Update and Upgrade Your Digital Technology and Protect Your Identity

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The start of the new year is the perfect time to start cleaning up, cleaning out, for upgrading and updating. If you don't move forward, you move backward, and if you stay in one spot for too long, the world will pass you by.

This same philosophy relates to managing your digital life. Old technology isn't always outdated but may need updating, and technology that is obsolete will need upgrading. Here are some ways that you can upgrade and update your technology and protect your information in the process.

Old Computers

Even old Windows machines, such as those running Windows Vista, can still have life thanks to the cloud. Even an old relic like this can access the cloud, and this makes it possible to access email and even use Word applications, such as Google docs. But if you have Windows XP (obsolete), you need to destroy that relic. Microsoft no longer supports XP making it vulnerable to all kinds of malware.

New Computers

It's a good idea to replace your computers before they stop working or are no longer supported by the manufacturer. Make an investment and buy new ones that are faster, better, and have everything you need for home and/or work. Load the new ones up with all the software you need, and when ready, make the switch. Meanwhile, your old computer will still serve your needs as a media center, word center, word processor, or backup device, and you won't lose all your files if it unexpectedly stops working.

Old Mobile Phones

If you still have an old "dumb" phone, you are likely someone who believes that all a phone needs to be is a phone. However, make sure that you take a look at the manufacturer's website because there might be an upgrade that will make your phone more functional and secure.

New Mobile Phones

The new technology in smartphones is astounding.

It doesn't matter if you are using an Android, iPhone or even a BlackBerry, for most people, a smartphone helps to bring the world to their fingertips. Though there are obvious benefits to smartphones, such as multimedia, communications, and ecommerce, there are also other benefits, such as they help you save money. For example, if you are shopping in a brick-and-mortar store, you can easily compare prices via your smartphone.

Modems

Modems that you get from your Internet provider start losing their effectiveness as soon as you take it out of the box, and it will just be a matter of time before it starts acting abnormally. If you have had your modem for over 2 years, get in contact with your ISP and find out if you can get a new one.

Router

If you are currently using a wireless G router, then you are a dinosaur and your devices are out of date. At a minimum, you should be on WiFi spectrum N or upgrade to the wireless 802.11ac. Keep in mind that this may not be an easy process for some. Depending on how sophisticated the network is, will depend on the difficulty of switching over. However, if you take screenshots of your settings and start fresh, you will have a much better experience.

If you are happy with your current brand, you may simply be able to upgrade to a newer model.

Antivirus Software

Over the years, antivirus developers have had to improve their detection methods, and then change the way the programs recognize malware. And it is no longer enough to use the basic free antivirus program. Criminals know these programs well and are coming at your computer from several angles. They will attack your PC, mobile devices, tablets, and more. In a response to this, antivirus developers offer software suites that are all-encompassing, which help to protect all of your devices and operating systems for a single low price.