Here are a few newer tips, we haven’t seen before, that are especially useful for the Frequent user of Technology, particularly professionals. Check out our list of ten tech tips to help your business remain profitable, relevant, and technologically advanced.
Tip #1: Generate strong, easy-to-remember passwords.
At this point, everyone knows not to use “1234″ as a password. We also know that the strongest passwords are more than eight characters long, include upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, and don’t include any obvious information (your name) or even full words. The trick to a memorable but complex password is acronyms: Pick a phrase, such as “I’ve eaten Green Eggs and Ham since December 1969,” and squash it together, maintaining the first letters and all punctuation: “I’eGEaHsD1969″. You can also substitute numbers, symbols, and misspellings: “My son’s birthday is March 9″ becomes “Mi$sun’sbdayiz0309″. And be sure to change your passwords every six months, choosing a completely new acronym every time. Remember: Length is more important than complexity. Longer passwords, even if they’re simpler, are harder to crack.
Tip #2: Keep your passwords safe.
Once you’ve come up with your fancy, easy-to-remember passwords, keep them safe. For heaven’s sake, don’t write them all on a piece of paper that you keep in your wallet! Use a service like LastPass or Dashlane to manage your many different logins and passwords.
Tip #3: Quickly and easily speed up your computer.
Unlike a fine wine, your computer does not get better with age. It requires continuous upkeep to slow the inevitable decrease in processing speed, so keep your computer happy with monthly maintenance tasks: delete unnecessary programs; unload unnecessary files, like cookies; defragment the hard drive; perform a registry scan to identify damaged or corrupted files; and keep track of how much RAM space you have, ensuring you don’t run more programs than the system can handle.
Tip #4: Reduce mobile data usage.
If you’re on a limited data plan, what are you thinking? Get on an unlimited plan. If the unlimited plan is prohibitively expensive, or if your carrier doesn’t offer unlimited data in your area and you don’t feel like moving to a metropolis, here are a few tricks to make sure you don’t go over your data limit:
*Whenever you’re in Wi-Fi range, switch over from your cellular network.
*Keep a cap on streaming, which is the biggest data hog on your mobile device. One hour of streaming *HD video can use 2GB of data.
*Disable push content, which is data that is “pushed” to your phone without user interaction, like emails and Facebook notifications.
*Track usage with a data monitor (both iPhones and Androids have one built in).
Tip #5: Take advantage of free Windows admin utilities.
There are countless free programs and applications that do the same work as paid versions. The trick is knowing where to look and not getting sucked in to an endless cycle of spam, advertisements, or free trials. A great resource is 4sysops, which lists more than 300 free Windows utilities, from configuration to monitoring, complete with reviews and links to download. The best part? No ads to clog up the website interface.