Getting a new laptop for your personal or business use is often exciting—who doesn’t like a fast, shiny new toy? However, there are some steps to setting up these devices that inexperienced users may often overlook, and sometimes even seasoned techies don’t remember the key aspects of making sure your new device is safely protected for use. We’ve compiled a comprehensive electronic device set-up checklist on how you can make sure your device is securely protected, especially if you don’t have a managed services provider or tech team like 10-100 Consultancy Ltd to prepare these devices for you.
Ensure your device’s operating system and all installed apps are up to date to benefit from the latest features and security patches.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA):
Strengthen security by enabling 2FA wherever possible to add an extra layer of protection for your accounts.
Secure Your Electronic Device:
Set up a strong password, PIN, or biometric authentication to prevent unauthorized access.
Backup Your Data:
Regularly backup your device, either through cloud services or external storage, to avoid losing important data in case of accidents or malfunctions. 10-100 Consultancy offers expert advice on Veeam as a backup service.
Configure Privacy Settings:
Review and adjust privacy settings for apps and services to control what information is shared and with whom.
Install Antivirus Software:
Protect your device from malware and viruses by installing reputable antivirus software. We tend to suggest moving away from the Antivirus software that comes installed as a default on most new devices and installing an antivirus like BitDefender.
Set Up Email Accounts:
Configure your email accounts on the device for seamless communication and timely notifications.
Explore Accessibility Features:
If needed, explore and configure accessibility features to tailor your device to your unique needs.
Sync your accounts, such as Google, Apple, or Microsoft, to ensure seamless integration across multiple devices.
Activate Find My Device:
Enable tracking features like “Find My” (Apple Devices) or “Find My Device” (Android Devices) to locate your device in case it gets lost or stolen.
Review App Permissions:
Regularly review and manage app permissions to control access to sensitive information.
As you embark on the journey of setting up your new personal electronic devices, remember that a little preparation goes a long way in ensuring a seamless and secure experience. By following these tips, you not only enhance the functionality of your devices but also safeguard your digital experience. Regularly revisit this electronic device set-up checklist to stay up-to-date with the evolving landscape of technology and security.
If this list seems a little daunting to accomplish across multiple devices for your small business, don’t worry—10-100 Consultancy offers laptop set-ups across a unified standard for your small business needs, making sure that your users are protected to an industry standard of safety. For adding this service to your existing support, or seeking new support with us, please feel free to give our Sales team a call today at 01908 087000.