Protect yourself by breaking these bad tech habits

Protect yourself by breaking these bad tech habits

You might see yourself a tech-savvy type, one who would not fall victim to a few of the bad tech habits that elevate your odds of being hacked or getting your smart phone stolen. But you might be stunned at how many of the worst tech habits that you practice. Fortunately, PCWorld recently ran a list of some of the most dangerous tech habits. Study this list, make the necessary adjustments and guard yourself from hackers and computer failures.

Becoming a target

Your tablets and smartphones are valuable. So don’t make it easy for thieves to snatch them. Too many people practice the bad tech habit of leaving their devices un monitored at a coffee shop or restaurant booth while they head off to get refills or another cookie. While they’re gone, thieves can simply snatch their devices off the table and promptly head out of the restaurant. Then there are those people that perform the bad habit of staring so intently into their smart phone screens they don’t have any attention for their surroundings. It’s simple for crooks to sneak up next to these preoccupied folks, sock them and then run off with their smart phones or tablets.

Hurting Your Health

Some of the bad habits identified by PCWorld can make you sick. You could damage your back or develop carpal tunnel syndrome if you slump over in your chair while typing on your keyboard. You can damage your eyes or give yourself headaches if you stare too long into your screens each day. If you refuse to take breaks from the screens while at the office you can suffer from everything from back aches to eye strain to general fatigue. Stop these three bad habits by making yourself to take at least short breaks from your screens while working.

Oops

What will happen if your computer suffers an abrupt hard-drive crash? Do you lose your important files? If you suffer from the bad tech habit of not backing up your files, you might. And do you reuse the same passwords frequently at several different Web sites? This tech habit can open you to a world of pain should anyone crack that go-to password. Now, instead of having access to your personal information on one site, this cyber criminal can get access to it on several. Lastly, do you ignore the updates that publishers create for the software that you most frequently use? Don’t. Ignoring these updates can leave you susceptible to hacks and keep you from fully enjoying your software.

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