domingo, 17 de octubre de 2010

Como limpiar y desinfectar tus gadgets de forma segura

Ayer, publicaba la nota que hablaba sobre la poca higiene de los dispositivos móviles con pantalla táctil, y de cómo la mugre se acumula en ellos, haciéndolos “más sucios que el botón del inodoro”. Si bien es algo técnicamente correcto, personalmente lo publiqué desde un punto de vista cómico, no con la intención de generar ninguna especie de paranoia colectiva… Pero, para el que le queden dudas, o mejor aún, simplemente, para los que quieran cuidar sus gadgets y no sepan exactamente como, va éste artículo:

How to Safely Disinfect and Clean Your Gadgets

How to Safely Disinfect and Clean Your GadgetsFlu season is creeping its way toward us once again, and your gadgets are among the mostgerm-ridden objects in your house. Here's how to safely disinfect them.

Photo by benjgibbs.

First, if you're the only one using your gadgets, you're probably pretty safe from the spread of germs. But as soon as you start handing off your iPhone, iPad, laptop, video game controllers, cameras, and other tech to your ogling friends, germs (and illness) can start spreading quickly.


Use alcohol or disinfectant (sparingly!)...

Most of your oft-touched tech, like your keyboard, mouse, laptop, and headphones, can usually be cleaned safely with simple alcohol or disinfecting spray. You probably don't want to go with pre-soaked wipes, here—instead, get a bottle of ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and put it on a soft cloth before wiping down your gear. The less moisture you expose your gear to, the better.

...but not necessarily on touchscreens...

The trickier matter is cleaning touchscreen devices like your tablet or smartphone. Appledoesn't recommend using anything with alcohol, ammonia, and other popular cleaners in it, though some quick googling reveals substantial anecdotal evidence that it won't noticeably harm your screen in small doses. However, if you don't feel comfortable taking that route, you have other choices.


...unless you've got a screen protector...

Your first option is to get a screen protector, like the popular Power Support anti-glare film or, my personal favorite, the ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD, and use the above alcohol/disinfectant method. Screen protectors cover up the supposedly delicate oleophobic screen coating on many devices, freeing you up to use pretty much any cleaning products you want. Again, just be very careful about getting your phone too wet—even if you don't damage anything, you could trip your gadget's moisture sensor and void your warranty.


...or use a gentler alternative...

If you're anti-screen protector, a few products on the market can disinfect your gadgets without eating away at the screen, like the recommended-by-Apple iKlenz spray or Monster CleanTouch. You'll have to shell out 20 bucks at an Apple Store or online (as opposed to stopping at the local Walgreen's for a bottle of alcohol), but it's probably the best way to go if you're particularly paranoid about adverse effects on your phone's screen.


...but don't forget to use a little common sense.

Lastly, and most importantly, is a little common sense: The best way to avoid illness is to wash your hands regularly, especially when you go around touching other people's stuff. It won't stop them from spreading germs to your iPad, necessarily, but the more we keep our germs to ourselves, the less we spread them to others.

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