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Love Your Laptop? You Must Do These 5 Things For Your Device’s Long Life

by Lisa Hayden
Love your laptop? You must do these 5 things for your device's long life

Everyone needs a certain degree of love and affection to thrive. Well, things aren’t very different for the machines in your care either! Sure, the machines are sturdy and man-made, but that doesn’t make them any less important as a pivotal part of your life.

For most people, their personal computers or laptops are their window to the whole wide world. And that’s not all~ one’s professional life is, quite often, centered around their laptops too!

Naturally, ensuring that your laptop is in the best of health is absolutely necessary for the smooth functioning of your daily life. In fact, going that extra mile to show your laptop some love and care might just ensure that you don’t narrowly miss a very important deadline!

Aside from the obvious things like not dropping your lunch on the screen of your laptop, there are a bunch of things you could do to keep your laptop happy and healthy.

Here’s a list of the top five ways you could show your laptop how much you love it~ make sure you check off every item on the list!

Insure Your Laptop

Insure Your Laptop

Laptops have their portability and versatility going for them, and that is partly why they are so popular with everyone. Naturally, carrying your laptop around also exposes it to a bunch of risks.

There are a huge number of instances where your laptop can come to potential harm from external sources. Imagine actually having your laptop stolen, misplaced, or damaged to a degree that it needs to be away for a rather expensive repair operation for multiple days at a go. That would be really inconvenient, especially for someone who has all their work on their laptop.

In such cases, insuring your laptop is not just possible but actually recommended. To be brief, you can actually buy insurance for your laptop. Of course, the premiums from the insurance will vary according to the company you have purchased the laptop from, the model of the laptop, as well as its price.

In fact, buying insurance in this context is actually a really great option! Depending on the insurance policy you invest in, the insurance from your laptop can cover a wide range of mishaps and damages caused to your laptop.

This will include damages to the different hardware parts of the laptop, electrical or software oriented damage, accidents, as well as thefts and burglaries. Excluding damages involving negligence or wear and tear due to the passage of time, you could insure your laptop against almost any kind of unfavourable incident that you can name off the top of your head!

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Install protection software 

If you love your laptop, installing some kind of antivirus or antimalware protection would be your first order of business. Ideally, this is done right when your new laptop reaches your hands, but if you still haven’t caught up with the process, it is high time that you start looking up your options on the internet!

Cyber threats, several computer viruses, spyware, malware, trojan horses, phishing and spam attacks, etc are very real issues for anyone who spends any length of time on the internet. It is essential that you have some sort of protective software in place to make sure that your data and personal information are safe when you surf the internet.

And it is not just the data and information that are in a position of danger when exposed to these cyber threats. The integrity of your laptop~ including its hardware and its functionality~ can also be compromised from exposure to these dangers in cyberspace.  

Antivirus software is designed to provide protection to your personal information as well as the laptop you are using. It will not just send you regular alerts if it finds anything suspicious in your system during the routine checkups, it will also actively work towards fixing these issues. Install some sort of protective software on your laptop if you haven’t already, to feel safe and secured while working on the internet.

Keep your laptop from heating up too much

This one is an exceptionally valid point because a majority of us are constantly running multiple applications on our laptops at any given point of the day. This can cause our laptops to heat up significantly, to a point that matter spirals out of the control of the internal fans.

In such cases, your laptop needs immediate attention because otherwise, it could suffer long-lasting or even permanent damage. In fact, it might even start a fire if you aren’t careful.

The first order of business would be to learn to identify when your laptop is heating up. Ideally, it should not be too hot to touch. But you will also see that your computer is slowing down or getting perceptibly more sluggish.

Also, watch out for error messages, or pop up messages conveying that the machine is overheating. Sometimes, the system might shut down entirely, and it may be quite a trial to get it running again.

The internal fans might go into overdrive trying to cool your laptop down, and it isn’t very uncommon to be able to hear them.

In such a situation, you will want to turn off the laptop entirely and take it off of all the cords or external devices it may be plugged or connected to. Once you have done that check the built-in vents to ensure that they aren’t clogged.

You could try taking the battery out. Remember, it would be very unwise to use the laptop before it has completely cooled down. Sometimes, it could be a problem with the fans, so you could try to manage the internal fan settings of the laptop, too.

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Keep a backup option ready

This probably goes without saying, but make sure that you have backup options available. Take emergency situations and mishaps into an account beforehand and keep a backup of the large, important files on your laptop on a physical hard drive.

If it's a small file, at least save a backup on some kind of cloud storage, like Google Drive or DropBox.

Handle The Machine And Its Ancillary Parts Delicately

No matter how many times the salesman tells you that your laptop is a sturdy machine capable of shouldering any kind of workload thrown at it, always remember that at the end of the day, it is a rather delicate machine that needs constant maintenance and upkeep.

Sometimes, it doesn’t have to be actively fixing the laptop~ little things like being mindful about not tripping over the cords or crashing the laptop to the floor can go a long way.

As a general rule of thumb, keep all kinds of liquids and beverages away from your laptop. The same can be said about food. Eating while watching a show might sound like a great idea till you drop a spoonful of lasagna on the keyboard. Next, be careful about the monitor.

The LCD display is not the most robust part of your laptop, so trying to lift it by the screen or causing damage to the screen might cost you heavily. Oh, and don’t forget to treat the cords with care.

Especially, when it comes to the charging cord, make sure you walk over to wherever it is plugged in and pull the charger out from the plug, instead of tugging at the cords.

Besides that, exposing your laptop to rapid temperature changes, dropping it, or leaving it lying around animals can all be rather dangerous for its longevity. These instructions might seem obvious, but taking good care of one’s laptop is actually rarer than you would think!

Conclusion

For a lot of people, their laptop is akin to their lifeline. Honestly, it is true~ your laptop really is the thing that is keeping your professional and personal lives in order! So, there’s no way that you can go wrong if you show it some love. This list just includes the basics of laptop care.

Other than this, make sure you keep your machine clean. Don’t forget to have your machine looked at by an expert every few months. Oh, and if it starts acting up, schedule a visit to the service centre right away~ it’s better to nip a problem in the bud than to sit around and wait for it to set in. 

Taking care of your laptop in little ways will help immensely in the long run, so keep at it! Your laptop will perform amazingly at the most critical hour to thank you in return!

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