7 Laptop Security tips for the Traveler

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with IDTheftSecurity.com Inc

Here are nine ways you can add a lot of security to your laptop when traveling.

  1. Bag it. Keep the laptop in a sturdy bag that’s specially designed for laptops. The sleeve should be well-padded and the bag TSA-compliant. The bag should be collapsible and expandable (depending on contents), and easy to wear near your body for extended periods.
  2. Don’t part with it. Pretend your laptop is a baby. In public, you wouldn’t leave your baby unattended while you went to the restroom or moved around in your location. Likewise, take your laptop with you wherever you go in public, even if it’s just one aisle over.
  3. Hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign. If you must leave your laptop in your hotel room when you’re out, put up the “Do Not Disturb” sign. The fewer people in your room, the less likely your laptop will be stolen. You can also put the laptop in the hotel’s safe, though that’s no guarantee of security, either.
  4. Use a cable lock. Though a persistent thief won’t be deterred by this in a setting where nobody will notice him, it can indeed keep him at bay if the laptop is in a busy public place. Find out if your company provides cable locks. Otherwise, you can purchase them online.
  5. Software leash. A stolen or misplaced laptop can be located with software. For best results in the event your laptop gets stolen or lost, register with one of these anti theft tracking services prior to your trip. MyLaptopGPS is good.
  6. Don’t be nice. Yes, don’t be nice enough to let a stranger use your laptop.
  7. Use a VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network, and it’s very effective at providing data security when you use a laptop in public (airport, coffee house, hotel) where the network is open season all season for hackers. You’ll be protected when you’re on any site. Ask if your company can give you a VPN when you travel. Use Hotspot Shield.

Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to BestIDTheftCompanys.com discussing  identity theft prevention. For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE Your@emailaddress -to 411247. Disclosures.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Tags:
security
laptop security
traveler

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
177,319
Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area

Robert,

Great advice for laptop users. We should all think about how much of our lives are found in our computers and protect appropriately.

Feb 26, 2014 01:02 AM #1
Rainmaker
3,322,071
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

As I'm about to travel in a couple of days, this is great advice! Much of this I already knew, but refreshing my memory this way is great.

Feb 26, 2014 01:44 AM #2
Rainer
220,176
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I like the idea of the cable lock Robert. This is such great advice. We often don't protect our laptops like we should, leaving us open to some very bad things. 

Feb 26, 2014 07:37 AM #3
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Rainmaker
897,242

Robert Siciliano

Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
Ping me to book a program for your group
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention