The season of giving is upon us and technology gifts are on top of many people’s lists, but don’t get put on the naughty list! Here are some helpful tips when giving or getting technology gifts.
- If you get a new smartphone, tablet or computer, follow DoIT’s advice about making sure that you have MFA-Duo set up properly, https://it.wisc.edu/top-story/getting-a-new-smartphone-tablet-or-laptop/
- To get email and calendar on your new device, you will need to install Outlook (Office 365), follow the directions here, https://kb.wisc.edu/office365/page.php?id=28350 Only Microsoft clients (Outlook/Office 365) are fully supported by DoIT, however they also have the instructions to configure the native mail/calendar app for your device on the same page.
- Before getting a new personal computer with Windows 11 or Mac Monterey make sure the software (media players, photo editing, educational software, etc.) and hardware (printer, scanner, etc.) you already have is compatible with the new computer.
- When replacing a smartphone or tablet, find out from the manufacturer (Apple, Samsung etc.) or your service provider (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) how to transfer data from the old to the new device.
- Several of the top IT review sites have holiday guides out for 2021 for the techie on your list, or anyone who might need a little digital helping hand. . .
- Gifts with a UW-Madison flare: https://umark.wisc.edu/gift-guide/
- One last thing, shortages abound and products are taking longer to arrive, so plan ahead and watch out for scams (https://it.wisc.edu/news/holiday-scams-to-avoid-and-easy-tips-to-protect-yourself/ https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-finance/holiday-scams/).