There’s no denying that the cost of technology is high, especially if you’re one of those people that has to have the latest and greatest gadgets. Between a computer (and all related paraphernalia), a laptop, a tablet, a smartphone, and an MP3 player (amongst other things), you could be looking at several thousand dollars’ worth of hardware, and that’s not even counting all the software, apps, and media you’ve got saved on your many devices. So it’s a good idea to find ways to protect your tech (unless you like paying for damages). And here are just a few tactics that will help you to avoid expensive disasters where your devices are concerned.

  1. Get insurance. Despite your best efforts to be careful with your toys, there will no doubt be situations that are out of your hands (generally when the device is out of your hands). For these occasions it behooves you to have insurance to cover repairs or replacement. So shell out the few extra bucks to the manufacturer, the retailer, the carrier, or whoever offers the best coverage for the lowest price. That way when your smartphone falls out of your pocket and into the toilet or when a coworker spills coffee on your laptop, you won’t have to pay full price for a new one.
  2. Lock the door. Your home office is a great place to house your computer and other electronics, but only if you can keep kids and pets from getting in and messing with them. Your kids can use their game consoles to play rather than your computer, laptop, or tablet. And unless you want to stock up on cans of compressed air to remove those pesky pet hairs from your keyboard it’s best to keep the door closed and locked.
  3. Scottevest. Your many technological devices are far more likely to sustain damage when you take them out of the house and into the great unknown. For the purposes of long distance travel you may want to keep them within easy reach and on your person. Scottevest has devised an ingenious way for you to do so. Their jackets and vests feature a dozen or more pockets that are specifically designed to hold smartphones, PDAs, MP3s, tablets, and even laptops, in some cases. And they come with amenities like padding, zipper and Velcro closures, holes for headphones, and sometimes clear plastic facing that allows you to access your touchscreens. The best part is that all you have to do is lay your jacket on belt at the airport (you’d have to remove your jacket anyway) to have all of your devices easily scanned – no more digging around in your bags to haul out your many electronics.
  4. Use padded cases. Since most of your travel will take place in your local environs, you may prefer a standard briefcase for the day-to-day business of getting from home to the office and back again. But if you want to ensure that your devices come out of the case in the same condition they went in you should definitely get a messenger bag or briefcase that is meant to house electronics, complete with plenty of padded pockets.
  5. Get proper protective devices. Even if you’ve got padded bags and jackets for your tech gadgets, you’ll have to take them out sometime in order to use them. This could be a problem if you’re all butterfingers (read: clumsy). In the event that one of your precious devices slips out of your hands and hits the floor, it’s probably not a bad idea to make sure it’s covered…literally. For each device you should have a hard case of some sort, a screen protector, and perhaps even a waterproof covering. This will ensure that any falls, spills, or related mishaps result in little or no damage.