Your laptop is your essential traveling companion. It functions as a travel agent, storage device, entertainment platform, and portable workstation.
A computer that’s compromised during your journey can ruin your trip. That’s why you must secure your laptop physically and digitally before you begin your journey.
Double Bag Your Laptop
Your laptop faces multiple hazards while you’re on the move. Thieves are always on the lookout for expensive devices, especially at cafés frequented by visitors. Likewise, it’s easy to mishandle your laptop when your mind is preoccupied. For example, you could drop your computer as you mind your passport and search for the right airport terminal.
Keep your computer in a cushioned waterproof laptop sleeve designed to protect it from small bumps. Double bag the laptop in a shockproof laptop bag that also stores your essential travel documents. Use a checkpoint-friendly bag to move through security checkpoints unhindered. And avoid buying a laptop bag that draws attention to your laptop. For the final touch, secure your machine with a lock.
Take Advantage of the Do Not Disturb Sign
It’s impossible to take your laptop everywhere when you travel. Place the Do Not Disturb sign on your door to keep hotel staff away from your room when you’re outside. Your room will be messier, but your laptop is more likely to be safe.
Use Advanced Cybersecurity Software
Malicious software, also known as malware, is a big concern for you as a tourist, mainly because you rely on public WiFi for Internet at airports, cafés, motels, hotels, and malls. Remember, most public WiFi is significantly less secure than your personal Internet connection. Hackers use unsecured WiFi to plant different malware, such as spyware, ransomware, keyloggers, rootkits, and other exploits on your computer in order to steal your photos and files, passwords, etc.
- Don’t connect to WiFi networks automatically. Some hackers create fake public WiFi spots to steal valuable data in seconds.
- Use next-gen VPN technology to protect your privacy anywhere you go with your computer. The right VPN service offers 256-bit encryption to keep you safe on public WiFi networks. Avoid free VPNs as they’re also agents of malware.
- Download advanced antivirus software to stop malware in real-time before it breaches your laptop’s defenses and transmits your information to criminals. Good cybersecurity software will protect PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks.
Be Prepared for Theft
You’re human. Despite your best efforts, your laptop is vulnerable to theft. Keep thieves out of your system by using advanced biometric login security features. Likewise, use a lengthy and sophisticated password that’s difficult for thieves to guess, and encrypt and backup your data for more precautions.
Install laptop tracking software to track your potentially stolen laptop. Law enforcement authorities will recover your property more easily with GPS coordinates of your computer. In addition, tracking software can allow you to remotely wipe all personal data on your laptop to protect you from identity theft.
Remember, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. For more peace of mind, have your computer covered in your travel insurance policy. With the right precautions, you’ll stay one step ahead of criminals and enjoy your trip stress-free.