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The ultimate guide to digital spring cleaning

I am sure you are all familiar with the concept of "spring cleaning". But how many times have you put this concept into practice in your digital life? This week, we are giving you our tips for your digital spring cleaning so you can better manage your online presence.


How to clear the cloud

Digital storage can free up space in your smartphone, tablet or computer. Automatic file synchronization can, however, create an accumulation of data. This is especially true for photos. Not everything is worth saving. You've probably taken hundreds of images and screenshots that you didn't expect to keep but that were stored in the cloud. Fortunately, Google Photos has a very useful tool to help you clutter up your library. Even more practical, this tool is integrated into the system.

Go to the Google Photos app on your smartphone. Look in the tab at the bottom of the screen. This is where Google's AI can help you manage your photos. Find the Manage your library card link and tap Try Now. Google Photos identifies photos that can be archived. You can consult the suggestions of this assistant before making a manipulation which does not make anything final. As you can see in the images below, the image I took is filled with screenshots that I made for the AndroidPIT articles. These screenshots should therefore no longer clutter my image bank.

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Google Photos can help you clean up your photo library. / AndroidPIT

Permissions on your mobile apps

We all did. You download a new app quickly and want to use it right away. You then accept frntically all the authorizations that this app requests without even reading them. But how often do you do a real check of all the applications on your phone and what they have access to?

You would be surprised how intrusive some applications can be. Having an mto application want to access your location makes sense, but don't expect authorization requests to be just the same. A flashlight app that wants to access your microphone? You wonder why. As part of any good spring cleaning, it is essential to carry out an inspection of all your applications and the authorizations that you have granted them. You can find out how in our article on this subject:

Julia: Use Clean my Mac X

After almost four years, my old iMac started to flounder. It made many of my Windows user friends smile. But it's true that the slowness of my computer bothered me more and more. Reinstalling or cleaning the hard drive didn't really help much. I had time to make myself a coffee and then drink it before things started to fall into place. I thought there must be a better solution.

After some research, I quickly found one in the form of the Clean My Mac X cleaning tool. I have been using this tool for several months now and I am completely satisfied. Mac users pay around 35 euros for a one-year subscription – discount codes can be found on the net from time to time. The Lifetime version costs 89 euros. You will therefore have to wait a little more than two years before your purchase becomes profitable. But my opinion was worth it. Clean My Mac X does more than just wipe it off. The whole house is, so to speak, thoroughly cleaned, and rehabilitated for the spring. The program requires deep access to your system and full access to the hard drive. You must therefore authorize the software via the installation parameters. As soon as the tool is allowed to work in every corner of your Mac, cleaning can begin.

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Clean My Mac X is not free, but it's worth it! / AndroidPIT

In terms of "Cleaning", you can view with a single click the old remains of the system such as image files, document versions as well as defective objects. You can delete them from the system just as quickly. The cleaning also includes the attachments of emails and the trash. Clean My Mac also searches for malware already deleted from your Mac, chat data, browser history, and AutoFill forms.

As you can see, the tool allows you to get rid of a lot of old waste. But does that make your Mac cleaner? I think so. I can't prove it with facts and figures, because it's just a feeling. The activity indicator shows a lower workload. I like the possibility offered to free memory with a simple click. Clean My Mac is also available for Windows – if you're ready to take the plunge. This tool is called "Clean My PC". Good cleaning!

Eric: Everything is in DiskUsage

Whatever technical device I am on, I always use the same tool to find out why the memory is full. This means that each operating system is slightly different, but that it always does the same thing. On Windows, it is called WinDirStat. On Android and Linux, my favorite tool is called baobab. These tools all create a 2D area diagram, and display the directories or files that occupy the most space in the fixed memory. So you can click to find the culprit and possibly free up a lot of space.

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This is the DiskUsage application which runs on Android. / AndroidPIT

Install on Google Play

Eric: You should change your passwords or use the LastPass

I used to use the same password on all websites. It is not very careful, as it can fall into the wrong hands in the event of a breach of security. And if the ill-intentioned person uses my password on Amazon, PayPal, eBay or any other online store, the bill could be dirty.

To kill two birds with one stone, I signed up on LastPass. The online service stores all of my passwords on a secure server. After connecting to my computer, the software launches a "security challenge". LastPass offers you to automatically change your password on many very popular websites. You can have different and super-secure passwords on Facebook, Google, Twitter, eBay, Amazon and Co. with just one click. Thanks to LastPass, you just need to remember the LastPass password. The online service will automatically enter the rest of the passwords for you.

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The LastPass can facilitate the memorization of secure passwords. / AndroidPIT

What are your tips for digital spring cleaning? Share them in the comments below.

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