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TECH TALK: Digital spring cleaning

(KYMA, KECY) - As technology in our households get smarter, your devices may need some attention to get them working as best they can.

Here are three tools that can help you organize your digital environments.

1. Clean up your browser

Internet cookies are small pieces of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. You cannot see them, but they are there and may event prevent your computer from running smoothly.

This also applies for download history.

A free program called CCleaner helps you sort out the cookies and archives you don’t really need. When you download the app, you can focus on a specific browser that you would like to clean up. CCleaner analyzes its backlog of information and lists the data that seems unnecessary.

Macintosh users can use a program called Clean My Mac X. This program works the same way by chasing junk in all corners of your macOS. It cleans unneeded files, like outdated caches, broken downloads, logs, and useless localizations. You can test this out for free or purchase a subscription.

2. Remove redundant images

Digital photos are easy to shoot, upload, and copy. However, the downside is that you may end up with multiple copies of the same picture.

If you are shooting with a camera phone, each shot could take 10MG or more of space. This volume adds up.

The trick is to safely delete redundant photos without losing the original image.

You can do this by downloading Duplicate Photo Fixer, which is designed to filter through your photo collection in search of double-takes.

The program is compatible with Windows, iOS, and Android. Not only can Duplicate Photo Fixer find identical photos on your hard drive, but it will also match similar photos – so you don’t worry if you cropped an image or tinkered with its brightness and contrast.

3. Sell your second-hand household items online

OfferUp is a great way to sell those items that other people might need more than you.

Like eBay, you sift through commodities and make an offer.

Unlike eBay, OfferUp isn’t an auction site, and you don’t have to wait for a clock to tick down.

Also, OfferUp uses the TruYou system, which confirms the identities of buyers and sellers. Your junk may just prove to be someone else’s treasure.

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