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Techie Resolutions: Making your IT better…

By jjrosen|January 20th,2020|IT|No comments

Tech Solutions for 2020 from Atiba from our Tennessean column…

Like most people, I have made and failed at many a New Years resolution.  Each year I promise myself to exercise more and eat less.   I resolve to read more books and watch less TV.  And some years I commit to spend more “me time” before quickly realizing I have no idea what that even means.

These lofty goals generally fade for me by mid-January when the holidays have faded, and my daily routine kicks back in.   I’d like to say I have a sense of disappointment in my inability to keep my annual resolutions, but honestly by February I have forgotten what I had promised to do—I guess ignorance is bliss.

This year, I decided to get real.

Instead of making myself empty promises, I figured I would focus on smaller, more practical changes that would allow me to be more efficient and less stressed.   As an IT consultant, I went with what I know—optimizing the technology I use to make life better.

I call it my “New Year’s Techie Resolutions”– practical, achievable technology to-do’s that I want to accomplish in 2020.

Here’s the list I came up with:

  • Live completely in the cloud. Most of my Word docs, Excel files, and photos are stored on Microsoft OneDrive.  I use this as my cloud-based file server so I can get to any file I need from any device (laptop, phone and iPad).   But I still end up with a few things stored locally on my computer or phone.   No more –  in 2020 I will be sure every file I need is stored in my cloud drive.
  • Making the tech I use more secure. Here and there I have turned off security features that slowed me down.  More security usually equates with less convenience, but the tradeoff is worth it.  Double-checking that 100% of  my data is encrypted, all of my passwords are unique and strong, and that I have multi-factor-authentication (requiring a texted code to in addition to a password) for any web-based services I use will help me sleep at night.
  • Upgrading my laptop. Since I am a cheapskate, I tend to wait until my computer fails before buying a new one.   I have learned the hard way that you are better off upgrading every 2 years.    My plan is to be less cheap and more efficient – and buy a new laptop before month’s end.
  • Setting up “Data Loss Prevention (DLP)” on my email. This is a new security technology that uses AI (artificial intelligence) to block any confidential information from accidently leaving my email box.  If I ever accidently send an email with my SSN or credit card number, DLP will warn me before the email leave my outbox.  Some doctor’s offices are beginning to use it in order to be sure no patient information is ever sent out inadvertently. Financial institutions are starting to implement DLP to enforce privacy policies.   I have resolved to get this up and going at our company by March.
  • Upgrade from two to four monitors. If you have ever used two monitors, you know how much productivity you can gain. I resolved to order a laptop docking station that supports four screens so I can get more done when sitting at my desk.

The good and bad of technology is that it’s always changing.    With tech integrated into nearly every facet of our lives, keeping up with it all can be daunting.  But strategically implementing tech resolutions even when small is worth it.  Happy techie 2020!

JJ Rosen is the founder of Atiba. A Nashville software development and IT consulting firmVisit www.atiba.com or www.cabedge.com for more info.

 

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