For Seniors: Protect Your Laptop from Damage
Laptops are not fragile things — they can take some abuse. Sill, you should protect your laptop from damage whenever possible in order to secure your data and keep it safe from harm. There are some simple things you should know in order to protect your laptop from physical damage, or recoup losses if damage does occur.
A well-made laptop case is really a must when moving about with your laptop. It helps to protect the laptop if you drop it and protect it from things falling on it. Look for a laptop case with good padding and pockets for storing USB sticks, DVDs, a power cord, and possibly a fingerprint reader or laptop lock.
Your laptop screen is one of its biggest vulnerabilities. If it gets scratched or damaged in some way, short of attaching an external monitor (which doesn’t do you much good if you’re on a plane), your laptop is pretty much a goner.
To protect your laptop's screen, buy a fairly low-cost screen protector, a thin sheet of plastic that you place across your monitor that can help prevent scratches and, as a bonus, keep your screen clean.
Because you can’t prevent each and every possible disaster, always back up your data (copy it to storage other than your laptop’s hard drive) so you don’t lose it.
You might also consider getting insurance for your laptop. If your homeowner’s policy doesn’t already cover it, companies such as Safeware offer special laptop insurance against damage and theft. If your laptop is essential to your work or hobby, or if you travel with it a great deal, you might want to get an insurance quote to see whether coverage is within your budget.