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Elevate your laptop

Do you work on a laptop all day? If you already use an external keyboard and mouse, you should probably go a step further and pick up a stand. Raising your laptop higher can reduce neck strain by keeping your head level, and using a stand instead of other methods, like a stack of books, […]

Turn a few laptop ports into many with a dock

Modern laptops are quite thin, with some having only a single port or two. If you need more ports, you can use a docking station. These accessories can turn a single USB-C or Thunderbolt connector into many other types of I/O, including USB-A, SD card readers, Ethernet, and video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort, etc.)

Proceed carefully with any hard disk drive that’s 4+ years old

Hard disk drives eventually fail, especially if they’re heavily used. If you have been using the same drive for 4 or more years on a PC, consider replacing or moving on to another device to avoid any unexpected failure. Also be sure to backup everything before switching, either to an external drive or a cloud-based […]

First-Time Student Laptop Safety Checklist

While phones and tablets have become the go-to computing devices for many students, the laptop still has an important role to play. Any assignments requiring a lot of typing or working with complex documents such as slide decks or long PDFs, are usually better suited to the laptop’s unique capabilities. Many laptop models now even […]

Back to School- Basic Laptop Protection for Teens and Tweens

It’s that time again. The back-to-school season is more than just a busy transition period marked by new classes and purchases of notebooks and ink pens. It’s also one of the biggest tech upgrade cycles of the year, as students buy tablets and laptops for schoolwork and swap out their old phones for the latest […]

Cover your PC’s webcam when not in use

Most modern laptops and desktops have built-in cameras for video conferencing. Unfortunately, these utilities can be hijacked by malware that continuously spies on you, like the all-seeing telescreens from the novel “1984.” For peace of mind, affix a piece of tape to your webcam when not using it.