What Are Some Potential Threats to Your MacBook?

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MacBooks are some of the most reliable and durable laptops you can get. However, there are still plenty of hazards that could cause potential performance problems. In some instances, you may have the capacity to fix the issue yourself.

However, there are also times when you will need to get professional help by taking the MacBook to a computer service store. Of course, avoiding these issues would give you peace of mind and let you get the most out of a computer because it is functioning optimally. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular threats that you may encounter and how to deal with them.


Spilled Liquids

As a rule of thumb, you should probably avoid eating next to your laptop. In fact, it is recommended to be careful even if you are just drinking water. It may not seem like that much of an issue, but spilled water on macbook as well as other beverages or liquid can cause the computer to malfunction.

If that happens, unplug the charger and shut the laptop down immediately. See where the damage has been done and dry the location. Wait for a little bit and try turning the MacBook on.

If the computer seems to be functioning like nothing happened, you are in luck. Let that be a lesson to you.

In case the MacBook is not responding when you try turning it on, you may not have any other choice but to get in touch with a local computer service store and ask them for help.


Dust Inside

Dust Inside

Similar to water and other liquids, dust inside the computer could also be a problem for the internal hardware, particularly the internal fans. However, the issue with the filth that accumulates inside is that you cannot really prevent it from happening. Sooner or later, you will need to take your Mac apart and remove the dust inside it.

As soon as you notice that the laptop is overheating even though you are not overburdening the system with too many background applications, it probably means that the amount of dust inside has become too much for the MacBook to handle.

If you are reluctant to open the computer yourself because you are afraid to damage the internal hardware, ask someone experienced to do the work for you. Taking the MacBook to a computer service store and asking the staff to clean the dust from it will cost you money, but at least you will know that the laptop is in good hands.


Malware

Malware is another problem that can snowball out of control and cause problems to your computer. Even though macOS is not as prone to cybersecurity threats, there are still plenty of potential viruses, ransomware, phishing software, and other threats that pose a danger to the MacBook.

As a rule of thumb, you should run reliable antivirus software in the background when the computer is on. Having such software means potential malware elimination before it infects the Mac.

To secure the laptop even more, it is recommended to use virtual private networks and enable the Firewall. The former is particularly useful if you need to join public Wi-Fi which usually lacks the necessary security protocols.

Lastly, instead of using the default browser version, install an ad blocker extension that prevents annoying advertisements. Clicking on a shady banner or a pop-up you had no intent to check out may redirect you to a malware-infected landing page.

And if you end up on such a website, even Mac antivirus software could be too little to prevent potential problems.


Careless Handling

Careless Handling

Some people become careless when handling a laptop. They do not understand the importance of carrying it properly and paying attention to their surroundings.

A bump here and there or a few scratches may not be the end of the world, but it is still nicer to have an aesthetically pleasing Mac, right? You do not wish to put on stickers to hide the damages.

And it is not necessarily you who pose a threat to the laptop. If you are an owner, you probably care enough about the MacBook to handle it properly. However, if someone else decides to pick your laptop, make sure that they do not cause you trouble.


Poor Ventilation

Similar to dust accumulation inside, poor room ventilation also cuses your MacBook to overheat. If the internal fans already have a lot to deal with, adding more issues will not help.

Get an AC if you can and make sure that the room temperature is optimal for the computer. Or, at the very least, invest in a cooling pad that costs about 50 dollars and put it below the MacBook so it can provide cool air to the computer.

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