This is the time of year when we make resolutions and sets goals for the New Year. You might want to lose weight, travel more, lower your stress, but chances are, tech resolutions don’t even make your list – but they should!
Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and we understand it’s tough to stay on top of things, especially if you’re not a “techy” person. So we’re rounding up the top 5 tech resolutions that can save you a lot of headache in the New Year.
Ok, you’ve heard this before. But what exactly does it mean – back up to an external hard drive or back up to the cloud – which is better? What IS the cloud for that matter?
The “cloud”, in simplest terms, just means your data is stored online rather than on your computer. Think of the cloud as just a metaphor for the internet. You can access your data through a software interface similar to a web browser and you can do so from any device. Google Drive, Carbonite and Dropbox are all examples of cloud storage providers.
Now back to the question of data backup. Should you back up to the cloud or move your data to an external storage device? If you want to be safe, use both! That way, if you don’t have an internet connection you can still retrieve your data and if your hard drive fails, you have another backup.
Oh, and cost really isn’t a factor because cloud backup is very affordable, particularly for personal use and Google Drive is free, so there’s no reason not to back up those precious photos and personal data. Just keep in mind if you’re backing up sensitive data, you’ll want to use a paid storage solution that has rigid security measures and for business, you’ll need a business grade backup solution.
Speaking of backing up data, if you’re a Facebook user and you routinely upload photos and videos, you’ll want to back up this data as well. We tend to think that because it’s…well, Facebook, they’ve got our back and we’ll never lose our data.
But the truth is, in today’s age of rampant cyber-attacks, anything could happen. Facebook could suffer a cyber-attack, they could change their terms of service limiting space or the number of photos you can upload or their servers could crash. Nobody cares about your data as much as you. From photos to wall posts, it’s actually very simple to back up your Facebook data and you can do it in three steps.
In today’s digital age, it’s easy to think interactions with websites like Facebook, Google and other web communities are private, but in fact, it’s easy for anyone (particularly cyber criminals) to gather a host of information about you just by doing a few quick internet searches.
Try not to reveal too much information publicly that might also count as a security question at your online banking institution for example. Things like pet names, mother/father’s maiden name, birth city, first car, etc. are often used for security questions and for this reason, it’s best to keep that information off the internet entirely.
If you want to maintain a professional image online, follow these quick steps to manage (or clean up) your digital reputation this year.
If you’ve been putting off that next laptop purchase for fear that Windows 10 is riddled with problems, you might want to reconsider and upgrade your hardware because the majority of people have little to no issues with Windows 10.
Plus, there are a ton of great new features that earlier versions of Windows are missing. But most importantly, the most compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 10 is security. While Windows 7 and 8 are supported now, Windows 10 is where Microsoft is focusing its attention.
You might have noticed by now that security is a theme throughout each of these tech resolutions. That’s because security doesn’t just affect business, consumers are targeted as well, just in slightly different ways.
There are a number of things you can do to avoid opening yourself up to cyber criminals:
Cybercrime is a big business, so play it safe and follow these best practices to stay safe in 2017.
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