How many of these bad tech habits are you guilty of?

May 22nd, 2013


You might fancy yourself a tech-savvy sort, one that would never fall victim to a few of the bad tech habits that elevate your chances of being hacked or having your smart phone stolen. But you might be stunned at how many not-so-safe tech habits you practice. Fortunately, we've put together a short list of some of the most dangerous tech habits. Consider these points, make the needed changes and protect yourself from hackers and computer failures.

Don’t Become a Target

Several of the worst tech bad habits can make you an easy target for thieves. Unsafe habits such as leaving your smart phones or tablets sitting in your booth in the coffee shop while you run back to the counter to get another shortbread cookie!  Leaving your devices unattended and in plain view makes it easy for criminals to deftly snatch them and vanish. Or let’s suppose you spend all your waking minutes staring at your smart phone screen without taking notice of your surroundings?  Let's hope this is not you for for many reasons, but obviously, this bad tech habit puts you in an immediate vulnerable position. While you’re staring at your screen, you don’t notice the suspicious guy walking near you. Before you know it, the guy’s popped you in the nose, grabbed your smart phone and run away.

Don’t Make Yourself Sick

Several bad tech habits can actually be damaging to your health. For example, hunching in front of your computer screen all day long can lead some people to develop a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome, not to mention lower back strain. If you stare at your computer screen for too long, you can actually develop headaches or damage your eyes. Lastly, if you never leave your desk during the workday, you can develop everything from back pain to eye strain to headaches to fuzzy thinking. Destroy these three bad habits and take short breaks from your computer screen during the workday. Your body will thank you.

Computing Errors

Do you employ the same password at every Web site at which you register? This is a particularly dangerous habit. What happens if hackers crack that go-to password? How much of your personal info will they then be able to access? Or perhaps you never take time to back up your files. This as another dangerous computing habit. Imagine if your hard-drive crashes? If you don’t have back-ups, will you lose your most important files?

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