Many of you might be aware that for the last couple of years, the world of motorsport has been dominated by a select group of car manufacturers. The likes of Mercedes-AMG, BMW, and most recently, Honda have all achieved incredible success and made motorsport relevant to everyone once more.
In order to keep up with this unprecedented level of success, these companies have devoted extraordinary resources to innovation and development, resulting in some pretty phenomenal vehicles.
Whilst these companies have done fantastic things for motorsport, it’s important to remember that there are also some pretty nasty bugs lurking within their software. One of the biggest gripes that fans have with regard to motorsport in general, and the speedway in particular, is that the fanfare that is generated when a motor manufacturer wins a prestigious award is often drowned out by the infuriating din of the ‘ping’ that greets you every time you log in to your dashboard.
Yes, it’s that bad. And this is precisely why I’ve spent the past few years trying to find a way around this, so that when a significant milestone is reached, the fans can celebrate along with the driver. As a result of my efforts, there is now an easy way for you to change your email address for the speedway, effectively silencing that ubiquitous ping once and for all.
Let’s take a closer look at how to make the switch.
Find Your Old Email
As mentioned, the primary purpose of that email address is to allow you to login to your dashboard. And yes, you can have multiple dashboards for different purposes (fans, journalists, etc), but for the sake of this article, we’ll assume you’re using one and the same.
If you’re finding it difficult to track down your old email address, then that’s an opportunity for you to reassess some of your online habits. You might want to consider reviewing the websites and services you’ve ever used, as well as the emails you’ve ever received, in order to piece together a complete and accurate record. This is particularly important if you’re trying to switch to a new provider. And yes, I’m sure there are still some nagging issues that crop up from time to time, like the spam that my email provider is constantly battling, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you did everything you could to make the transition hassle-free.
Update Your Info
After you’ve located your old email, it’s time to move onto the next step. The next thing you’ll want to do is to update your profile on the various sites and services that you used, so that your username and email address are in good standing. And speaking of good standing, if you sign up for ANY online service that’s connected to ANY social media platform (such as Gmail, PayPal, and even certain travel sites), then that’s a sign that you’re probably already in good standing with those sites. So, by taking care of this step, you’ll have zero risk of being banned from those services.
Above all else, please make sure that your new email is also your username, otherwise things get a little hairy. Once you’ve updated your profile on the various sites, log out of all of those services, then sign back in with your new email. This will ensure that all of your accounts are linked and, effectively, create a unified profile for you to showcase.
Create A New Email
Now, you might be wondering where you should pop up that new email address. The good news is that you have plenty of options when it comes to selecting an email provider. And if you’re trying to keep things as quick and simple as possible, then you might want to consider going with a free email service. These days, you’ll find plenty of excellent free email providers, such as Hello Fresh, MailChimp, and even Facebook, which offers a free email service called Facebook Messenger Email. And did I mention that it’s free? All of these benefits, without the need to create a paid account.
Whichever option you choose, make sure that you read the small print before you start receiving emails. Some free email services have strict rules against the use of bulk mailers and bots, so make sure that you don’t break any of those rules. Otherwise, you might get hit with a big bill that you have to pay. So think of that the next time you’re tempted to send a mass email to a bunch of your contacts.
Disable All Those Addictive Messaging Apps
Whether you’re a Twitter junkie or an Instagrammer or a WhatsAppholic, it’s very possible that you’ve downloaded one, if not several, of these messaging apps onto your smartphone. And whether you realize it or not, all of these apps have one thing in common: they all incessantly pester you to spend more money. And what’s more, they do this in a way that’s completely undetectable, so you won’t even know you’re spending money unless you look at your credit card statement.
The worst of these offenders are the Twitter apps. Whilst there are plenty of excellent Twitter clients for both iPhone and Android, the company’s own app is notorious for its irritating features and constant requests to spend money. If you’re serious about staying off Twitter, then you might want to consider purchasing an Android device, as those manufactured by Motorola and Huawei don’t come with integrated Twitter apps. Sure, you can delete apps you don’t want on your phone or modify their access rights, but that’s a huge pain when you’re trying to use your phone for something else. Simply put, if you’re determined to stay off social media, then install an unofficial app that doesn’t access the internet or perform any online activities. Just remember: you’re responsible for keeping that app up to date, so make sure you do so regularly. And if you’re worried about losing access to your Twitter account, then you can always create a backup of your tweets, or better yet, setup an archive of all of your tweeted messages. Just keep in mind: whatever you do, you’ll never truly be rid of these apps. They are that good at what they do.
Turn Off All Those Online Trackers
These are trackers, by the way, not spies. They’re kind of like a GPS device for your phone, or a Wi-Fi connection that follows you around wherever you go. For the most part, they’re not dangerous or anything, but they can be pretty intrusive, especially if you have an app that shares your location with every single person you communicate with. Now, it is possible to disable these trackers, but it’s not something you do lightly. Simply put, if you have an app that shares your location, you have to turn off that app. Then you have to turn off the trackers associated with that app. And the worst part is that some apps don’t even have a switch to turn off the location tracking, so you have to go through the trouble of finding each and every tracker and turning them off manually. So much for easy.
This is one of the main reasons why I turned off Google Maps on my phone. You see, I don’t need the location tracker for Google Maps. I could’ve deleted the app and still had access to all of the features of Google Maps. And with some smart phone tools, you can even do a better job at keeping your location private. For example, if you download and use Signal, then you’ll know that your location will only be shared with your contacts. So, even if someone does get your phone, they won’t be able to find out where you are. And don’t get me started on the whole ‘I am Privacy’ thing. You can get a whole separate phone just for that purpose.
Monitor Application Usage
With some apps, the problem isn’t necessarily that they want to access your location or track your movements. It’s that they want to access your location or track your movements without your knowledge or permission. Fortunately, there are some very handy apps that monitor the apps that your phone and tablet are using, and they’ll even notify you when an app tries to access your information without your permission. For example, Didier Dombre, the creator of Looker, notes that his app “monitors all the apps on your phone and notifies you when something unexpected happens.” Now, you might not need that level of vigilance, but it’s always nice to know that you can have that kind of functionality at your fingertips.