We’re all guilty of it. There are plenty of times where we do things simply because they’re easier or more convenient — even though they may be damaging to the gadgets we use every day.
Or, even worse, some poor habits could put your personal information at risk.
From managing your passwords poorly to becoming the equivalent of a digital hoarder, here are a few habits and routines you should try to avoid.
In the age of sophisticated hacks and vulnerabilities such as the Heartbleed bug, it's important to set up extra protection for your online accounts. Services such as Gmail and Dropbox offer two-step authentication.
This allows you to use your phone to verify your identity when logging into your account. After you type in your password, the service will send a text message to your phone with a code. You would then type that code into your account to log in.
Two-step authentication prevent hackers from logging into your account even if they have your password.
If there's one way to waste space on your phone, it's by forgetting to delete things you don't use. Every once in a while, make a habit of cleaning out the old photos in your Gallery or Camera Roll. The same goes for music, too, which eats up much more space on your phone than photos.
You can always back up these files to an online cloud service if you run out of iCloud storage, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
For those of us who have 9-to-5-desk jobs, this is a particularly important habit to break. Research shows that sitting for 8 hours a day or more can put you at higher risk for muscular skeletal disease, diabetes, and obesity, among other disorders.
You can always talk to your employer about getting a standing desk, but if you want to keep your standard sitting desk you should make sure the top of your monitor is between 2 and 3 inches above your eye level when you're seated. This helps you maintain proper posture while sitting for longer periods of time.
If you're a college student, you probably spend a lot of time logging in and out of computers at the library. Chances are you've logged into your friend's computer at least a few times.
It's crucial to remember to log out of these devices and clear your browser history when you're finished. If possible, avoid logging into really critical accounts such as your banking account on any computer but your own. Google, Facebook, and Skype all offer handy tutorials on how to log out of other devices remotely.
Constantly leaving your computer in sleep or standby mode won't pose any real damage to your computer, but it will slow it down.
Giving your computer a good restart is a great way to kill all the background processes that may be making your computer slow or sluggish. Try to get into the habit of completely shutting down or restarting your computer every once in a while, or else you may end up as frustrated as this guy.
Installing updates can be a long and annoying process, but it's important. Software updates, especially those for your phone, usually come with fixes for bugs that could either be slowing your phone down or making it susceptible to security vulnerabilities.
So, when you see that notification warning you that a new update is ready, don't put it off.
Luckily, our phones already back up most of our photos, contacts, and messages to either iCloud or Google Drive. But, if you're doing a lot of work on the desktop in services such as Microsoft Office, you'll want to remember to always back up your files.
With all the cloud services available today, there's no reason to have all of your important stuff stored only in one place. Google Drive, for example, gets you a whole terabyte of storage for just $US10 per month.