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The Six Biggest Mistakes Laptop Owners Make

Find out the six biggest mistakes laptop owners make and find out if you are guilty yourself and what you can do about it.

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The Six Biggest Mistakes Laptop Owners Make

No one sets out with a goal of hurting their laptop, yet so many of us do. Whether it is improper security practices or just us being careless, laptops take a beating day in and day out under our rigorous fingers. In many cases, they continue to come through for us no matter how they treat them, but sometimes they break under the pressure.

The thing is that many of these mistakes could be avoided by simply avoiding some of the biggest mistakes laptop owners make. Today, we take a look at those errors and offer you recommendations and solutions on how to correct them or prevent them from happening in the first place.

My goal is that by you recognizing these mistakes, you can actively work to prevent them. In the end your laptop will thank you and it will repay you by continuing to work hard for you during its life until the time comes that you will have no choice but to update.

Six Biggest Mistakes Made by Laptop Owners Everywhere

So, let’s get right down to it, shall we? Let’s examine some of the most common errors laptop owners make and some solutions so you can stop yourself from making the same mistake.

1. No Password Protection

I know having a password on your laptop can be a real pain and it is just so much quicker to log onto it automatically so you can get on with what you want or need to do. Still, having a password on your laptop is your first line of defense if your laptop gets stolen. Think about it. If your laptop gets stolen and you don’t have a password on it, the thief will have full access to all of your files and everything else you have store on your laptop. Do you want that? I didn’t think so.

All laptop owners and especially those that take their laptops with them from place to place should have a password on their account. On top of that, they should even consider using the BIOS level passwords as an extra line of defense in case their laptops get stolen. While that does add another step to your sign on process, it will go a long way toward protecting your valuable and often private data.

2. Using a Cheap Case

This one speaks more to the people that take their laptop with them from place to place. They spend gobs of money on a brand new laptop, but then cheap out on the case to store that laptop. These cheap cases often lack the proper padding and proper storage compartments to protect your laptop and its accessories from damage. So what happens if you drop it? Often when it gets dropped in a cheap case the laptop or the accessories, or worse both will sustain damage. This leaves you with a scarred and potentially broken laptop that you invested a lot of money in to begin with. Now you will have to spend even more to get it repaired.

If you are going to spend a bunch of money on a new laptop, don’t start getting cheap when it comes to the case, especially if you travel a lot with your laptop. If it takes a tumble or a fall you will be glad that you invested a little extra on that case. A good case will protect it from these small bumps and keep it in good condition. They will also give you extra storage as well so you can carry even more with you. It makes you wonder why this is such a common problem. However, it is and it is one that many laptop owners can easily fix.

3. Not Running Proper Security Software

Antivirus software, such as Windows Defender, antimalware software and even hard drive encryptors should all be employed on any laptop. Yes these pieces of software do take resources to run, but it is a necessary sacrifice that you all must make. So many laptop owners fail to run one or all of these types of applications on their computer. If they do install them, often they don’t give them the attention they need to stay updated and many owners never both to run scans on their systems. This, of course, leads to infections on their systems.

These infections can slow down your system and even steal your important data without you even knowing what happened. Do you really want your important data or your personal information stolen right out from under you? I doubt that you do. Make sure you always run antivirus and antimalware software and take the time to keep it up to date. After that, make sure you run it periodically to make sure your system stays clear of these types of infections. Trust me you will be glad you did.

4. Poor Battery Practices

Your laptop’s battery is its lifeblood for power when you are away from an AC adapter. Unfortunately, most laptop owners, and I have been guilty of this as well, don’t take proper care of their batteries. What do I mean by this? Most don’t charge them properly and even go weeks without charging them when they are sitting at their desk. The bad thing is that this kind of behavior is hard on a laptop battery.

Laptop batteries are designed to be used. In fact, the longer you go without using the worse off it will be. That being said, you also need to make sure you discharge and recharge them properly as well. You shouldn’t just plug it in after it has been used just for a few minutes. While this is alright every now and then, from time to time you should give the battery a full discharge and recharge. If you don’t, you will soon find that your laptop battery doesn’t last quite as long as it used to.

It should also be noted that laptop batteries don’t last forever no matter what you do, so it is a good idea for you to replace the battery if you keep your laptop for a long time to make sure that you always have power when you need it the most.

5. Poor File Storage Techniques

Now I’m sure you know how to save files on your computer. But when you save them, where do you save them and do you back those files up from time to time? Hard drives don’t last forever and they can go out at any time and sometimes they won’t even give you a warning. What do you do then if you haven’t backed up your files?

Not only should you backup your files to another hard drive or the cloud, but you should also organize these files so you can find them later. Today we create more digital files than we ever have before. If you don’t have a system, chances are you will lose track of some of these files. You have to maintain a well organized file system and then back that file system up from time to time to make sure you can find everything you need when you need it and to make sure it is safe if you do suffer a hardware failure.

6. Installing Junk You Don’t Need

Today we are bombarded with messages to install this and that on our laptops. Unfortunately, not all of this software is any good. In fact, some of it is complete rubbish. All it does is slow down our systems and take up valuable space on your hard drive. So what do you do about?

First, you read about what is being installed. If it sounds like you don’t need something, you probably don’t. So hit that cancel button. Make sure you only install the applications you need and nothing more. The less you have installed and running on your system, the faster it will run. So start paying attention to those installers and requests for installations.

While this does require you to be a bit more attentive to what is going on with your system, in the end you will be glad you did. You will know exactly what is on your laptop and the laptop won’t be bogged down by a bunch of junk that you just don’t have any use for. The end result is a system that runs much cleaner and faster so you can get what you need to get done quicker than you could have hoped.


Here at LaptopNinja we want to make sure you get the most out of the laptop, especially if you have purchased it through us. In order to do that, you need to be aware of these common mistakes many people, including myself, make with their laptops after choosing the best laptop for your wants and needs.

My hope is that by understanding these mistakes, you can minimize them and even prevent some of them from ever occurring. If you do, your laptop will stay in far better shape for a long time to come that way you can get the most use out of your laptop as you can before time forces you to update to something new. Of course, when that time comes, we hope you continue to pay us a visit to find the next laptop for your digital collection.

By Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing on our sister ShopNinja sites where he enjoys talking about anything and everything tech.

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