Do a Digital Spring Cleaning and Clear Out Cyber Clutter

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A few simple steps from the National Cyber Security Alliance and Better Business Bureau will help you stay cyber safe and protect your personal data and identity all year round.

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINEdo a digital declutter
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 passphrase 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 LIFE
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 devices.

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. Passphrase 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.