Making changes to your tech and IT usage in 2017

It’s never easy to make changes in the New Year, but we’ve put together a list of IT resolutions that involve very little effort but can make a big difference to your tech usage and online security.

We don’t want to get preachy (we could do with sticking to some of these resolutions ourselves!) but many issues we come across with our clients are things that could have been easily prevented. Take a look at some of our suggestions for IT New Years Resolutions in 2017...

Get a password manager

This is a biggie. It feels like every day we hear about huge data breeches and leaks, putting average internet users at risk of fraud and theft. Of course there’s nothing we can do to prevent big companies from mishandling our data, but what we can do is minimise the risk to ourselves in the event that it does happen. Take a look at LastPass or 1Password to see what they can do for you.

Delete unused accounts

Try and think about some of the old online accounts that you no longer use; social media websites or online shops for example. Hackers break into websites every day, looking for email addresses and passwords that they can use to gain access to personal information. Although you may not mind someone breaking into your old MySpace account, if you are still using the same password for websites you’re currently using, you could be putting yourself at risk. The same with online shops – if your bank details are stored on there you could be vulnerable to fraud. What's more, deleting unused accounts will help cut down on your junk email too, providing you unsubscribe from their mailing lists. The easiest way to protect yourself is to delete and deactivate all of your old accounts.

Keep it clean

You’d be shocked just how much dust and gunk gets stuck inside of computers. This can actually affect your machine’s performance if fans become blocked, as it can overheat causing slow performance or even unexpected shut-downs. Make an effort to open up your computer every few months and clean the inside with compressed air. DO NOT use a hoover…

Get a working back up

Data loss can be catastrophic for businesses, but even accidentally deleting a few files can result in hours of lost time. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you don’t need back up for your files, but disaster can strike at any time. Here’s more on why you should invest in business data backup.

Try something new

It’s quite easy to fall into the same routines and ways of working, especially when it comes to choosing software and programs for your computer. Playing it safe and sticking to what you know may seem like the most efficient way of working, but by trying something new you could find that you become much more productive. Look into new operating systems, browsers and office productivity services (here’s why we think Office 365 is the best). Team collaboration tools are becoming more and more prevalent for businesses, and programs like Slack or Microsoft Teams are worth looking into as well.

If you are looking to make changes to how you or your business uses IT, drop us line! We have lots of solutions to suit any type of organisation.

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