Digital Decluttering

 

 

Tidying the house can often be a chore but cleaning up your digital foot print may assist you in more ways than one. Cleaning your computer, laptop, phone or other portable device can be useful to speed up processes and for security. There are now over 3 million smartphone users in Ireland. It is estimated the average mobile data usage for 2016 in Ireland was 3GB per day. The technology giants have been investing in building large data storage units  for several years now. Data has become a significant commodity.

 

Freeing and clearing up your data can be the safer option both for security and wellbeing. The benefits are, files can be found more readily, wellbeing is improved and you have more control on your data output.  Due to the Data Protection Regulation most offices are maintaining stricter rules. However most people do not use the same level of protection at home for their personal data. Cyber attacks are increasing and "phishing" attacks. "Phishing" is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details  often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. 

 

Here are some of our HWF tips for keeping your digital foot print tidy. We take a look at the ways you can declutter your data footprint, with a reduced amount of data on your device, it will ensure your privacy and security;

 

Weekly

 

1. Back up files on the cloud.

 

2. Clean up your desktop.

 

3. Delete unnecessary emails.

 

4. Empty the trash.

 

5. Delete history.

 

Monthly

 

6. Empty your download folders.

 

7. Review your applications.

 

Quarterly 

 

8. Clean social media data.

 

9. Review app access to files, microphone, photos and locations. Delete         dormant apps.

 

Yearly

 

10. Review or update security codes and improve security access.

 

 

 

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