Lifehacker recently came up with its New Year’s Resolutions…things people should do but don’t for their computers.
- Regularly back up your hard drive – We know we should…but we don’t. Admittedly, we store our data on a mirroring RAID array, but that doesn’t make us any safer if disaster comes
- Set up a self-repairing hard drive – Schedule your computer to run repair programs regularly, including things liek defragment, drive checks, etc.
- Clean out your hard drive – Over time your hard drive becomes full of programs and files you don’t use…get rid of them. If you aren’t using it, delete it or back it up to optical media.
- Organize your virtual filing cabinet – Now that you’ve cleaned things up…time to organize what you have into a good and easy to work with hierarchy.
- Keep your hard drive clean – You just did all this work…you had better work to keep it that way.
- Encrypt your private data – Protecting your important information from prying eyes is important…especially if you have a laptop.
- Securely Track Your Passwords – First…make sure your passwords are not easy to crack…and then secure them somehow. A password program, such as KeePass, among others, can create a secure password vault.