It’s the start of a New Year once again, and just like every time we reach this part we all have that so-called New Year’s resolution, we promise ourselves not to go back to those bad habits we used to do. Same goes in technology, there are some things we need to stop doing and forget altogether for privacy, security, as well as health purposes.

Here are some bad tech habits you need to get rid of this 2018.

Too much screen time

Spending too much time using your laptop or phone has been linked to sleep deprivation and loss of social skills. Make sure to take regular breaks and limit your screen usage as much as possible. If you must use your devices at night, at least use a blue light filter (also known as Night light) to help preserve your sleep cycles.

Leaving your devices unlocked

Since our devices contain tons of our personal information, it is vital that we protect them at all times from any unauthorized access. The easiest way to do this is to create a strong password to prevent unauthorized physical access to your device. Even if your device gets stolen, you know that, at the very least, your data cannot be accessed (easily).

If unlocking your phone with a password every time you want to use it seems like too much work, most modern devices implement some form of bio-metric authentication that is just as good security-wise, but much more convenient.

Using weak passwords

It is now 2018 and still people are still not properly educated when it comes to creating passwords for their online accounts. Not only is it easy to crack and put your own privacy/security at risk, if one of your accounts gets compromised, all your accounts that use the same email/password combination will be at risk too. And creating a strong password for each website you use is not as hard as it sounds; just use a password manager.

Whatever you are doing to record your password (you can write it down if you want to), just don’t use a weak password and the same password for every account.

Using pirated software

Using pirated software might save you some money (illegally), it should be strictly avoided as it is one of the ways malware and spyware are distributed. Apart from the fact that possessing pirated software is illegal, by using it, you are putting yourself at risk of infecting your device with malware that can steal your data or do other nasty things. If you cannot afford to pay for certain software, find a free or cheaper alternative. You will usually find one that is good enough to replace the proprietary program.

Sharing one account with several users

It’s not a practical thing to share your accounts or passwords with any other person. Aside from privacy issues, accidents can happen. We’ve all had that friend who accidentally deleted some important files on another person’s computer. All major operating systems support multiple user accounts. You can even create guest accounts in some cases.

Not updating software

New security vulnerabilities are being discovered on a regular basis. Security updates are often sent to fix these vulnerabilities. If you fail to update the software on your devices quickly, you will be an easy target for hackers looking to exploit these vulnerabilities. Aside from this, you’ll also miss out on bug fixes, performance improvements and new features.

So make it a habit to update the software on your device regularly. You can even setup automatic updates so you don’t even have to think about it.

Using your laptop while on your lap

Do not put your laptop on your lap for a prolonged period of time even if the word “laptop” seems to imply that. Research has shown that this practice could have health implications due to the heat and radiation that most laptops emit. Lower sperm count and skin infect are some of the risks.

Try to find a table top where you can place your laptop while you work, or at least place a barrier between the laptop and your skin.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:12:20 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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