Getting started with new gadgets

December 26, 2013

First, take a moment to protect your device in case it gets stolen or you leave it behind on a plane.

Turn on the screen lock setting and set a pass code. It is the easiest way to keep your information safe.

You should then download or activate any lost-device features.

Apple has "Find my iPhone." Android devices use the Android device manager.

Next, buy a case for your device. Broken and scratched devices can cost hundreds of dollars to fix.

And unless you want your new toy to be a drain on your finances, find a good way to monitor your usage.

Apple and Android devices allow you to track data usage, under settings. You can also install third-party apps to monitor usage.

Video and music streaming apps chew through tons of data, so make sure you are on a wireless network before you stream your favorite shows.

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