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It’s Summer and You Have to Take Care of Your Tech

It’s Summer and You Have to Take Care of Your Tech

Summer is here, and sometimes, your technology pays the price. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss some ways to protect your tech as you travel and enjoy the nice weather.

Keeping Devices Safe While Traveling

Don't let cyber criminals ruin your summer plans. Protect your devices with these tips:

Install Updates Before You Travel

Keep your software and devices up to date to close any vulnerabilities hackers might exploit. This can also prevent the need for urgent updates using unreliable hotel Wi-Fi or mobile data.

Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Assume unknown public networks are compromised. Avoid using untrusted Wi-Fi, but if you must, ensure websites you visit use  “https://” instead of “http://” and avoid transmitting personal or sensitive information.

Backup Important Data

Backup your mobile data, such as contacts, photos, and videos, to prevent loss if your device is lost, stolen, or damaged. Sync your data with another device, like a laptop or desktop.

Activate "Find My" Features

Enable the "Find My Device" feature on your phones, tablets, and laptops. This feature allows you to track your device's location if it’s lost or stolen, as long as it’s turned on and connected to the internet.

Keeping Your Electronics Cool

Here are a few tips to keep your technology cool when it gets hot.

Provide Ventilation

To extend the lifespan of your devices, ensure they have adequate ventilation. Leave a gap of 2-to-3 inches around them and keep the vents free from obstructions. Most electronics have vents on the back or side that draw in cool air and expel hot air, so make sure these aren't blocked.

Keep Away from Heat Sources

Avoid placing your computer and other electronics in direct sunlight or near windows. Position them in the airflow of a fan or air conditioner for optimal cooling. Since heat rises, store your devices on lower levels of your home when possible.

Clean Devices Regularly

Fans in your devices help keep them cool, but dust, dirt, and hair can slow them down or cause them to stop. Use compressed air to clean out dust and keep all vents clear.

Power Down When Overheating

If a device overheats and malfunctions, turn it off and disconnect the power supply immediately. Allow it to cool down before using it again. Ensure it’s not stacked with other devices and that the area around it is clear to prevent future overheating.

To gain more insights on how to utilize technology best, keep coming back to our blog.

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