Today’s technology goes beyond the LED flat television or the usual desktop computer. The use of today’s technology means having a real “responsible digital and online citizenship” that users should know in the appropriate use of gadgets, tools, Internet, etc. Technology goes way beyond just mere use of gadgets, but in the knowledge of how to properly use technology and not misuse or abuse for purposes than may cause harm to the user and others.

You’ll be surprised because the citation of proper technology practices and tips given around 20 years ago still stand to this day.

Set up your computer for automatic software and operating system updates

An unpatched machine is more likely to have software vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Make sure the patches for your software are all updated regularly.

Install protective software

An unprotected computer with anti-virus or anti-malware software installed is like a fort without proper defenses. This leaves the computer like an open invitation to attacks from viruses, malware, spyware, and the like. Make sure proper protective software is installed and updated regularly.

Choose strong passwords

Some 15 or so years after this advice for computer and Internet users came out, it can’t be stressed enough that it is still appropriate advice today. Choose strong passwords with letters, numbers, and special characters to create a mental image or an acronym that is easy for you to remember. Create a different password for each important account, and change passwords regularly.

Back up all important data

Backing up your machine regularly can protect you from the unexpected. Keep all important data, documents, and other vital files backed up properly and make sure the files can be retrieved if needed.

Control access to your computer and other gadgets

Don’t leave your computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone in an unsecured area, or unattended and logged on, especially in public places. The physical security of your mobile and stationary gadgets is just as important as its technical security. Most especially, don’t leave e-mails or social media sites logged on and open if you’re away from your computer or gadget.

Use e-mail and the Internet safely

Ignore unsolicited emails, and be wary of attachments, links, and forms in e-mails that come from people or accounts you don’t know, or which seem “phishy.” Avoid untrustworthy – often disguised as “free” – downloads from freeware or shareware sites. Make sure the spam filtering in your e-mail account is turned on. If your anti-virus software has e-mail protection, make sure this is turned on as well. It will scan for “phishy” content.

Use secure connections

When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable while in transit. Use remote connectivity and secure file transfer options when using public Wi-Fi connections.

Safe practices to improve people’s experience in using technology today includes a combination of how you physically or technically protect your gadgets and tools by using software and security settings, and the actions you take.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 9:18:37 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech, Tech Tips & Tricks.

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