Did you receive any high tech gifts for the holidays? Is that gift ready for use?
If you received a computer, will you be doing backups? Windows 7 offers a very easy backup utility to keep all of your information safe from loss. Do you know how to set up the backup? Do you have an external hard drive for backing up your system?
The USB memory sticks are designed to allow you to carry the file back and forth between locations. They really aren’t intended to be used as backup devices but they are better than nothing.
Do you have a surge protector or Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)to keep your computer safe from power surges and outage data loss? Don’t be fooled by the cheap power strips in the discount stores. You also don’t have to spend a fortune on surge protection either. Make sure that you purchase a name brand power protection device. Most of the name brand power protection units offer an insurance guarantee that will compensate you for any equipment loss while your device is plugged into the surge protection device.
If you received a new smart phone or tablet, do you have a case and screen protector? Check out your local retailer for a case that is right for you. Smart phones are a big investment, don’t overlook protection for your screen. No case can completely protect your high tech device. You have to use common sense and take steps to protect your investment.
Did you consider a protection policy for your new high tech device? If you are inclined to purchase insurance protection, make sure that you are purchasing it from a reputable organization. “Tail light” protection might not be a good investment. A “tail light” warranty is an auto warranty that is only good while your tail lights are visible as you drive away.
Don’t forget to make a recovery disk of your new computer. Most manufacturers don’t include a DVD to allow you to reinstall the operating system in the event of a serious computer failure. Did you place any software in a safe place?
Did you record your license and serial numbers for your new high tech devices? In the event that one of your new toys “grows legs” and walks away, serial numbers will help identify that you are the legal owner. When you start your new device for the first time, it will usually walk you through the registration process. Take the time to register.
High tech devices require a little more preparation than a new shirt and tie. Take the time to properly prepare. While it might be tempting to immediately start using your new device, take some time to consider how to properly use your new device.