New Year’s Resolutions – There’s An App For That!
As the saying goes, it’s a new year, a new you. Around this time of year, people tend to reflect on the past 365 days and look towards improvement. While New Years Resolutions seem to be a longstanding tradition, how we go about them has changed greatly in the digital age. We now live in a world where we have access to just about anything imaginable on our devices. We receive texts from our loved ones, reminders from our calendars and we can even order groceries at our fingertips. It only seems logical that the next step with this tech is to help us to achieve our goals. However helpful this technology may be, it’s equally important to know how your tech of choice is using your information, and how to keep it safe. We’ve chosen the five most popular resolutions, and offer advice on how to keep the latest technology available for each protected from cybercrime.
Live a Healthier Lifestyle
Find A New Job
According to Monster.com, the first quarter of the year is when a lot of companies loosen their budgets for new positions. There are a surplus of job searching, networking and recruiting apps out there. Most of these apps will allow you to post your resume and work history, and in turn, make that information available to other members of the service. Safety Tip: Keep in mind; this service gives a lot of people access to information such as your full name, residence, employment history, current location and more. Be sure to use a service that allows your profile to be viewable only by other members of the service, as this is information you do not what to have freely flowing on the Internet.
Fall in Love
If you can order just about everything under the sun online, why not order your soulmate, too? The New Year tends to get people reflecting on their lives, and this area will probably be one of interest for the singles crowd. Online dating apps are all the rage, and have been for quite some time- according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, more than a third of new marriages that occurred between 2005 and 2012 began online. Safety Tip: Chances are, a surge of new users will be flocking to these sites in January, but so will scammers looking to take advantage of lonely hearts. Be wary of Catfishing, and be sure never to give out too much personal information before meeting in person. As long as you’re street smart online, go forth and find love!
While all these apps and devices appear to have good intentions, a lot of people may not realize what privacy issues come along with these tools. Closely examine what applications want to access on your device, and if it doesn’t make sense, reconsider using it. Luckily, there are many variants of all of these apps available, and many people that use them. So in addition to reading Privacy Policies, be sure to check out user reviews as well, as this may have some key information about how that app interacts with your sensitive data. While there are some great free apps out there, remember that as good as it may sound, sometimes free isn’t always free.