Protecting Your Laptop

It’s a pretty obvious statement to say that laptops don’t come cheap. Whether they’re top of the range models or mid-range products aimed at the “any model will do as long as it works” market, they’re still not what you could call cheap, so when something goes wrong it’s not only disastrous practically – because you’ve lost all of your work, photos or music – but financially too.

If you’re fortunate enough that your place of work will buy a laptop for you or give you a specific business laptop with the sole purpose of you continuing your daily tasks away from the office, then you’re not necessarily out of pocket, but the business is, and this is what a lot of people forget. Hundreds of people have left their laptops in the car overnight or in a car park purely because they haven’t paid for it, and if it gets lost the business will cover it. While this may be true in some circumstances, such as with the big multinational companies with plenty of disposable income, smaller firms might be unable to and you’ll receive a bill for the laptop itself or a deduction from your monthly pay packet to cover the costs.


There are numerous ways you can prevent this from happening, most of which are based around various forms of protection. Theft is an obvious issue, and sometimes it’s quite simply unavoidable from our perspective, but when you have the circumstance of leaving it sat on the passenger seat of the car, it’s asking for trouble.


Insurance is one good way of avoiding a hefty cash penalty, paying out for cover to protect your laptop from damage and theft and even covering any repairs. What’s more, if your company see that you’re doing everything you can to protect what, essentially, is their product, they’re much less likely to penalize you if something goes wrong.


Other protective measures such as a quality case can ensure that any damage is kept to a minimum. If you drop it or knock a drink over onto it while it’s just lying closed on a table, it could be irreparable but by placing it in a leather sleeve, as an example, you can keep fluids and dust away from the essential parts and keep it looking as good as new – something you might be judged on if you have to hand it back to the employer when a new one comes in or when you leave the firm.


Related to that, just running a fine paintbrush between the keys and in any slots in the machine can help to keep dust – and crumbs, we’ve all had a sandwich or slice of toast while working at home – out, keeping it in optimum working condition.



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