It’s that time of year again, time for back-to-school shopping. Are you and your kids prepared for the school year? I bet these three important items are missing from your list.

1. Security Software

Did you get a new computer or mobile device for the new school year? If so you need to protect it with anti-malware software. Yes, even your new Macs need protection. Look around for the software that best fits your needs and budget. Get references from friends and coworkers. Here at SAC, we use eSet. But, that isn’t your only option, check out the reviews on these other products as well: The Best Anti-Virus Software of 2016.

2. A Backup System

Ever had a computer fail on you or a file get corrupted? I have and I learned my lesson. Backup, backup, backup… and backup again just in case. Buy a few external hard drives and/or get a subscription to a cloud-based backup. It’s even better if the backup is automatic or runs constantly in the background. I like Backblaze. They offer unlimited backups for very affordable prices. As always, we encourage shopping around so here is a link to The Best Online Backup Services of 2016.

3. Password Manager

So now you have all your tech devices in order, and you are ready to dominate the school year. So now you have all your tech devices in order, and are ready to dominate the school year. But wait: you probably have at least 5 more passwords to remember on top of all the other passwords you have. And they are all radically different… right? Get a password manager! We suggest a subscription with Sticky Password. They have a free version and paid premium version with awesome features like cloud syncing across devices and saving endangered manatees. =) Here is a review list of The Best Password Managers of 2016 so you can browse some more options.

 

Were all these items on your shopping list? We hope they are now.

Erin Osborne

Lead Designer at SAC
A graphic design mastermind with a strong background in print design, Erin never backs down from a project. She is also an avid tabletop gamer, a fledgling dungeon master and, most importantly, a swing and blues dances enthusiast.