At this time of year we often feel like winding down, recharging our batteries and even hibernating over the cold months! Here at Sync IT we are sharing our top 3 tips to help you keep your tech, and yourself, healthy.

1. Battery Life

Most devices have batteries that are designed to survive 500 cycles (one full discharge = 1 cycle). If you recharge your battery at 50% it equals a half cycle. So optimum battery performance would result from keeping the battery from fully discharging.

To make the most of your Christmas break: resist the temptation to have long sleep-ins. Wake up at your usual time, or even earlier. This keeps your body in-sync, and gives you extra hours over the holidays to do all the things that you want to.

2. The Big Fix

Have you ever wondered why 80% of the time your device is faulty the suggestion is made to ‘turn it off and then turn it on again’? This down time – called Power Cycling – allows a device to reinitialise its set of configuration parameters and recover from crash or hang situations.

You too need some down time to restart afresh for the New Year. Make the most of the spare time and set up your out-of-office email with an automated response. Let your contacts know how long you will be away for, and schedule priority time on your first day back to respond to those mails.

Agree with your manager and clarify what is expected of you. If you do not need to work on your laptop, or answer your mobile phone leave them switched off.

3. Be Prepared

De-clutter your life, your desk and your email before the break. Make lists in the early weeks of December – things to do before the holidays – and get them done.

Start off 2017 as you mean to continue it; stress-free. And the first thing to tick off the list is to create a safe and secure web presence by reviewing your passwords. Below are the top things to avoid:

  1. Do not use the default password provided with the device.
  2. Do not use the same password for long periods, and do not use on multiple sites. Email passwords are especially vulnerable to attack, and you do not want to provide an open door to your online bank account.
  3. Do not include your birthdate – this is something that may be easily found on the web.
  4. Don’t use words found in the dictionary – automated hacking apps run through thousands of common words and phrases in seconds.
  5. Don’t be lazy: top 15 passwords contain classics such as ‘123123’, ‘PASSWORD’, ‘admin’ and ‘12345678’.