Get Rid of Bad Tech Habits

badtechhabidMost computer users have a few bad technology habits. By neglecting a few tasks, data can be lost or compromised. With the ever-increasing threat of sites being hacked, the importance of developing good technology habits cannot be understated. Although there is no way to protect data from all potential threats, there are precautions users can take to minimize their risks.

1. Use strong passwords for all sites and change them often.

Far too many computer users fail to take passwords seriously. The biggest issue is using a single password for all sites. That, in effect, gives hackers a free pass to all data on all sites if the password is discovered. Computer security experts recommend not only having a separate password for every site, but making those passwords difficult to decipher. For maximum security, consider longer passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Another common suggestion is to use a password manager to track all the passwords generated. That eliminates the need to remember multiple sophisticated passwords, requiring memorizing only the primary password. PC Magazine recently reviewed several password managers, including LastPass, RoboForm, PasswordBox and others. Basic applications are free, with additional features provided at a nominal fee.

2. Back up all data. Now.

Backing up data prevents loss if a site or data storage device is compromised. External hard drives provide a great deal of storage without investing a great deal of money. Two and three terabyte drives are available in the $100 range. Five terabyte drives are now available on sites like Amazon for under $200. Cloud storage is also an option, with several sites recently reducing fees as competition stiffens. There is simply no excuse to put off backing up data and pictures now, before they are lost.

3. Pay attention to social media site settings.

With the proliferation of social media sites, users often forget to check their privacy and security settings to make sure only selected people can view their information, not everyone logged onto the site. Monitor all settings frequently to prevent exposing information to unwanted viewers.

Of course, there are other security steps users can take to protect data, but paying attention to basics first is important. Protect your accounts, data, and pictures by reviewing all security precautions often. When new options offering additional protection become available, take advantage of them to keep your data safe. Get rid of your bad habits today.

About the Author

Roger Feinstein has grown up with computers his entire life and strives to help others understand what goes on behind the scenes in their PCs. He's been writing tech articles for websites for over 5 years.

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