Why everyone needs a back- up plan.
IT SOMETIMES takes a bad hangover to teach us to drink less. Similarly, it often takes a major tech disaster for people to realise they need to back- up their machines.
Don’t wait until you’ve lost all of your baby photos, your recently recorded album or next week’s work planner. Set a new year’s tech resolution to clean up your act.
Have a back- up plan: Back- up your data on your choice ( or a combination) of USB sticks, external hard- drives, networked storage systems and online storage services. Make doubles of your backups and keep them in different locations ( at home and at work). You can also automate your online backups to refresh themselves at regular intervals. Get up to date: If you use Windows, regularly run a Windows Update ( located on your Start menu). You can also set it to update automatically by adjusting your maintenance settings. Sync your gadgets: Are you using more machines, interfaces and gadgets than you need? Consider downsizing your tech collection by assimilating your interfaces for simplicity’s sake. You can also explore options of Google Chrome and other Cloud services to keep lines of communication open between your interfaces. Simplify your usage: Are you paying for several mobile broadband services when you could just share one, or do you have separate home internet and mobile accounts? It might be cheaper to take stock of what you’re paying for, what you’re using and what you need. Talk with your service provider about a simpler and cheaper way to manage multiple accounts for phone, internet and mobile internet. Exercise etiquette: If you can’t say something nice, say it considerately and with some respect. But feel free to ignore, delete, untag, deny, block and report as you see fit. Don’t be a slave to the internet – set your own terms and get around to it when you choose to and how you choose to. It’s your online life, so craft it how you will. Dump your cache: Dumping your internet browser’s cache – history, cookies and other site data – can make a huge difference in the amount of space your computer uses and how fast your machine runs. Empty the cache once a month to keep your machine running smoothly. Have a password audit: Change the passwords for your bank accounts, email accounts and computer and use different, strong passwords for each. If they’re hard to keep track of, use a secure password management app such as Keeper, ewallet or Password Pro. Sort your docs: Create files on your C Drive with folders organised by year. Then you can easily move your old files to external storage or zip them to compress the space they take up. Update your profile pic: It’s a new year, so choose a recent photo or take a new one and use it consistently across key social media sites. It’s a quick and effective way to refresh your online persona.