Everybody makes New Year's Resolutions. Whether it be dieting, working out more or spending more time with the family, everybody makes resolutions. But, have you ever made a New Year's tech resolution? A tech resolution is more practical and will definitely be helpful for anybody who regularly works with a computer.
1. Safety First
Mac and Windows OS both have automatic updating. This allows your security patches and other OS components to remain current. Many of your installed productivity applications have this feature as well. Use the software update under the Apple menu or the Windows Update application for Windows 7.
2. Check the Basics
A lot of people go to great lengths in order to hide cables and cords that run from their different technological devices. While it may make your setup look nice, the fact of the matter is that all of these cables will go bad if they are stuck at a 90° angle or crushed under a piece of furniture. So make sure your cables are all working on par.
3. Firewalls and Security
A comprehensive security strategy is a good thing to have in addition to an updated OS. This includes having a good firewall as well as several anti-malware and anti-virus utilities. Having a few different security measures is always a good idea. You will also want a system that scans incoming email due to the fact that most viruses come through email.
4. Don't Overheat
Computers and equipment have this crazy tendency to generate heat. That is why it is important to keep a steady stream of airflow going over, under and around your equipment. Overheating can occur fast if you let layers of dust build up on your machines. A blast of canned air once a month can work wonders with all of your devices.
5. Have a Backup
System storage nowadays is extremely cheap which makes it easy for you to create backups of all your system components, work documents, program files etc... The internal hard drive of your PC is most likely your primary drive. However, if you have online or external storage then you need to back up those devices.
Making a few, simple tech resolutions for the new year could work wonders on your technological devices. You always want the best equipment and you always want your equipment to be running as efficiently as possible so do what it takes to make it so.