Out with the old…and the really old. Still holding on to that copy of Minesweeper? Ditch it along with any other programs and files collecting digital dust on your computer to free up memory and make it run faster.
Clean up your contacts. Your address book can get a little messy if you don’t give it a good scrubbing every now and then. Every few months, clean out your contacts list — merge duplicates, delete outdated info and fix any format or spelling issues.
Have a backup plan. For many of us, our entire lives — photos, music, movies, contacts and financial information — could be wiped away by one computer crash. By regularly backing up your data to an external hard drive, you can make sure you never lose what’s most important you.
Every week, 140,000 hard drive crash in the United States1Beef up your security. In order to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals, it’s recommended that you change your passwords on a regular basis (every 90 days is ideal, but once every three to six months is acceptable). For increased security, use unique passwords for all your important accounts — email, online banking and shopping websites.
DID YOU KNOW? It only takes 10 minutes to crack a six-character lowercase password. By adding two extra letters and a few uppercase letters, that number jumps to three years. If you then add just one more character as well as a few numbers and symbols, it will take 44,530 years to crack.2
Keep your kids safe online
Here are a few tips for keeping your kids cyber-safe:
- Get involved: Sit with your kids when
- Set limits: Set time restrictions for
- Stop sharing: Teach kids not to share
personal information online
- Install protection: Install filters to prevent
access to unwanted sites
The best ways to back up your stuff
Internet-accessible, cloud-based services provide storage that’s easy to access from any computer.
External drives are available in a variety of memory sizes and price points.
CDs and DVDs
Writable CDs and DVDs are an affordable backup option.