Congratulations on completing three whole weeks of the challenge! We have less than ten days to go! Today’s task is to use Bleachbit or CCleaner to clean your system. Your computer creates a lot of digital “litter”. Small files get shuffled around throughout your operating system. Your computer saves “ghost” copies of files. Registry entries are added and only partially deleted…I could go on and on. All of this clutter creates two problems. First, it can undermine the encryption you worked so hard on this weekend by making plaintext copies of files available. Next, it can slow your system down. All those junk files equal additional stuff your computer has to sort through when you want to open a program or a file. Getting rid of them helps your computer run smoothly and efficiently.
There are two programs I like for cleaning a computer: Bleachbit and CCleaner. Both of these programs work similarly, but Bleachbit only runs on Windows and Linux machines, and CCleaner runs only on Windows and Mac machines. To use either of these programs, download and install them. Each will have list of items to clean on the left side of the interface. I recommend checking all of these options. This will ensure maximum “clutter” is deleted from your machine. If this is the first time you have used an application like this, it may take up to a couple of hours to run the program.
The end result will be a computer that is much cleaner. There will be far less information on your machine that can be exploited. You will also cleanly delete browsing history, cookies, and other online information that is used by websites to track your browsing history. I recommend you run one of these programs on a daily basis. After the initial run it should only take a few seconds to run it. Both