I got a new laptop on black Friday what do I need to do?

I will get this question 30 times in the next two weeks so I thought I would head it off at the pass.

When you buy that awesome new laptop on Black Friday here is what you need to do:

  • DO NOT pay geek squad or staples easy tech to do anything to the laptop. Take it home as is.
  • Set a password on your laptop.  Remember no password for you means no password for a hacker.
  • Uninstall the 120 day trial AV that came with it and any other trial software that came on the laptop.  
  • Install Microsoft Security Essentials Anti Virus.  Its free, its good and it never expires.
  • Use OPEN DNS. It will stop your computer from accessing a list of known bad sites.
  • Install Secunia PSI.  It will keep all the software on your system up to date without you having to do anything.  
  • Buy a portable hard drive with back up capabilities and USE IT. Nothing sucks more than losing all your data because a hard drive failed.

If you do these simple things you and your laptop will have a great long term relationship.

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