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Your Downloads folder collects all of the files you download from the Internet… photos, documents, apps, videos, etc. Most people forget about this folder and it often becomes full of hundreds or thousands of files that occupy disk space.
TekBasics advises keeping the Downloads folder empty. As soon as you download a file, go into the Downloads folder and move the file somewhere else or delete it. For example, after downloading and installing an app you can delete it.
Keeping the Downloads folder empty not only saves space on your disk, but it will help prevent ‘sneak’ malware downloads where a web page downloads something onto your Mac without your knowledge. ‘Sneak’ downloads are much more noticeable in an empty downloads folder than in one that’s cluttered with many files.
If you’re a TekBasics client you’ve probably heard us preach how important it is to back up your Mac. It’s easy to suddenly lose all of your files so backing up is mandatory!
We’ve published a brief 5-lesson backup tutorial, right here on the TekBasics website:
Lesson 1: Why back up?
Lesson 2: Will your disk fail?
Lesson 3: Why a Duplicate Backup?
Lesson 4: Why a Versioned Backup?
Lesson 5: Why an offsite backup?
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