4. Handle “Big Tech” Accounts

The operating system used by your computer, smartphone, or tablet was almost certainly made by Apple, Google, or Microsoft. Accounts with these companies have far-reaching implications.

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are not the only “big tech” companies out there, but they have a special status because together they’re responsible for creating the operating systems that most of our computers, smartphones, and tablets use—macOS, iOS, and iPadOS from Apple; Android and ChromeOS from Google; and Windows from Microsoft.

Each company uses accounts to sync data, manage hardware, and coordinate services across multiple ...

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