With the warm days and fresh air arriving, spring cleaning is well underway. While decluttering closets and washing baseboards seem almost automatic this time of year, have you thought about tidying up your technology? If not, you’re not alone! At ReadiTech, technology is always top of mind so I’m here to pass along my top five musts for your spring cleaning.

1. Disable bloatware applications.
Your cell phones and computers often come preloaded with many applications you do not use and do not need or bloatware applications. Go through the applications and programs installed and free up some much-needed space.

2. Unsubscribe to those mailing lists.
We all know exactly what I’m talking about. You bought one thing, one time five years ago from a website and now you get a million unwanted emails about their sales and offers. Most of these emails come with an option to unsubscribe so you don’t receive them anymore. You can often find this option by opening the email and scrolling to the bottom. You’ll usually find it in small print, so look carefully.

3. Take the trash out.
Speaking of email, you probably have more than you need! This is a great time to go through your email and delete any emails are not needing. Check your inbox, junk, trash, and sent folders. Delete what you don’t need and organize the remaining emails into descriptive folders. Checking your email is less overwhelming when it’s clean and organized.

4. Backup your valuable files.
Whether it’s pictures of your family or important financial and tax records, we all have files we couldn’t bear to lose. Unfortunately, they can all be gone in a flash. It can be a power surge from a summer storm, hardware failure, or virus that makes you wish you had backed up your files. If you’re looking for help in this department, ReadiTech offers an easy, affordable online backup solution. The backup is scheduled to run automatically and is managed by our ReadiTech experts, so you don’t have another piece of technology to learn. This simple preventative measure can keep you from costly shoulda-coulda-wouldas, and can free up space on your computer!

5. Get the grime.
My final tip is an obvious one, physically clean your devices! Think about the things you touch the most during the day: your keyboard, cell phone, mouse, headphones, the list goes on and on. The gunk on your gadgets would make your skin crawl. Studies show e-coli and staphylococcus are present on your tech devices. Even so, it’s important to be careful when cleaning your electronics. Microfiber clothes, electronic antibacterial wipes, and screen cleaners are your best bet here. When in doubt, refer to your user’s manual (you can find these online if you decluttered them).

Be sure to use products safe for your devices.

Some of these steps may seem a bit overwhelming, but that’s where our team of experts come into play. If you don’t feel comfortable in some of these areas (and who can blame you, technology moves quick) we are here to help.

Call our ReadiTech team at 344-5000 to help with your spring tech cleaning.

Krista Porter – Technical Assistance

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