MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It’s time for some spring cleaning. Folks are trimming back the shrubs, scrubbing the baseboards, making the house look nice on the inside and out.
But there’s another type of cleanse you might not be aware of: digital spring cleaning.
“Occasionally consumers and businesses need to look at their devices, their PCs, I-pads, phones, everything that's connected to the internet, and look and see how healthy these devices are,” said David Smitherman with the Better Business Bureau.
It’s all about making sure your information is safe. One single breach in 2017 affected nearly 148-million Americans, exposing things like social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and more.
So, what should you do?
First off think about changing all your passwords about every 6 months. Consumer experts say you need to make sure you download the most recent operating system, have up to date anti-virus protection, and delete apps that you’re no longer using.
Also check your online bank statement a lot to make sure there’s no unusual withdrawals.
“Everything that you have that hooks up to the internet provides an access point for scammers.” Smitherman said.
It’s also a good time to clean up your email. Delete any messages you don’t need, and you also may need to unsubscribe to emails you no longer want to receive.