How to best protect your laptop while traveling

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The idea of going on vacation will excite most people, primarily because of the change in environment and new experiences it brings. Travelling can be really fun, but the thought of losing your laptop during the process can stress you out so much that you lose fun out on the traveling experience.

One of the advantages of using a laptop is its portability. Professionals who are traveling on business trips rely on being able to use their laptops to perform several tasks. Even travelers who are on vacation also need their laptops to watch movies, play games, etc.

Our laptops have become our mobile workplace, sensitive information, and other things that we hold dearly are stored in them, so safety precautions need to be taken to ensure that both your laptop and the data stored in it are well protected throughout your travels.


Use a laptop carrying case


When traveling, it isn’t uncommon for things to get broken or damaged. Regardless of your method of travel, you will need to protect your laptop from all the tussle and harm during transportation. For this reason, a padded laptop bag, a briefcase or a bag is advised. They cushion the external effects that your laptop may be subjected to, protect it from spills and may other factors that can damage your computer. Use a case that can be easily carried around and one that completely covers the laptop.


Always keep your laptop on you


Try not to leave your laptop unattended in train stations, bus stops, or airports. Make sure you always keep your laptop where you can easily see it or keep it out of sight of others. When sleeping, take it along with you to your room, and when you’re in a crowd, always keep it in your front so that you’re always looking at it. Keep all non-essentials in your luggage so that you don’t walk around with a heavy bag or briefcase. Don’t leave your laptop with strangers or people you just met.


Use a password on your laptop


Learn to password your laptop to prevent unauthorized access to the information stored in it. Choose a password that you can easily remember but not an obvious one. You could add numbers in-between the word and use capital figures randomly just to be extra safe. Always be cautious when typing in the password and ensure that no one is looking.


Use antivirus software


Using unsecured Wi-Fi networks leaves you vulnerable to hacks. Install a secure Wi-Fi before traveling, keep it updated and running while on the trip. If you can help it, avoid using public Wi-Fi, but if you must use it, avoid shopping online or logging into financial related sites or apps like your banks'. You can also make use of a VPN just to ensure your privacy and safety.


Back up your data


Yes, this may not be a way to secure your laptop, but it will come in very handy in case all efforts fail. Sometimes, the information contained in your laptop may be more valuable than the laptop itself, so it is very wise to keep a duplicate copy somewhere safe. You can either use any available cloud storage or go old fashion and copy your files onto an external hard drive. This way you may lose the laptop but not what matters the most. Lastly if you want to get rid of your old laptop make sure to completely wipe a hard drive off your private data.

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