How do I say this politely: Stuff happens.
When you’re carrying around lightweight gadgets – with fragile screens and tiny components – threats like water and, um, gravity, can wreak havoc on your phone, tablet, or laptop.
You don’t need to be a klutz for accidents to happen, whether it’s a cracked screen, a child spilling a drink on an iPad, or an overheated laptop battery after left in the sun too long.
“During a year that was shaped by sheltering in place and staying home, we were surprised at some of the spikes in damage to tech last year,” says Bettie Colombo, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Asurion, a leading provider of device insurance, warranty and support services. The company also owns nearly 700 uBreakiFix stores in the U.S. and Canada.
In fact, uBreakiFix saw a nearly 90% spike in liquid-related incidents, a 25% increase in cracked screens, and a 65% jump in “unrecoverable” phones (those dropped where they cannot be retrieved).
And it’s not just damage: your devices might become lost or stolen this summer, too, especially among busy travelers who accidentally leave a phone in the back of a ride-sharing vehicle, on a coffee table in a hotel lobby, or in that little pouch in front of your airline seat.
In other words, when it comes to something happening to your tech, it’s often a case of when, not if.
But fret not: simple steps can better safeguard your digital devices – and perhaps more importantly, the data that resides on…