10 tips for protecting your gadgets

30 Jul 2015

There are tons of ways to look after your belongings – but often maintenance can seem like a chore, so we’ve put together 10 tips on how to look after your devices which won’t require a huge amount of effort.

1) Invest in protection
A good place to start is by investing in ‘protective clothing’ for your new device – that means, at the very least, a case of some variety. Not only will this help protect your device from general wear and tear as well as drops and scrapes, but it also allows you to customise and personalise your brand new gadget.

2) Use software to your advantage
Protection needn’t be just physical actions to take (or to buy) – there’s a ton of software you can download or invest in which’ll help protect your devices – such as robust tracking software that’ll help you if you lose your device, or perhaps recover it if it’s stolen.

3) Keep it hidden
Chances are, if you were a millionaire, you wouldn’t leave your piles of cash on display on the window ledge; so why would you leave your device somewhere where it could be confused for window shopping fodder? Make sure to put your devices away post use and obscure them where you can.

4) Avoid the back pocket
The back pocket is a death sentence for many a gadget – whether it’s an MP3 player finding its end down the toilet or a thief with swift fingers lifting your phone, avoid using your back pocket for any device you’d like to keep!

5) Use a screen protector 
Screens on our devices are getting more and more resilient, but that doesn’t mean screen protectors are worthless; screen protectors keep your screen clean over the long run, help provide a layer of extra protection from particular vicious scrapes and also help keep your screen intact in the event of a drop. Well worth the purchase!

6) Lock it up
When you can, and where it’s practical, lock your devices away – you won’t need a safe from Fort Knox, but a safe place you can easily secure is a good deterrent for any would-be thieves. Laptops come equipped with a small hole with which you can affix a ‘Kensington Lock’, securing the device to a cable anchored in your room.

7) Identify your device
Nearly every gadget has a unique serial number that’ll allow you to identify it as your own in case of loss or theft.  This can usually be found either on the device itself or under some variant of ‘system information’ in the settings. Make sure to record this info and keep it in a safe place.

8) Make it less desirable
Some thieves are looking to sell your device on for a quick profit, so if you lower the resale value in creative ways, or at least give your device the appearance of not being so ‘new’, you’re making your device a less attractive proposition for thieves.

9) Hide it in plain sight
Much like lowering the resale value, disguise is always an option; there are some clever options out there, such as tablet cases disguised as books and laptop cases that look like your standard packing envelopes. Etsy.com is a great resource for uniquely designed cases that may help.

10)  Have a dependable passcode 
Don’t leave your device without the proper security – make sure all of your devices have a passcode or some sort of entry based security on them, and when it’s password based, don’t be lazy – the best passwords are actually long passphrases, as these are the hardest to crack.

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