In Ancient Rome, the first day of the year was dedicated to Janus - the God of Gates and Doors, who was often depicted looking both backward and forward. So if you aren't planning on getting a new device for the New Year, now is a good time to look back at the digital gunk you've accumulated and do a little cleaning. The basic process of rejuvenating your device is pretty simple but how you do it varies slightly for each platform. Here it is in a nutshell:
Remove apps you don't use and media you don't need
Back up what you can in a secure cloud -- using a strong, uncrackable password for each account. Delete what you don't need. Secure your device with the latest updates and security software.
Here's a quick look at how this looks on some of the biggest operating systems:
Windows 10 also makes it easy to manage your Storage, just click on Windows Key + I > System > Storage and delete temporary files, neither of which are likely to present further problems while freeing up space. Windows 10 should keep your security updated automatically. To check on this, click Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
Start with your Applications folder. Click on the "Size" heading to get a sense of where you're using most of your storage. Get rid of the programs you aren't using. Your Mac OS X actually has several Trash cans that you can clear out. Clear out the can for your main account by control + clicking on it.
If you are an iPhoto, iMovie or Mail user, you need to clear out the bins in each of those programs individually. Also, take a look at your "Downloads" folder to see if you can start doing some deleting there. macOS Sierra contains several new storage tools to clear up disk space that you should check out.
Now click on the Apple in the upper left hand corner, then About this Mac > On the Overview Screen click Software Update. Now you're in the App store. You can click there directly and click Updates in the upper right to update other apps any time.
We're giving all of our customers anti-virus protection on their first device FREE and protection for 8 devices for only £2 a month (worth £99 for a year). Just log in to My Account, select the package you want and you will receive an email from F-Secure to install it on your device for full protection.
Now that you have taken care of this, you're ready to look forward to 2017!