If you are a traveler, especially in the corporate sector, the only way to keep you connected to digital devices and the web is through the use of electronic devices. Technology has been very influential in making businesses and people to remain in touch regardless of their location and time of the day. Below are a few simple tips that will protect your electronics while traveling;
1. Don’t carry the Device if you do not need it
Do not forget that thief can never steal something that you don’t have. Before you travel, you should always take your time to create an inventory of the data that you will require. You may then transfer sensitive data to the company’s main server since it is more secure. In case you have to confidential and sensitive information with you, remember to encrypt the drive.
2. Make your devices “Travel-Ready.”
Even after removing sensitive information from the laptop, always ensure that it is safe. Remember to disable peer to peer communication, file sharing, and other vulnerable ports. If you keep your data is secure, protect your data with strong passwords, and set up remote connections to disconnect automatically after a period.
3. Be discreet
Many employees are known to discuss sensitive information about their workplace in public openly. When accessing confidential information about the company, you should always be secretive and avoid showing it off to the public. You should consider using a private filter in your laptop if you have to access private information in public.
4. Avoid using unsecured WIFI hotspots
As a business traveler, you will agree with me that Wireless connections have improved the world of business immensely. When you use free and open networks, this means that your data is getting transmitted in an open airwave. Set up your computer in a way that it requires your authorization to connect to any network. A WIFI protected access point is secure, and this means that your data will not be vulnerable in the new network.
5. Do not mess with security settings
When traveling with your laptop or electronic device, you should never mess with its security settings. It is safer not to change the default settings in browsers if you are using iPhone, Windows phone or Blackberry. The default settings are pretty safe for a regular user, and it is safe not to make any adjustment.
6. Use strong passwords
Password protect your electronic devices with strong passwords that entail a combination of lower case letters, special characters, and numbers. A strong password should always avoid the use of names of people and dictionary words.
7. Protect your computer and your electronics
If you are traveling, you should always maintain a physical protection of your electronic devices or computer at all times. You should never leave your computer, electronic device or accessory unattended in the car or a hotel room. If it is your computer, you should observe a routine of checking your PC for viruses. Do not forget to scan flash disks given to you as gifts during your traveling experience. They could be containing deadly viruses.
With these few tips, your data will always be safe, and free from any virus attack. They will also keep you conscious about the physical security of your laptop and other electronics.