Nowadays computers are vital part of our daily life, in order to keep your computer safe you should not do these things with your computer.
- Pushing CD tray with extreme force to close it: Even I do this from time to time, instead of pushing the open/close button on the drive. You may think that these actions are the same, but when you apply force to the drive, you can break the opening and closing mechanism. So next time you’re closing the drive, use the button. Unless it doesn’t have a button, and then you’re fine – just don’t force it; a little push does wonders.
- Blocking the computer vents: Trying to save space can often lead you to placing your computer close against the wall, desk, sofa, curtains, etc. The vents are vital in keeping the computer cool, and anything that blocks them may cause it to overheat. High temperatures damage the internal circuitry, so keeping the computer nice and cool by not blocking the vents should be a priority. And consider using the vacuum cleaner dust brush to suck excess dust and dirt away from the vents. Make sure the computer is off and unplugged before you do this. And don’t scratch the fascia by any rough play.
- Exposing computer to extreme heat:Exposing your computer to direct heat sources such as sunlight or heaters can cause severe damage. Electronic devices such as computers produce heat, so adding more heat can cause plastic parts to melt, as well as soldering. Your printer ink can easily dry up if you keep the printer next to a window. So make sure that you keep your computer nice and cool.
- Installing Applications automatically: You may not like to read the information in the various windows during a program installation, and many programs will offer to “save you the effort” and automatically install themselves. The problem arises when these programs install add-ons like unwanted toolbars or extras on your computer, which will, at best slow it down, and at worst steal your information. Next time you install anything, take a moment to read what’s going on instead of just clicking “OK”. In general, look for the little boxes with a tick in them, and in untick them.
- Not ejecting USB drive before removing it:In Windows, this usually means not clicking the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray, choose your drive from the list, and then remove it once it notifies you of its safe removal. Most of the time you will be fine by pulling the drive from the USB socket. But doing this can damage files.