You may be reluctant to leave your laptop home during the flight. Moreover, the laptop is necessary if you are on an official or business trip. On the other hand, you might want to carry your laptop even if you don’t want to work during the trip. If an emergency occurs, the laptop may help you deal with it. Finally, we should not forget that laptops work as a travel agent, guide and entertainment source as well. Now, if you plan to carry your laptop with yourself, you should take some precautions to keep it safe.
Here are some simple ways to protect your laptop.
Secure your laptop bag
The laptop is a lightweight and advanced device that you have to handle very carefully. So, if you are in a rush to catch a train or a flight, your laptop might accidentally fall to the ground. As a result, the laptop may press or crack. Besides, if you carry the laptop in a bag, it may be damaged due to over pressure.
Now, is there no way to secure your laptop? Yes, you can only secure your laptop with a laptop bag. So, buy a padded laptop bag and put the laptop in it. For more protection, purchase a cut-resistant laptop bag with tamper-resistant zipper. The checkpoint-friendly laptop bag is the best choice for those who travel a lot. Thus, you do not have to take out your laptop bag for security purposes.
Ensuring the safety of your hotel
If you go for holidays, you cannot carry your laptop with you every time. For example, you should leave the laptop computer at the hotel while visiting the sights view. Now, how can you ensure that your laptop will be completely safe in the hotel? So, first, you should review customer reviews before booking a hotel for your trip. Make sure all doors and windows are locked before leaving the hotel for sightseeing. If there is a smoke detector in your hotel room, check whether it is working properly or not.
Moreover, if your hotel has a separate place or cabinet for storing your valuables, use that. If a safe keeping option is not available, deliver the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Strangers will assume that you are inside the room and therefore will not enter your room anyway. Finally, give strict instructions to the hotel manager to restrict his staff from cleaning your room when you are outside.
Get a secure cable lock
Safety cable lock is an anti-theft device that works like a bike lock. So, if you have a safety cable, rotate it around a fixed object and then connect it to the laptop too. Then you can lock the safety cable with a combination or a key. If you want to spend more, buy a high-tech cable lock. In fact, it comes with a motion sensor system that will sound an alarm if anyone is about to take away your laptop. Thus, hotel staff, managers and other persons will be warned and arrive in your room to prevent theft.
Purchase a travel insurance policy
A good travel insurance policy can be a great way to protect your belongings while traveling. Therefore, you should buy a policy that covers your personal belongings including the laptop. Just make sure that the amount of coverage is sufficient to cover the cost of the laptop. Often credit a good travel reward covers travel insurance. Thus, check the conditions of your card issuer before purchasing another travel insurance policy.
Using a VPN
Virtual Private Network protects your Internet connection by encrypting the data you send and receive over the Internet. Moreover, you can access certain content online that is not available in all locations. Thus, it is wise to invest in a VPN.
Installing anti-theft software
Install theft recovery software to track the location of the stolen laptop. A good recovery program does its job even if the thief wipes out all the data and installs a new operating system.
Record laptop details
Do not forget to drop your laptop specifications such as the model name and serial number before traveling. Also, take photos of your laptop and focus on highlighting details such as scratches and dents. These are the most important aspects while reporting a theft at the police station. Hence, it will be easier to identify the laptop.
Back up data
Confidential information can be more valuable than a laptop. Thus, you should take a backup of all data stored on the laptop. Therefore, you can use your hard drive or cloud storage online for this. After creating a copy, delete sensitive files from the laptop before traveling. Hence, you don’t have to worry too much if your laptop is unfortunately stolen.
Use data encryption
Data encryption is the best way to prevent unauthorized access to your data. The identifiers, home address, contact details of your partners, photos, official data, and bank details are sensitive information that one might keep on their laptop. If the laptop falls into the wrong hands, all of this data will be used for identity theft. Therefore, your data is encrypted with strong passwords.
Moreover, full disk encryption will protect all kinds of data stored on laptop. But this only matters if you work with sensitive data regularly. If your file is difficult to encrypt, select the specific files and use the built-in encryption application. Use a good mix of numbers, symbols, capital letters, and lowercase letters while creating a password. If it is difficult to remember the password, install the password management program.
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