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

No one is perfect. All of us have bad habits. Some of us smoke. Many of us eat in our cars. A few write e-mail messages in all capital letters. Here’s some good news, though. In regards to technology, it’s relatively simple to recognize our bad habits and break them. PCWorld magazine recently ran a list of the most frequent bad tech habits. Take a look at these tech mistakes. Do you suffer from some of these bad tech habits?

Don’t Become a Target

Some bad tech habits can make you a super easy target for thieves who want your tablets, smart phones and other devices. You may don’t think twice before abandoning your tablet alone at a booth when you go to get a refill of pop. Before you realize it, a savvy thief has rushed past your vacant booth, snatched your tablet and disappeared out the door. Or perhaps you practice the bad habit of concentrating so intently on your smart phone screen that you fail to observe your surroundings? This leaves you an easy target for a street criminal who wouldn’t mind pounding you in the face and snatching that smart phone.

Don’t Make Yourself Sick

PCWorld also listed several bad tech habits that can hurt your health. For instance, if you sit hunched before your computer screen all day long, you could develop a serious case of carpal tunnel syndrome. And when you stare at your computer screen for far too long, you could develop headaches or damage your eyes. Finally, if you hardly ever leave your desk throughout the workday, you can develop anything from back pain to eye strain to headaches to fuzzy thinking. Bust these three bad habits and take short breaks from your computer screen throughout the workday. Your body will appreciate it.

Oops

Do you use the same password at each and 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 details will they then be able to access? Or maybe you never take time to back up your files. PCWorld correctly identifies this as another dangerous computing habit. Imagine if your hard-drive crashes? If you don’t have any back-ups, will you lose your most crucial files?


Posted on: 05.22.13