In life, sometimes things are simpler than they seem, and the same is true for tech. You might think your smartphone, flashy HDTV, or computer is as good as it can get, but you’re probably overcomplicating things without even realizing it! So grab your notebook filled with passwords, barely charged iPhone, and basket of TV remotes and let me show you just how simple it can all really be.
Problem: Pesky Passwords
If I had a dollar for every person I know who keeps a paper notebook next to their computer just to jot down passwords I’d be too busy catching a nap on an exotic beach to even do this job. If you’re one of those people who fills sheets of paper with logins for your email, facebook, bank accounts, and so on, you’re not just making life more tedious for yourself, you’re actually putting yourself at a huge risk. Not having immediate access to your passwords on the go and leaving a paper copy behind, even in your home, is a dangerous habit.
Solution: A digital password guru
This sounds counterintuitive but in order to get a grip on your countless digital accounts you’re going to need to create just one more. LastPass is the best password manager on the market because it’s fast, secure, and free to use. Download LastPass on your phone or computer, input your account details for everything from Best Buy to Facebook, and you’ll never have to remember your passwords again. LastPass securely saves your login details and then autofills it whenever you need it. If you enable two-factor authentication on LastPass you even get an alert on your smartphone whenever you’re logging in as an added layer of protection. 1Password and Dashlane are also great options, but I’d recommend trying LastPass before giving the alternatives a try.
Problem: Sickly speeds
How old is your router? If you had to stop and think about the answer for more than 30 seconds, it’s probably too old to give you the performance your smartphone, TV, streaming box, and game systems deserve. Modern gadgets throw huge amounts of data back and forth, and if your router is the oldest gadget in the office it’s probably holding you back, making Netflix lag, online games stutter, and bottlenecking the internet speeds you pay big bucks for every month.
Solution: A rockin’ new router
You don’t have to take out a loan to replace your router, and a shiny new, super speedy one can cost you less than filling your SUV’s gas tank. TP-Link is one of the most respected router manufacturers around, and you can pick up the seriously speedy Archer C1200 for as little as $59.99. It has dual-band WiFi so your network won’t bog down and three antennas to boost your wireless signal to every corner of your home. Want to really go all out? Netgear’s Nighthawk X4 is even faster, with advanced software that optimizes speeds for the devices you’re using so you never have to compete with other gadgets in your home for bandwidth. At $195 the X4 is an investment, but if you’re a gamer or love 4K video streaming, you’ll definitely appreciate it.