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Accidental Damage

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), there were an estimated 1.5 million incidents of accidental damage to computer equipment in Australia in 2021. This resulted in an estimated $1.2 billion in losses. The most common causes of accidental damage were spills, drops, and power surges.

accidentally damage to laptop

accidentally damage to laptop

Here are some more specific statistics on accidental damage to computer equipment in Australia:

  • Spills were the most common cause of accidental damage, accounting for 35% of incidents.
  • Drops were the second most common cause of accidental damage, accounting for 25% of incidents.
  • Power surges were the third most common cause of accidental damage, accounting for 20% of incidents.
  • Other causes of accidental damage included theft, vandalism, and hardware failures.

The cost of accidental damage to computer equipment can vary depending on the severity of the damage. In some cases, the damage may be minor and can be repaired for a relatively low cost. In other cases, the damage may be more severe and may require the replacement of the entire computer.

Here are some tips on what to do if you accidentally damage your computer equipment:

  • Stay calm. It’s easy to panic when you damage your computer equipment, but it’s important to stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse.
  • Identify the damage. The first step is to identify the damage that has been done. This will help you to determine the best course of action.
  • Turn off your computer. If your computer is still turned on, turn it off immediately. This will help to prevent further damage.
  • Unplug your computer. Once your computer is turned off, unplug it from the power outlet. This will help to prevent any electrical shorts.
  • Inspect the damage. Once your computer is unplugged, inspect the damage. This will help you to determine the extent of the damage and the best course of action.
  • Contact a professional. If the damage is extensive, you may need to contact a professional for repairs.
  • Back up your data. If your computer is damaged, it’s important to back up your data as soon as possible. This will help to prevent you from losing any important files.
  • Take steps to prevent future damage. Once you’ve repaired or replaced your computer, take steps to prevent future damage. This may include using a surge protector, keeping your computer clean, and being careful when handling it.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your computer equipment from damage.

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