The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are encouring all users of the Internet to do a spot of ‘digital spring cleaning’ – update your security software, unclog your inbox, delete those unused apps and make a fresh start this spring!
Michael Kaiser, Executive Director at NCSA, said: “Plan to conduct a digital de-clutter; take care of that long, overdue digital maintenance and be more secure against losing valuable, personal information and being a victim of identity theft while making your online life more manageable.”
The NCSA’s STOP.THINK.CONNECT. tips are there to help you keep your machine clean, stay secure, and purge files:
- Keep all web-connected devices – PCs, mobile phones, smartphones and tablets – free from malware and infections, making the Internet safer to use and more secure.
- Enhance your security by moving to two-step authentication, creating better passwords that are unique and different for key accounts, and use a passcode of finger swiep to unlock your phone.
- Review your online presence, privacy and security settings on websites that you use regularly, clean-up your social media accounts and update your personal information.
- Manage your subscriptions, de-clutter your email accounts and delete emails/material that you don’t need, empty your recycle bin, delete or archive older files, back-up any important data to a secure cloud site or an independent drive for maximum security.
Francis Henderson, National Director of Privacy Initiatives with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, commented: “April is known for spring cleaning and tax season – both represent powerful triggers to sort out your documentation – whether it’s paper or digital. Personally identifiable information can be stolen and used for identity theft if not disposed of properly. BBB recommends you safely store what you must keep and carefully destroy the rest.”
Kaiser adds: “With some smart, simple practices, you will help protect yourself, your family and the extended digital community while enjoying the Internet with greater confidence.”