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Stop Procrastinating; Backup and Protect Your Data

Stop Procrastinating; Backup and Protect Your Data
We know you’ve been meaning to backup your hard drive all last year. Well now’s your chance to take care of it along with some other
  1. Backing up and protecting (below)
  2. Getting your home theater or HDTV in shape (click here)
  3. Organizing music, videos and photos (click here)
Lucky for you, we’re here to help. We’ve done the research, we’re giving you the tools you need, somewhere to start and ideas on where to go next when you get stuck - we’ll even tell you approximately how long we think each task will take.
Backup Facebook (10 min.)
Didn’t know you could do that, did you? First, login to your Facebook account. After logging in, go to Account > Account Settings using the top right menu.

On the Account Settings page, scroll down to find the option that says, Download a copy of your Facebook Data. Clicking on the link takes you to an information page that informs you about what is included in the backup and what is not.

If you want to continue, click on the Start My Archive button. Facebook will then compile all your information into a file and email you a link to it. Click on the link, enter your Facebook password and click on the Download button to download the backup zip file that has all your profile data.

Manage Your Passwords (30 min.)
The number of passwords we need to remember these days is ridiculous, and it’s only going to get worse. Using the same password for all of them is an appallingly bad idea, something we all know and yet often convince ourselves that identity theft only happens to people who have money to spare. This is wrong. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Kaspersky Password Manager is an excellent way to spend $30 – it will automatically capture your login details as you enter them and will fill them in for you the next time you access the same site. It will also generate a portable edition on a USB key so you can carry it with you for use on other computers. LastPass is free and it is fully functional from any computer because it is web-based. The data is encrypted and stored securely online with no backdoor; this means that if you lose your master password they can’t help you recover your information. If you want to use it on a phone or other mobile device you have to upgrade to the $12 premium edition, which is totally worth it. Both programs will also generate unique, random passwords for you.

Clean Your Computer (40 min.):
Yes, I know it’s basic and obvious, but so many people overlook it and it is still so important to keep the hardware on your computer running smoothly. Remove the casing from your tower (don’t lose screws!) and grab the same can of compressed air that you used to clean your Home Theater System (make sure to give it a test spray to clean out any water that may have condensed). Place a pencil between fan blades before you spray them, to keep them from spinning too quickly. Use a small hand vacuum to suck up all the dust you release. Don’t forget the aluminum grills of the heatsink, which is just below the CPU fan. If there is dust that is really caked on, and the compressed air isn’t loosening it, grab a small brush made from animal hair (avoid polyester and plastics, which can build up a static electric charge) and scrub it very gently.

When you’re done with the tower, don’t forget to use the compressed air on your laptop fans.


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