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Hey guys my name is Conor and I have some tips and tricks I want to share with the community. I have recently setup a website for this and need some advice of my own as to setting things up.

All tips I post here are linked back to my website so feel free(in fact welcomed) to check it out.

How to take care of your laptop

1. Don't eat or drink whilst next to your laptop. If you eat at the same place, close the lid whilst eating or drinking.

2. Get a laptop cooling pad. These increase the flow of cool air inside the case and will make your laptop cooler. Make sure the fans line up with the vents.

3. If you are going to drink near you computer, then do not drink anything but water. If you were to spill the water, then at worst, it would fry your motherboard instantly. But if you are drinking Coca cola and it splits, it could slowly corrode the components. In the case of a spill. Quickly remove the battery and leave it disconnected for about eight hours in a warm room. This will help drain the computer. By all means put it next to a fan but DO NOT use a hair dryer. They may overheat the components.

4. If you are scared of spilling liquids on your laptop, then consider a spill-proof keyboard. Many laptops today come with these and have vents to drain the water away from the components. I still recommend following the procedure in tip no. 3.

5. Backup all of your files. It's a laptop. They can get stolen and have a higher chance of breaking the hard drive. There are many programs available for backup up your computer but your best bet is cloning software which can make an exact copy of your hard drive. Backup at least every month to avoid catastrophic loss of files and programs. If you have a MacBook, then consider buying a external hard drive and using Time Machine. Note, if you are going to use a program such as Time Machine, then make sure you get a hard drive about double the size of your current hard drive. Storing your files on the internet is also a great idea because if something happens (like your house burns down) then your files are safe on the web. The downside of this is that people can get to your files if they have the right knowledge and tools.

6. If you go out with your laptop, never leave it alone. I can also guarantee it will get stolen or be hacked into. There are many ways hackers can obtain a lot of information in a matter of minutes. Never let it out of your site!

6. Get a good anti virus. Try not to stick with the free anti viruses as they normally do not have all of the features that you need. Some viruses can actually wreck your hardware. If you have to get a free anti virus I highly recommend avast! anti virus free edition.

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7. You forgot to mention about nicotine and how badly they affect computers.

8. Encrypting your hard drive also reduces the chances of someone stealing your data in case it goes missing or stolen.

9. Antivirus alone will not protect your computer effectively against threats, a firewall and a regular software update should be maintained.

10. Use strong and complex password.

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7. You forgot to mention about nicotine and how badly they affect computers.

8. Encrypting your hard drive also reduces the chances of someone stealing your data in case it goes missing or stolen.

9. Antivirus alone will not protect your computer effectively against threats, a firewall and a regular software update should be maintained.

10. Use strong and complex password.

In this case I sticking only to protecting the hardware. I will make a tip for software later on. Thanks for the advice!

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6. Get a good anti virus. Try not to stick with the free anti viruses as they normally do not have all of the features that you need. Some viruses can actually wreck your hardware. If you have to get a free anti virus I highly recommend avast! anti virus free edition.

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In this case I sticking only to protecting the hardware. I will make a tip for software later on. Thanks for the advice!

So under which category does the antivirus belong to ? Or is it a Hardware Antivirus, then I should get one of those :unsure: :D

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So under which category does the anti virus belong to ? Or is it a Hardware Antivirus, then I should get one of those :unsure: :D

The anti virus is listed to prevent the type of virus that would tweak your system to wreck it. Such as changing the fan speeds really low. That's why I included an anti virus in the hardware tips.

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11. Don't leave the power cord plugged into your laptop when not charging it. (It can easily be bumped and break the power jack in the computer.)

12. Don't set your laptop on a soft surface that it will sink into wile it is on.(suffocated laptops overheat)

13. Don't set your laptop on the floor. (People and pets tend to step on them and damage the screen and other components.)

14. Treat it like it costs hundreds or thousands of dollars because they do.

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15. Run a weekly check for viruses and malware MBAM is pretty much AWESOME

16. Remove temporary/cookies + cahced files you dont need to keep ;)

17. Check your startup registry entries that there's no crap in there u dont need to run/load

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Something I forgot to mention, never use Hibernation. Putting your computer into “hibernation” mode creates a snapshot of the contents of your computers RAM which is then saved to your hard drive as “hiberfil.sys”? This is bad, because if I were a forensics investigator, I could find out a lot about you.

Read this article to understand more about its implications.

http://www.anti-forensics.com/the-risks-of-windows-hibernation-the-hiberfil-sys-and-web-browsing

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