Mac Desktop with Wooden Accessories

Happy Spring! This is my favorite time of year. Spring means flowers, butterflies, picnics and… SPRING CLEANING! After you get rid of old clothes that no longer fit, clean out the notorious junk drawer, and scrub your bathroom until it shines, it’s time to clean your computer!

Here are several things you can do to make sure your computer is squeaky clean.

  • Delete any unused apps or software

Be careful not to delete programs you use! If you do not recognize a program or know what it does, research it and find out before deleting it.

If you’re one of our clients, we encourage you to ask us what a program is and if you need it before deleting.

  • Make sure all apps and software are kept current and updated
  • Secure your router by making sure it has a strong password

Change your password from the default/admin password immediately!! Hackers have been breaking into wireless networks through routers for a long time. They don’t even need to use their impressive hacking skills if you never change the default password. All the hacker has to do is look up the default password. There’s an abundance of websites with the sole purpose of sharing default router passwords.

To clarify, your router’s admin password is not the same as the password you use to access your wi-fi. The router password is used to access and change router settings. It also allows you to view connected devices, limit what devices can connect to the network, and update the router’s firmware.

  • Make sure all passwords are unique and complex
  • Delete or archive old files
  • Unsubscribe to newsletters and email alerts you no longer read

You bought a gift from Justice for your niece and now they won’t stop emailing you. The next time you get an email from them, instead of deleting it, simply scroll down and click on the tiny unsubscribe link at the very bottom.

Gmail makes it easy to unsubscribe on desktop. When it detects an unsubscribe link, it puts its own unsubscribe link right next to the sender’s email address. Sometimes it appears in place of the Spam icon in the toolbar.

Outlook also offers an easy unsubscribe option. At the top of an email, it will say “Getting too much email? Unsubscribe.”

  • Make sure you’re only “friends” with people you actually know on social media

Delete, unfriend, or unfollow anyone who you don’t know.

  • Review privacy and security settings on social media sites you use
  • Last but not least, clean your hardware

Use a microfiber or soft cotton cloth to wipe down your monitor. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the tops of your keys and then use a can of compressed air to clean between the keys. Use a slightly damp cotton cloth to wipe down all surfaces of your mouse.

Ta-da. Your computer is now squeaky clean!