Getting started with new gadgets
December 26, 2013 (WLS) -- Did Santa bring you a smartphone, tablet or Kindle this Christmas? If so, you probably have a bit of work to do before you start using your new gadget.
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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