Bennett Haselton writes with four big tips for anyone blessed by the holiday buying frenzy with a new laptop; in particular, these are tips to pass on to non-techie relatives and others who are unlikely to put (say) "Install a Free operating system" at the very top of the list: Here's Bennett's advice, in short:
(1) If you don't want to pay for an anti-virus program, at least install a free one.
(2) Save files to a folder that is automatically mirrored to the cloud, for effortless backups.
(3) Create a non-administrator guest account, in case a friend needs to borrow the computer.
(4) Be aware of your computer's System Restore option as a way of fixing mysterious
problems that arose recently." Read on for the expanded version; worth keeping in mind before your next friends-and-family tech support call.