Top Tips for Protecting Your Precious Laptop

Your laptop might just be one of your most essential possessions. It probably contains vital school or college assignments, materials for work or even thousands of backed up photos of family and friends.

All of this in a slim and portable device which is a wonder of modern technology. But it can also be a fragile thing, so it’s vital you take steps to protect it. We’ve got some top tips for keeping your laptop safe.

Be Careful
You probably spend a lot of time with your laptop and it can start to feel like just another tool- not far from a notebook and pen. But it’s a carefully made machine which might even include moving parts in the hard drive and disk drive, as well as a delicate screen and a number of potentially fragile ports.

It’s best to keep this in mind at all times. Take care not to bang or drop your laptop, especially when it’s on. Don’t overextend the angle of the screen and spare a thought for the charger in particular as they’re essential and expensive to replace. Go easy and it will last longer.

Physical Protection
Even if you’re not prone to dropping things a laptop sleeve has to be part of your kit. These relatively inexpensive items bring a good amount of protection, particularly to the corners which are most at risk during a fall. If your laptop is off, it should be in a sleeve.

Take this idea a little further with a proper laptop bag. Not only are these easier to carry and very useful, often with pockets for accessories, but they provide extra protection. Ideally using a sleeve and a bag for that inevitable moment when your laptop manages to slip out and to the floor.

Digital Protection
In the digital world there are still many dangers which face your laptop everyday. The threat of a computer virus is very real and you should be careful when browsing the internet. Don’t visit untrustworthy sites or download any content unless it comes from a reputable source. If something seems like it might not be legitimate, it probably isn’t, and that is especially true when it comes to special offers or free items.

Using your own judgement is important but there’s more help available. Good antivirus software will give you some backup in the event of a rogue file with a virus, helping to trap and clean it safely. Run regular scans of your drives to make sure that there’s nothing dangerous lurking on your computer.

 

Backup
Your laptop itself is an important item but it’s what’s inside that really has to be preserved. Whether it’s personal files or photos, getting into the habit of backing up is the only way to ensure you won’t be devastated in the event of loss or damage.

The simplest solution is to buy a large external hard drive and hook it up to your laptop for iterative backups at regular intervals. But we also highly recommend using a cloud service as well, linking your most important files with a service like OneDrive, Dropbox or Google Drive. It can be a real life saver if the worst happens.

For more tips on how to keep your laptop safe and secure, visit your local Harvey Norman store or harveynorman.ie.

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