Computers are the kind of machines that are made to last – and if you ever accidentally dropped yours, you know that.
Even though computers can endure all sorts of things, like being carried around in a backpack, being on for most of the day and being used inside and outside of your house, there are some do’s and don’ts of using a computer. So, in order to make your life easier, we bring you this list of things to avoid when using your computer.
#1 – Letting your computer get dirty
It’s normal to be a little careless and drop some crumbs on your computer’s keyboard or to touch the screen with your fingers and get it dirty. But when your computer fan gets dusty that’s a whole different story.
The fan serves a simple yet useful purpose – to move the air around and make sure the electronic parts that form your computer are cool.
But fans attract dust, among other things, which will cause the fan to try extra hard to cool off your computer, and it will end up doing the opposite. Try to clean the fan every once in a while, since it can become a real hazard to your computer.
#2 – Plugging your computer into the wall
Plugging your computer directly into the wall can be dangerous as it can damage your computer’s hard drive. The circumstances can be the best, but electrical grids will always be susceptible to power surges.
There is a myriad of ways a power surge can happen, a lightning storm, outages or other power problems can completely destroy the internal components of your computer. Remember this advice and use a surge protector when plugging in your computer
#3 – Forcing anything closed
Do not go around jamming closed things on your computers – no exception for CD trays on your desktop or for USB covers on your laptop. You are going to end up breaking things and repairing them… well, it will be pricey.
If you accidentally get something stuck open on your PC, be gentle when trying to close it. If you can’t do it by yourself, go look for a professional that is used to deal with computer problems and probably won’t ruin your precious machine.
#4 – Transporting your computer without a cover
Can your computer survive an accidental drop? Probably, yes. But it’s not anyone’s dream and no one is here to test it or do it on purpose. So, in order to not do it accidentally
, use a case to cover your computer when you need to carry it around.
It’s always a possibility that your computer will suffer through some blows even when you carry it inside a backpack, so a little case with a cushion would be nice and safe. This will keep you from being a proud member of the team “how to destroy your pc without noticing it”.
#5 – Leaving it open
Do not forget to close your laptop after you are done using it. Why? Because your keyboard is super sensitive and under every key, you have lots of electrical circuits, among other very small components.
So, to keep them safe, close the computer after you use it. This will also prevent you from dropping liquids on it accidentally, for example.
#6 – Install programs you know nothing about
Do extended research before installing things into your computer. You have no idea of the amount of malicious software you can find online and that may enter your computer through the programs you chose to install.
There are a lot of practices that can prevent any malware to damage your computer, but as a start, we advise you to get a nice antivirus software – at least it will detect any viruses that may try to enter your computer and that may damage the data you have stored in it.
#7 – Ignore App Updates
Do you want to put your system at risk? Then don’t update your computer. We know, it’s boring, you are using your computer and it asks you to do updates.
But you know what’s even more boring? Losing your computer just because you didn’t feel like spending half an hour doing those same updates. One way around it can be to enable auto-updates. This way your computer will be free from security loopholes and you will be able to use a functional system every day.
So, these are some pocket tips to extend your computer’s life span. Of course, there are more, but we think these seven things are a great start when finding ways to keep your precious computer safe.