5 things to do with a newly purchased computer

A new computer needs some initial maintenance: from upgrades to file recovery programs, here are some tips to put into practice

Your computer has broken down or is not performing as well as before. So you've bought a new one or are planning to buy one in the near future. Whether it's a notebook or a desktop device, before you start using it, you should pay attention to a few important things.

Although the temptation to "discover" the new device is very high - understandable, especially if it's a latest generation computer - it's advisable to put some tricks into practice. And it would be a good idea to start immediately after turning on the PC for the first time. Failure to perform a number of actions - which we will describe in detail in a moment - is risky both for personal data and for the stability of the computer or laptop itself. We could, for example, be attacked by hackers, who would take very little time to infect the machine with malware. As a result, we might lose our saved data and damage the device.

So, as an old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. And prevention above all means performing these simple tips.

Update your antivirus

Most new computers come with a protection program preinstalled. Microsoft has Windows Defender. Sometimes the manufacturer of the purchased PC itself provides one by default. Either way, the first thing you should do is update your antivirus. The reason is simple: security software works by comparing a malicious file with a signature archive, which contains virus definitions. If it is outdated, the antivirus risks not recognizing the threat.

Update your computer

Same goes for your computer. Microsoft releases many updates punctually, some of them serve to improve security or fix some vulnerabilities. A new computer might not include the latest updates. Go to Windows Update and check if new updates are available (also remember to check if your computer is set to download them automatically).

Install a Recovery program

It can happen, for a variety of reasons, that you lose data stored in memory. For example, we accidentally delete an important file. In such cases, it is useful to have a recovery program installed on your computer, which allows you to restore the deleted file to your PC in just a few steps. As you know, a deleted file never disappears completely from your hard disk.

Subscribe to a cloud storage service

There are several platforms on the Internet that offer cloud storage services for free. It can be a useful solution for several reasons. They allow us to save files in an alternative place to the hard drive, so if the computer breaks down we can always get back the data. They allow us not to take up space on the hard drive and most importantly they give us the ability to access the files from anywhere and any device.

Make Memory Space

Microsoft and computer companies pre-install not only antivirus software but also a number of programs. Some of these software, we may not need. So, it doesn't make sense to keep them in memory. Be careful, however, not to delete programs and files that are useful for the system to work.