Handout - Decisively Disinfecting your Digital Devices

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Decisively Disinfecting Your Digital Devices

You bring your phone and laptop with you everywhere. But when you bring along a device, make sure you're not bringing along bacteria or viruses. Here's how to safely clean your phone and laptop. Note: Disconnect power, accessories, and turn off your device before you start cleaning.

Note: Disconnect power, accessories, and turn off your device before you start cleaning.

Clean

Remove dust and debris with compressed air, dry lens cleaning towel, or lint-free cloth.

Sanitize

Take a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox cleaning wipe and wring out the excess moisture. Lightly wipe the surfaces of your device, including the screen.

Dry

Allow the surfaces of your device to air dry for a few minutes before turning your device back on.

"Fun" Facts

Researchers found ten times more bacteria on a phone screen than on a toilet seat or handle.

Only 1 in 20 people clean their phone more than twice per year!

Clean, Sanitize, and Dry to get rid of real viruses, but to prevent a computer virus, Apply Updates. Use automatic updates and restart at least weekly. Most malware used by cyber criminals won't work on an updated computer.

 

 

 

 

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