11 Digital New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

Security & Privacy

It’s already January 5, so many of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions. But in a digital world, you can always hit the delete button start again.

Of course, we all all want to do more healthy stuff, quit smoking, go to bed earlier, avoid stress, bike more and drive less. But what about your digital life? We spend so much time in front of our computers, that we have to be smart about it.

So here are my digital resolutions to make 2011 safer, savvier and a little more fun. Feel free to borrow any or all of them.

  1. Use and remember strong passwords.
  2. Wondering why the Manolo Blahniks are that so cheap on that website? It could be a scam. Look twice before buying something online. Is the shop trustworthy? Has the shop gotten good ratings? Is the site secure?
  3. Clean up your online friends. Only be friends with people you know and unfriend anyone who constantly sends you Farmville requests.
  4. Log out from any online accounts when not using them–and always lock your screen (and your phone). Don’t make it easy to accidentally send an email about your hangover to the whole company.
  5. Don’t do any online banking on public Internet terminals—even if the landlord is waiting for your rent.
  6. Let your credit card company know if you’re traveling abroad.
  7. Don’t fall immediately in love with every new device Apple launches in 2011. It’s not necessary to have a complete collection of every iPod or iPhone generation…
  8. Don’t write text messages or read emails while driving – not even at red lights.
  9. Ski jumping on the Wii is for wimps. Do some real-world sports.
  10. Watch some local news on TV – in real-time and not on the Internet or a DVR .
  11. Start a social media diet: Limit the time you spend on social networks and meet up with friends in the real world more often – because it’s healthier 😉



CC image by Tsutomu Takasu


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