December 2021: Tech tips to get you started for the new year

2021 has come and gone, and 2022 is already here! The start of a new year is a perfect time to have a fresh start and build new healthy habits that help improve your day-to-day. We’re all for the usual resolutions like eating healthier and exercising, but there are also quick tasks you can do right now or small changes you can make in your daily routine that can help make your life online just a bit easier. Read on for some tech-oriented New Years’ resolutions and that are easy to stick to and can make a big difference in the year ahead.


How much junk email do you receive in your email inbox each day? Chances are you are receiving emails from companies’ mailing lists that you’re no longer interested in. Try this trick to help escape the clutter: every day, unsubscribe from 5 unwanted mailing lists. You can do so by scrolling down to the bottom of an email and clicking the “unsubscribe” link. Just unsubscribe to 5 per day, and before too long, you can significantly cut down on the unwanted inbox clutter.


Now that 2021 is over, you might want to ask yourself, “When was the last time I backed up my data?” A whole year of school, work, photos, music, and gaming accumulates to a whole lot of data that you probably don’t want to lose. We recommend starting off the new year by backing up data on your devices to a cloud-based service or to an external hard drive (or both!) to help avoid losing anything you want to keep.


Take this opportunity to update your passwords on your sensitive accounts, such as your banking, social media, and email accounts. According to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, it is best practice to create long passwords that include special characters and aren’t based on any personal information that can be easily guessed. Using unique passwords for each of your accounts can also help bolster your security, and a password management service such as LastPass or Keeper can make this easier to keep up with. Finally, enabling multi-factor authentication is a helpful way of protecting your account because it requires you to identify yourself with more than just your username and password.

We want you to start off the new year right in every aspect, including technology! Click here to learn more tech tips and helpful advice about how you can stay safe and protect your personal information online. From all of us at Cumberland Connect, we wish you a Happy New Year!


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