It seems a fairly accurate thing to say, that a large portion of society is linked in to technology. Whether on a computer, laptop, tablet, or phone, we can regularly be found using technology to use technology. Technology is infiltrated almost all aspects of our everyday activity. Through repetition we can become complacent.
Many people are repeatedly visiting websites of interests, whether professional or personal. When comfortable, it’s easier to take the familiar route and over time, let our guard down. Here are four habits to end today when it comes to technology, according to Akhtar (January 15, 2015):
- Using same passwords for multiple sites
- Not backing up your photos
- Not minding your Facebook settings
- Running Flash all the time on your laptop
Using same password for multiple sites. Preferring convenience of repetitive passwords is problematic and unsafe. If you site is hacked, you’ve now opened yourself up for more damage. Our browser history easily shows where we’ve been, and with using the same passwords for multiple sites, the first thing to try is the one just hacked; now the domino effect hits. Change passwords regularly. Have multiple passwords, keep track of them, or use a password manager. Password manager is a great tool for retaining a lot of username/passwords for multiple sites; it solves problem number one! Password managers take the struggle and inconvenience of multiple passwords away; however don’t forget the master password to the manager, or it all becomes inaccessible. Not allowing the master password to be recalled is a very important security measure when collecting information all in one location, like LastPass password manager.
Not backing up your photos. As photos are a way of capturing a moment in time, sparking the memory for years to come, they are valuable and hardly replaceable. Backup your photos on a regular basis, minimizing the risk of loss. There are several options for backup, photo apps on Android, Google+, Dropbox, and Amazon Cloud Drive (Akhtar, 2015). It’s possible to also back photos up to flash drives and external hard drives; however just like a computer, these can have hardware issues with continuous use.
Not minding your Facebook settings. Mind your settings on Facebook; they regularly do updates to improve the site, but this can impact your settings. It’s important to periodically check each setting, this ensures your only sharing the information you want. The internet is a sea of information, it’s important to protect your private information to the best of your ability with the options available.
Running Flash all the time on your laptop. Save your battery life and your PC by not constantly running flash on all websites. Use Flash when needed and not running automatically. According to Akhtar (2015), “Sometimes Flash can cause your computers’ fans to spin up to try to cool your PC.”
By changing these habits today, your use of technology is more secure, both now and in the future for saved data (pictures). Be aware of your technological habits and your website settings. Take care of your computer and your personal information.
Akhtar, I. (January 1, 2015). Top 4 tech habits you need to break right now. CNET. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/how-to/top-4-tech-habits-you-need-to-break-right-now/