1. Resting Laptops on Beds, Carpets or Bare Skin
Without a cooling pad or a proper ventilation area, your laptop will overheat when used for too long. So wrapping it up in your blankets and watching for an entire weekend are not good. Overheating can decrease your battery life and, in some cases, cause serious damage to your computer and potentially catch fire.
2. Transporting Electronics Without a Case
If you’re carrying tablets, laptops and other electronics around without a protective case, you’re basically asking for busted screens and dented corners. Your electronics should be housed in a quality bag or case where they won’t be jostled around throughout the day. And to all of those carrying their laptops by the screen: stop.
3. Never Powering Off
Be honest, when was the last time you actually let your laptop stay off for more than 30 minutes? Many of us are guilty of keeping electronics in a constant state of sleep and never turning them off.
To improve the life of your battery, you should periodically power cycle it. To do this, run your battery all the way to zero and charge it, while off, until full again.
4. Improper Cord Maintenance
Charger cords — particularly those made by a certain fruit related tech company — are extremely sensitive and fray easily. Be sure not to wrap them too tightly or yank them out of the wall. When you’re transporting them, wrap them loosely like you would an extension cord.
This rule also applies to headphones. Don’t wrap them too tightly around your iPod. If you do, make sure they aren’t plugged in at the time as the pressure could damage them.
5. Improperly Ejecting Drives
USB hard drives and thumb drives should always be ejected properly from your computer before you rip them out. Especially with hard drives, if the disk is spinning when you remove it you could experience data loss.
6. Using Household Cleaners on Electronics
Using household cleaning products like Windex on your devices is a bad idea, as the chemicals eat away at the coating on your screen.
7. Never Backing Up
We know, we know, you’re getting around to it. But backing up your data isn’t exactly something you can wait on, as you never know when a major problem could arise. Frequently backing up your data to a hard drive or onto the cloud will save you one enormous potential headache.