So You Got A New Macbook For College. What Now?

Starting a whole new chapter of your life calls for all new gear, and you’ve finally got your shiny new Macbook out of its fancy white box. So beautiful! So new! You and your Macbook are going to have an unforgettable 4 (or 5 or 6…) years in college together – if you take good care of it, that is. Make sure you follow these 4 easy tips to get the most out of your new Macbook and to keep it running smoothly through all those study sessions, essays, and exams.

1. Keep your new Macbook protected.

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Physically protecting your macbook is pretty easy. Just make sure you get a nice zip-up case for it that will give it some extra cushioning while you carry it around in your backpack. It doesn’t hurt to get a waterproof case or backpack, either – just in case.

Protecting your new Macbook from cyber threats is also critically important. Many new Mac owners assume that iOS can’t get viruses, but it can. What’s more, viruses aren’t the only Mac security threat out there. A good security program for Mac can also protect your personal information from phishing scams and protect your system from other malware. There are lots of good options for Mac internet security out there, but Kaspersky and Trend Micro are two of the best. Use a promo code to get a lower price on Mac security, and save your money for more instant Ramen soup.

2. Get AppleCare.

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After you buy a new Macbook, you get a one year warranty and 90 days of free telephone support, but after that you’re on your own. That is, unless you sign up for an AppleCare Protection Plan. You never know what might happen to your Macbook – someone spills beer on it, it falls off the table, someone *gasp* steps on it – so it’s better to be safe than sorry. The AppleCare plan covers the hardware of your computer and accessories, the operating system, and expert repairs.

3. Take care of your Macbook.

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Alright, so now you have your Mac internet security and AppleCare plan protecting your new Macbook from disasters. But for everyday care, it’s up to you to make sure your Mac stays healthy. Make sure you shutdown and restart your Macbook regularly to keep the system running smoothly, and remember to install any software updates.

Another everyday care tip for Macs is to not leave your Mac plugged in all the time. Macbooks are known for their batteries eventually wearing down. You can help keep this from happening by unplugging your Macbook once it’s fully charged, or nearly fully charged. Then just make sure to plug it back in again when it gets low on power. This should make your battery last longer.

4. Back up your stuff!

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You’re off to college with your new Macbook, so you’re going to be doing research, writing papers, and doing projects. In the worst-case scenario that your hard drive crashes, make sure that you have all of your hard work backed up so that you don’t lose it. Macbooks come with Time Machine, a built-in backup system, so there’s no reason for you not to use it. You can connect Time Machine to an external drive, or you can use AirPort Time Capsule to backup your Mac.

Best of luck to you and your new Macbook in college!

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