We all know looking after our health includes healthy eating and exercise, but it's also important to look after the health of your laptop or PC
Keep liquids away from your laptop -As tempting as it might be to drink near your laptop, accidents can happen all too easily. Spilled liquids may damage the internal components or cause electrical damage. Short circuits can corrupt data or even permanently destroy some parts of the laptop.
Keep food away from your laptop - Don't eat over your laptop, the crumbs can fall between the keys and provide an invitation to small bugs or damage the circuitry.
Do not use your computer in a room where animals are -Their fur and hair can get into the internal workings and damage them. Also larger animals (e.g. dogs) can accidentally damage them by knocking them off their support by brushing past, wagging tail, tripping over leads etc.
Have the unit cleaned annually to remove internal dust -Get this done by a computer professional. If dust accumulates, the system will not be able to cool itself correctly. Heat can destroy the motherboard.
Do a clean install of your operating system every 1 to 2 years - Clean installs will remove any unused programs and residual files from uninstalled programs. Get this done by a computer professional.
Having antivirus software available is the best defence against a virus - Even if you know what you download, it could still contain a virus. If you choose not to have antivirus software you run the risk of a circuit error or software problem in your system. The virus may also slow down the system operations and performance.
Take your laptop into a computer store to get a full maintenance check - This can find problems inside your computer that can only be fixed by an experienced technician.
Protect the LCD display monitor - When you shut your laptop, make sure there are no small items, such as a pencil or small ear-phones, on the keyboard. These can damage or break the display screen if the laptop is shut on them.
Be sure to plug accessory devices into their proper slots -Always look at the symbols on the laptop carefully before inserting devices. Jamming a phone line into an Ethernet port or vice versa could damage the sockets, making it impossible to use them again. It is very important to observe this step.
Don't expose your laptop to rapid temperature changes -When bringing your laptop indoors during winter, don't turn it on immediately. Instead, let it warm to room temperature first. This will avoid any potential for damage to the disk drive from condensation forming inside the machine. Avoid heat from sunlight as well.
Don't leave your laptop in a car - Not only do the insides of cars experience large temperature swings that could damage a laptop, but a laptop (or laptop bag) is an inviting target for a smash and grab thief.
Don't use your laptop on the bed - Repeated use of a laptop on the bed will cause the fans to suck up the dust and debris in the bed, ultimately blocking the fan.
Avoid placing heavy materials, such as books, on top of your laptop -This can push the LCD screen into the keyboard, and will eventually damage it. Also, the CD-ROM insert will be squished and, eventually, will break.