(CNN) –The new year is a good time to think about how to improve the technology you depend on.
We think exercise, healthy eating when we think about New Year’s resolutions, but since our lives often revolve around technology, it could be time to get tech-centric with those resolutions. Here's how.
Back up your computer files. What you don't want is a hard drive that dies and all your files go with it. You can use an external hard drive or a cloud service.
Another tech resolution -- protect your passwords. Avoid dictionary words and don't use the same password on multiple sites.
Make use of what's called two-factor authentication -- a security measure that protects your account if you log in from an unfamiliar location. The website will text you a code you need to enter before you can log in.
Those tech resolutions can help protect your online identity and preserve your data.
But tech resolutions can also make you better. There are lots of free online courses these days. Apple's Itunes U, for example is stocked with videos and podcasts of classes, as well as supporting materials like worksheets and ebooks. And the YouTube Education Channel has instructional videos on math, business, and language.