The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently suggested that along with your spring cleaning, you should also consider cleaning up old data on your devices. According to the BBB Scam Tracker, over 1,300 were reported in 2021.
A St Louis man last month in March said he lost $15,000 in a scam, where a scammer posed as a representative of a well-known antivirus service. The scam also involved cryptocurrency, and more information on these types of fraud can be viewed here.
Tech experts recommend four ways to keep your computer safe and running optimally:
- Clean up old files: Go through all the software installed on your computer and uninstall or remove programs you no longer want or need. You should also delete files that you no longer need.
- Update your computer: Install updates to your computer’s operating systems and software as they become available. Your computer should notify you of available updates. You can also check for software updates for your accessories, such as printers and routers, by going to the support area of those devices’ websites and searching for “firmware update”.
- Back up your files: It is essential to back up important files regularly in case of theft, fire, virus or damaging power surge. This includes irreplaceable digital photos, documents, email addresses, calendar items, web bookmarks and more. You can use a local solution like a thumb drive or external hard drive, keeping it somewhere safe, or you can use a cloud solution like Google Drive.
- Secure your computer: Be sure to use virus protection or cybersecurity software to protect your computer from viruses, spyware, hackers, scams and more.
For help, go to BBB.org or call 888-996-3887. Report any scams to BBB Scam Tracker at BBB.org/scamtracker.