The last days of the year are usually when to create a balance sheet and to set goals. But sometimes, getting lost on a big list of hopes for next year can be a little frustrating. Enough to see how much we do or what we didn't promise last year.
However, proposing something simple and we can do in a few minutes, such as removing an unused mobile application, which consumes too much space, or takes time without returning anything in return, can be a big task to do this goal weeks and starting this year is lighter… at least in the digital world.
1. The social network that presses you
During this time, it was very common to install and even use applications that produced more sadness than others. Often, the place is occupied by addictive social networks. Some, like Instagram, allow you to see how much time you spend each day, and it can be surprising to know when "losing" our time gives you to see our happy and edited photos of contacts from our contacts. Choose a social network that makes us less happy (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat?) And deleting it immediately can be a great idea before the beginning of the year.
2. That application can track you
We take our cellphones everywhere. Therefore, applications that have access to our location data are equivalent to being controlled by radar throughout the day. "Worst" in that sense is Foursquare and Google Maps. Yes, they need to know our location to function, but they don't need continuous access to that information. For example, on Google Maps you can turn off constant tracking. Another very frequently used application that permanently tracks your location is GasBuddy. If we don't use it too much, it's better to get rid of it.
3. Fake security application
At other times, everyone is aware that they must install a reliable antivirus on their computer. This is almost 2019, and we no longer have clarity on how we have to protect our data on cellphones. Actually, we all have to use VPN (virtual private network, according to its acronym in English). But beware: if an application says it offers a free VPN, it might be better to leave it alone. Why Because it has been found that many free VPN applications provide search history and their data to anonymous companies in China. And those who don't do it to China, usually do it to companies that are looking for data to offer publicity.
4. Application where we are a product
We are accustomed to free applications and services on our mobile. But there is a golden rule: if we do not pay for services, chances are we are not consumers, but products. How do they sell us? Collect data about us. In general, all Facebook and Google applications do that to keep it free. Facebook Messenger, for example, as indicated by La Nación, is one of the few messaging applications that don't encrypt messages. And Google Chrome allows Google to continue all our activities.
5. Applications that require the most time per day
By 2018, Google and Apple are adding resources to time management and users can begin to take the dimensions of how much time they lose per day in any application. This can be a social network that takes up our time, and also games like Fortnite, Candy Crush and Pokémon Go, which are very addictive. A good idea is to use a tool to find out which applications steal more hours per week, and delete them to start productive 2019.