SPRING CLEANING FOR
BY LOOKOUT, INC.
IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR
The sun is out, the sky is blue — it’s time to get rid
of the digital clutter that’s been piling up on you.
THIS MESS GOES BEYOND
Maybe you went on a downloading spree when you unwrapped
your phone, or maybe you’ve been accumulating digital junk for a
while. Either way, it’s a good time to do some spring cleaning!
Do you allow downloading from unknown sources? (Hint: You should
check “No”) Does your phone automatically connect to WiFi networks
that might not be secure? (No) Is your device encrypted? (Yes)
Spending a few minutes to make sure your phone settings keep the
bad stuﬀ out can save a lot of heartache later on.
****Between your phone, tablet and computer, how many accounts are
you logged into right now? Do you even know? Change your
passwords to your most used accounts, especially if they hold
important ﬁnancial or personal information.
If you're using the same passwords across many accounts (not that
you would ever do anything like that…), using unique passwords
on the important ones will leave you much less vulnerable to fraud.
If that so-called free app is requesting access to your ﬁnancial info,
you might have downloaded more than you bargained for.
It’s best to read reviews and check permissions before you
download an app, but you can always double check what your
apps are collecting and uninstall the ones that seem ﬁshy.
Remember that app that was all the craze for about a week three
months ago? Yeah, neither do we.
Most of us have about 10 apps we use ALL the time, but the rest
can build up into a crowded graveyard of forgotten apps. Factor
in the fact that some of the lesser known ones may not have the
best privacy standards, and it’s better to just cut the cord.
Be honest, how much do you love taking pictures of your lunch? We
have nothing against your extensive album of sandwich pics, but they’re
probably taking up space you could be using for other things (like more
There’s no reason that valuable data has to live only on your phone -
we’re living in the digital age! Back up what matters, delete what
doesn’t, and your phone will be running more eﬃciently in no time.