Tech Tips & Trends You Need to Know This Year

Blockchain, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) are currently dominating the tech market in terms of trends and new developments, and will most likely continue to do that in the following years.

Here’s what you should know if you are considering buying, investing and securing tech products this year and beyond.

Cybersecurity

First and foremost, you must protect your identity online. Cybercrimes have been on the rise since the pandemic began, as more and more people connected to work from home and started using the internet more frequently.

Handling everything from behind a screen makes us all vulnerable in front of hackers, whether it is just credit card information that they are after or full-blown identity theft.

The solution?

LifeLock offers reliable identity theft protection plans, by monitoring your personal information, scanning the web to identify identity misuse, sending you reports, scores and alerts, as well as going that extra mile into helping you recover all losses, including expenses with lawyers and such.

Once you have identity theft protection covered, you should also consider investing in proper antivirus and firewall software on all your devices connected to the internet.

With this package deal, you take back control over your security and are finally able to enjoy much-needed peace of mind.

Internet of Things (IoT)

A lot of appliances around the house are currently fitted with Wi-Fi connectivity. This not only means that they can connect to the internet, but also to each other.

Since this is clearly a trend that will completely ease and define our future, it is time to upgrade the home with IoT devices, one at a time.

Right now, there are plenty of models to choose from, for all budgets and tastes, and constant improvements to their security give you not much to worry about with these smart appliances.

Enjoy the benefits of remotely locking the door, preheating the oven before you get home and getting alerts on your phone when it’s time to unload the dryer. There is even such a thing as an interactive yoga mat.

Pro tip: Always update the firmware to the latest stable version, as manufacturer software updates are essential for keeping devices safe and running smoothly.

Cloud-Based Tech

For many corporate organizations, the irreversible transition into working from home has paved the way for Cloud-Based tech to flourish throughout 2021 and beyond.

Cloud offers convenience and security at a lower price, making it accessible for small businesses or organizations trying to make their processes time-and-cost-efficient.

With integrated AI and Machine Learning, a cloud operating model allows for prolific innovation, increased operational flexibility and overall scalability. 

But that’s just the business side of things. 

Cloud technology has also become part of our everyday lives and most people use Cloud-based services without even realizing it. One of the simple examples is SaaS (Software as a Service).

It is a software that is hosted on the web and can be accessed through a browser. You don’t have to install it on your device. Webmail, Hotmail and Dropbox are some of the examples of SaaS applications.

Security and compliance lie at the heart of cloud technology.

This is one of the major accelerators behind the banking industry moving  to cloud, offering their customers the convenience of banking from anywhere and protecting their sensitive data with multiple layers of security.

Although the complexity at the initial stage of cloud migration deters small players from making the shift, there are numerous cloud migration experts out there to simplify the process with fully managed services.

Blockchain

While heavily associated with cryptocurrency, blockchain is a super-reliable technology that is here to last and to improve security in many sectors.

It is currently being employed more and more in food safety, cybersecurity, financial services, copyright protection, medical record-keeping, tracking prescription drugs and managing IoT networks.

See how everything ties up together? This right here is the beauty of technology; these highly evolved puzzle pieces falling into place in a larger mechanism that is meant to keep us safer, healthier, happier.

What to Invest In?

However tempting, cryptocurrencies are volatile and carry a high risk. Instead, opt for investing in companies that offer related services (like crypto-exchanges) or, even better, in companies that build their own blockchains for other business purposes.

In the end, they can be general companies that offer blockchain services, crypto-related companies or blockchain funds (ETFs), the latter being considered by specialists as the safe way to go.

Other top technologies to keep an eye on in the next few years are artificial intelligence, machine learning, quantum computing, edge computing, 5G, virtual reality, augmented reality and robotic process automation.

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 8 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant. In my spare time I dabble in crypto and various types of automation.
Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

– Jon