We love our computers. But we can’t be so sure how they’ll reciprocate if their love for us was to be quantified by how we take care of them and use them. Some people will probably have their computers throwing pebbles at them from time to time because of how they’re treated.
A computer is an invaluable companion in the present age, running errands, sorting data, typing documents, playing music, displaying games, and streaming Netflix. While computers will continue to faithfully offer those functions, they won’t last forever. We can, however, ensure they last long and serve well for as long as their life span allows.
These 5 general tips will help ensure computers last longer.
1. Avoid Dropping
This is particularly important if you’re using a laptop or any other portable computer system. Your computer should be carried from one place to another carefully. Avoid hitting it on wall surfaces, and they should be placed down gently. If you move about with your laptop a lot, you should consider getting a padded bag for it to prevent it from falling. Letting your computer drop can cause physical damage and can also cause internal damages that may not be easily detected.
2. Avoid Overheating
For computers to last longer, they also need constant cooling off. Do this by keeping your laptop adequately ventilated always. Avoid placing your laptop directly on surfaces such as beds and couches as such surfaces do not allow free flow of hair underneath your computer. Overheating can cause internal damages to your computer, thereby clipping its life short.
3. Provide Antiviral Protection
Having a computer without antivirus software installed is like living in a house without a door. A cyber breach in your computer can corrupt data in your computer and make you lose important files.
To prevent viral attacks on your computer, watch out for sites you download or retrieve information from. Your antivirus must be updated periodically, and all detected malware should be removed immediately.
4. Give it Breaks
Now, this can’t be stressed enough, give that computer a break! It’s not efficient enough for living computers on for hours on end. Machines need breaks too. You can target switching off your computer whenever you go on your own vacations. There are also other booting options you can opt-in to ensure the Operating System gets to rest from time to time. You can make the completed ‘sleep’ for those few minutes you excuse yourself for the restroom or ‘hibernate’ it while you go for a tea or coffee break.
5. Do not ignore other Gadgets
Other gadgets like your computer’s charger, hard drives, and earphones should also be well taken care of. Avoid dropping them from tall heights of pouring liquids on them. Whenever you’re not charging your computer, always disconnect the charger from the power source as a sudden surge in power can have adverse effects on it.
Generally, never ignore those simple tips on how to take care of your computer.