The other day I wanted to show Ben some photos of the cats when they were kittens, only for me to remember they’re stored on my old laptop. My old laptop that died a death. It’s utterly heartbreaking to think you’ve lost your photos, those little moments of time captured gone forever.
I’m sure there must be a way for me to get those photos back and I intend to take the laptop to an IT specialist some time in the New Year, but it’s made me realise how important it is to look after your tech in order to avoid this happening again. If I was to lose photographs of everything I’ve been up to this year I’d be absolutely gutted.
So in a bid to lengthen the life of my gadgets and to protect the memories and information stored within, I’ve gathered the most popular tips together:
If you’re buying the latest tech, you’ll notice it isn’t as big and bulky as it used to be and although they’re capable of doing so much more these days, they’re vulnerable as ever. Back in the days of owning a Nokia 3210 the battery lasted for pretty much forever and you could drop them on the floor without worrying they’d be damaged; these days you drop your smart phone and are flooded with dread as you realise there’s a strong chance the screen has smashed. Buy a good case and put a screen cover on and it’ll add a little extra protection when it’s needed (you can see more about that online).
You might have heard of jailbreaking – it’s a techy term that basically means that you mess around with the software on your device in an attempt to make it better. Although it’s tempting to personalise your phone in this way it’s potentially more trouble than it’s worth as if you jailbreak a device it will actually void the warranty as it’s against the licensing. So, if you jailbreak your phone and something goes wrong with it, you won’t be able to get coverage for a repair – in my mind, it’s just not worth the hassle!
This is so important – back up, back up, back up! The best way to do this is by backing up to a cloud as hard-drives will have a lifespan and, when they die, you’ll lose everything you had stored on them. I’ve always found the thought of having all my photos stored on a cloud – somewhere I can’t see, floating about – a little odd, but Ben uses it for his photos and swears by it being the best way and, as much as it pains me to say it, he’s probably right…
Do you have any tips for how to protect your tech?
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