Our holidays are our chance to escape from the day-to-day. For some of us, this means a tech-free zone but for others, the thought of living without our devices isn’t a holiday at all.
Although the notion of completely tech-free trip might sound lovely, the reality is that devices like PCs and smartphones enable many of us to do the things we enjoy, whether that’s catching up on our favorite Netflix shows, posting those holiday selfies or Skyping friends. Encountering new experiences while also feeling connected to our normal lives can take some of the stress out of being away from home (less #fomo for a start) and actually add to our holiday enjoyment.
Here are 5 quick and easy tips to get your PC (and other devices) beach ready:
1. Free up wasted space
When you’re away from home, good wifi isn’t a guarantee and geo-restrictions might mean you’re unable to access your usual download or streaming sites. If your holiday downtime is a chance to catch up on the latest programs, it’s a good idea to download your watchlist before you go. Before doing so, we recommend that you clean the junk and temporary files that your device has accumulated during its day-to-day use and uninstall any apps you no longer use. These two simple tasks will free up some space for the things that you want to watch and CCleaner for your PC, Android or Mac will quickly do them for you - for free. A standard CCleaner clean will also erase your browsing data, which will help protect your online privacy and help stop ads following you around as you browse.
2. Update your software (PC only)
When you’re on the move and potentially connecting to unfamiliar networks, you should be doing everything possible to keep your devices safe and secure. As well as running antivirus and (as no public network is ever completely safe) ideally a VPN too, you should be keeping apps up to date to reduce the risk of attackers finding vulnerabilities in old software. However, we’re all guilty of ignoring those pesky update reminders.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to update your apps at once, CCleaner’s Software Updater can help. Although it’s a premium feature, you can trial CCleaner Profesional, for free, for 14 days (no card details necessary). So give it a go before you travel and holiday safe in the knowledge that your device is as safe as it can be.
3. Review your startup items (PC only)
If you’re taking a device away with you, you want it to perform at its best. You might not realize but your computer’s boot time has probably slowed over time as you’ve installed new programs which are set to run at startup. But not all programs need to start automatically. A quick review of your startup items and disabling some you don’t need will quickly boost your computer’s boot time. You can do this really easily using CCleaner by going to ‘Tools’ > ‘Startup’, and scanning the list of programs. If you spot one you don’t want to start automatically, click on it and then click ‘Disable’. It's that easy!
4. Declutter your browser (PC only)
Tired of looking at your browser’s toolbar and seeing search boxes, shortcuts to games or search engines and wondering ‘how did that get there?’.
Browser plugins or ‘extensions’ can add some useful functionality, but can also quickly become a nightmare of third-party apps that you don’t want or need, which clutter up and slow down your browser. As plugins often have access to everything you do online (so can capture your passwords and track which websites you have visited) they can even put your privacy at risk, so we recommend that you keep your toolbars clean and tidy.
CCleaner lets you choose which browser plugins to disable, to tidy your browser and allow it to start faster. To do this, go to 'Tools' > 'Browser Plugins' and disable those that you don’t need. Generally, it’s safe to disable any plugins or extensions that you recognize. If something is listed that you're unsure of, we recommend that you use Google (or an alternative search engine) to find out what it does before disabling it.
Even better, you could try a secure browser such as CCleaner Browser. It’s like your regular browser but comes with loads of built-in security features. And as it automatically blocks ads, you can enjoy a faster, clutter-free browsing experience.
5. Keep your devices clean, safe and fast
If you’re planning on taking your device on your next trip, you probably don’t want to spend your valuable holiday time maintaining it. If fully automated maintenance is your thing, CCleaner can help.
All CCleaner versions (for PC, Mac and Android) offer cleaning and optimization tools for free, which will suit you if you’re just looking for ad hoc cleaning. If you prefer your tools with all available functionality, it might be worth upgrading.
If you’re using CCleaner on your PC or Mac, upgrade to CCleaner Professional to get automatic cleaning and instant updates, so you’ll always be on our latest version. The PC version also includes a Software Updater tool which updates outdated apps in one go to help keep your computer secure. If you’re using CCleaner for Android, upgrading means you get scheduled cleaning and go ad-free.
We hope that helps! If you have any comments, please tweet us. We're @Piriform.