10 Common Mistakes Users Do On Smartphones, Tablets And Computers

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By Ryan Inoyori | February 6, 2014 12:07 AM EST

Most tech gadget newbies for smartphones, tablets and computers suffer from issues brought by several mistakes. These could be very costly. If you are using any gadgets, here are the top 10 common mistakes you should avoid to prevent slashing your budget for repairs:

1.  Create Passwords
It is highly recommended to create passwords not only on your emails or social networking accounts but also in your tablet, phone or computers for security and privacy. If hackers and spectators access your private accounts, restoring them back can be very costly and difficult.

2.  Setting Password Types
Some users prefer pattern passwords and these can become problematic if you forget how to do it. Forgotten passwords in your smartphone or tablet requires an email address such as Android to unlock the lockscreen. The worst scenario means you need to reset the device from the recovery mode.

3.   Use Latest MS Office
In case you are not willing to pay for premium prices of the latest Microsoft Office or prefer the comfort of older versions, you'll miss several major improvements such as better spelling and grammar checking, cloud storage access and in-app editing upgrades. Cloud storage allows you to instantly save documents in seconds as backup files.

4.  Smartphone Cases
Never use accessories such as cases or covers from unfamiliar brands. Legit cases and covers are more durable even if they are costly. Fake ones may damage the device or usually may easily be broken, quickly gets dirty or ruined faster by heat.

5.  Sitting Down For Hours
Telecommuting allows working at home that requires a computer and Internet connection. Back pain and other computer-related injuries may occur for long periods while sitting. Get an ergonomic chair, laptop cooler, good mouse pad and not-so hard-to-strike keyboard to save visiting the surgeon in the future.

6.  Music Playback
Music helps boost mood and concentration in your work. But it is mostly affecting the earbuds rather than speakers. Our ears are not designed for long hours of listening to high volume music via earbuds. If you prefer focused listening while working, try getting headphones to give your ears time to breathe.

7.  Always Get Updates
Updates are very essential for every device running an operating system. Software updates deliver bug fixes, optimizations, additional support and enhancements which will improve performance of all things you use on your gadget.

8.  Double Authentication
Most users ignore double authentication in their accounts. It is essential to always secure information and details. It may be a hassle but you can choose your mobile phone as secondary authentication instead of email to increase security level and less complexity.

9.  Malicious Wares
Whether it is a smartphone, tablet or computer, don't forget to install an antivirus and antispyware apps. It blocks malicious software from Web sites, prevent viruses on attacking your system and helps secure your device from hackers. Any infested malware may cause multiple system errors and require formatting to fix which could make your files irretrievable or retrievable with a fine cost.

10.  Forever Plugged
Use your device's battery from time to time rather than plugging it forever. Eternal plugging will ruin battery performance and whenever you need the device, battery dies in minutes. At home, use your laptop on battery mode if you are simply watching movies or surfing the net then recharge it after the battery level reaches 10 percent. 

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