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The 25 worst bad habits with technology and how to fix them

Avoid permanent damage with this handy guide

We've all got bad habits when it comes to technology, whether it's relying on 'password' as your password or shutting down via the power button and not the Windows Start Menu. However, there are some tech bad habits that will cause permanent damage. We've rounded up the 25 worst tech habits that are guaranteed to cause you all sorts of hassles.

14. Waiting in line for tech stuff

Remember when you slept in a tent so that you could be the first guy in your 'hood to own a PlayStation 3? Your parents are probably just proud of that achievement as when you finally completed Angry Birds. Trust us: The gadget works the same 24 hours later. You can probably even pre-order it online and let it come to your door.

15. Hitting your computer

Be mad. Seriously, Windows aggravates everyone - get angry! Remember, though: We can offer a lot of aid, but throwing, kicking, or otherwise abusing a PC physically will not help. And shelling out a few hundred quid for a new computer will actually make you feel even worse in the end. Meditate, and restrain yourself. If your laptop is sick from a latte that you tossed on it in a fit of rage, clean it carefully. Luckily, you can try a few emergency tech fixes that can restore hardware to health if your tantrum goes too far.

16. Saving files anywhere and everywhere

When you get your electric bill, do you just throw it on the table, mixing it in with family photos, flyers, the Sunday paper, and your CDs, or do you take 20 seconds to file it away where it really ought to go? Wait, don't answer that. As with your inbox, folders are your friend.

17. Checking in with location-based services

The only people who care that you're at the pub or on your high-street are people you really don't want to know. Exceptions: If you're someplace really cool - like Mount Fuji, Versailles, or Chernobyl - check in all you want. We've looked at some practical uses for services like Foursquare; stick to those.

18. Citing Wikipedia

When you need a fact to make a point, the perfect place to go is a gargantuan website that anyone can edit anonymously, and where hoaxes and gag entries can have a life span of years. If you must use Wikipedia, click the links in the footnotes on the page to get the real story, and to see how credible the information digested there really is.

19. Posting hilarious pictures online

'Hey, co-worker! Looks like you had a great time at your friend's stag do. Oh, is that you posing with a Heineken in your hand? How original! Yeah, you and that girl look pretty drunk in that one. At least, that's what our boss said when he emailed it to me. Good luck with that evaluation!' Save such moments for posterity in private - or else. Pay close attention to the privacy settings on Facebook (and untag yourself in those compromising pictures) and on photo-sharing sites. On Flickr, for example, click Edit your profile privacy from the 'Manage your profile' page to control who can see what.

20. Believing the salesperson

Let's put it this way: If that guy really knew a lot about computers, would he be wandering the aisles in a blue shirt asking if you need help? No. No, he would not. Do your research by googling for consumer reviews and comments before you get to the store, and learn which stores offer the best services and deals.

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