Before I delve into my own digital clean-up, I want to mention two great sources of reference to use when performing your own Digital Spring Cleaning. I used both guides extensively as I worked my way through each aspect of our digital lives. One is Trend Micro's Digital Spring Cleaning Checklist and the other is TrendLabs Digital Life E-Guide: Putting an End to Digital Clutter.
As a side note, if you have an Android device, you can install the Trend Micro Longevity battery Saver to determine which apps are guilty of draining your precious battery.
Next, I worked on cleaning up our Digital Reputation in terms of Social Networking sites. This included streamlining contacts lists, verifying privacy settings, removing access to unneeded or wanted apps from my account settings, and double checking posted photos and comments for items we might later find uncomfortable. All in all, I was far more organized in this area. To my credit, I'd recently cleaned up Twitter and Facebook friends for my personal account, so that part was already done. It's nice to connect with classmates from 20 years ago, but I'm not sure they need to be privy to my family's every move. I'd also done a fairly recent privacy settings check and an app access sweep, so the only thing left for me to do was to have a look at my timelines and photo albums. Keep in mind that what may have been a funny photo of a 10 year old could be the source of bullying at 14, so have a good look at what's there. I had a look at my blog's facebook page as well before helping hubby and kids take a look at their personal accounts. Thankfully I was only momentarily derailed by hubby's request to help him update to Facebook's new timeline layout complete with a cover photo.
Trend Micro's Safe Sync) and actually on there because I really need them.
For confidential documents I used Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security’s Vault feature for added protection. When the vault feature is turned on, it provided you with a password protected area for you to drag and drop documents you'd like kept private. Store legal papers, financial spreadsheets, tax information, personal records, those photos from before you lost 10 pounds, your top secret cookie recipe, or even your child's christmas gift list.
Last but certainly not least, don't forget to manage your passwords. Be sure to use different passwords on different sites and don't neglect to change them from time to time. Trend Micro suggests every 3 months. Not sure if your password is strong enough? Try this Password Strength Tester.
Please note our family has received products from Trend Micro to help us examine the challenges contained within this year long study. However all opinions, thoughts and statements expressed here are our own.