Stop killing your expensive tech devices by cutting 5 silly mistakes

Given how much people spend on tech devices, you might think they would take good care of them.

But most of us are guilty of harming – or even killing – our treasured tech by repeating silly mistakes.

American radio show host and consumer tech expert Kim Komando, writing for the Daily Mail, has detailed five of the most common errors people make when it comes to their devices.

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She's also dished out some handy tips on what you can do to prolong the life and improve the performance of your equipment.

Here, we've detailed her advice for getting the most out of your fancy phones, computers and other gadgets.

1. Keep it cool

One thing most smartphones are not built for is blistering hot temperatures.

Leaving your phone in the sun, or in a hot car can cause the battery to overheat, which could in turn affect your data, either losing it or corrupting it.

Extreme cold temperatures could also cause serious damage too.

Lithium-ion batteries can stop discharging electricity in freezing temperatures, which can shorten battery life, lead to display problems and even crack the screen.

2. Don't wait too long to charge your laptop

A laptop's battery can become damaged if you wait too long before charging it, leaving its lifespan diminished.

Similarly to phones, laptop batteries are only meant to charge so many times.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your laptop's battery to at least 40% most of the time.

3. Don't overcharge your phone

At the same time on the opposite end of the spectrum, if you overcharge your phone, that could also harm its battery and it's best to disconnect it once it is fully charged.

According to Apple, your iPhone's battery health can be negatively impacted if you leave it at "full charge for prolonged periods of time".

Rivals Samsung also advise the same thing, telling their customers not to leave their phones connected to the charger for long periods of time or overnight.

Fellow Android giants Huawei said: "Keeping your battery level as close to the middle (30% to 70%) as possible can effectively prolong the battery life."

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4. Clean your phone

Wiping the fingerprints off your screen isn't enough — other forms of dirt and dust can build up in ports, speakers and small crevices on all our devices.

But be careful if you're using a toothpick or a Q-tip to clean said areas.

The fragile ends of toothpicks can break off into your devices and could even damage small speakers, while Q-tips often leave behind lint that's tough to remove.

5. Hackers attack your gadgets

Hackers who manage to gain access to your Wi-Fi could use your network to attack your devices.

They could even download dangerous files or visit illegal websites.

The best way to avoid that is to change the router's default password to something that will be difficult to crack.

Similarly, if you have ever downloaded 'Remote Administration' which allows you to log into your router over the internet and manage it, then make sure you turn it off once you're done using it, as it could leave your computer vulnerable to hackers.


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