While travelling, back up your data asfrequently as you can to minimize the risk of losing stuff if your laptop is stolen. Either back it up to the cloud using a freeapplication such as Dropbox or Google Docs, or to a memory stick.
Keep sensitive and valuable files separate from your laptop.
Investigate applications that can locate your laptop by its IP address if it’s lost or stolen, or even allow you to wipe data remotely.But be aware that some of these applications are not allthey’re cracked up to be, and can be difficult to remove. The best way around this is to type the product nameinto a search engine and add ‘reviews’. You’ll soon find whether or not the product is badly designed or out- and-out malware.
Buy a laptop lock with a cable that allowsyou to secure it to something immoveable or bulky.A thief is unlikely to take your laptop if he has to bring a desk with it.If in a car, use the seat belt anchor pointsand put the laptop under a seat, or in the boot.
Instead of putting your laptop into anobvious laptop bag, keep it in something else. If you walk around with a bag with Toshiba or Apple written on it, you’re advertising that you own something worth stealing.
Make sure that you do not log onto unsecured wireless connections.Anyone can easily access your laptop, and steal your data. If you do need to use wifi in a bar or restaurant, make sure you turn your internet settings to ‘public’ to minimise sharing.
If your device is Bluetooth enabled, keep it switched off unless you need it. As well as making your laptop visible to anyone nearby, there have been reports of ‘bluejacking’, where someone sends you potentially damaging data such as avirus; and ‘bluesnarfing’, where someone actually steals data.