Happy New Year! Have you made your resolutions yet? Here are a few tech resolutions idea for a tech-tastic 2017.
1Use A Password Manager
Millions of people still use the same password for every website they visit. Using one password for everything makes your login info much easier to remember, but it also makes it amazingly simple to hack all of your accounts.
If you’re doing things right, they also require complex, unique passwords that are hard to crack… and to remember. Instead of writing them down on a piece of paper, you can save them in one app and only have to remember one password — the one to unlock the rest.
Password managers are digital vaults where you can keep all of your important information, like logins, credit card numbers, PINs, and more. You can even create a secure note with secret stuff, like future baby names or the answers to life. If you haven’t already invested in a password manager, take a look at our favorites and see if any of them suit your needs.
2Delete Unwanted Apps and Files
Go through your smartphone or computer and remove any apps you haven’t used for few months, so they’re not taking up space on your device. Check photos and videos too which are irrelevant for you and delete those files too.
3Get Fit With Smartwatches or Fitness Bands
Smartwathes and fitness trackers are one popular way to track of your fitness. Depending on the device, it can track steps, calories, distance travelled and even heart rate and sleep. If you’ve made a new year resolution to lose some weight or just get in shape, you can buy one fitness tracker or smartwatch and include it in your tech resolutions list
4Achieve Inbox Zero
Inbox Zero is a rigorous approach to email management aimed at keeping the inbox empty — or almost empty — at all times. Make a promise to yourself to take some time out each day to delete old emails.
5Back Up Your Data
Your data is the most important thing on your computer. Be it your personal documents, photos, and other important files, losing it is too painful. Unfortunately, computers fail, and often.
Having a backup plan set before anything goes wrong is one of the most important tasks you will undertake as a responsible computer user.
You can find lot of apps and computer softwares which help you to quickly and easily set up an automated backup plan to protect your data
6Clean Your Desktop
We know, it’s super easy to save documents and downloaded files directly into your desktop. But it looks messy and can even slow down our computers. So get deleting! Choose and set a background picture you love can be a good incentive to keep your desktop clutter-free.
7Clean Up Your Social Accounts
Are you still using all of the social networks you have accounts on? If not, consider deleting some of them. This should be done for non-social networks as well. Fewer accounts means fewer data breaches to deal with. You might also consider going through your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and remove inactive friends and followers, and tighten privacy settings of those accounts. And, it’s a good time to look at your Twitter connected apps to see if you still need all those permissions, if not, revoke those permissions.
8Read the TOS and Check Privacy Settings
We all enjoy keeping up with friends and family on social media, but we have to be mindful of our privacy and security when we do. Understand what information the site needs for your account and how they use it in the first place.
9Learn Something New Online
Try to learn something new or level up on a skill set. Learn something new such as Cloud Computing, Excel, MS Access, WordPress and many more.
Below are some best websites to learn something new
- edX — Take online courses from the world’s best universities.
- Coursera — Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.
- Coursmos — Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device.
- Highbrow — Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox.
- Skillshare — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity.
- Curious — Grow your skills with online video lessons.
- lynda.com — Learn technology, creative and business skills.
- CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.
- Udemy — Learn real world skills online.
- Codecademy — Learn to code interactively, for free.
- Free Code Camp — Learn to code and help nonprofits.
- Udacity — Earn a Nanodegree recognized by industry leaders.
- Platzi — Live streaming classes on design, marketing and code.
- CodeCombat— Learn computer science while playing a real game.
- Code School — Learn to code by doing.
- Thinkful — Advance your career with 1-on-1 mentorship.
- Code.org — Start learning today with easy tutorials.
- BaseRails — Master Ruby on Rails and other web technologies.
- Treehouse — Learn HTML, CSS, iPhone apps & more.
- One Month — Learn to code and build web applications in one month.
- Dash — Learn to make awesome websites.
Your smartphones can help you go paperless, by replacing all those pieces of paper with single device in your pocket and some cloud storage. There are several apps that will help to achieve this Paperless resolution.
If you’re an Evernote user, you can scan receipts and other physical documents and save them directly into your Evernote account to keep them organized. If you need to save something for later, don’t print it. Instead, instead send a pdf to your smartphone or laptop. You can see an option to print to file. Just use it