Digital Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways to Digitally Declutter

April 06, 2017

With new apps and updates coming out every day, your digital life can easily get cluttered. The National Cyber Security Alliance has identified five tips for digital spring cleaning:

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE: Ensure all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs,

smartphones and tablets – is up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN: Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Begin your spring cleaning by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.

DECLUTTER YOUR MOBILE DEVICES: Most of us have apps we no longer use and some that need updating. Delete unused apps and keep others current, including the operating system on your mobile device.

DO A DIGITAL FILE PURGE: Perform a good, thorough review of your online files. Tend to digital records, PCs, phones and any device with storage just as you do for paper files. Get started by doing the following:

  • Clean up your email: Save only those emails you really need and unsubscribe to email you no longer need/want to receive.

  • Back it up: Copy important data to a secure cloud site or another computer/drive where it can be safely stored. Password protect backup drives. Always back up your files before getting rid of a device, too.

OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE: Review the privacy and security settings on websites you use to ensure they’re at your comfort level for sharing. It’s OK to limit how and with whom you share information.

Whether it’s deleting unused apps, checking for software updates or getting rid of old devices, every step you take helps keep your cyber safe.


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