Computer Resolutions for the New Year

We all have areas in our life that could use some work. For some of us, it is our diet that could use some tweaking, while others of us could benefit from more exercise. Yet, others could focus their energy on organizing their lives, quitting smoking, or making better use of time. If your home or work life puts you in front of a computer regularly, then you will want to make some computer resolutions for a safer and smarter way to use your devices. 

What have you resolved to do differently in the year to come? As IT specialists, we wish all users would make some of these computer resolutions in 2020. 

“I will backup all my data regularly.” 

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Most computer users don’t think about backing up their data regularly unless they have an IT department that reminds them or does it for them. We suggest that computer users learn from the cyber crimes of this past year where data was held at ransom and businesses were left to come to a solution without data backups. When a disaster strikes your company you will be glad you scheduled automatic backups to help you recover faster. 

“I will not ignore the software update prompts.” 

Resolve not to ignore the window that pops up reminding you that updates to your software are available. Take the few extra minutes to make the update. Not only will you have the latest version of the applications you often use, but you will have the latest installments of security that could mean your computer is less vulnerable. 

“I will clean out my emails and install a spam filter.” 

A staggering 269 billion emails are sent each day and there are currently just over 3.7 billion email users worldwide. If you do the math you know that checking your email is a constant battle. Look away for even a little while and your inbox is full...again. One way to combat this is to install a spam filter. Another method that works well for busy professionals is to organize emails by color coding who they are from or what project they are about. This makes searching for data sent by email easier. 

“I will not infect our network with malware or ransomware.” 

It’s really hard to live this one down at the office if you were the one you downloaded a virus or malware. Know what red flags to avoid when opening email attachments or using the internet. If you don’t know how to keep a watchful eye for malicious emails or internet sites ask your IT department for a quick refresher on signs that you will want to be aware of. 

This year when you are making your resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and create a sleep schedule, add some of these tech resolutions to your list. If you need help, call us at 978.219.9752 or visit our website