Q. Hi, Kim! I want to thank you so much for helping me out! I got my first computer in 2012 and your tips and tricks have made me love every minute I spend online. Now, in 2013 I've added backing up my computer with Carbonite to my resolutions list to keep my computer healthy and happy. Do you think this is a good idea? What other computer-themed resolutions do you think I should make?
-Walter, from Jackson, MS, listens to my national radio show on WJNT 1180 AM.
A. You're welcome, Walter! It's my pleasure to walk people through their digital life. I've got plenty of things up my sleeve this year that will keep you happy online for years to come!
Backing up your computer is one of the best computer resolutions you can make, and my advertiser Carbonite is the best way to do it. Everything is automatic so you never forget and your backup is kept safe from any localized disasters. It can even back up the files on your smartphone or tablet.
That keeps your files safe from any crashes, theft or disaster. However, your computer and potentially your identity could still be in jeopardy. I've got three more resolutions to add to your list to keep those safe, though.
Installing it is just the first step, though. The second resolution is to regularly check for and install updates. This is especially important for security programs since thousands of new viruses appear every month.
You should make sure Windows is updated, too. Go to Start>>All Programs>>Windows Update to check. Click "Change Settings" to make sure updates are installing automatically for hassle-free protection.
Make sure you update programs like Java and Flash regularly since those programs use the Internet. It goes without saying that you should keep your browser updated, too. I'll tell you how to do that or help you pick a more secure browser with this tip.
Updating your mobile gadgets is a little easier, since those typically send you notifications when updates are available. Macs do that, too. Just make sure you listen to them!
The next resolution should be to keep yourself updated on the latest scams. Since scammers change their tactics all of the time, it can be tough to know how they're attacking on any given day.
I've already told you a few scams and threats to watch out for in 2013, but hackers are full of surprises. If you want breaking alerts, subscribe to my Security Alert newsletter and visit my Breaking Tech News page often.
There are some scam-avoiding tips that will never change. Make sure your wireless network is totally secure from anyone who might try to sneak on. Also, don't open or respond to email or text messages from someone you don't know.
The last resolution is to watch how you talk to people online. Whether it's your boss, co-workers, family or friends, the things you say online can come back to bite you. Click here for some things you should never say online.
Those posts live forever and could embarrass you or get you fired or - in extreme cases -arrested.
It isn't just what you say. You should also be careful of the pictures and videos you post.
If you keep these resolutions in mind, you and your gadgets will have a much happier 2013.
I can help you with your offline resolutions, too. No matter how you want to better your life, these three tips can help.