Protecting your laptop is a top priority to ensure you get the best out of it, here are top 3 not to do’s to ensure your laptop lasts longer
Do not keep your laptop always on charge
Even with a continuous connection to the socket and full charge, there are always small discharges in the battery. These are compensated for directly by the power supply unit via charging. This means that the battery works all the time, even if it doesn’t appear to be. Slow mechanism and the associated wear are the results. In addition, laptops are always overheated and this affects performance.
There are two ways to prevent this: Unplug the power cord when the battery is full and do not plug it back in until the battery is low. In this way, the battery goes through significantly fewer charging cycles and has longer rest periods. The “healthiest” range for batteries is between 40 and 80 per cent. Alternatively, you can remove the battery completely and supply the laptop with power via the power adapter. The electricity is fed directly into the laptop and only what is needed is used and the battery is not used at all. By keeping these things in mind, you can significantly increase the life of the battery and also benefit from better performance.
Closing the laptop instead of switching it off
Often when we are in a hurry, we tend not to shut down the laptop, by simply closing it. But what exactly is the difference between simply closing it and shutting it down? And can a difference be harmful? asks TECHBOOK’s Andreas Habermehl, Managing Director Technology and Vocational Training at the Central Association of the German Electrical and Information Technology Crafts (ZVEH). “When you close a laptop, it is put into sleep mode. However, energy is still needed” says Andreas Habermehl from ZVEH. A closed laptop is in standby mode because the device does not shut down automatically when it is closed. The computer continues to consume energy, which consumes battery in the device. In addition, all programs remain open. “However, open programs require computer capacity and slows down the system,” according to Habermehl. In addition, there are situations in which everyone wishes the laptop to be completely shut down, for example when you get on an aeroplane- where all devices must be in flight mode.
By far the most important protection mechanism for PCs and server systems is the firewall. Regardless of whether software or hardware – the purpose of a firewall is to restrict access to a computer system or an entire network. In practice, it has been shown that it is better to configure the firewall so that only the access authorized by the administrator is allowed. The firewall strictly blocks all other access. This principle is called “default deny”. Two different modes of operation have become established in connection with firewalls: packet filter and personal firewalls.