Here we are again, the New Year is upon us. This is the time we all get motivated to do one or more of the things we should try to get in order. Unfortunately, for most of us, that yearly motivation lasts all of about 8 minutes. That’s just the nature of the beast. However, if you decide to sell the weight set and work out DVD’s, there are resolutions in our digital and technological lives that need to be seen through. Here are just a few to get you started (we can’t overwhelm the will power):
- Be sure to reset your passwords: Millions upon millions of passwords are stolen every year through hacks, spyware and viruses. Be sure to make it difficult by changing your passwords. Email, online banking, Facebook, Netflix, etc… are all vulnerable to hack if you do not regularly reset your passwords. Make sure your passwords are at least 8 characters long that include at least one uppercase letter as well as a number. Try to avoid using common words, your name or birth dates.
- Purchase or update your anti-virus software: It is very important to keep your virus protection up to date or purchase it if you do not currently have it. This can save you a lot of money and frustration. Best case scenario, you’re buying a new hard drive, worst case scenario, you’re on the phone with your bank because somebody stole your identity. It’s serious business this day in age and 2015 promises more sophisticated hacks.
- Reduce the clutter in your inbox: We sign up for this promotion or that newsletter because we think we’ll use it all the time. Companies are always offering things via email to harvest your information and spam your inbox with promotions. It’s free for them and a headache for you. Sometimes all that spam is hard to go through, not to mention email scams occur all the time that try to mirror real companies and, in your hurry, you may open the wrong one. If there are emails or newsletters you do not want to receive any longer, take 20 minutes and unsubscribe. We already experience information overload on a daily basis so any way we can reduce that we’re better off for it.
So, we have a few New Years promises that should absolutely be kept this year. For your safety and your wallet, it’s worth the couple hours to get it done. Hey, look at it this way, these resolutions are easy and take a couple hours, losing 20 lbs before pool season is, well, not easy and takes a couple MONTHS! Start off with these, get the confidence up and parlay that success into the rockin’ beach body.
The Access US team hopes everyone in our extended family had a great and safe New Years Eve and wish continued happiness in 2015! Thank you for another year of loyalty.