Living With Technology / Tech resolutions for the new year
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions. Most involve us having us try to do something active week after week or month after month.
The problem with these resolutions is that they require us to do something we’ve not done regularly before.
I like the “set and forget” resolutions where you simply have to set them up and not worry about them.
Here are a few resolutions you can use for your technology.
Services such as iDrive, BackBlaze, Mozy and Carbonite all provide comparable services. Here’s a list of some major offerings: www.pcmag.com/article2/
The biggest difference is the price which depends upon how much data you want to backup. Photos and videos can take up a lot of backup space, so plan what you backup carefully and see how much the recurring costs will be over many years.
Second, use a password manager. Almost every website and application you use nowadays requires you to log in to it. This requires credentials that consist of a UserID and password. Using the same login credentials across many sites allows someone with your UserID and password to log in to your Amazon, Netflix and bank accounts. Not good.
With a password manager, you can create a unique set of credentials for virtually every account you have. Additionally, the password manager keeps in sync your computer, tablet and phone. I held off for years, but finally moved to a password manager and would not want to stop.
The one I chose (LastPass) received my business because it allows me to share an account with all of my family members so I can help my wife, daughter and son. Here is a list of good password manager products: www.pcmag.com/article2/
Pricing for password managers is neither expensive nor very different regardless of the product you choose.
Both of these resolutions will give you peace of mind and help you be a little more comfortable and secure with your computing in the new year.
Mark Mathias is a 35+ year information technology executive and a resident of Westport, Connecticut. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.