American adults spend over 11 hours per day wired to the internet, whether that’s listening to a podcast, watching a movie, reading or generally interacting with media, according to a Nielsen report. That’s a lot of time on our phones, tablets, and computers. As many of you take this time of year to clean your house in depth, Spring is also a great time to clean up your digital life. This will help your devices and systems’ speed, performance, and of course, will help keep you safer online. Here are five ways to spring clean your digital life:

  1. Go through your inbox and unsubscribe from no-longer wanted or needed communications. Is there a store you no longer shop at? Unsubscribe! E-newsletters you don’t read anymore? Unsubscribe from those, too! Go to the bottom of those emails and find the unsubscribe/manage preferences option.
  2. Delete unused apps and make sure to update any that remain. Pay attention to the app permissions you have set (such as location) and make changes as needed. While you’re cleaning up your apps, take a look at notification settings and adjust those, too.
  3. Update your applications, internet browsers, and devices.
  4. Clean up your desktop, files, and folders and delete anything you no longer need on your computer or laptop. Don’t forget to back-up any important files either in the cloud or an external drive.
  5. Go through your accounts and make sure you’ve got strong passwords in place and add multifactor whenever available.

Implementing these 5 ways to spring clean your digital life will set you up for a successful, safer online experience. This can also be a great family activity if you have children that are already active online. For the little ones, while they might not be as active online, they are certainly exposed to digital learning on a daily basis. That is why it is important to start teaching them the basics of online safety as soon as possible, and the Center makes it easy for families with Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures at Home

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