How to make your New Computer last longer

Here are some tips on how to make a new computer last longer:

  • Keep your computer clean. Dust and debris can build up inside your computer and cause it to overheat. This can shorten the lifespan of your components. You can clean your computer by using a can of compressed air or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment. If you use a vacuum cleaner, be sure to power off the computer first.
  • Keep your computer cool. Overheating is one of the biggest causes of computer failure. Make sure your computer has plenty of airflow and that it’s not in a hot environment. Putting your computer in an enclosed cabinet is not good for it. If you’re using a laptop, avoid using it on your lap or in direct sunlight. USB powered laptop coolers that have a fan in them is always a good idea.
  • Update your software regularly. Software updates often include security fixes and performance improvements. Keeping your software up to date can help protect your computer from malware and other security threats. It can also help improve the performance of your computer.
  • Back up your data regularly. This is important even if you take good care of your computer. If something does happen to your computer, you’ll have a copy of your data so you don’t lose it.
  • Don’t overload your computer. Don’t try to run too many programs at once or use too many memory-intensive applications. This can put a strain on your computer and shorten its lifespan.
  • Use your computer in a safe environment. Don’t drop your computer or expose it to extreme temperatures or moisture. These conditions can damage the components and shorten the lifespan of your computer.

By following these tips, you can help your new computer last longer and prevent premature failure.

Here are some additional tips that can help extend the life of your computer:

  • Avoid using your computer in extreme temperatures. High temperatures can damage the components in your computer, while low temperatures can cause condensation, which can also damage the components.
  • Don’t use your computer in dusty environments. Dust can build up inside your computer and cause it to overheat.
  • Don’t store your computer in a humid environment. Moisture can cause condensation, which can damage the components in your computer.
  • Don’t drop your computer. Dropping your computer can damage the components and shorten its lifespan.
  • Be careful when opening and closing your laptop. Opening and closing your laptop too forcefully can damage the hinges, which can shorten the lifespan of your laptop. The best way to open and close the lid is to grasp it on the top in the middle of the lid.

Bob Plourde
ICU Computer Services
15924 W Tasha Dr
Surprise, AZ 85374

Traveling with your laptop

Traveling with your computer can be a safe and easy experience if you take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips to help you protect your laptop while traveling:

  • Always carry your laptop on your person. Never put it in your checked luggage. Baggage handlers can be rough with luggage, and your laptop could be damaged.
  • Use a quality laptop backpack or case. A good backpack or case will provide extra protection for your laptop from bumps, drops, and moisture.
  • Get a laptop sleeve. A laptop sleeve will add an extra layer of protection for your laptop’s screen.
  • Use a laptop skin. A laptop skin can help to protect your laptop from scratches and dents.
  • Keep your backpack organized. Don’t overstuff your backpack, and make sure that your laptop is not buried under other items.
  • Shut down (don’t just close the lid or put it to sleep) your laptop and close it completely when you’re not using it. This will help to protect your laptop’s battery and prevent data theft.
  • Take extra measures on rainy days. If you’re traveling in rainy weather, be sure to pack a rain cover for your backpack or case.
  • Handle your backpack with care. When you’re carrying your backpack, be sure to use both hands and avoid dropping it.

In addition to these tips, you should also make sure that your laptop is up to date with the latest security software. We can give you some guidance with this if you like. This will help to protect your laptop from malware and other threats.

Here are some additional tips for traveling with your computer:

  • Back up your important files. This is always a good idea, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling. You can back up your files to an external hard drive, a cloud storage service, or both. If you would like some help or guidance with this, give us a call.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. When you’re using your laptop in public, be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect your privacy. Don’t leave your laptop unattended, and don’t connect to public Wi-Fi networks without first checking to see if they’re secure.
  • Have fun! Traveling with your laptop can be a great way to stay connected and productive while you’re on the go. Just be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your device.