4 ways to protect your laptop in cold weather

When fall and winter arrive, and the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to consider the impact that cold weather can have on your laptop. We know heat can damage our equipment, but too often we forget about the effects that can result from extreme cold, which can damage your battery, corrupt your hard drive, prevent your screen from displaying correctly, and even cause your screen to shatter.

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Here, with the compliments of your friends at LaptopMD, are four ways you can keep your laptop safe in cold weather.

Avoid using your laptop in extremely cold weather
Most laptops are built to operate between 50 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 35 C). Some laptops can operate below freezing, but many will be damaged if you attempt to do so. Clearly, therefore, you should avoid using the laptop in an area where the temperature has dropped below freezing.

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Move into a car or a sheltered area where the temperature is higher before turning it on.

Protect your laptop when traveling in cold weather.
Exposure to cold comes most often when traveling. Protect your computer by keeping it in a well padded and insulated case when moving around, particularly when the temperature drops below freezing and when the wind can lower the effective temperature even further.

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Should the bag become wet, your laptop could be exposed to moisture damage. Avoid turning it on until you are sure the laptop is dry.

Avoid storing your laptop in an extremely cold place.
Even should you have a case that keeps the laptop well protected, avoid leaving the laptop in an exposed space, such as a trunk, for an extended period of time during extremely cold weather. If exposed to extreme cold for an hour, your laptop could freeze and you could lose all your data. Freezing can also damage your battery and the screen could die.

Allow time for your laptop to warm up.
When you move your laptop from exposure to extreme cold temperatures outside to room temperature inside, let the laptop warm up for about a quarter of an hour and become accustomed to the warmer temperature before turning it on. Should you turn on your laptop too early, the screen and inside hardware might be damaged to such an extent that it cannot be repaired.

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Avoid using an artificial means of heating the computer, such as a space heater or hair drier. Bringing the machine into a warm area quickly could also cause condensation to build up. Be aware of that and give the computer time to dry out and recover.

The last
We at LaptopMD hope that these measures help you to avoid the problems that overcooling could cause your computer.

How to create secure and memorable password

We’re required to have a multiplicity of online accounts in order to access many basic services nowadays, from email to banking to healthcare provider portals. Each one of these online services needs its own unique password, but creating and remembering passwords for so many different services is daunting for even the most tech-savvy individuals.

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That’s why we here at LaptopMD have come up with the following collection of tips and tricks for crafting memorable passwords that are safe, too.

Basic guidelines
A strong password is:
  • a good minimum password length is 12 characters;
  • try to include 3 out of 4 of the following: numbers, symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters;

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  • definitely avoid using dictionary words, either single or in combination, as password crackers often use dictionary files to guess passwords.

Bruce Schneier’s Method
Back in 2008, Bruce Schneier came up with a method that still works today. In short, the method is to shorten a sentence that you can remember into an acronym.As Schneier writes: “My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like “This little piggy went to market” might become “tlpWENT2m”. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary.” You can also just take the first letter or two of each work in the passphrase and generate an acronym that way. Interestingly enough, this can be far more secure than merely using the longer passphrase as your password.

Reverse the phrase
Come up with something memorable but too worried about its guessability? Try reversing the phrase. This trick can turn practically any series of words into gibberish.

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Combined with mixing up the capitalization and extra symbols and numbers, you can create an easy to recall yet random-appearing passphrase.

Include extra spaces
Did you know you can include spaces in your password on most sites? This little-used trick can do a lot to improve your password’s security,

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especially when placing the spaces randomly within the phrase.

Random Password Generator Site
You can also turn to online password generators to easily create a random series of characters without giving it too much thought. PasswordsGenerator is the most popular of these owning to the sheer variety of options it provides,

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but there are dozens of other sites available too. The only trick, of course, is remembering the password afterwards.

Conclusion
For us at LaptopMD, your computer health is our passion. Part of digital health depends on having strong defenses against attackers.

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Make sure to follow our password advice, and you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe and secure.

3 biggest problems with laptops and computers

The use of electronic devices for everyday tasks, school, work, and entertainment is so ingrained in our society that it’s hard to imagine life without them. We may know that humans survived without computers and laptops for thousands of years, but in today’s world, they have become more of a necessity.

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Due to how important laptops and computers are in our world, it’s frustrating and stressful when they break, especially if you have an upcoming deadline to meet. At LaptopMD, we have observed and analyzed what are the three most common reasons for their breakage, so that our customers can decrease the chance their computers break down again:

Overheating
One of the most common causes of damage to computers is overheating. Most people don’t realize their devices are overheating because there are no noticeable signs of a problem.

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They only become aware of the problem when their laptop either shuts down during use or stops powering on. An inexpensive and easy way to prevent overheating is to use a laptop cooling pad.

Hard Disk Breakdown
Another common reason computers stop working is hard disk breakdown. Because there is high demand for hard drives with more space, manufacturers have sacrificed quality for the sake of quantity. This means that hard disks cause problems more often than they did in the past.

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When buying a new laptop, consider how much disk space you really need and whether or not the device’s hard drive is of high quality.

Power Unit Problems
The third biggest problem with laptops and computers is power unit problems. A computer’s power unit is responsible for converting main AC to low voltage DC power. Without this function, computers wouldn’t be able to use the power.

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Sudden changes in voltage can cause damage to the computer. Overheating and dropping the computer can also cause damage to the power unit.

And the last
Now that you know the three biggest problems with laptops and computers, it’s unlikely you will ever experience them because you’ll know which prevention methods to implement.

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At LaptopMD, we hope that your device will last forever without giving you problems. However, if anything ever happens to it, we’re here to help you.