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Nov 29, 2023

Top 5 Ways to Clean Your Laptop

A laptop is a versatile and extremely useful gadget. It can help you carry out your work duties, browse the web, launch complex programs, and much more. To ensure your laptop continues helping you in different ways, it is important to clean it regularly. When it comes to cleaning a laptop, there are two ways you can go about it - cleaning the software of the laptop and cleaning the laptop physically. Both processes are important to keep your laptop in tiptop shape. And with cyber-based crimes increasing, it is also vital to keep the information on your laptop safe and secure. One of the ways you can do this is by opting for a cyber insurance plan. On an individual level, such a plan can help you get coverage against identity theft, malware attacks, cyber stalking, phishing, email spoofing, and other cyber security dangers. * Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under cyber insurance policy. Along with having a cyber insurance policy, there are other ways of ensuring a clean and safe laptop. Let’s take a look.

How to Clean Your Laptop 

For the sake of a thorough clean-up, we have categorised the process into two - cleaning the laptop’s software and cleaning the laptop physically. Let’s start with the former one first.

5 Major Ways to Clean Your Laptop’s Software:

Here are some ways you can ensure your laptop is clean: 1. Update the OS software If you use an outdated version of an operating system, issues within the laptop can crop up, making it vulnerable to malware and viruses. By installing the latest updates to your operating system, you can ensure you have advanced security and the newest safety features. 2. Remove files you don’t require You can make your laptop tidier by eliminating unimportant files. If you are using the Windows OS, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool to remove unnecessary system files. MacOS users can go on to the ‘About the Mac’ option, select the ‘Storage’ tab, and then click on the ‘Manage’ button to find options to declutter their laptop. 3. Check for viruses and malware periodically Even if you have cyber insurance coverage, it is ideal to check your laptop for viruses and malware periodically. * Both Windows and Mac operating systems have inbuilt anti-malware and antivirus protection. However, you can also use reliable third-party apps for this purpose. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under cyber insurance policy. 4. Clear web browsing data Using your browser extensively for long periods means that it stores up a considerable amount of cache. By cleaning the cache, you can create more space in your browser system and make it smoother. 5. Remove programs you don’t use Storing programs that you don’t use anymore on your laptop’s hard drive can congest it. So, have a go through the list of apps and programs on your laptop, and start uninstalling the ones you don’t need.

5 Ways to Clean Your Laptop Physically

Now that you have a clearer idea of how to clean the laptop’s software and why cyber insurance is important, let’s see some ways you can clean your laptop’s exterior as well. 1. Use a microfiber towel to clear dust Laptops tend to accumulate dust over time. To clean its nooks and crannies, you can use a microfiber towel since it is efficient at attracting dust particles. 2. Use compressed air to clean out the vents You can aim a compressed air can a few inches away from the laptop and spray gently into your laptop’s ports and vents. Tilt your laptop such that the air flushes out any dust or dirt from the vent rather than pushing it even further in. 3. Clean the keyboard Tilt your laptop sideways (make sure to hold it steadily) so that any debris in between the keys gets rolled away. You may use a compressed air can to clean out the spaces between the keys as well. If you feel the need, you can run a damp microfiber cloth over the keys. 4. Clear the screen with plain water Dampen a microfiber cloth or an eyewear wipe and gently glide it along your laptop’s screen. Avoid spraying water directly on the screen. Instead, spray the water on the cloth and then use it on the screen. 5. Store your laptop in a clean place This is more of a preventative measure. Ensure to store your laptop in a clean, dust-free, and stable place. Avoid storing your laptop in places where it’s exposed to extreme temperatures, such as near an AC, microwave, gas stove, or fridge. Note: Remember to shut off your laptop and unplug any cords from it before beginning any cleaning on the laptop’s exterior. By following the tips mentioned above and having a solid individual cyber insurance plan, you can ensure your laptop runs safely, efficiently and for a longer time. * * Standard T&C apply. Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation. For more details on benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms, and conditions, please read the sales brochure/policy wording carefully before concluding a sale.

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