Most of my important info is stored on the cloud. On the one hand, this is awesome, because I can access it anytime and anywhere. I also don’t have to fret about a fire or other disaster destroying all my family photos and personal documents. But as a worrier who hails from a long line of worriers, protecting that data from prying eyes and making sure I have a backup just in case my computer crashes are two worst-case scenarios that have been in the back of my mind for a while now. Here are five solutions I found, plus a few ways to save on your digital spring cleaning. 1. Prey
Let’s start off with a killer freebie. According the the website, Prey is a “tracking software that helps users find, lock and recover their computer, tablet or smartphone when stolen or missing.” Once you install it for free on up to three devices, “Prey will sleep silently in the background awaiting your command. Once remotely triggered from your Prey account, your device will gather and deliver detailed evidence back to you, including a picture of who's using it – often the crucial piece of data that police officers need to take action.” I fortunately haven’t lost my phone or computer (knock on wood), but knowing this is available has given me some peace of mind. And the best part is, you can lock your devices remotely and protect any important personal or work-related data. So even if you lose your phone or laptop for good, you know your data is safe. Also, if you’re okay with paying $5–$15 a month, you can buy access to additional features, such as remote wiping and file retrieval.2. Lifelock
Identity theft is a real concern that 1 in 4 people will face. The only way to prevent it is by taking precautions, such as avoiding public WiFi, using a secure password manager, among other things. But if the worst happens, Lifelock will detect it by scanning daily for threats, and their team of Identity Restoration Specialists will be there to help. And if you ever become a victim of identity theft, they’ll spend up to $1 million to aid in your recovery. And to sweeten the deal further, we can give you 10% off, plus 30 days with this Lifelock coupon.3. Password Managers
Both LastPass and RoboForm securely stow your passwords and offer other features, such as auto form fillers and random password generators. There are pros and cons to both, but the good news is you can try them out for free to see what works best for you. In addition to keeping you safe while shopping online, these services make it easy to log into accounts without having to remember your password—or worse—using the same password for everything.4. Carbonite
Backing up your data can be a huge pain, especially if it bogs down your system while you’re trying to work. But with Carbonite, your files are automatically and continuously backed up. You don’t have to schedule a pack-up and you can use your computer while Carbonite does it’s thing. You’ll also receive free U.S.-based customer support over the phone, email, or chat. Try it out for free, and then save 10% on a one-year plan with this Carbonite coupon.5. Handy.com
All this digital spring cleaning distracting you from the tidying up you need to do in real life? Never fear! We have a coupon for $50 off your first cleaning from Handy.com. (Just be sure you’re ready to schedule your service as soon as you enter the code in the promo code box, or you’ll lose it!) With a little bit of help, you can have your whole house in order, both on the ground and in the cloud.