Christmas will be here Friday, and you might get some technology as a gift this year. 

I wanted to help you get the most out of it while also staying protected.

For the good boys and girls who got a new computer for Christmas, you need to make sure it and your data stay safe.

Whether it is a laptop or desktop, be sure your antivirus is on at all times. Depending on the computer, it probably came equipped with it. Open the antivirus software on the computer to look at the expiration date. Computer often come with a trial antivirus software that lasts a few months to a year. Figure out when yours expires and be ready to take action before that happens.

If you end up liking the antivirus that came on your computer, by all means keep it, but make sure you pay for new virus definitions. If you don’t like it, or don’t want to pay for it, there are free options available that will help keep your computer protected.