Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Watch out for these bad tech habits

Do you practice bad tech habits? You may think you don’t. But you do you re-use passwords, neglect to back up files or frequently leave your tablet alone and in plain sight? Then you’re guilty of many of the most significant bad tech habits recently uncovered by PCWorld Magazine. In order to protect your devices and yourself, you’ll study these bad habits and then make changes to your own behavior. It’s the best way to protect yourself when computing.

Becoming a target

Your tablets and smartphones are valuable. So don’t make it so easy for thieves to snatch them. So many people practice the bad tech habit of leaving their devices unattended at a coffee shop or restaurant booth when they set off to get refills or another cookie. While they’re gone, thieves could easily snatch their devices off of the table and speedily leave the restaurant. Then there are those people that perform the bad habit of staring so intently into their smart phone screens they don’t spare any attention for their surroundings. It’s easier for crooks to sneak up close to these distracted folks, sock them and then escape with their smart phones or tablets.

Don’t Make Yourself Sick

Bad tech habits may harm your health, too. Perhaps you sit all day hunched in front your computer. This bad posture can result in serious back pain. Additionally, it may cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The remedy here? Sit up straight, take frequent computing breaks and get an appropriate chair that places less stress on your back. On the subject of breaks, another bad tech habit is not taking any. As PCWorld says, your can hurt your eyes, strain your back and blur your thought processes if you insist upon spending the entire work day concentrating on your computer screen. Don't forget to take regular breaks to keep yourself healthy.

Lost Data, Personal Information

Do you use the same password at each and every Web site where you register? This is a especially dangerous habit. What happens if hackers crack that go-to password? How much of your personal info will they then be able to access? Or maybe you never take time to back up your files. PCWorld correctly identifies this as another dangerous computer habit. What if your hard-drive crashes? If you don’t have any back-ups, do you lose your most critical files?

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