How to Get Started on Digital Spring Cleaning

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Have you done your spring cleaning yet?

Not the mop and bucket variety—we mean the digitalcleanup that keeps your computers and other devices secure and your confidential data safe.

With 97 percent of U.S. households having at least one Internet-connected device, it’s time we started thinking about online security this time of year—and taking steps to improve it.

Here are some of the “cleaning” tasks that should be on your list:

  • Ensuring your computers and devices are free of malware
  • Securing your online accounts to protect your identity
  • Updating and strengthening your passwords

Backing up data, cleaning out old emails and reviewing your social media content are also recommended. For parents, digital spring cleaning offers a chance to discuss Web safety with the kids. Nearly 1 in 4 parents admit they’re never talked to their children about staying safe online, according our recent survey.

Get practical information on completing each task and start your own seasonal clean-up with the following digital spring cleaning resources:

Whether you start with a simple conversation or a data backup overhaul, you’ll be on the right track to enjoying safer technology year-round.