How exciting! You got a new computer for Christmas. It’s sleek, shiny, and so much faster than what you had before. That’s great, but it doesn’t mean you should leave it untouched. Here are several steps you might take to secure your data and keep that new device in tip-top shape.
First things first, before even logging into email or other top sites, you’ll want to update the operating system (OS). Yes, most computers come out of the box with Windows, but you can’t know when that item was boxed. There could be essential updates that you don’t want to miss.
You’ll also want to install the latest drivers. Different hardware on your computer can need specialized drivers from the manufacturer. Gamers, for instance, may want to ensure they download the latest to boost performance.
When you buy a computer through Hopedale technologies, we will ensure Windows is up to date and that you have the latest drivers.
Check what “junk” programs may have come installed on the computer. It’s not that common anymore, but manufacturers can reduce costs to the consumer by pre-installing software. You might not need some of the tools that are already installed. Meanwhile, they slow down your computer. Remove the clutter to improve your computer’s processing. Head to your PC’s Control Panel and look to uninstall programs and utilities that you don’t want. Be careful, though. Just because you don’t know what it is doesn’t mean it’s not serving a valuable purpose.
Your new computer may also need BIOS updates. Again, the hardware was current when your computer was boxed up but might be lacking the latest by the time it gets to you. A note of caution: this is not an update to do alone. BIOS updates typically don’t add new features, security patches, or performance improvements, but they may fix a bug with a piece of hardware or add support for your central processing unit (CPU). These updates can be risky if done incorrectly.
Getting a new computer is a great time to set up your data backup strategy. You’ll create important documents, download sensitive data, and upload valued images. Don’t risk their security by failing to back up.
Make sure your antivirus software is installed and current. Our favorite antivirus software is managed antivirus by VIPRE. With managed antivirus, your software is always up-to-date, runs scans as scheduled, and infections are detected, analyzed, and handled immediately. Hopedale Technologies actively monitors it and can help remedy recurring problems.
If you are bothered by never-ending pop-ups asking for more money or threatening your computer safety, give us a call!
Even if you didn’t buy your computer from Hopedale Technologies, we are happy to help with all the above and data transfers too. We’re here to help you get the most out of your new computer. Or, if you’re not sure which one to buy, we can consult with you on that and source your next computer.