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REFRESH: Update your devices and apps

Spring is a time for renewal, and that doesn’t just apply to your dusty shelves and cluttered closets. Just like your physical space, your devices and apps can accumulate clutter over time, slowing them down and making them less enjoyable to use.

Here are some ways to digitally refresh.

Update IconUpdate, Update, Update! Apps and devices need regular updates to fix bugs, improve performance, and install new features. Updates can also reduce risks from malware and infections. Dedicate some time to update the apps and operating system on all your internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones, tablets, home WiFi routers, smart TVs, and other internet-connected devices that can be updated. This is also a great time to reset your passwords!

Unsubscribe from Unused Subscriptions: Do you have subscriptions you forgot about or no longer use? Spring cleaning is a great time to audit your subscriptions and unsubscribe from anything that no longer brings you value. This could be anything from unused streaming services to forgotten magazine subscriptions. You may not realize that you’re paying monthly fees for subscriptions you don’t use; unsubscribing can put that money back in your pocket!
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Uninstall Unused Apps: Just like subscriptions, now is a great time to audit all the apps you have and uninstall any you haven’t used in a while. Not only will this free up space on your devices and possibly save money, but forgotten apps may be leaking your data. Remember, you can always re-download them later if needed.

This can help improve your browsing speed and privacy. See how to clear your browser cache and cookies at

Backup IconBackup Your Files: Spring cleaning often involves unexpected discoveries – that old photo album you forgot about or a hidden box of childhood toys. In the digital world, forgotten treasures are your files – photos, videos, documents, and other files. Before you start deleting anything, make sure you have a secure backup system in place. Cloud storage services or external hard drives are great options. Also, make sure you know how to restore the files from your backup; a backup that you can’t use isn’t very helpful!