Laptop Safety for Adjusters
June 9, 2021
Securing your laptop for travel can easily be overlooked. But if something happens to it you may be unable to assist policyholders for days at a time! This is going to affect your entire schedule. Here are some tips that can help you care for your laptop:
Connect to a secure network
You may be tempted to hop on a hotel’s wifi or a local coffee shop’s public wifi. Please avoid this! If you’re supplied with a portable hotspot, always take that option as it will be the safest to choose. You can never be sure of who else is connected on a public wifi network so make sure you’re connecting to a secure one. This will ensure that you’re keeping policyholders’ information safe.
Cases and covers
Investing in a good case or cover for your laptop is important when you’re traveling. We personally recommend the Thule case or the Incase brand. This will keep it safe from any water and provide extra padding if it does slide around. Aim to keep it in a space where it isn’t likely to shift around while you travel. A tight case will protect your laptop while you use it, and there are even options for waterproof as well. You do not want to lose all of your data because your laptop had water spilled onto it!
Backpacks are a great addition to the safety of your laptop. Investing in a well-padded backpack will prevent damage to your laptop, but make sure you’re not overpacking your bag because it could potentially crack the screen. There are anti-theft backpacks that have a lock on them as well. You can input a code like you would a locker. But remember, when you’re at an airport keep the bag unlocked while you go through security or they may break open your bag and it will no longer be an anti-theft backpack.
Leaving it in safe places
A rule of thumb when it comes to taking your laptop out of the house is to keep it with you, preferably in your backpack. If you’re doing work at a coffee shop and you need to get up to grab another coffee, take it with you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Flying? Don’t check your laptop into your luggage
Are you taking a flight home or to another city? If so, don’t put your laptop in your checked bag, as it could get damaged. Although it may be a hassle to haul it through security, don’t risk it being permanently damaged.
Keep it updated
Keeping your computer updated is important for its health and longevity. Make sure your settings are set to automatic updating so that it can update in your off-hours and provide you with a seamless experience. The updates for your computer are going to provide you with the most recent security and protection so that your computer will not be left susceptible to viruses. It also protects you from glitches in your computer, which can be a nuisance, and sometimes those glitches can delete data. Overall, keep your computer up to date to prevent these problems.
Keep it clean
How often are you cleaning your computer? Do you regularly wipe it down or use air dusters to get out the extra dirt and dust? Chances are, you are not doing it very often. The dirt and dust that builds up on your computer can cause it to wear down faster. This can block the internal fan which controls the temperature of the computer and can cause it to overheat. Over time your computer will accumulate dirt and dust that you will not be able to reach, but you can slow the process by keeping it clean.
Some of the most common computer damages are because the computer was left plugged in while transporting it from one place to another. You may forget to unplug it when you’re moving it from room to room or when you place it in your backpack. This can cause the charging port to bend and then your computer will not be able to charge. Unplug the cords when it’s necessary so that you can prevent your computer from being damaged.
Many of these tips may seem obvious, but when you’re busy and in a hurry, mistakes can happen. Keeping these safety tips in mind will protect you, your policyholders, and your laptop!