Internet Cleaning Day is April 1st.
As many of you know, each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates dead email, inactive FTP and WWW sites, and empty Usenet groups, allows for a better working and faster Internet.
This year the cleaning process will take place from 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 1 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 2 (the time least likely to interfere with ongoing work). During that 24-hour period, five powerful Internet search engines situated around the world will search the Internet and delete any data that they find.
In order to protect your valuable data from deletion, we ask that you do the following:
- Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their Internet connections.
- Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.
- Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the Internet.
- Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.