When travelling abroad with your laptop for business or pleasure there is always a risk of your computer being damaged, lost or stolen. Not only can this have a direct financial impact as you have to replace the hardware and software you’ve lost, it can have a much larger impact on your time and effectiveness if you have lost important data. The seven suggestions below will help keep your laptop and data safe and, if a problem does occur, minimise the disruption to you.
1. Back-up before you go
Losing your data is a massive inconvenience and isn’t worth it for the short time it takes to back-up all your key files before you travel. Some PC security products come with back-up software or you can save to a separate external drive you leave at home or to a web-based service. Whichever option you choose, this is the most important way to protect the information on your laptop.
2. Set a secure password dell inspiron 3511 i3 11th generation
This won’t stop someone stealing your laptop but if they do, you want to make it as hard as possible for them to access your data, especially if you have personal or financial information on there. There isn’t much that a high-end hacker can’t get into with enough time, but your laptop is very unlikely to be stolen by that elite group unless you work in particular industries.
For most cases you want to set a secure Windows password to make it harder for petty criminals to access. Choose a password with at least 8 characters and a combination of upper and lower case, alphabet and numerical characters and ideally symbols.
If you want additional security look at encryption options and passwords for individual files or folders.
3. Keep firewalls and laptop security up to date
This is especially important if you will be using public Wi-Fi as many scammers set-up fake Wi-Fi hotspots to gain access to laptops. Ensuring your laptop security is up-to-date will help prevent unauthorised access to your machine, files and personal data.
It is also sensible to minimise your use of public Wi-Fi or any network you are unfamiliar with. Check them as much as you can before carrying out any sensitive activities over the network and if it looks suspicious, stay away.
4. Carry your laptop in a proper laptop bag
There are a wide range of well-designed laptop bags available on the market that not only offer excellent protection for your laptop from bumps and scrapes, but are also practical, spacious and comfortable to carry.