Spring Cleaning your Devices
Spring has finally sprung, and for many this means its time for the annual purge know as spring cleaning. While most opt to declutter their homes, closets, and cars theres one space that is often left out. Their digital space.
Taking the time to clean out years of junk in your devices will not only help them run more efficiently, it will also help keep your digital information more secure.
Deleting unnecessary data
Sorting through old documents and files will be the most time consuming task, but it is also the most necessary. First we recommend deleting any duplicate, outdated, or old files or documents that you do not use. Trashing old PDFs as well as medical and financial records will get rid of any personal information you do not need. The point is to remove any data that is not meaningful or useful.
Then its time to organize your remaining files into a system that is easy for you to understand. Organizing is an easy way for you to access and manage your current data as well as maintaining clutter in the future.
Lastly it is imperative to backup all of the files you have decided to keep. In the event of a natural disaster, virus, or any emergency you will have quick access to any files that have been
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Sorting Through Email
Your inbox is a breeding ground for malicious activity. Deleting old emails containing personal information is a sure fire way to protect yourself if your inbox ever gets hacked.
Additionally, spammers can attach anything from viruses to ransomeware in an email. They can pose as someone you trust and gain access to important information. Removing any suspicious emails from your inbox will protect you from becoming a victim to cyber crime
Using a tool such as Xeams will help you clean out your inbox before spam mails even have a chance to come through. With a built in junk filer, Xeams eliminates 99% of junk mail by learning from rules and filters set by you.
Deleting old accounts and updating Apps
Look for any old apps you dont use anymore. Did you switch banks? Did you have a messaging app you used to connect with a friend who traveled out of the country a few years ago? Used any photo filtering or fitness apps that you just forgot to get rid of?
All of these tools have access to personal information stored on the device it is installed on. Before deleting this app, turn off any settings that allow it to gain access to your photos, contacts, or any additional information then cancel your membership.
In addition to removing applications you do not use, you should update the ones you do use. Updates often include patches or bug fixes that improve the security of the app.
Changing your passwords: Routine passwords changes are one of the best ways to keep your passwords strong and avoid having your accounts hacked.
Clearing browse Data: This will remove any cookies, extensions and history to ensure speedier browsing. Also it will remove any personal information you do not want stored.
Security Scans: Performing a scan on your device will check for any viruses or malicious files that were not cleared our when you originally checked your files.
Cleaning our your devices is not just a to-do you should check off of your spring cleaning list. It is something you should do routinely to ensure you are keeping them updated, running smoothly, and keeping your personal information safe and secure.
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