The excitement of getting a new laptop can make you as giddy as a kid on Christmas morning. Inside that small box is the promise of faster speeds, longer battery life, and more memory. But, before you start playing with your new toy, here are five important steps you should take first.
Make sure your laptop’s operating system is up to date.
One of the first things you should do before using your new laptop is to update its operating system. Assuming you didn't purchase laptop right at its release, chances are its operating system is out of date. Missing critical updates and patches that were released since your laptop left the factory. Updating your operating system first thing ensures your new laptop is free of any vulnerabilities.
Once you turn on your new laptop for the first time you may notice that there are several programs already preinstalled on your system. This preinstalled software is called bloatware. Bloatware is a term that describes any software that has lots of features and requires a considerable amount of disk space to run.
Not only does bloatware take up valuable real estate on your hard drive, it also slows down your laptop's speed. While you could uninstall each app individually, an easier way is to download a bulk uninstaller. A bulk uninstaller allows you to remove all the bloatware programs you don’t want in one fell swoop.
With so much of our private information being digitized and stored electronically these days, keeping yourself safe against cybercriminals is a must. By simply installing antivirus and anti-malware software on your laptop and setting these programs to run automatically on a specific day and time or manually scanning your laptop regularly for suspicious activity yourself, can stop a potential attack right in its tracks.
While anti-virus and anti-malware software is great for protecting data, what happens if your laptop is lost or stolen? While you should always be mindful of your surroundings when using your laptop in public places. Sometimes, even the most vigilant among us have lapses in concentration. So, it’s also a smart idea to install an app called “Find My Device” for Windows 10 or “Prey” for other operating systems. These apps use GPS technology to locate your device if its ever lost or misplaced.
Adjust Your Power Settings
For most laptop users, their chief complaint is the length of their battery life. The good news is, with just a few simple tweaks to your laptops power settings, you can extend your time between charges.
By going into the power options settings on your laptop, you can reduce the brightness of your display, and use sleep or hibernation mode when you’re not actively using your laptop
Some other battery saving tips include:
- Turning on airplane mode anytime you don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi.
- Choosing a lower power mode option on your laptop
- Choosing a dark picture or a dark solid color as your background or theme.
Have a Backup Plan
The last thing you want to do after spending weeks or even months working on a critical report for your business is to wake up one morning and find all your hard work gone due to a system crash or power surge.
Why worry, and add undo stress on yourself, when you can prevent it in the first place? Simply, by setting up an automatic backup system, you can regularly save important files and data. Giving you access to your data in the event something was to happen to the original file
Alternatively, you could also store all your files and important documents in the cloud, ensuring easy access whenever you need, even if your laptop happens to get lost or stolen.
The joy of getting a new laptop can be fun, but maybe short-lived if you don't take the necessary steps from the beginning. That's where Secure Networks can help. Give us a call and together we can secure your company's laptops.