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laptop securityWhether you’re traveling for business, to visit family, or for some relaxation – there’s always a looming risk of losing personal belongings. Small items like laptops are especially easy for thieves to target in busy places such as airports, which puts your data and privacy at risk. In fact, in many instances the data on your laptop is more valuable to criminals than the hardware itself.

There are a few simple precautions you should take when traveling that will help ensure your laptop and the data within are kept safe.

  • Physical safety is a lot easier to account for than data security. When you’re traveling with a laptop, make sure you know where it is at all times: or better yet, keep it on you with a messenger bag or backpack.
  • If you’re forced to leave your laptop (or any other valuable devices) in a hotel room while at a meeting or conference, put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign to keep staff out of the room.
  • A proactive approach is the only sure way to keep your data secure. Keeping reliable backups allows you peace of mind knowing that even if your laptop is stolen, you’ll maintain access to your essential files and resources.
  • Remember that the basics of device security are there for a reason: complex passwords are crucial to keeping out potential thieves.
  • You should utilize the full power of your security measures, including automatic lock screens and passwords on important or sensitive applications.
  • For more comprehensive data protection, use a trusted VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the Internet in public places. If you’re using a public domain, log in through your Guest account whenever possible.

In addition to all of this, it’s smart to always exercise an extra bit of caution when you’re working away from home or the office. When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is theft and all of the potential ramifications.

Get in touch with PC Help Services for more IT security tips and tricks or to speak with our team about the most effective ways to secure your data. Contact our team of technology experts at info@pchservices.com or (317) 585-0500.

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