Kaspersky 7 Tips to Spring Clean Your PC

Hopefully by now you've started “spring cleaning” your home area and included your devices. I know many people don't really think they need to clean up their PC or laptop but even those areas need your attention.

Wondering what to do to get your PC or Laptop running a bit smooth and cleaning?

Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Tips to Spring Clean Your PC

Here are (7) digital house-keeping tips from Kaspersky Lab that can keep your PC and personal info secure and running smoothly.

After each tip, Kaspersky PURE 3.0 shows how it can perform these tips at the push of a button. Kaspersky PURE software includes much more than just anti-virus protection...it comes loaded with free tools that can keep your identity from being stolen and your bank accounts secure.

  1. Back. It. Up. - You can put your documents, photos, music and more in an online storage locker, so in case of emergency or if your computer is stolen or damaged, you can access your info from anywhere. A free service like DropBox is a good option. Another option is to make copies onto a physical hard-drive, like a USB thumb drive.

    Kaspersky PURE 3.0 is integrated with DropBox for online storage, and lets you automatically backup files to an online storage or physical storage device.
  2. Get rid of programs you don’t use - All those old programs you never use (game, photo viewers, etc.) still take up disc space and slow your overall system down, especially if they run in the background at start up. Outdated programs can also be an open door for cybercriminals to easily gain access to your computer. Uninstall the programs you don’t want, and make sure you install software updates when prompted.

    Advanced security software, like Kaspersky PURE 3.0, will actually monitor programs on your machine that are out of date, and will make sure these programs aren’t exploited by the bad guys.
  3. Clean your desktop: - Your desktop gets cluttered up over time from downloads, but you should have very few programs that permanently live there – the more that are there, the higher the burden on your system. Look at your desktop and pare down to the bare essentials; get rid of the things you don’t need, or place documents and other applications into appropriate folders elsewhere in your system.

  4. Fine-Tune your Web Browser - Programs like Chrome, FireFox, or Internet Explorer can store a lot of personal information, like your passwords, email addresses, and a history of websites you’ve visited. In the “Settings” menu for Chrome, under the Privacy menu, you should un-check boxes that offer to save passwords and other autofill information, and you should push the “Clear Browsing Data” every few weeks to limit the amount of personal info being saved in your web browser. Similar tips for Internet Explorer: under “Internet Options” in the “General” tab, check the box that says “Delete Browsing History on Exit.”

    Kaspersky PURE 3.0 will analyze the settings on your Internet Explorer, and make changes to the information storage settings to keep you safer online. 
  5. Pick new passwords - All the sticky-notes on your desk with passwords written down isn’t just messy, it’s unsafe. Update your old passwords to new ones, and remember to make them long and complex. Don’t use any word found in the dictionary or any names, like pets or relatives. Mix up letters, numerals and non-alphanumeric symbols. That can be a lot to remember, so you might want to use a password manager, which is a digital vault on your computer that keeps track of all your logins for online accounts (email, bank accounts, social networks, etc). This way you can change your login information to include strong passwords and not have to worry about remembering them.

    Kaspersky PURE 3.0 comes with a built-in password manager that will automatically enter your passwords when they’re needed…that’s faster AND safer. The password manager can even suggest strong passwords when you create new accounts, and can save all your passwords to a USB drive so you can take your login information with you and use it on any computer. 
  6. Before you Throw Out your Old Computer - If you’re taking the ultimate clean-up step of buying a new computer, don’t just throw your old one next to the curb. Even if you try to delete all the files on your old computer, skilled crooks can easily grab your old machine and find all your personal details, bank accounts, passwords, and more. That’s the same reason why you should throw paper bills in a shredder…so use a specialized data-shredding program to make sure your old machine isn’t harvested to steal your identity.

    Kaspersky PURE 3.0 includes a free file-shredder that makes sure your data stays permanently deleted.
  7. Literally clean your computer - It gets dirty over time, so get rid of the dust and crumbs and grease and general nastiness that builds up over the months. A compressed air canister and a monitor-appropriate cloth will be essential tools.
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