Helping Tips: IT’S YOUR LAST day at your job. There will be tears! Between the cheesy sendoff at the morning meeting and the after-work happy hour, you have to do something very important: back up all your stuff and securely clear your computer. Be smart about it with these steps. Before wiping out your computer entirely, make sure to backup anything important. PDFs, photos, your resume, anything dear to your heart. If it’s just a handful of digital files you’re copying, use a USB stick. They’re cheap, they fit right into your pocket, and the storage capacity is usually 2GB or 4GB at least. Another option for lightweight tasks is a storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. Just make sure you’re using a personal account and not one tied to your old job. If you have more than just a few gigabytes of data, an external hard drive would be better.
Make sure to clear or delete all of the passwords to your various web accounts that are stored on your computer. If you’re using a modern browser like Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox, the browser usually saves your passwords for web services and ties them to your Google ID, Apple iCloud Keychain, or Firefox Sync account. If you’re logged in to your browser for work, make sure to log out when you leave so no one will have access to your passwords. In Chrome, look for the “Manage Saved Passwords” tab in the Chrome settings. This will delete all the passwords from whatever Google account you’re using at work. You shouldonly do this if you have a unique login just for your job. If you use the same username and password for Chrome at work as you do for your Chrome at home, deleting all your passwords here will also delete them on your home computer. Do the same on Firefox aswell.