

There are several ways to download videos from Twitter, but we’ll review a method that uses a website called SaveTweetVid.

  • Select the arrow next to the Tweet and choose Copy link to Tweet. If you’re already viewing the Tweet that has the video, you can copy the URL shown in the navigation bar of your browser.
  • Paste the URL into the text box at SaveTweetVid, and press Download.

Tip: If SaveTweetVid doesn’t find the Twitter video you want to download, try a similar site like TWSaver, TwitterVideoDownloader, or DownloadTwitterVideo.

  • Select one of the download options. You should see download links for various video qualities.
  • The Twitter video download should start automatically, but if not, right-click the page and choose the save option. Or, if you see a menu on the bottom right, select it and then choose Download. You might also have luck using the Ctrl+S shortcut.

Mobile users might prefer an app that downloads Twitter videos. Video Downloader for Twitter and Download Twitter Videos are a few options for Android.

Download Facebook Videos

Facebook has a Save video option, but that’s not what you should use if you want to download a Facebook video. Fortunately, there are several free Facebook video downloaders that you can use to the same effect: to save the video from Facebook to your computer, phone, or tablet.

We’ll use Getfvid for this tutorial, but some other sites that work similarly include Fbdownloader, FBDOWN, and BitDownloader. There are even apps that are built specifically for this, like Video Downloader for Facebook for Android.

  • Copy the link to the Facebook video by selecting the three-dotted menu and choosing Copy link.
  • Open Getfvid, paste the link into the text box, and select DOWNLOAD.

Step 3: Select a download
option. You can download the Facebook video in HD quality or normal
quality, or convert the Facebook video to MP3.

Download Instagram Videos

Just like these other social media video downloaders, saving an Instagram video involves copying the link to the post and then pasting it into a web app. We’re using DownloadGram below, but some others that work too, include Instaview, Downloadinstagramvideos, w3toys, and Savefromweb.

Tip: We also have a guide on how to save full-size Instagram images.

  • Copy the link to the Instagram video. You can do this by opening the video and copying the URL displayed in the web browser. Another option, which is required if you’re using the Instagram app, is to tap the three-dotted menu button on the post and choose Copy Link.
  • Paste the link into the text box on DownloadGram, and then select Download followed by Download video.
  • When prompted to download the video from Instagram, name it something you’ll recognize and choose where to save it.

There are also Instagram video downloader apps that might be easier to use if you’re on a mobile device. InstaSave is one example for Android devices that can download videos and images from Instagram pages.