Update and Upgrade Your Digital Technology and Protect Your Identity

The start of the new year is the perfect time to start cleaning up, cleaning out, for upgrading and updating. I have always been of the belief 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 Old technology isn't always outdated, but may need updating, and technology that is obsolete will need upgrading.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:

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

I have a few computers that are about 4 years old, and still in good shape despite the random glitch now and then. However, I know that it is only a matter of time when they either become frustrating to use or totally stop working. So, while I know they still work, I made an investment and bought new ones that are faster, better and have everything I need for work. I will load the new ones up with all of the software I need, and when ready, I will make the switch.

Meanwhile, the ones that are older will still serve my needs as a media center, word processor or backup device.

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. I don’t buy anything today unless I see how it’s priced elsewhere.


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 abnormal. 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.


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.