Keep your personal data safe.
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Do you have unused software or apps on your personal device?

You might have installed apps or software on your personal device that you don’t use anymore. These apps may not have the latest security updates, which can leave your device open to a software vulnerability or data breach. Deleting or uninstalling apps that you don’t use can do more than just free up storage space; it can help to keep your personal data safe.

What to Do:

  • On an Android device: Scroll to find unused apps. Tap, hold, and then drag the app icon to the Uninstall option at the top of the screen when it appears.
  • On an iOS device: Scroll to find unused apps. Tap and hold the app icon, then select the Delete App option when it appears.
  • On a Windows device: Click the Start menu and go to Settings. Click Apps and scroll through the list to find the software you want to uninstall. Click the software’s name, then click the Uninstall button.
  • On a Mac: Open the Applications folder and scroll to find the software to uninstall. Click and drag it to the Trash icon, then empty the Trash.

Note: The steps above may vary slightly depending on your device or operating system.

To learn why out-of-date software is a risk, take the Ransomware training module at https://go.uillinois.edu/securitytraining.

Stay safe, stay secure. Contact securitysupport@illinois.edu with questions or feedback. 

-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team