10 Good Tech Habits We Should All Have
Posted: October 7, 2013 by Alex Chan
You've probably heard that you shouldn't put your lap top on a blanket, or you should back up your computer, or maybe you should use more secure passwords. While not many of us take these things seriously, good tech habits can save you money, keep your personal information safe, and help you avoid frustration down the road.
Here are 10 tech habits we should all have:
1. Stop Resting Laptops on Blankets, Carpets, or Bare Skin
Without a proper ventilation area, your laptop will start to overheat after a while. Overheating can decrease your battery life, and worse, it can cause some serious damage on your computer or catch a fire.
2. Transport Electronics in a Suitable Case
Whenever you're carrying smartphones, tablets, laptops or other electronics around, do use a protective case. This will spare you from busted screens and dented corners. And to all those who are carrying their laptops by the screen: Please, stop!
3. Properly Maintain Charger Cords
Charger cords are pretty sensitive and they fray very easily. So, make sure you don't wrap them too tightly and never yank them out of the wall.
4. Keep Your Desktop and Hard Drive Clutter-Free
Not only can a cluttered desktop or hard drive make things harder to find, but it also can slow down your computer. To keep "the mess" under control, make it a habit of keeping it organized.
5. Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi
Using public Wi-Fi can expose you to all sorts of attacks. This may sound silly, but the next time you're on public Wi-Fi turn off sharing and using SSL whenever possible. This will keep you safe.
6. Use Secure Passwords
Make sure all of your passwords include at least one capital letter and number in it. Also, it should include at least seven characters.
7. Don't Use Household Cleaners on Electronics
Stop killing your devices with products like Windex. Using household cleaning products to clean your laptop or PC is definitely a bad idea. The chemicals eat away at the coating on your screen.
8. Properly Eject Drives
USB hard drives or thumb drives should be always ejected properly from your computer before you rip them out. If the disk is spinning when you remove it you could experience data loss. This especially applies to hard drives.
9. Regularly Audit Privacy Setting on Social Networks
Protect yourself by auditing your privacy settings every once in a while. One way to keep up with your privacy settings on all your networks is using sites like AdjustYourPrivacy.com
10. Back-up Your Computer
Do it now. Save yourself from one enormous potential headache by regularly backing up your data to a hard drive or onto the cloud.