5 Ways to Keep Your MacBook in Good Shape when Travelling
Keeping your MacBook in good shape is helpful when travelling to avoid issues. Perhaps you are a digital nomad or use it to stay in touch. Here are some tips for managing your device
Manage System Storage Effectively
macOS allows you to interact with programs. And any programs you use take up space on the device’s hard disk. They also create files temporarily or permanently, depending on what needs to be done. Over time, these can clog your drive and take up space. Additionally, when an HDD gets too full, it doesn’t run efficiently, causing errors and crashes such as scratch disk errors.
Therefore, you should uninstall programs on Mac that you don’t use to free up space. Alternatively, you can use extended storage such as USB external drives for tons more space.
Carry Spare Batteries
MacBooks are great because you can take them anywhere for work, communication, or leisure. But they require batteries to operate. You can charge your batteries efficiently by keeping them between 40 and 80%. However, the battery can run out quickly if you use it for intensive applications such as photo editing. While you may never be far from civilization, you might be too far from a power source to plug in your device. Additionally, outlets are different in some countries. Therefore, it’s helpful to carry spare batteries you can switch out when needed.
Keep Your MacBook in Good Shape with a Good Case
During lockdown throughout the pandemic, laptop and tablet damage increased by 30%. This is probably because they were being used more. But often, portable devices are dropped or knocked, causing damage to the screen and other parts. Fortunately, you can protect your MacBook with a quality case. Cases, such as a handled pouch or a backpack come in various forms. It’s worth getting the best you can afford since they offer more features. For instance, you can get cases with shock absorption padding and pockets for batteries and chargers.
Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi
Under no circumstances should you use public Wi-Fi unless it’s absolutely necessary. While many public services offer great internet access, they are often prone to cyberattacks. Without a strong VPN, your personal data can be stolen over a shared connection. Examples include airports, coffee shops and libraries. Other consequences of public access to the internet include malware and viruses, many of which can go undetected. If you need to use the public internet, get the best VPN software and antimalware you can afford.
Set Up Find My Mac
MacBooks don’t have a GPS tracker. However, you can find your device if it’s stolen using Apple’s Find My Mac service. The system works by identifying your device’s location through Wi-Fi hotspot tracking. Setting this up can be tricky. But first, you need to turn on location services. Apple’s official site has a guide to configuring Find My Mac. In the event your device is lost or stolen, this handy feature can be somewhat encouraging. However, the system isn’t perfect, and savvy thieves can disable it if they know what they are doing.
You need to keep your MacBook in good shape, especially when travelling. You can try managing system storage, taking spare batteries and staying off public Wi-Fi systems.
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