Tips for Traveling With Your Laptop

By | Dec 17, 2008

I know many of you are travelling during the holidays, and many of you are taking laptops with you.  Following are some tips for keeping your laptop secure while traveling.

  1. Keep your laptop with you at all times.  Locking it in your trunk is not a good solution.  Many laptops are stolen from car trunks where they are locked to keep them safe.  A thief can pop a lock off of a trunk in a matter of seconds. Mall, hotel and airport parking lots are common places for vehicle theft.
  2. When not in use, keep your laptop out of site.  While laptop bags are very convenient, you’re better off not using a bag identifiable as a laptop bag.  A backpack or standard briefcase will attract less attention of thieves.
  3. If you’re using your laptop at the local coffee shop, lock it up while you’re there.  Attach a Kensington lock to the laptop, wrapped around a table leg.  It’ll prevent a snatch and run thief.
  4. Put your laptop away when it isn’t being used.  Thieves tend to steal what is easily accessible and don’t spend a lot of time going through closets looking for items to steal.  Not having the laptop out in obvious sight may save your laptop if you’re burglarized.
  5. Of course, all the protections in the world won’t protect your laptop 100%.  Be sure to protect your data just in case of theft.  Encrypt your files, disable guest log-ins, and require a log-in every time you start the computer.

Wherever you travel this holiday, keep it a safe one, for you and your laptop. And for discount flights for your travel visit Discount first class flights to Europe.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


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3 Comments so far
  1. Tony (1 comments) December 21, 2008 5:33 am

    These are excellent tips, especially about securing access to your laptop data, this can help prevent identity theft, a lot worse than just having your laptop stolen.

  2. Jodith (189 comments) December 21, 2008 7:41 am

    Thanks, Tony. I’m going to be doing a more in depth article later about securing your electronic data. In this day and age, and with so many requirements about privacy, keeping your data secure is a very important topic.

  3. SallyMark (1 comments) December 2, 2015 10:54 pm

    Superb laptop tips. I always take my laptop away with me. and its good to check to see if there is anything else i could do to enhance its safety/security. A few of the tips are ones that I just ‘never get round to’ , but this post brings home just how important they really are.
    cheers, and keep posting the good stuff!

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