Protect Your Laptop
And it’s certainly handy to have so much portable power available – but the transportable nature of laptops can also bring some new problems which you might not find so much with a desktop.
Here are a few simple steps that you can take to protect your valuable hardware – and all the important personal data that you store on it.
1. Use a Sturdy Laptop Bag
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Pick a bag which has a separate compartment for the laptop and others for your cables, phone, memory sticks, stationery, pens, pencils etc. Don’t shoehorn other items in next to your laptop or they might dig in and damage it as items move about.
If you want to be really safe, put your laptop inside a padded sleeve and then put it into the special compartment in your laptop bag.
2. Use a Secure Lock and Cable
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Almost all laptops have a special slot (some have more than one) which let you put in a lockable cable. Secure the lockable cable to something solid and your laptop will be a lot safer.
This won’t deter a determined thief with plenty of time to pilfer your computer – but it will probably be more than enough to discourage opportunists who might take advantage while you are temporarily distracted and away from your laptop.
3. Install Tracking Software
If you’re unlucky enough to have your laptop stolen then all is not lost. Tracking software is available for both Windows and Mac laptops which uses IP address location, Wi-Fi positioning and even the ability to remotely take a snapshot of whoever is using your laptop using the on-board camera.
Tens of thousands of lost or stolen laptops have been recovered using this type of software. The cost starts as low as $15 per year – and, while it doesn’t guarantee the return of your laptop, it’s a small price to pay for the extra peace of mind on offer.
4. Use a Laptop Cooling Pad
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As well as being uncomfortable to use, there’s a risk of failure due to overheating – and the hotter any electrical or electronic device gets, the shorter its working life will be.
You can combat all of these problems – and give yourself a safe and secure working platform at the same time – by using a laptop cooling pad. These usually plug into your laptop’s usb port and have extra fans to blow cooling air upwards onto and into your laptop. You’ll drastically lower the risk of failure, prolong the working life of your laptop and protect your data – all for a few dollars.
5. Use A Power Supply With Surge Protection
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You’ll find that many suppliers of these also provide a “connected equipment warranty” (sometimes to values in excess of $100,000!) which covers you for damage to any connected equipment in the event that the surge protection is ineffective.
They must be pretty confident in their kit to back it up like that – so you should be confident also.
Laptop Protection In Summary
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One last thing: No matter how careful you are, all electrical and electronic equipment will fail eventually. Back up your data regularly so that you minimize the inconvenience, whether your laptop dies a sudden death or just expires through old age.
Memory is very affordable these days.You can get hold of a 1 TB external hard drive for well under $70 right now (and prices will continue to fall). Alternatively, back up your data to the cloud if you prefer. Better safe than sorry after all.