Some compulsions come from urban legends – that never shutting down your computer, for example, means never forcing it to make the processor-straining effort to turn itself back on. Others are fully unconscious, such as papering your PC desktop with saved files and wondering why it's suddenly stuttering or crashing, or charging your phone whenever you're near an outlet, and later complaining about your plummeting battery capacity. Here are some of the most common maladaptive tech habits, and the easiest ways to break them.
Using Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer (IE) is better than it once was, with page-loading speeds that rival the competition, and optional privacy features that beat them. And yet, it doesn't always play well with non-Microsoft products – so forget using the latest version, IE 11, on a Mac, or any version on an iOS device. To be able to sync browsing histories and bookmarks across essentially any device, creating a more seamless experience whether you're tapping on a keyboard or a screen, try Chrome.
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