You have bought a shiny new device! What now?

In this article we cover a few of our recommendations on what to do with your new device (this is also applicable for your existing devices).

So, before you get stuck in on social media / YouTube videos etc. why not take a few minutes to read our article & keep your data & device safe

Updates

Your device is new to you, but this does not mean it was assembled, installed, and ready to roll a few minutes ago. Your shiny new equipment is a few weeks old at best, traversing the globe to make its way into your arms. It could have been sat on an empty shelf in a dusty warehouse for the past few months.

During this time, hackers will have been doing what they do best. They will have found new and ingenious ways to break into your system. Programmers will have been punching out new updates and software with the potential of introducing new vulnerabilities with each line of code.

Regardless of your Operating System (Windows, MacOS, Android or Linux), running system updates to get your device up to speed is an excellent place to start.

Install security software

Your computer may have come with security included straight out the box. If not, now is the time to obtain some reputable anti-virus software.

Security suites often come with a host of additional features as well as anti-virus protection. Typical extras include:

  • Encryption – Which can help secure data should your laptop get lost or stolen.
  • Device Control – To lock down various media such as the CD drive, USB ports, etc. which may act as a point of entry for something nasty.
  • Web filtering – To help prevent the device from visiting a dangerous website
  • Email filtering – To help reduce spam, block virus-ridden emails and thwart phishing emails

Setup a backup

You may not have your data on the device yet but configuring a backup at this stage is a good idea. Do not leave setting up a backup for a later date. Sometimes, people only think about backing up data when it is too late, and they have already lost data. The phrase about “shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted” springs to mind.

There are several options, such as USB drives, NAS drive, or a cloud storage system, to name a few.

If you use Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive can now back up your documents and desktop to the Microsoft cloud. (it should be noted that this is useful for accessing your data across multiple devices).

Most devices will have some basic backup tools include, if you are using a Mac you can use Time Machine or if it’s a Windows device, tools such as Acronis True Image / Acronis Cyber Backup (the latter being a business focused product) are good options to look at.

Clear the bloatware

As vendors battle to bring down prices of their hardware, computers often come preloaded with software known as bloatware.

You may be perfectly happy with some applications preloaded onto your computer. But if there is some software installed which you will never use, then why not get rid of it? If the software is not there in the first place, then it cannot slow down your system. It also adds to your system security as it cannot fall out of date and act as a potential foothold for hackers.

Use a Password Manager

If you are not using a password manager to organise your passwords, then why not start now?

Password managers, such as LastPass, can help you get into the habit of using secure passwords without you having to remember them all. It also means you only need to remember one password and not use the same one for all your log-ins.

No doubt you can do even more on your device, but these few basic steps can help things running like new.

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