Spring tidying for 2021

March 15, 2021

Spring tidying for 2021 Photo by CDC on Unsplash

Let the windows open to make sunshine in and it is the only way to bring sunlight to our home. Spring comes with an opportunity to breath the fresh air. It is the right time to clean up the entire house including all our gadgets (mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and desktops). Cleaning should not be only on the surface but also need to be done inside the system, files & folders, browser settings to clear the cyber footprints. It is almost a year gone badly of pandemic crisis and put us inside the home. We never had a chance to do anything physically outside of our house. We mostly managed everything online which caused the cyber footprints from everything we interacted with, from bill payments, shopping, using social media, WFH, Virtual meetings and other online activities either for personal or for a professional need. It is necessary to remove the clutter to protect not only our system but also any important information we have it in the system. It makes our life simple, fresh, and protected. We would like to help you with a simple check list for this spring tidying. Let us move forward with the list to start cleaning…

Update devices

Update all your devices on a regular basis. Ensure that your devices (laptops, desktops, iPads, tablets, smart devices, mobile phones, TVs), applications, operating systems, security apps are up to date.

Disposal

  • Destroy all unwanted files. Whether it is a paper document or system file, if it is unnecessary, please shred it or destroy it completely.
  • Dispose all unused, repaired, old electronic gadgets ((laptops, desktops, iPads, tablets, smart devices, mobile phones).
  • Remove/delete applications that is no longer in use.
Disposal Photo by Firmbee.com on Unsplash

Backup

Backup all important files and folders at proper intervals regularly.

Social Media

  • Change passwords regularly of your social media websites.
  • Unused social media accounts should be deactivated permanently.
  • You should be familiar with privacy setting of the social media sites.
  • Delete or review audience settings of photos, videos, and posts of yours often.
  • Delete social media app that is no longer in use along with the deletion of your profile in that social media.

Email & Passwords

  • Review all your email accounts and passwords.
  • Set a unique and strong password for each of your accounts.
  • If possible, try using Multi-factor authentication (if it is available) to those accounts which relate to important financial information such as net banking, credit card and debit card etc.,
  • Usage of password manager, will reduce the risk of security issues.