Tips for Protecting Your Tech Items at School and Your Internship

Thu, Jul 5, 2012

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You’ve spent a lot of money on your laptop, tablet, smartphone and all the other tech devices you carry around. Chances are you probably only have the great gear you do because of the various discounts available for students. And while you invested all that money so you could have lightweight technology you can bring anywhere, there are times you can’t always keep a hand or an eye on everything. If you’re away at school or working an internship, you may need to put your bag down at your desk, head to class or a meeting, or otherwise leave stuff behind at some point. And the last thing you want is to see any of it broken or walking away. With that in mind, here are a couple of tips to help protect your tech items while you’re at school or at your internship.

When it comes to laptops, monitors, tablets and scanners, most devices can actually be locked up for protection. Head online and do a bit of research, and you’ll find locks that actually plug into the microslot in your device. Working off of a simple combination, you can plug your device in and string the metal lock around a desk or other sturdy item, to make sure no one walks away with it.

All of your devices should be protected from harm with a quality carrying case. The ideal situation is to place your devices within a form-fitting protective shell that’s soft on the inside and sturdy on the outside. Then you’ll slide that slim shell into a thicker, even more protective backpack or bag. Many of them are expensive, but will keep your stuff safe from an accidental bump or spilled cup of coffee. Some of the top end bags also come with locks, both to secure the bag and also to attach it to a piece of furniture.

If you’re more concerned with the information on your devices, there are a couple of things you can do to safeguard your gear. All smartphones and tablets come with some sort of password protection. It’s easy enough to set, and insures that an inquisitive stranger that picks up your device won’t be able to hop on and use it. Taking it a step further, you can tack on a security application. There are many available, so hit the internet or your preferred app store to find the mobile security app that fits your needs. Most of them will give you the ability to track the device’s location if it is stolen, using its internal GPS system. You’ll also have the ability to lock the tablet or phone from your location, and even switch on an alarm.

Finally, to make sure all your hardware and software is safe and secure, you should always back up your information to an external drive. Rugged hard drives are very inexpensive these days, and a regular backup schedule means even if a device is lost or damaged, you won’t miss any of your information. And if you share your devices with others who may or may not be as careful as you, always place screen protectors over your smartphone and computing equipment. You’ll avoid scratches or dead pixels, and hopefully keep those tech devices in top condition for as long as you own them.

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