5 Bad Tech Habits and How to Break Them

DNS Made Easy tackles the top bad habits and tips on how to make positive change

You floss daily, maintain good posture, rotate your tires regularly and always eat your vegetables. For those who have no bad habits, it’s time to stop lying to yourself and join the real world.

Bad habits in the tech world can not only cause you heartache and frustration but can also be dangerous and threaten your safety and financial stability. DNS Made Easy experts put together a tips list on bad habits to break.

 

  1. Not managing your passwords. A password is like a key to your private information. If you leave keys lying around – that could be tempting fate. Having a compromised password can cost you undue frustration, time and sometimes…money. Make sure you have different passwords for different sites. Choose difficult combinations of letters, numbers, symbols as well as upper and lower cases. In addition, change your passwords every three-to-six months.
  2. Not backing up your data regularly. This is truly tempting fate. Eventually, all computers will fail at some point and for various reasons. Reasons range from a virus attack, old equipment, property damage or even theft. Backing up data, which includes pictures, videos, emails, documents, lists, spreadsheets, internet bookmarks, favorites and other valuable information, can be as easy as using an automatic cloud-based service. For a fee, these services back up any and everything on your computer and can restore the information to any system, when required.
  3. Forgetting to clean. You wash your hands after you use the restroom, right? Well after hours of use items such as keyboards, a mouse and touch screens build up residue from the oil and other sediments on our hands and fingers. Cleaning not only eliminates the “ew” factor, it also protects equipment. Your high-tech arsenal is vulnerable to damage from dust and dirt. Grit and grime seep into cracks and crevices and can block air-intake vents for cooling, clog fans, damage other moving parts and lead to component failure.
  4. Putting off upgrades. These days, software is updated much more frequent than you think. Most programs notify the user if an upgrade is available and doing these upgrades helps the program run more efficiently. In particular, antivirus software should be upgraded often. Within the program there is a prompt or button that checks for upgrades. If a notification doesn’t prompt you to look, go ahead and click the button to stay updated on safety.
  5. Never rebooting. Numerous applications require reboots after they are installed or updated. An application is typically stuck in limbo until a reboot occurs after an update. Rebooting your computer or device is like natural down time. We go to bed at night to reboot; it’s time to give our hardworking computer companion a little shut eye as well. Turn it off completely and save energy too.

Noticing bad habits are the first step in breaking them. If you catch yourself falling into the old ways, be proactive; protect yourself and your computer.