A laptop has
unique safety requirements. Learn how to keep your laptop safe and
There used to be a time when desktops were much
cheaper and much more powerful than laptops. This was due to the fact
that laptops had to squeeze all the functions of a desktop into a very
small space. The smaller size limited to power of the components and
also made them more complicated to make and therefore more expensive.
However, things have changed and modern laptops are very close to
desktops in power and price. The Market Oracle indicates that
laptop sales have grown to equal desktop sales.
Laptop Safety Issues
The laptop or notebook has special safety issues
which are not applicable to a desktop or much less of an issue.
The laptop owner is faced with the following
- physical safety - Since a laptop is ofter
carried from place to place it is subject to the danger of being
dropped and damaged. Additionally, all the parts are built into one
unit and are much more exposed than a desktop. Liquids spilling into
laptop keyboard can damage the entire laptop while a desktop's keyboard
may be damaged but the rest of the computer is ok.
- theft danger - A laptop is made to be carried
and can very easily be carried off by the wrong people. It's also
exposed to less secure environments than one's home or business.
Notebooks can be found in all travel locations and can easily be left
behind on an airplane or taxi seat. To protect against theft, see Laptop
Theft - 5 Protection Steps
- data security - Since the laptop may be left
exposed in foreign environments, it is more subject to snooping and
tampering by unauthorized people. People who use laptops very often
make them the data and information centers of their lives. If stolen,
all ones personal and financial secrets can be used against the owner's
There are a number of things that can be done to
deal with the safety concerns mentioned above. Some involve best
practices for user handling of the laptop. Others involve software or
hardware to alleviate the problem. These will be discussed in following
A laptop is an extremely useful and powerful tool.
However, it is subject to many dangers. Proper management of these
issues will provide many years of fruitful use of this valuable
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