Digital Experience: Modern technology has infiltrated our lives over a short period of time. In fact, what was considered the stuff of science fiction just 40 years ago is now a reality that many of us rely on every single day.
Our most advanced technology comes with some interesting features that can make our lives so much easier than they are. But the fact is, many people don’t fully understand how to use the latest technology to its fullest potential.
For example, in our daily lives, it’s been estimated that nearly 80 percent of the American population uses some form of social media. And about the same number of people own a smartphone or store information online. But some people are still doing things the old-fashioned way.
Thankfully, today we have a variety of tools and processes available that can enhance our digital experience and make our lives so much easier. And in the following, we’ll explore a few digital tools that you have to start using today.
Sideloading Your Device
No matter the type of device you own, whether it’s an Android, iPhone, Amazon Firestick or anything else, you already know that it comes equipped with a variety of apps that you can use. But did you know that there are apps that are exclusive to particular devices?
Most people are unaware that even if an app isn’t available on a particular platform, it can still be used on another device. And you can do this by sideloading.
Sideloading is also referred to as “jailbreaking.” But all this refers to is the act of loading content or media onto your device that isn’t already available for it. And you can sideload your Amazon Firestick with a variety of apps that aren’t featured on Amazon.
Additionally, sideloading doesn’t rely on a wireless network, so for some devices, you can take your content with you on one device wherever you go.
Searching with Ease
One activity that just about all of us perform on a daily basis is an Internet search. And if you’ve ever paid attention to a search engine results page (SERP), you’ve likely noticed that there are often millions of results that pop up. But you probably don’t want to search through them all, right?
It’s been estimated that approximately 5.6 billion Internet searches are performed each and every day. To put it in better perspective, this is greater than 40,000 searches per second. And the largest number of searches are performed through Google, the largest and most often used search engine.
But if you want to cut down your search time, how can you go about doing this? The answer involves one particular word and a colon.
The next time you perform an Internet search, consider performing a “site search” instead of using Google’s site feature. For example, type the word “site:” and next to the colon, type the name of the website you want to search. This technique will allow you to cut down on your search time significantly.
As mentioned, many people don’t take full advantage of the technology that we all have access to. And when it comes to “the cloud,” this is absolutely the case.
It might be because many people are apprehensive about having a ton of sensitive information floating around somewhere in cyberspace. But the fact is, most of our information already is. But cloud storage could be a lifesaver in the unfortunate instance that you lose valuable data.
At the end of the day, cloud storage is much safer than keeping all of your files in that iron safe under your bed. And a few of the benefits of cloud storage are as follows:
- Disaster recovery
- File sharing encryption
- Constantly updated
In our technologically driven era, a security breach, natural disaster, or any type of shutdown event could occur at any moment. And unless you’re prepared to retrieve all of your sensitive information, whether personal or for your business, you run the risk of losing it all in the blink of an eye. And nobody wants to deal with a headache of that magnitude, especially after a disaster.
While some people don’t welcome technology as readily as others, those who do understand that changing alongside the pace of technology simply makes your life easier. And when you know how to fully take advantage of today’s tech, you’ll be doing yourself a favor because you’ll not only be more knowledgeable, you’ll be better prepared to use it when the time comes.