The close of the semester is a great time to spring clean your devices.
You should always back up your files, but sometimes that falls to the wayside in the busyness at the end of the semester. Now is a great time to make that much needed back up. Plug your mobile devices into your computer to back them up, or back them up to the cloud. You can back up files on your computer with Office365 to OneDrive or to a personal portable hard drive.
You should also delete any unneeded files (and make sure to empty the trash bin when you’re done to permanently delete the files) to free up space on your computer. This is also a great time to go through your email account and delete any unneeded emails, like all those issues of Campus News that aren’t relevant anymore.
You should also clean out your network folders, especially your public folder, which is accessible to anyone on campus. Leaving files here leaves you vulnerable to theft, which has caused a growing academic integrity issue resulting from students reusing materials from other students’ public folders. Both students and faculty should remove content from their public folder to prevent potential theft.
If you’re in the process of spring cleaning, you might have found some old devices that you don’t need anymore. Donating these is a great way to help the environment and declutter your home, but make sure the device is properly wiped of all personal information before it leaves your ownership. Visit the EPA’s website for suggested places to donate your old electronics.