A laptop’s portability is perhaps its most appealing feature to every buyer. But this can also be its greatest bane. Your laptop runs the risk of being stolen in a matter of minutes. You can even drop it in an instant. Fortunately, there are some common sense precautions that can protect your laptop from damage.
Uses Antivirus Software
Having an antivirus software may sound like an obvious first step to protect against any kind of malware. Sadly, not everyone bothers to do it. However with so many options now available, there really is no excuse. Microsoft actually offers its very own antivirus package for a free download in the form of Microsoft Security Essentials. Essentials is available for Windows Vista and 7, while Windows 8/8.1 has Microsoft Defender built in.
Alternatively, another software called the BT Virus Protect is also available free to BT broadband customers. Once installed, it is vital to regularly update your anti-malware software’s database. Also run system scans at least once a month.
Utilize a fingerprint reader
Fingerprint readers are quite efficient. They use biometric tech to identify you by your unique physical characteristic. Many new laptops also include a built-in fingerprint reader for security which keeps anybody apart from you from accessing data on your laptop. Some fingerprint readers will also allow you to log in by simply swiping your finger over the reader. Then there are some that can also store passwords for your online accounts.
However, if your laptop doesn’t have a built-in fingerprint reader, you can buy an external model ranging from Rs. 2,000 to Rs 6,200.
Use a lock to deter thieves
When travelling with your laptop, you may have to leave it alone occasionally. Perhaps in a cubicle in a branch office, or at a table or at an Internet café while you step away to grab your coffee. During this time, a lock that you clip to your laptop (usually on the back or side, identified by a lock icon) and wrap around a table or desk leg would make your laptop secure.
Locks are relatively quite cheap, ranging between Rs. 200 – Rs. 800 or so. They are also quite easy to tuck into a laptop case without adding on much weight.
Protect your laptop from damage
In most cases, a laptop case helps protect the laptop in the event of a fall, and from things falling on it. Use one which has preferably both good padding, and slots for USB sticks and cords and DVDs, a power cord, alongside possibly a fingerprint reader or lock.
Your laptop screen is perhaps one of the one biggest vulnerabilities. If it is scratched or damaged in some way, any other way short of attaching an external monitor (which doesn’t do you much good if you’re on a plane) would make your laptop worthless. You can buy a fairly low-cost screen protector, which has a thin sheet of plastic to be placed across your monitor to help prevent scratches and keep your screen clean.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to protect a laptop way past its life though. It’d have terrible battery by now, and obsolete internals. If you happen to own such a machine, it’d be prudent to sell it on Cashify and get yourself a brand new one instead.