Great Tips for First-Time College Students

If you are a first-time college student, then you may feel nervous about what’s ahead. You might even be dreading your first day too, but you really do have nothing to worry about. Everything you’re feeling right now is completely normal and there are so many people who are in the same situation as you.

Make your Classes your Priority

College can be a fun and exciting experience. You’ll meet new friends and you may even find that you are able to learn more about yourself too. The main thing that you do need to focus on though is your classes. If you don’t then your education will suffer and you may even find that you are not able to pull things back before the end of the term.

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Try and Obtain Perfect Attendance

A lot of college professors make attendance optional. If you want to make the most out of your college experience, then you need to try and maintain a perfect level of attendance.  This will give you the drive you need to succeed, and it will also help you to establish a good routine too. The earlier you can set good habits, the more likely you’ll be to get that perfect grade.

Study More than you Need

If you want to do the best you can when at college then you need to plan out how long you think you need to study for each exam. You also need to start your study sessions earlier than you realise too. When you believe that you’ve calculated the number of hours you need, double it. Studying requires a lot of time and dedication, and if you don’t take it seriously then it may affect your grade.

Buy A Good Laptop

Another thing that you need to do is invest in a good laptop. If you are constantly having to deal with slow speeds or crashing, then this will stop you from being able to work as efficiently as you could be, and this is the last thing that you need. You also need to make sure that you have a cloud system installed too, as this can help you to access your work across multiple devices which is always a good thing when you are going to college and using different systems every single day. If you’re stuck for choice then SimplyClouds are a great option.

Don’t Plagiarise

When writing an important paper, you might be tempted to copy from a website or even take facts as they are written and include them into your piece. You should avoid this as much as possible because if you don’t then your college professor may pick you up for plagiarism and this can really go against your final grade. If you want to help yourself here, then take your time to develop your writing skills and also make sure that you go that extra mile when doing your research. You’ll be better for it and you may even find that it helps you to get that higher grade too.

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Nine Data Security Tips

Data security is becoming a major concern for businesses and individuals. We’re all doing more online, from remote working, managing the bills or handling your company’s payroll. With more sensitive data going online, it’s important to protect it, whether you use Managed IT Services or manage your IT needs yourself. 

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  1. Encrypt your data. You don’t need to be a tech expert to encrypt data. There are lots of tools available now to encrypt emails and other information. You can easily encrypt, decrypt, sign and verify emails, protect files and scramble your data to keep it private and protected. 
  2. Backup your data. Having a backup keeps your documents safe if a device is lost, stolen or compromised. Backup documents on something like an external hard drive or in the cloud, so they’re not lost along with your device. 
  3. Protect against Malware. Anti-malware protection lays a foundation of security for your devices. Malware is designed to infiltrate and damage a computer, and can come in the form of viruses, worms, spyware and more. It can get into your device from websites or emails or even hidden in files, freeware or shareware. Avoid getting these infections by running a strong anti-virus program, and do regular checks for spyware. Be aware of what you click on or download too.
  4. Make old hard drives unreadable. If you’re throwing out an old computer, don’t forget to clear the harddrive and prevent your data from being stolen that way. Transfer any files elsewhere. Sanitize by disk shredding, magnetically cleaning the disk or using software to wipe the desk clean. Destroy old computer disks. 
  5. Install operating system updates. Updates can be a nuisance, but they’re needed. These updates often contain critical security patches that will protect your device from new threats. Set your operating system to update automatically so you never miss them and put your machine at risk. 
  6. Secure your wireless network. Always secure your wireless network, whether at home or at work, with a password. This prevents other people from accessing your network, for free WiFi access or to get at your private information. Your network should be secure, encrypted and hidden. 
  7. Turn off your computer. When you’ve finished using your computer or laptop, turn it off. Leaving a device on and connected to the internet could give someone the opportunity to attack it. An on device offers a scammer 24 hour access to attempt to install malware. Turn it off when you’re done. 
  8. Use a firewall. A firewall will assist in blocking dangerous viruses, spyware or programs from getting into your system. Look for hardware based firewalls, like those often built into network routers, to get a better level of security. 
  9. Use a passphrase instead of a password. A passphrase basically works as a longer password, that is much harder to guess. Instead of choosing a single password, use a phrase, like a song lyric or a quote that you can remember easily. Use the first letter of each word in the phrase, with a few numbers and special characters to create a secure passphrase.

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