Most of us rely heavily on technology every single day, for a multitude of things. Sometimes, it even feels like our whole world can be contained in a single device. It can be a hassle to constantly have to replace your devices, because you need to get used to a new device as well as carry everything over from the old one to the new one. Not to mention the fact that it puts a sizeable dent in your bank account.
With proper care, your technological devices can last you many, many years, without you needing to replace them. But you might not know how to take care of it. What is a scam and what actually works? Keep reading to find out the easiest ways of protecting your devices.
Get rid of any pests
If might surprise you, but a lot of the times, the reason for technological malfunctions is due to pests. They cab gnaw through cables, and sometimes ants and similar insects can even crawl into the actual device itself and cause a lot of damage. If you notice any signs of pests, immediately call a local pest control, such as Bay Area pest control. It’s also a good idea to take your devices apart (or have a professional do it) to check for any pests inside.
Get a screen protector
No matter how careful you are, there will likely be a point in your life where you drop a technological device. This is particularly common with small, handheld devices, such as tablets or phones. While devices are constantly being improved and their screens are much more durable and resistant than a few years back, there is still a risk of the screen cracking, or even shattering, when it falls. That’s where screen protectors come in. You place them over your screen, and they take the brunt of the fall if anything should happen. While they are not 100% foolproof, generally you can just peel them off once they’ve cracked to reveal an undamaged screen underneath,
I know, I know. Constant updates to a device’s software can be a hassle. They tend to take quite a while, and often you are unable to use your device while the update is running. But remember that software updates are for your benefit. They keep your device running as smoothly as possible and usually get rid of any small problems that might be hindering your usage. If it’s really a big problem, run the updates while you sleep so that they don’t cut into the time you spend on your devices.
This is a pretty obvious thing to do, but while everyone knows that viruses are bad, not everyone knows how to avoid them. Viruses can cause severe damage to your devices, so it’s vital to avoid them at all costs. You can do this by avoiding any websites that appear suspicious, and by not clicking any links unless they’ve been sent to you by a trusted source. Installing anti-virus software is another way of protecting your computer.
No matter how careful you are with your devices, accidents happen. And it can often be incredibly expensive to fix those accidents if you don’t have insurance. We insure almost all our other valuables, like cars and houses, so it’s only logical to insure our devices as well. Try to get an insurer that covers as much as possible, such as breakages, spills and theft, to make sure your devices are protected against any unexpected incidents.
Any form of excessive heat can cause severe damage to any technological device. This generally isn’t a problem, since we keep our devices away from ovens, fires, and the like. The main culprit here is sun damage. You should never leave any technological device in the sun for extended periods of time. Sun damage generally occurs when a device is left in a car that is parked in the sun. Always be sure that your devices are out of sunlight and somewhere cool instead.
There are covers for nearly every type of technological devices, from tablets, to cellphones, to computers and laptops. Covers will not only make your device look fun and unique, but also protect it from possible damage. Of course, you should always try not to drop your devices, but a cover is a good idea to have just in case. Sleeves and cases for bigger devices such as laptops will protect them during transport, as well as making them easier to transport. Covers are especially important for small devices that we tend to carry around a lot, which is why a phone case is an absolute necessity, even if you decide to skip the rest.
Make back ups
Perhaps our most important technological feature is not the device itself, but the information that it contains. That’s why it’s important to regularly make backups of any important documents, files, and applications on all of your devices. If possible, make more than one copy so that you know you are as safe as possible. Backups are also a great way pf storing extra information somewhere other than your computer. This can free up some much-needed space and help your computer to keep running as smoothly as possible.
Don’t drink or eat near it
No matter how neatly you consume liquids and foods, there’s always a risk of spilling something onto your device. Err on the side of caution and make sure to stay far away from any technological devices when you’re eating or drinking, no matter how tempting it may be. However, if the worst does happen and you do end up spilling water on your laptop, there are a few things you can do.
Get it serviced
While this isn’t a necessity, it might still be a good idea, especially once your devices start getting older. Taking them to a professional to get serviced will keep them running smoothly and help you when it comes to recognizing any problems.