It’s difficult to imagine life without a smartphone, laptop or tablet; how would we keep in contact with friends and family or update our social media? To make life a bit easier and avoid any gadget-related mishaps, we’ve put together our top tips to make sure your possessions are protected at all times.
A good place to start is by doing what you can to keep your beloved possessions from harm’s way. It’s worth investing in a phone case or a laptop bag to avoid any damage from general wear and tear. You can also have a bit of fun choosing a stylish case or cover – there are a great range of colourful phone cases available online so you don’t have to be restricted with a boring design.
Convenient as it might be, try not to leave your phone in the back pocket of your trousers or jeans. Even if it feels safe, there’s nothing to stop someone leaning across and pinching it from you without you realising– and let’s not forget the classic ‘dropped my phone down the toilet’ fiasco. Keep your phone securely in your bag, or tucked away into a jacket pocket out of sight.
Avoid the dreaded moment of having to inspect your phone or laptop after watching it fall face-first onto the floor, by investing in a screen protector. Although electrical items are becoming much more resilient, make sure you keep yourself protected against the unexpected, whilst keeping your screen clean and scratch-free.
If you’re not going to be using your laptop or tablet and plan on leaving it in your room, it’s worth hiding it out of sight. Or if you want it to be totally secure, invest in a lock for your desk or storage cupboard. A number of laptops also come equipped with a small hole with which you can affix a ‘Kensington Lock’, securing the device to a cable anchored in your room.
Don’t rely on simply locking your phone, laptop or tablet - ensure you have gone into your settings and added a passcode to prevent anyone from picking up your gadget and having immediate access. Make sure you choose a passcode which isn’t easy to guess, for example, your birthday. The longest passcodes are usually the most difficult to crack.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of this advice, mishaps do still happen. With this in mind, it’s worth investigating insurance for your belongings. With suitable insurance in place, even if your beloved gadgets are lost, stolen, or broken, you won’t have to be without them for too long.
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