Aug 23, 2011

Common Laptop Tips

Thermal dissipation - Laptop cooling
Never use your laptop directly on a surface that prevents proper air flow, such as inside the laptop case, on a blanket or pillow. Periodically check that vents are not obstructed. Use a mobile cooling pad if necessary.




Battery charge - Laptop autonomy
Discharge completely your battery at least once per month. 

Security - Laptop tracking
Use the Cyber Angel security solution to track your laptop in case it is stolen. 

Viruses
It is not enough to have an antivirus program installed. It needs to be kept up-to-date, and we recommend to update it at least once per week.

Windows Updates
Make sure that your computer downloads Window Updates periodically and frequently. This will enhance stability and security of your operating system.

Carrying
Always use an appropriate carrying bag when traveling, to enhance shock absorption. Whenever you need to ship your laptop through a carrier (SUPS, FedEx, UPS, etc...), always use packaging specifically designed for laptops transit. 

Shocks
Because of they are designed to maximize mobility, laptops are prone to shocks. Always turn your laptop OFF before you move your notebook from a place to another, unless it is well stabilized on a stand that is designed to absorb shocks. 

HumidityLaptops are very sensitive to humidity. Avoid liquid exposure as much as you can (water, wine, etc...). 

Dust
Laptops are very sensitive to dust. Make sure the laptop is never left on a floor, but that it is always high on a table, desk, stand, etc... Check vents frequently to see if they are not obstructed.  

Preventing Laptop Computer Theft
Laptop computers are easy targets for thieves.  Laptop computers are small, valuable, can be removed quickly, and are easily hidden.  Laptop computers can be worth up to $5000 or more.  The laptop computer can be pawned at a pawnshop for half its value. 
Here are a few tips to reduce the risk of having your laptop stolen. 
  • Don’t leave your laptop out in the open even for a second.
  • Remember extreme temperatures can cause damage to your laptop.
  • Transport your laptop in a nondescript case.
  • Write down the serial number and keep it in a safe place.
  • Always back up your information on disks and store them in a safe place.

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