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WHAT THE TECH?!? | Tech Hygiene: The Dirty Truth with Jon Cohen

I was recently reminded of a crazy night back when I was in college. Turns out I got a little too intoxicated and fell asleep with my head on the toilet seat. Yeah, that’s right, the toilet seat! Today, as a mature adult, the thought of me putting my head anywhere near a toilet seat is very, very gross. I am sure you all feel the same way too.

Recently, I read some research that shocked me. I found out that I’ve been putting my face on something that’s much more filthy and dirty than a toilet seat. In fact, 10 times more dirty, on average. If this idea grosses you out as much as it does me, then this month’s article is a must-read for you. We’re going to talk about tech hygiene. Oh, and if you haven’t guessed yet, the item that’s dirtier than a toilet seat, is your cell phone. Yuck! I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised as my phone comes with me everywhere I go … and that includes the washroom.

Knowing this horrifying new truth, I started searching for something to clean my phone with. I know that most cleaners have some toxic ingredients so the idea of using one and then putting my phone up to my face was very unappealing. That’s when I learned about Whoosh!, a product specially made for tech hygiene. I was sold on this cleaner immediately and loved the fact that it’s non-toxic and eco-friendly. You may have heard about this Whoosh! on Dragon’s Den or know about it because it’s made by a local Toronto company. For me, I use this cleaner daily to get rid of crud on my phone.

While Whoosh! is great, I also use a few other tricks. Here’s what you need to keep in mind when cleaning your tech:

– Avoid household cleaners or any cleaner that has abrasive qualities. Water and/or vinegar are not safe for screens.

– For cleaning my keyboard, I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (dry).

– For the aluminum on my phone, tablet and computer I use an alcohol wipe (like the kind they use at the doctor’s office when you get a needle).

Like your personal hygiene, your tech hygiene is important. No one likes to touch gross, dirty things. It’s also a great idea to eliminate possible sources of illness, especially during the flu season. Your challenge this month is to step up your own tech hygiene. I know I sure did.


JON COHEN is the owner of All About Tech and a certified Apple Mac & iOS Technician — just your local, friendly, tech superhero! www.allabouttech.ca

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