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Digital spring cleaning tips from the City of Boston

April 14, 2017

For many of us, it's that time of year again when we give our homes a deep cleaning. We think you should take the same approach to your digital tools.

CLEAN UP ACCOUNT CLUTTER

Take a few minutes to clean up your online accounts.  Review social networks, email, shopping sites, cloud storage, etc., and figure out if there are any that could be closed.  In your open accounts, are there items you can clean out that aren't needed (for example saved credit cards numbers, saved passwords in a web browser, or old files in cloud storage)?  Finally, is it time for a password refresh? If so, remember to make your new password unique and secure!

SPRING CLEANING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

Next, take some time to go through the security settings on all your social media accounts. You want to review your settings to make sure only the people you want to be able to see your information can, while others can't.  Is there a social media account (MySpace!) you really haven't used for a while? Close it out!  You can also set up two-step verification on your password for most social media accounts to add an extra layer of security to them.

DEVICE CLEAN-UP

Finally, take a little time to check out the computers, laptops, tablets, and phones you use every day.  Delete any unused apps, clean out those old downloads, and archive old files. Then, take out the trash (empty your recycle bin or trash bin).  Protect your device with a time-out lock and make sure there is a password, PIN, fingerprint, etc. set up to unlock it. Check that all your software is up-to-date, especially your security software (anti-virus is a MUST).

Interested in learning more?

The Innovation and Technology Department created a page that lists out cybersecurity tips and tricks.