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Maintaining And Cleaning Your Accounts And Devices With Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports joined Into Tomorrow this week to suggest maintaining and cleaning your accounts and devices:

It’s a new year. It’s time to treat your online accounts, laptops, and phones the way you handle a garage or a closet. Digital accounts and electronics need regular cleaning and maintenance, just like shelves full of motor oil and cleaners. Consumer Reports electronics spokesman James McQueen is here with some recommendations on how to spruce up and protect your gear.

Here’s your digital maintenance to-do list:

Fix your passwords. Try to create new passwords for each of your app and website accounts. This prevents one compromised password from creating multiple breaches. When it comes to passwords, the longer and more nonsensical, the better.

And use a password manager, which can be a huge time-saver.

Do a security check. It seems as if we hear of a new data breach almost every week. To see whether your personal info was swept up in the hacks at LinkedIn, Adobe, Dropbox, or Yahoo, plug your email addresses and user names into haveibeenpwned.com.

The website takes your user info and matches it up with the publicly leaked data. It also lets you sign up to receive notifications if your accounts get compromised in the future.

Unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Though you could spend an afternoon opening every last email and clicking on the unsubscribe link, there’s an easier way to clean house. It’s called Unroll.me, and it wades through your inbox and compiles a list of subscriptions. From there, you can pick and choose what to keep and what to jettison.

For more info on this story, visit ConsumerReports.org.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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