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How to secure your new devices

Beat the Scammers
F-Secure Team

If you've recently acquired a new mobile phone, tablet or laptop, consider taking these steps to protect your devices.

Use a strong passcode/password
Obviously, you should pick a passcode to lock your phone that can't be guessed, even by someone who knows you. So don't use your birth year, your address or 1234. Better yet, use a password or a passphrase. And make sure it's one you don't use anywhere else.

Always use a unique password for all of your important accounts
We're going to repeat this one because it's so important: NEVER reuse the passwords you use for your important accounts – especially your email accounts. Let's say you're one of the approximately one billion users who had your Yahoo account breached recently. If you're using that same password for any other account, it may be vulnerable – even if you don't even remember that you ever had a Yahoo account!

Use official apps whenever possible and delete apps you're not using
Instead of using your browser to access Facebook or Twitter, use the apps for these sites, which have built-in encryption technology. And stick to the official stores of your mobile platform and check user reviews to make sure the apps you're downloading are safe.

Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you aren't using them
Both of these connection protocols make it easier to track you. So protect your privacy and preserve your battery. Keep them off unless you're using them.

Write down your new phone's IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity)
If your smartphone is ever stolen and you ask the police to help find it, they will likely ask for your IMEI. It's unique to your phone (or 3G/4G tablets) and you can likely find it on the phone's box, battery or in its settings.

Set up your photos and videos to back up automatically
Either use the service your mobile platform offers or a third-party so you don't have to worry about losing the contents of your device, which will soon be more valuable than the device itself.

Put security software on all your new devices
Up-to-date security software is a must on all your devices. SuperSafe protects all of your Smartphones, tablets and computers and includes features such as Browsing and Banking Protection that keeps you from landing on fake banking sites built to steal your private information. SuperSafe Boost also offers Family Protection so you can set the same sort of digital boundaries for your kids that you set in the real world.

TalkTalk customers can use SuperSafe powered by F-Secure to protect all of their family's devices. Eight-device protection is £2 per month (and it's worth £99 a year). Log in to My Account, select the package you want and you will receive an email from F-Secure to install it on your device for full protection.

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