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5 Digital Data Spring Cleaning Tips for Tampa Businesses

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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start spring cleaning. Unfortunately, when you think about spring cleaning, you might forget one of the most important places to clean — your digital life.

In today’s world, it can be easy to over-collect data. From taking photos to downloading ebooks and apps, your digital devices are likely filled with data that can be hard to manage. We’ve compiled a list of 5 digital data spring cleaning tips for you and your Tampa business.

1. Backup Your Data

The first step to spring cleaning your digital life is to back up everything you want to save from your computer and mobile devices. If you haven’t backed up your data recently, take the time to do it now before you start deleting things you might want later. 

You’ll also want to make sure you have extra storage space on your backup device so that you can easily add new files as you delete old ones.

2. Data Diets — Get Rid of Data You Don’t Need

Perhaps you bought a new computer or phone this year — so what did you do with the old one? If it’s still sitting in the back closet, it could contain sensitive information that could be used by criminals to steal your identity or commit fraud. 

Instead of keeping those old devices around, wipe their hard drives clean and then dispose of them securely. This approach will protect information from falling into the wrong hands.

3. Close Unused Accounts

Do you have old email accounts? How about those old social media profiles that you never use? Deleting them can help protect you from hackers looking for an easy way into your life or into your business.

If you are leaving accounts open for employees who no longer work for your company, make sure to delete their information, so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. 

4. Uninstall Unused Apps

Each app you install on your phone comes with its own set of permissions, which can range from accessing your microphone or camera to reading your contacts, location, and browsing history. If you have apps on your phone that you never use, it’s a good idea to delete them so they can’t collect any more data on you.

5. Prioritize Your Data

You don’t need to keep all of the data that you collect — at least not forever. Sort through your marketing analytics, lead lists, and other information to determine which pieces of data are most valuable to you (and which are the most timely), then organize them accordingly. 

Get Help from ShredQuick with Your Digital Data Spring Cleaning

At ShredQuick, we offer an array of services to help Tampa-based companies secure their data and minimize their risk of information breaches. Contact our team today to learn more about how we can help your business achieve your digital data spring cleaning goals. 

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