Good technology habits will not only help you work more effectively and efficiently, but will also keep your computer in good working order and safe from security issues such as viruses and malware. If your computer is constantly acting up and you aren’t sure what’s going on, it’s probably a good bet that you have developed some bad tech habits. Try getting into these five good habits to keep you and your computer happy and safe. Oh and you might save some money too!
Try Fixing Common Computer Problems Yourself
There are many computer problems that you can fix yourself. Installing extra RAM can often stop your computer from freezing and fix other performance issues. Cleaning out the clutter on your hard drive is another easy solution to a sluggish computer. Although both of these things typically aren’t very difficult to accomplish on your own, if you feel like you’ve gotten in over your head, it might be time to call in an IT expert for some help.
When you purchase a new computer or other piece of technology, watch out for traps such hardware upgrades that you might be able to purchase separately for a lot less money. Also extended warranties are typically expensive and not really necessary.
Keep ‘em Guessing
Far too many computer and gadget users don’t bother to create passwords and leave their home wireless networks open for others. If they do create a password, they are usually really easy to crack. The trick to passwords is striking a balance between security and convenience. It needs to be strong enough and long enough to repel hackers, but also easy enough for you to remember without expending a lot of mental energy. The best password is at least 8 characters long and contains a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.
Running up-to-date security software on your computer is a top priority. Every computer, even Macs, should have an antivirus program, a firewall and an anti spyware program.
Back Up Plan
Data loss can be devastating. Use an external hard drive, or better yet, a program that backs up to the cloud so that all your data is safe from fire, theft and flood. You also want your backup to happen automatically. If the worst does happen, contact an IT professional to see if your lost data can be restored.
In addition, remember to save your work often. Although most programs do have automatic save features, it is never a bad idea to manually save your work as well. To save time, get in the habit of frequently hitting the keyboard shortcut CTRL + S (CMD + S on Macs). That command will save your file in any program, and it only takes a fraction of a second.
Author Bio: Jennifer Frakes is a social media marketer and blogger who specializes in writing about technology and IT solutions.