6 Tech Tips for Fall

With today’s technology, it seems everyone is always plugged in – every device must be Wi-Fi-enabled, emails come at all hours of the day and smartphones are a necessity for day-to-day tasks! Technology can make our lives easy and convenient, but users still need to smart with their smartphones. Here are 6 tips to optimize your technology for the fall season.

Make relevant updates.

Smart phone operating systems update every few months, and updating can do wonders for your phone’s productivity. Check to see if your phone is due for a system update. Apple recently released a critical software update after researchers discovered a major vulnerability was exploited to allow government agencies to install spyware into the phones of journalists, lawyers, and activists.

Change your passwords. 

Changing the passwords for all your accounts can be daunting, but it’s imperative to change them periodically for your safety. Remember the three random words rule to help easily create complex passwords. Keep passwords in a safe, secret place, like a password manager, to make the process less overwhelming. Check out the best password managers here.

Out with the old.

Eliminate unused documents, photos, apps, etc. to help your computer run faster and more efficiently. This can apply to smart phone and tablet apps, as well. Besides, you’ll need storage for the apple picking, pumpkin patch and other fall festivity photos!

Back up your data.

We never remember to back up our information until it’s already gone. Back up and disaster recovery plans are crucial for businesses. For personal uses, pick up an external hard drive to have in case of a tech emergency!

Be wary of location-based apps.

The information you enter on location-based services can reveal a lot of private information. Be sure to change your privacy settings if you have the option.

Get a backup battery.

App usage can drain battery power on mobile devices, especially our phones. If you find yourself relying on apps, make sure you have a backup battery or wireless charger in case the other one runs out of juice.

With the change of seasons, implementing these technology best practices will ensure your technology is running efficiently and securely. Need more info on password management, back up and disaster recovery plans? Contact one of our experts today!

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