It’s time to do some digital spring cleaning!

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Spring cleaning may have you sifting through your closets and prowling through every inch of your home with a broom, but don’t forget a digital spring cleaning list, too. Experts say a digital spring cleaning can save you from hackers, identity theft and a cluttered mind.

“It is good to clean the electronic records, whatever kind of electronic records they may be; phone, tablet, computer, the more records we have, the more vulnerable we become to the breaches and the hacking,” said Jeet Gupta Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate and Sponsored Programs at UAH.

The first step is not to ignore those software update notifications.  Be sure to click update when your computer prompts you to do so.

“Some of the bugs are taken out [with an update] so, it will work better in terms of everyday business that you want to do with the software,” said Gupta.

Experts also recommend you change your passwords at least once a year.  This is considered one of the most effective ways to keep hackers out of your accounts. Also delete apps you’re not using, because experts say they could be hiding security flaws and may just be making your life a bit more complicated.

“If you’ve got 25 apps, searching the one you want takes more time than if you have 10. So, if you’re not using them for a long, long time, delete them,” said Gupta.