CROMWELL, Conn.— The weather is slowly starting to get warmer, inspiring people to clean up or clear out clutter. The one area many people overlook isn't the corner of a room or a forgotten closet; it's probably the digital device on which you're reading this article. We use our phones to shop, scroll through social media, bank, and work. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) remind everyone that when clearing out the physical clutter, there's probably a bunch of digital data clutter that lives on your electronic devices.
If you have a few extra hours or minutes in your day, it may be a good time to begin your digital spring cleaning. Taking some simple, proactive steps will go a long way in safeguarding against any number of potentially disruptive issues – like identity theft, loss of funds or credit card fraud – that can cause mayhem by compromising your data. Take the time to put into practice a few precautionary measures and you will have greater peace of mind – not only this spring but all year round.
NCSA and the BBB are encouraging people to check their smartphones, laptops, and tablets and take a few minutes to review these tips.