Delete unnecessary data
Possibly the most time-consuming task when spring cleaning your device – deleting old files and documents. Cull any copies of files, outdated documents and anything else you no longer need. Once you’ve removed unnecessary data, consider organising your remaining files into a system that’s easy for you to manage going forward, helping to prevent accumulating clutter in the future.
Uninstall unneeded software or apps
As time progresses, you’ve probably acquired quite a few applications on your computer that you’re no longer using – free video editing software, file converting programs and so on. Similar to the above, search through your PC or laptop for any pieces of software and applications that you no longer use. It will free up more space on your device, which will help it run faster.
Clear your browser
Hackers can access your computer or network through many different avenues. In every scenario, they take advantage of weaknesses inside your operating system, which can include old browser extensions, add-ons or plugins. These pose a great risk to your overall data security, so be sure to not only delete your browser history, but to uninstall and delete old browser extensions.
Deleting old or unused browser extensions can also significantly improve speed and load time – bonus!
Perform regular security scans
Vulnerabilities with your PC or laptop’s security can only be managed if they’ve been discovered and identified, which is why running regular security scans is so important. Officially, scans should be carried out quarterly, but in reality, scanning should take place every month at least. Performing regular security scans will make sure you’re on top of any vulnerabilities as soon as they crop up, potentially avoiding a disaster.
Keep it updated
We admit, updates to your operating system appear to pop up at the most inconvenient times, but they often include critical patches to security holes. Even if you’re in the middle of doing something, like making that vital cup of coffee or fetching documents from the printer, set yourself a reminder to update your operating system at the end of the day – it could just save you from a security breach.