It is difficult to describe the feeling of excitement that comes with buying a shiny new gadget. Many people treat them as Christmas presents, they spend on admiring the beautiful package before they tear it off.
To make the moment truly memorable, you must also ensure that nothing happens to your newest piece of techno-wizardry. In this manual you will investigate ways to ensure that this is not the device that has been escaped by theft, breakdown or accidental damage. You will also discover some tips for protecting sensitive personal information on your gadget.
1. Register your product
In the past most gadgets came with a special warranty card that you could fill in and send to the manufacturer. Nowadays you are usually invited to register online when setting up your device.
Although most users skip this step, you must ensure that you do not. If an error occurs later, the manufacturer needs a way to check whether your device is still covered by the warranty. This is especially important if you purchased your device from an external reseller instead of directly from the manufacturer.
This is also a great way to keep up to date with any available upgrades for your gadget.
Once the registration is complete, go to Immobilize and register your device. If your gadget is lost or stolen, Immobilize may share information with the police to return it to you. Registering your device data is free, but we strongly recommend investing in & # 39; Complete feature marking kit, which includes security tags and a UV pen to mark your device.
2. Get insurance
Most countries have some form of consumer law that guarantees new hardware against manufacturing defects within a certain period of time. For example, EU consumer law protects products in this way for up to two years from the date of purchase.
Should your device be accidentally damaged or stolen, manufacturers are generally not required to repair or replace it for you.
Check with your insurance company if your own policy relates to your new gadget. Be sure to keep your proof of purchase in case you have to file a claim. If you only have family insurance, check the text of your policy to see if this applies if your device is lost or damaged outside your home.
If you are not yet insured, search online for providers that offer protection for electronic devices. The payment is usually done monthly, but for extra peace of mind you can pay per year if you want.
3. Increase your safety
Although the loss of your device can be shocking, the damage caused by identity theft can last for years. If you are using an Android or iOS device, you must enable device encryption. Choose a secure PIN code of at least 8 digits. If you have purchased a computer or laptop, consider using built-in software such as Microsoft's Bitlocker or Apple's FileVault. To encrypt your personal files. Use a good password to ensure that thieves do not have easy access to your data. (see our guide on choosing a strong password)
Apple owners must & # 39; Find my iPhone & # 39; switch. Despite the name, you can follow any Apple device if it is missing, and then switch it off remotely. More recent versions of Android also have a similar function.
Most modern gadgets offer a way to automatically back up your data. Be sure to enable this during the installation to keep your data safe. Windows users should also consider installing antivirus software.
4. Remove bloatware
Many devices come with unnecessary "bloatware & # 39 ;:" redundant apps offered by third parties. These usually just slow down your gadget and offer you little benefit. This is a specific problem for Android devices because many vendors use their own customized version of this operating system.
When you receive a device for the first time, check all apps that you do not recognize and delete them. Generally, the system will not leave you vital unless you can reinstall it. For example, Apple now allows you to use native iOS apps such as & # 39; Mail & # 39; of devices, but you can always download them again from the App Store.
If the device is already set up, carry out a factory reset so that you can go through the process yourself. This removes apps that are not bundled with the operating system itself.
If your gadget uses Windows 10, please note the serial number of your product before reinstalling it so that you can reactivate Windows.
5. Update, update, update …
At the first start, your gadget usually checks automatically whether there are software / firmware updates. If this is not the case, you must do this yourself after the installation is complete.
Some devices must be connected to a computer to run and check for updates via a specialized app such as iTunes. If this is the case, make sure that the app itself is up-to-date before you connect your gizmo.
For battery-powered gadgets, make sure that your charger is connected before you start updating.
If you have a new laptop, a newer operating system may be available. Before downloading, check the developer's website to see if it is compatible with your device.
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