10 tech cleanup tips to kick off the New Year

Nothing says “new year” like setting goals and getting a fresh start. And what better way to start the new decade than with a tech cleanup that will leave you with added room in your inbox, more cloud storage and everything else you need to survive the next 365 days!

Here’s a few things you can do to refresh your tech for the new year:

  • Empty your email inbox: Open unread messages and be sure to tag promotional and spam content for future detection. Sort anything worth keeping into necessary folders and send everything else to the trash bin.
  • Organize computer files: Sort and delete the files on your personal computer as needed to tidy up and get some extra storage space on your PC. 
  • Back up your devices: Whether you use the cloud or an external hard drive, you’ll want to do a backup of all files, photographs and music, just in case something goes wrong. 
  • Update your software and apps: This goes for your smartphone and other electronic devices. With the most current software available, you can enjoy new features and product updates — including important software patches and security updates — that were previously unavailable.
  • Switch out your passwords: Replace social media and other account passwords for ones that are more secure. Programs like LastPass and DashLane help generate strong passwords and store them for automatic input later.
  • Clear temporary files, cache folders and cookies: There’s a good amount of data stored to these folders every time you interact with a website or web-based application. Free up some storage space and prevent sensitive data from being compromised by cleaning out these folders.
  • Perform a security scan for malware: Even when infected with certain viruses and malware, some devices can still operate with no apparent signs or symptoms. But that doesn’t mean they’re not doing damage. If you don’t already have adequate security software, install it and run a security scan to pinpoint and extract harmful online threats.
  • Recycle old tech: Devices that are no longer in use can be repurposed or regifted if they’re still in working condition. Check out some ideas to reuse some electronics you may own.
  • Cancel unused streaming services: There are so many streaming services out there that it may be a good time to reevaluate which ones are worth your money. Pinpoint the entertainment you value most and cancel services that are underutilized to get monthly savings.
  • Set screen time goals: Screen time was big in 2019, and it’s not too late to cut back on yours in the new year. Install a screen time monitoring app, examine your current screen time and try to reduce it little by little each week.

Be sure to share on social to help friends and family on their tech cleanup and keep them in tip-top shape through the upcoming year and long after.