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How to Clean Your Electronic Devices

One of the biggest questions right now is, “how do I clean my electronic device?” (Laptop, tablet, cell phone).  Cleaning an electronic device is actually pretty simple.  First, check the instructions that came with your device for directions on how to clean your device and what cleaners you should and should not use.

In general, the easiest way is to use a disinfectant wipe (Clorox, Lysol, etc.) to wipe down the device (see directions below from Lysol).  You can also use a disinfectant spray on a microfiber cloth to wipe down a device.  Remember to always spray the microfiber cloth and wipe down the device.  Never spray the device directly because the liquid has a greater chance of getting into the components of the device and damaging it.

Directions:

  • Smartphones and Tablets:  Use a Lysol wipe to disinfect the entire surface. Finish by wiping the screen with a dry cloth
  • Keyboards and Computer Mice: To clean your keyboard or mouse properly, first either turn off your computer or disconnect the keyboard and mouse from the computer. Next, use a vacuum with the correct attachment to remove all particles of food and dust. Then, use a Lysol wipe to wipe down the surface of your keyboard or mouse. Last, wrap a Lysol wipe around the tip of a Q-Tip or cuticle stick and circle the edges of each key to make sure that you reach every crack and crevice.
  • Gaming Consoles and Remotes: For actual game consoles, use a vacuum to remove all dust and wipe down the surface with a Lysol Disinfecting wipe. For remotes, first disconnect the remote or remove the batteries. Use a dry cloth to remove all dust and crumbs and then swab the entire surface with a Lysol wipe. Again, wrap your wipe around a Q-Tip or cuticle stick and make sure to get the edges around the buttons.

How to Protect Your Electronic Information

Scammers and hackers are preying on everyone’s fears.  We are seeing an increase in the number of malicious, phishing, and scam emails and social media post.  Please watch the two videos below on what to watch out for and how to protect yourself from scams and misinformation.  If you are looking for information on Covid-19, please go to the CDC’s website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for more information, utilize the links contained there.  As always, please be careful when opening emails and clicking on links.  Here are two videos with more information:

Scammers seek profit by capitalizing off coronavirus fears

https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/scammers-seek-profit-by-capitalizing-off-coronavirus-fears-80652869640

Secret Service says hackers are exploiting coronavirus fears in phishing email scams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esOEMDsyig