10 tips to keep your laptop safe         while travelling
Travelling with a laptop?Follow these rules, and you have a goodchance of getting back home with your     laptop - and you...
Tip 1: back up
While travelling, back up your data asfrequently as you can to minimize the risk of     losing stuff if your laptop is sto...
Keep sensitive and valuable files separate            from your laptop.
Tip 2: investigate tracking
Investigate applications that can locate your laptop by its IP address if it’s lost or stolen, or even allow you to       ...
Tip 3: get a laptop lock
Buy a laptop lock with a cable that allowsyou to secure it to something immoveable                  or bulky.A thief is un...
Tip 4: dont advertise
Instead of putting your laptop into anobvious laptop bag, keep it in something                  else.   If you walk around...
Tip 5: use a safe
If you are staying at a hotel and need to go    out, put your laptop in the hotel safe.If you’re travelling in a hotspot, ...
Tip 6: beware of wireless
Make sure that you do not log onto    unsecured wireless connections.Anyone can easily access your laptop, and            ...
Tip 7: switch off   Bluetooth
If your device is Bluetooth enabled, keep    it switched off unless you need it. As well as making your laptop visible to ...
Tip 8: no online banking
Avoid accessing your financial and bankingrecords while you’re away, especially when      using public wireless networks.I...
Tip 9: no saved passwords
While online on sites, do not save     passwords or “remember me.”If a thief gets hold of your computer, they  have easy a...
Tip 10: clear history
Lastly, make sure that you always clear your       history after browsing the web. Web browsers remember every site and ev...
1 in 10 business laptops gets stolen.    The result can be catastrophicLearn more about physical security now and get     ...
Image creditsSlide 3: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/01/google-docs-updated/Slide 3: http://www.flash-data-recovery.co.uk/3...
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Travelling with a laptop? Follow these rules, and you have a good chance of getting back home with your laptop - and your data - intact.

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10 ways to protect your laptop when travelling

  1. 1. 10 tips to keep your laptop safe while travelling
  2. 2. Travelling with a laptop?Follow these rules, and you have a goodchance of getting back home with your laptop - and your data - intact.
  3. 3. Tip 1: back up
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Keep sensitive and valuable files separate from your laptop.
  6. 6. Tip 2: investigate tracking
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Tip 3: get a laptop lock
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Tip 4: dont advertise
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Tip 5: use a safe
  13. 13. If you are staying at a hotel and need to go out, put your laptop in the hotel safe.If you’re travelling in a hotspot, it might be wise to get a handwritten receipt for it, too.
  14. 14. Tip 6: beware of wireless
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Tip 7: switch off Bluetooth
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Tip 8: no online banking
  19. 19. Avoid accessing your financial and bankingrecords while you’re away, especially when using public wireless networks.It’s a quick way to ensure your data ends up in the wrong hands!
  20. 20. Tip 9: no saved passwords
  21. 21. While online on sites, do not save passwords or “remember me.”If a thief gets hold of your computer, they have easy access to your accounts and online identity.
  22. 22. Tip 10: clear history
  23. 23. Lastly, make sure that you always clear your history after browsing the web. Web browsers remember every site and everything you’ve done on your laptop.
  24. 24. 1 in 10 business laptops gets stolen. The result can be catastrophicLearn more about physical security now and get protected against theft! Download the 16 page whitepaper
  25. 25. Image creditsSlide 3: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/01/google-docs-updated/Slide 3: http://www.flash-data-recovery.co.uk/373/Slide 6: http://laptop-tracking-review.toptenreviews.com/Slide 8: http://blog.kensington.com/security/2010/10/13/clicksafe%E2%84%A2-keyed-laptop-lock-%E2%80%93-an-engineering-marvel/Slide 10: http://coastcaribbeanimages.com/photographs.cfm?PageAction=Details&PhotoID=5723Slide 10: http://www.niyakidsjewelry.com/double222Slide 12: http://www.hotelroomsafe.com/Slide 14: http://www.alphatechonline.co.uk/wireless-networking-p-22.htmlSlide 16: http://msaisuresh459.blogspot.com/2011/07/shock-ur-friends-with-bluetooth.htmlSlide 18: http://eugene-tordecilla.blogspot.com/2011/05/online-banking-vs-remittance-centers.htmlSlide 20: http://paulshomecomputingblog.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/five-minute-security-tip-safe-secure-strong-passwords-will-increase-your-computers-safety/Slide 22 : http://tips.artoftheiphone.com/2009/01/13/how-to-delete-the-iphones-safari-browser-history/

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