New device checklist

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    We heard you got a new device

    Before you start using it, take these steps to customize it and keep it cyber safe.

    1. Get secure

    Lock your device with a strong password and/or biometrics

    Enable multi-factor authentication

    Review the privacy policy and terms of use

    Update your privacy settings

    2. Stay updated

    Update your device’s operating system

    Enable automatic software updates

    3. Make it yours

    Uninstall apps you won’t use

    Review app permissions, look out for any apps asking for access to data not relevant to their function

    Turn off location services when not in use

    Disable any other features you don’t need

    Once your device is set up:

    Apply a camera cover (image of webcam and prohibited circle)

    Disable Bluetooth when not in use (image of Bluetooth symbol and prohibited circle)

    Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi or use a VPN (image of an open padlock with a Wi-Fi symbol on it and a prohibited circle)

    Always accept OS and software updates (image of update circle and check mark)


    Get more tips for your device at:

    Communications Security Establishment | Centre de la sécurité des télécommunications

    Government of Canada

    Catalogue number: D96-53/2021E-PDF | ISBN: 978-0-660-40714-2

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