As I’ve mentioned before and will no doubt continue to mention, I’ve been doing a lot of research about technology and security for my internship. Along with the realization that I should’ve gone into a different career field, this work has led me to poke around corners of the Internet I wouldn’t normally go (no, get your mind out of the gutter).
In addition to some technical sites I can’t make sense of, I’ve come across a lot of sites and blogs for the average gal. Most of them are basic finance or digital news, including tips and tricks to “improve your bottomline” (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that exact phrase). Naturally, a lot of these sites include app recommendations. I don’t use many apps other than social media, but I decided to delve into some of the more practical ones.
LastPass first caught my attention in the book I’ll be helping my boss to promote. It, and the handful of other password managers out there, have been reviewed many times over. Basically, we all know “password” is a terrible password, but we do it anyway. Password managers create and store secure, randomized passwords on either the app or its website, using fancy encryption that I could never possibly understand.
Norton Antivirus is nothing new, but the more I went on security blogs and read about the millions of cyber threats out there, the more paranoid I got. Why not invest in a basic antivirus (both on my laptop and phone)? I have a Mac and people love to say that “Macs don’t get viruses.” Okay, well, just because it isn’t likely doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Plus, it was on sale; who doesn’t love a good sale?
Betterment is an investment app, comparable to Acorns (the app that rounds purchases up to a dollar and saves that change). I decided on Betterment because of a couple reviews I read and because I wanted to invest more than a handful of change at a time. Betterment takes the confusion out of investing for those of us that know 0 about it by creating a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. I initially only opened a “Build Wealth” account, but replaced it with a Roth IRA, which I have yet to put money into. Baby steps.
Mint is a popular budgeting app by Intuit, that I initially downloaded a few years ago when I only had one checking account and no savings, credit card, loans, or investments. So, I’d quickly stopped using it. Now, with so much to keep track of, I plan on sticking to it and creating a budget that works. It’s in its early stages. For example, apparently I’ve spent $80 on alcohol and over $300 on my pets this month. Oops?*
Evernote is amazing for the perpetual note taker like me. Especially since, like my brain, these notes are all over the place and rarely make sense. I’ve only just started using it, but already I have “notebooks” for work, this website, my writing, and assorted other hodgepodge, including my ongoing “Today” note which is a constantly evolving master to-do list. The beauty of Evernote is that it takes all of your notes, bookmarks, photos, PDFS, etc. and syncs them across all of your devices. Praise.
Bonus: MyFitnessPal is another app I’d downloaded once and stopped using almost immediately. I’m not taking full advantage of it, since I don’t fitness, but I’m planning to keep track of my daily caloric intake and all that jazz. I’ve been eating blindly, for the most part, and simply trusting that whatever I had for lunch was healthy-ish. Now, I’ll know for sure.
So, in case you were wondering, yes, there is indeed an app for that.
P.S. I wrote this on the WordPress app while commuting this morning.
*it’s because I got a chinchilla and her cage cost a cool two hundred. I’m not proud of it.