With Christmas just around the corner now is a good time to get all your tech cleaned up and ready for the festivities.
Smart phone full of photos yet to be archived or printed? PC desktop cluttered and disorganised? Don’t worry, follow our 12 steps and get your devices cleaned up in time for the big day!
Go through your photos and delete the pictures you don’t want. Next, organise your photos into folders so you know where to find those special pictures and finally, make sure you backup your photos- either to an external drive or to the cloud.
Day 2 - Clean up your desktop
Delete files and folders you no longer use or need. Organise everything else into the correct folders (anywhere except on your desktop). The result will be a nice clean looking desktop and hopefully it will run a bit faster too!
Day 3 - Update your Antivirus
Don’t give the hackers an easy ride- make sure your antivirus software is up to date and running (including your smartphone).
Day 4 - Update Your Operating System
An outdated operating system will slow down your device and make it vulnerable to security issues. Update your OS now to fix known bugs and security holes.
Day 5 - Delete unwanted Apps
Free up some space and speed up your device by getting rid of apps you no longer need or use.
Day 6 - Tidy up your Email Folders
1000’s of unread emails in your inbox? Organise them now and delete the rubbish. You’ll feel so much better once you’ve had a good clear out!
Day 7 - Backup Your Data
While you’re getting organised it’s a good time to make sure you have backed up all your important data- we recommend using an external drive as well as backing up to the cloud.
Day 8 - Use a Password Manager
Many of us will be doing lots of Christmas shopping online so it’s important to have strong passwords for your accounts. Keeping a track of them can seem impossible but password managers are a great way to generate and store those all important details.
Day 9 - Clean your Hardware
Dust, grease and grime can damage your pc and other devices so show them some love and spruce them up before Christmas! Clean air vents to remove dust, wipe screens and remove finger and hand prints and clean your keyboard to get rid of crumbs and other debris.
Day 10 - Give your Internet a Boost
Fast broadband is essential for streaming all those Christmas movies! Check your broadband speed and make sure you’re getting the service you are paying for. Ensure your router is running the latest firmware and that you are running the latest version of your browser.
Day 11 - Clear up your Contacts (and delete old texts)
Go through your list carefully and delete unneeded (or unwanted) contacts. Do the same with your text messages, it’s easy to just let them build up but they use up precious space on your device so delete the ones you no longer need.
Day 12 - Install A Santa Tracker
The big day is nearly here and if you have kids they’re probably getting very excited about Santa making his journey from the North Pole. At File Genie HQ we have a tradition of following Santa’s progress via one of the many tracker apps available- it’s magical!
Hopefully these steps will help you get your devices clean, organised and ready to capture the special moments you have over Christmas.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.