If there’s anything your laptop hates, it’s not you. It’s actually the heat. Increased temperatures compromise your laptop’s performance, so you best be prepared on knowing how to prevent your device from getting “fried.” Also, here are some tips that you should already know as someone who uses a laptop regularly.
Back ‘Em Up (Those Files, That Is)
As an owner of a laptop, desktop, or whatever computing device you may have as of the moment (although some rules do not really apply to smartphones as they are in their own peculiar universe), the cardinal rule you have to bear in mind and never forget are these four words:
BACK UP YOUR DATA.
Now that I’ve said it, that rule very much applies to smartphones as well, although the effort in backing up on these devices are not that pronounced since there are apps that do the job automatically for you. But yes, it is true that while in the past, the most valuable part of your computer is the hardware itself, nowadays, the bits and bytes of data you use in them have become extraordinarily valuable to priceless levels. You surely have invested large sums of money on buying MP3 files, e-books, and movies, not to mention the hours you’ve spent slaving away in writing and finishing those documents and other files. And if in the event that you don’t have a back-up for them and your device goes kaput, those thousands of dollars and countless hours will just go down the drain.
Your options for back-up come in the form of traditional backup software and hardware. They’re more affordable than cloud-based services, but they’re also more susceptible to events such as fire, theft, inclement weather, and the like. On the other hand, cloud-based backup services may cost more if you are planning to go beyond their free versions, but the peace of mind and security they offer is priceless.
Online backup services scan your hard drive for files worthy of protecting, encrypt them for security, and send them up to the company’s online servers. Once your files are uploaded, you can access and restore your data from anywhere. Though there’s some overlap, online backup services shouldn’t be confused with cloud storage and file syncing services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and SugarSync. Those services do store files in the cloud, but they aren’t designed to automatically protect all important documents and media files, let alone system files.
Critical Software Needs Regular Updating
In the past, it used to be that updating software regularly may not be a must. But with malware, viruses, worms, and heightened online security breaches happening every single day, events such as software conflicts and hardware incompatibilities have also become regular happenings. Thus, it goes without saying that updating your devices with fixes, drivers, and patches are things you should be on top of regularly so you keep these threats that are also mutating regularly at bay. There are even programs that provide system owners like you the most convenient ways of updating your software, so don’t miss out on getting their services. A lot of these services do not need you to do anything, as they will do the updating on your behalf in an automatic fashion. Imagine being a responsible computer owner without putting in too much effort? That’s a definite yes if you ask me.
Software updates offer plenty of benefits. It’s all about revisions. These might include repairing security holes that have been discovered and fixing or removing computer bugs. Updates can add new features to your devices and remove outdated ones.
Stay Clean, Keep Cool
Like with most other things, the cleaner your device is, the better it runs. When your plumbing system is clean and free of blockages, your water supply is better. When your dryer is free of lint, your clothes get drier, faster. If your engine doesn’t have fuel residue, your car run smoothly. The same goes with your laptop. The fans of your computer would need to be free of dirt so that the functioning components of your device are kept cool and running. When the fans are dirty, they do a bad job in making your device cool, and when your device gets hotter than it should ideally be, you’re going to have problems.
Dust, dog hair, spiders, whatever finds its way into your case will raise the temperatures significantly over time and can cause some real damage to your components. Let’s not be too dramatic, your system will still work but you can be sure your components will never last as long as a periodically cleaned computer.
If you still didn’t know these tips, well at least, now you know. Now, if you have other problems with your laptop such as a device that has water spilled on it, we’re here to help.