Secure your devices
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Set up a new device securely

How to ensure a new mobile phone, tablet, laptop, PC or gaming device is set up securely.

Why it matters

When you get a new , you need to take a few extra steps to make sure it's set up so it's as difficult as possible for a thief or an online attacker to get access to it.

How to protect yourself

  • Before you buy a new device

    Check online or ask the retailer how long that model will keep getting security updates. Older devices may not be supported for much longer, so they're at risk when new security issues come up.

    Managing an older device

  • Clear your old device

    If you’re planning to buy a replacement device, before you get rid of the old one:

    • back up the files from your old device
    • do a
    • check the data has been removed.
  • Install updates

    Install any outstanding updates for the operating system on your new device. It might have been sitting on the shelf for a while.

    Set the system preferences to update automatically. That way, any software updates you get will be installed automatically and will fix any known security holes in the software you’re using.

    Keep up with your updates

  • Secure the device

    Set a good password or on the device. As with all passwords, don’t use personal information like a family member’s date of birth, address or pet’s name.

    Set your screen to lock automatically when you’re not using the device. Unlock it with:

    • a long password or pin number
    • a fingerprint, or
    • facial recognition.

    Enable , and only when you need it. If you’re using open or public WiFi, limit the information you share while using it.

    Install an on your computer or laptop and keep it up to date.

    Install an ad blocker on your . It can help prevent you clicking on any dodgy ads.

    How to create good passwords

  • Take care with apps and software

    Only download and install from legitimate stores and trusted websites.

    Uninstall any old software or apps you don’t use or need anymore.

    When downloading an app, think about the permissions it needs. If you’re downloading a calculator app, there should be no reason for it to have access to your messages or camera.

    See our top tips for online security