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Technology has come a long way since the days when computers were first invented. And so have we. Technology is an
inherent part of our lives, and it’s important to take care of it in order to maximize its performance. This article will cover
ten simple ways that you can look after your technology so that it will last longer and do its best for you now and in the future.
Looking after your technology isn’t just about preventing damage or avoiding the inconvenience of repairs or replacements.
It’s also about preserving resources such as energy, water, and raw materials.
Here are ten simple ways to look after your technology:
Choose the best device for you
Before buying a new device, ask yourself what you’ll use it for. This will help you to choose the best device for your needs and make sure that it suits your requirements.
Keep your devices clean
One of the simplest ways to look after your technology is to keep it clean. You should wipe down your devices, screens, and keyboards with a slightly damp cloth or a technology wipe, at least once a day. Dirt and grime can accumulate quickly, and these particles can interfere with the performance of your device. This includes devices that are plugged in, as well as those that are not.
We recommend using a water-dampened, lint-free cloth or a small amount of diluted alcohol (70% isopropyl), followed by drying with a dry, lint-free cloth to altogether remove any residual moisture on the surface.
Protect your devices from wear and tear
You should always keep your device in a protective case and screen protector when you're not using them. This will help to prevent damage from bumps, scratches, and scrapes. It's also essential to ensure that you have the latest update for your device software so that any security issues are patched up automatically. You should also invest in a glass screen protector for your phone. This is the device you are most likely to drop accidentally, and your phone’s screen isn’t very strong, so a glass screen protector will help prevent you from cracking or smashing your screen.
Charge your devices correctly
One of the simplest ways to look after your technology is to charge it correctly. If a battery is not fully charged, it will eventually stop holding a charge at all. All you need to do is plug in your device and leave it for a whole night. However, only keep it plugged in whilst you are awake, because leaving your devices plugged in while you are sleeping can be dangerous.
Get rid of the clutter on your devices
The first step to looking after your technology is to get rid of the clutter. Unnecessary programs, files, and documents can slow down your computer or phone and make it run more slowly. You should always regularly back up all of your photos and music from your laptop and phone onto a memory stick. This means that if your technology ever fails on you, you have everything you need backed up.
Update your software regularly
It’s important to update your software regularly. Keeping your software up-to-date helps ensure that you have the latest security and performance improvements, which will help protect against viruses and malware. Updates also allow you to run new programs and use the latest technologies on your computer.
Turn off all wireless connections when not in use
Many people don't realize that their wireless router is still connected even when they're not using it. When you're not using the internet, make sure to turn off your wireless connection. All devices with a wireless card have an "On/Off" switch, as well as a Wi-Fi light on the front or back.
Prevent computer viruses
Computer viruses are a common form of malicious software that can infect your computer and make it run slowly or act erratically. Viruses are usually contracted from an infected email attachment, website, or even a flash drive. To avoid getting a virus, you should never open attachments from unknown sources (for example, emails from people you don’t know) and always scan files with antivirus software before opening them on your computer. The best way to avoid this is to be cautious about all emails and phone calls you receive, and if in doubt about its safety, delete it and block the sender.
Scan for viruses using an antivirus scanner
Scan for viruses using an antivirus scanner. This is the first thing you should do when you get a new device, as it will help to ensure that your device has no viruses installed. You can find free antivirus protection services online, but it is recommended that you buy a virus protector from a reputable brand such as McAfee. These subscriptions will have to be renewed every year or two, but they instantly alert you to any threats your devices may be facing.
Look after your AirPods
AirPods have become increasingly popular over the last few years. They are small and compact, making them ideal for listening to music or podcasts when you are on the move. However, this also makes it very frustrating when they stop working or lose them. One common problem that people encounter with AirPods after some time is that their volume becomes very low. Therefore, many people resort to looking up how to make your airpods louder, but this situation could be avoided with good care. You should always make sure that you keep your AirPods in a safe place to ensure that they don’t fall out of their case or end up being placed in an extremely warm environment for too long. In addition, you should always be sure to clean them regularly, which is good hygiene with all types of headphones anyway as they are going into your ears.
Never leave your devices unsupervised
Unfortunately, there will always be people out there who will steal devices that are momentarily left unattended. Therefore, if you are in the library or a cafe and you need to leave for a moment, you should always take your devices with you. This may be annoying, but it is less annoying than reporting the theft to the police and losing money buying a new phone or laptop.
All very smart advice!ReplyDelete
Excellent advice. If we take care of our technology it will take care of us.ReplyDelete
Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥
Hi Rosey - yes excellent advice thank you ... some I definitely need to do. I'm pretty careful and look after things ... cheers HilaryReplyDelete
As we become more of a digital age, protecting those devices is going to be more and more important. These are great tips to help keep them working properly for longer.ReplyDelete
Working remotely I have a lot of online things I do. This is great advice.ReplyDelete