We're heading into a new year, and there's no telling how 2021 will go. What we do know, however, is that technology is increasingly becoming an integral part of our daily lives. And, as the trends predict for the upcoming year, we're likely to become even more used to and dependant on living with tech. With this in mind, there's no harm in setting a few tech resolutions for 2021. As we promise to exercise more and spend less on Mr Delivery, let's set a few tech goals while we're at it. Check out these top 7 tech resolutions to keep in 2021...
Top 7 tech resolutions to keep in 2021
1). Check your privacy settings
How often do we just tick the 'accept' button before we've even looked at what we're agreeing to? Default privacy settings make it easy to grant access to information that we wouldn't normally share, because it's default so we trust it. Next time an app makes a permission suggestion, check first to see what you're allowing. And always read the fine print in the terms and conditions. In this age of data collection, there's never been a better time to make privacy settings work for you.
2). Rethink your social media activity
This naturally follows our first tech resolution for 2021. Unfortunately, media giant Facebook as increasingly come under fire for allowing its users' personal information to be leveraged by other companies. And, as the company takes on other platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram, their influence only grows. While we love sharing pictures, organising events and keeping up with what's on the news, it might be time to rethink how you use Facebook every day. Really dig into those privacy settings to see what you're sharing with friends - as well as Facebook advertisers - and change what needs changing. It's up to you to decide if it's worth deleting your account entirely.
3). Back it up
We know, it's time consuming and inconvenient. But, with most of us running everything - including businesses - from a single device - our laptops - it's definitely worth taking the time to do a backup. If the thought of life without your laptop and cell phone gives you serious anxiety, I'd take this tech resolution seriously.
4). Revise weak passwords
With passwords being required for everything from your online banking to your Netflix account, it's easy to get lazy and use the same combination of numbers and letters for everything - with a # thrown in every now and then. This, however, can be a pretty big security risk. By hacking one account, scammers could get enough information to hack others and, before you know it, you're a phishing statistic. Try a password manager like Dashlane if you need help generating strong passwords - and remembering them. The app is easy to use and super secure.
5). Stop putting off updates
Used to clicking 'Not now' or 'Remind me later' whenever an update notification pops up? We all do it. And mostly because we're right in the middle of completing a task and don't have time to wait for our device to get back up and running - especially when that 'new version' is installing at 1% a minute. But, keeping software up to date is the most efficient way to prevent security risks and virus threats. If you chose 'Remind me later' and then it does, click the 'Accept' button this time.
6). Declutter your tech
What better way to kick off 2021 than by getting properly organised? Get rid of old and unused files, cancel e-mail services and newsletters you never look at, delete apps that are simply taking up space on your smartphone. By doing a deep tech clean, you'll help speed up your computer and phone and there will be more storage space for what you really need. It's time to Marie Kondo your digital world as well.
7). Take a tech break
These days, we're online more often than not. What with working from home - and staying home the majority of the time - it's easy to be connected every minute of the day. So, to balance the 'always on' mentality, try a 'digital detox' every once in a while. That doesn't mean you have to turn off your smart fridge, but take a break from screen time and leave that last e-mail for tomorrow. Your health and general wellbeing will thank you for it.