How to Spring Clean your Devices for Free

Tips & Tricks

Spring cleaning is a popular pastime in many parts of Europe and North America. The cold weather is (hopefully) gone, and many people have already started the dusting, mopping, and sweeping that a good clean entails. Getting rid of clutter, old junk, and other types of waste never hurts. It avoids damage due to build up and lets you see that everything in your home has a proper place.

Smart phones and computers need similar tender loving care, and I don’t mean just wiping down the dust. Computers and phones accumulate considerable amounts of wear and tear damage when you use them. Not just the mechanical parts either. Software performance degrades over time, and can cause computers to break down, or even result in security issues.

Spring cleaning your phone doesn’t have to take a lot of time, or a lot of money. You can do it for free and can probably get through it in less than 10 minutes. Here’s a quick review of three things you can do to keep your phone running safe and sound.

Check your Internet set-up: Many people don’t know this, but your router can be hacked. Things like weak passwords and outdated software allow hackers to break into your router and change the settings, essentially letting them manipulate what you see and do online. F-Secure recently launched a new tool called Router Checker that can help you check to make sure you’re connecting to the Internet safely.

Router Checker launched less than a month ago, but has already received positive attention from websites like Tom’s Hardware and It’s fast, free, and simple to use, so it’s worth taking a second to check the Internet set-up on your phone (or PC) to make sure it’s working the way you want.

Get rid of waste: Waste builds up in computers and phones, and over time this causes their performance to deteriorate. Spending a few minutes to clean out this waste and tighten the digital nuts and bolts on your software can pay off with longer lasting batteries, faster browsing and apps, and more storage space.

F-Secure Booster is a free Android app that makes cleaning out your phone easy. Lots of the maintenance that phones and computers need is time consuming and difficult. F-Secure Booster centralizes different maintenance tasks into a user-friendly app. You can use it to shut down unnecessary processes that eat up your battery and memory, clean out temporary files and other data that wastes storage space, and even delete digital traces stored by your browser and other apps. It’s a quick way to make sure your phone runs quickly and securely. The PC version has a freemium offering that can clean our your computer, but also a premium variant with even more features, like a software updating tool.

Secure your apps: According to F-Secure Labs, Android is a favorite target for mobile malware writers. That means people using Google’s platform need to be extra cautious about the apps they use. Fortunately, there’s a free app that can help protect your mobile phone from malware.

Freedome is a popular, one-button VPN that offers users a number of different forms of protection, including App Security. App Security for Android basically checks the apps on your phone or mobile device to see if there’s anything dangerous about it. Freedome is available for a free 14-day trial for Android users. You need to buy a subscription if you want to keep using Freedome after your trial ends, but App Security will continue to function, even if you don’t subscribe. It’s a great way to keep an eye on your apps, and Freedome also offers mobile phone users communication encryption, web browsing protection, and even a selection of virtual locations that they can use to access region locked content. It’s a great way to make sure your phone stays protected after your spring clean!

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the only question i have is why has my subscription ran out on my tablet when i have paid for it for 1 year

I use F secure booster on my Windows 8 laptop. Be good to have something similar to clear all the crud and old info off the iPad and clean it up. Very difficult to clean up Google on an iPad.

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