For most, setting up a new computer means plugging it in appropriately, switching it on and following the steps that are given right in front of you. This is the most common way to set up a new PC and often individuals don’t know any better and that is ok! Today, we’re going to discuss other things to consider when setting up a new pc and for those that usually do the steps we mentioned, this will include elements you’d never usually consider.

 

Run Updates

To ensure your PC is safe from needing any immediate cyber security audits and assessments right away, the first step is to check if there are any software updates that are needed. Just because your PC is brand new out of the box, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it has the most up-to-date software as companies release updates regularly, especially in terms of security. Don’t be surprised if this takes some time and do be patient with it, it is an essential step to set your PC up safely.

Another note regarding software updates is to check whether you can be updated automatically or if you will need to check regularly for updates. If it is the latter, ensure you schedule this in for the most efficient security.

 

Assess Your Security

You may think that your new PC has your security all setup and ready to go but again, this usually isn’t the case. Take some time to go into your computer’s security settings and carefully go through each component of it as you don’t know what the initial settings entail. If you don’t have an antivirus trial with your new purchase, it’s best to shop around and look for an all-encompassing piece of software that will keep all your information and data safe. Usually, this step is overlooked by most and those are the individuals whose information may often be compromised.

 

Remove the Bloat

Bloating isn’t often a word you’d associate with computers, but bloatware on your PC is a thing. With a new computer, there are often pre-installed software, applications and the likes that have been done so by the manufacturer that may not be of much use to yourself. Although there are tools out there to assist with this, it may be better in terms of security for you to manually go through the software via your control panel and check if you need them.

This can help to free up disk drive that you may need in the future and reduce the risk of security issues on applications that you don’t frequently use although they may not be harmful at all. Doing so can also help speed up your computer, making it more user friendly and easier to use.

 

Back It Up

Now that you’re computer is set up correctly and is in working order, it’s time to create a back up in case you come across any issues in the future. By doing so, if you are to ever come into any issues, you won’t have to go through the initial set up process all over again. Your settings will be simply ready and waiting to be back in action as they were.

 

Yes, there may be a few more steps included than your usual set-up, but by doing these few tasks you’ll be a few steps closer to ensuring that your new PC is in fighting-fit shape. The next step is to now make it your own. Head to the personalisation settings to get your settings into a condition that you like, including colourings and font sizes. Download your favourite browser and install your favourite applications and programmes and you will be on your way!