“Spring cleaning” is a popular thing many people do each and every year. This usually involves deep cleaning around the house that’s more than just your regular weekly vacuuming and dusting. You can also apply this concept to your personal computer and internet life as well and here’s how.
Delete old downloaded files you don’t need or use.
Over the course of a year your computer can accumulate a lot of files. Update files are common files a computer can accumulate. Whenever you update a program new files are downloaded which renders old updates, or versions, useless. Delete these unneeded files to give your computer more space. If you are a student, you might have to download a lot of files for school. Delete any old assignments that are no use to you anymore.
Sort through pictures and videos.
Most people opt to have a digital camera over film camera these days. This is great for accessibility but files for all these pictures and videos can take up a lot of room on your computer. For spring e-cleaning, now is the time to organize your pictures and videos. It’s best to simply organize everything by dates instead of events. You can separate everything by the month, or by the years the pictures and video were taken. A great idea is to have an external hard drive and transfer everything over to that. An external hard drive is really great for people who have a lot of files like these but don’t want to delete any of them.
Empty your email inbox.
It’s a good idea to empty your inbox every now and then to protect your identity. Go through all your emails and delete them all. If you find any emails that contain information that you need, print it out to just keep a hard copy it. Delete the actual email in your inbox once your print it out. Don’t forget to empty the trash folder as well to ensure that you completely deleted everything.
Uninstall programs you don’t use.
Most computers come with programs and games, if you aren’t using any of these feel free to uninstall them completely. This will free up some space on your computer as well as potentially making your computer run faster.
It’s good to change passwords every now and then to keep any hackers at bay. Change the passwords to your actual computer, your email, and to any online accounts that you have. Never keep your passwords written down in any program on your computer. If you have trouble remembering your passwords write them down physically on a piece of paper and keep that piece of paper in a place that you would only know about. Never keep your password cheat sheet near your computer. Keep it in a different room all together.
Delete “friends” off your Facebook.
Clean up friends lists on any social websites that you visit. Delete any friends that you don’t really talk to or connect with anymore. If you feel deleting them is a bit too much for you try just blocking updates from them for now. Remember that they can still see your profile still though. If you don’t want them to see what you post you have to delete them from your friend list entirely.
Delete old posts and pictures on social websites.
If you’ve had Facebook or Twitter for awhile now it’s a good idea to delete old posts or pictures from awhile ago. It’s not uncommon to have different views or opinions now that you are older but older posts might contradict what you say now so avoid your past literally coming back to haunt you just by deleting it. It’s also a good idea to clean up your online presence if you are applying for a job. You may have posted some pictures or posts that might not look so good to future employers so make sure you clean up any questionable posts, especially ones where drugs, alcohol, or other questionable activities are presented in the pictures.