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Tech yourself through self-isolation

During these uncertain times, it is important to look after your health and if feeling vulnerable, self-isolation has been recommended by state and federal governments. NATHAN WELLINGTON discusses how to keep safe and stay in touch by putting the tech devices to work.

First of all, consider how you use your technology in public. A recent study found that on average people with smart devices click, swipe or tap on their phones 2617 times a day and touch their face 322 times a day.

It only takes a handshake with an infected person and then swiping your phone or answering a call, for you to be potentially exposed.

Sanitise your hands after meeting, don’t to shake hands, and be mindful of touching your smart device after coming in contact with another person.

I would also recommend not using public devices, such as touch screen maps, and library computers without wearing gloves.

Clean your devices.

It is generally not advisable to clean smart devices with disinfectant although Apple now says it’s okay to use disinfecting wipes on iPhones.

It is important to regularly clean devices and disinfectant wipes will go a long way to keep them clean.

Don’t forget to clean your computer as well, especially the keyboard and mouse.

To clean your computer, make sure it is turned off and unplugged. Sanitize the keyboard by using a disinfectant wipe or a soft, linen-free cloth with a coin-sized amount of isopropyl alcohol.

Check your internet plan.

If you need to work from home, or are in self-isolation and you have a lot of free time to use your devices, check you have an appropriate internet plan so as not to run out of data or to incur additional charges.

Consider online purchasing and delivery. Think about ordering essential items and performing banking services and bill paying online. Many legitimate services can be performed online with little effort and learning.

Look at setting up a PayPal account to protect yourself when online purchasing, or try paying your next energy or telephone bill online.

Look for online entertainment.

With the introduction of NBN many people have subscribed to online television including Netflix and Stan.

There is also a plethora of online courses available. You can start a hobby or project online.

I have many clients who spend hours building a family tree. Search for videos of specific interest found on YouTube.

Stay Connected. Self-isolation can become lonely, so take this as an opportunity. Learn to use Skype to talk to your kids or grandkids, or sign up to Facebook to see what your extended family are doing.

Look for remote support. With the risk of infection becoming greater in public places and the need for technology to work seamlessly while you are at home, we deliver a home tech service and precautions and protocols in place for safely visiting.

If you require something small, consider a remote login tech support from your trusted tech or give us a call to book in a remote session.

In my humble opinion, these testing times will bring out the best and the worst in us all.

Allow it to bring out the best in you and shine compassion and patience for those around you. And stay safe.

 Call 1300 682 817 or email nathan@hometechassist.com.au.

 

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