Many of us now feel that laptops are essential parts of our lives, and therefore like to take them along on our travels. Thatâ€™s great since it lets you stay in touch with people back home and keep on top of work, but you need to make sure youâ€™re properly protected, both from damage and from thieves.
- Protect it During Transit
Many people still fail to properly protect their laptops when they travel, perhaps wrapping it in towels in their main bag or just chucking in the backpack they take with them into the cabin. Instead of doing this, make sure you buy a properly-padded laptop bag or backpack; the latter have a special slip into which you can slide and secure a laptop, and they tend to offer better security since they are harder to grab and run away with compared to a traditional briefcase-style bag.
- Use a Surge Protector
Unless youâ€™re holidaying within the British Isles, youâ€™re going to need to bring a power converter with you to keep your laptop charged. While youâ€™re shopping for yours, make the time to look for one with an inbuilt surge protector. They might cost a little more, but some countries, especially developing countries, have electricity supplies than tend to fluctuate quite a lot. This could fry your laptop if it is unprotected by a surge protector.
- Store All Your Data
Sometimes your laptop will be damaged or stolen, no matter the precautions you take. It can add insult to injury if you lose all of your data at the same time, so make sure you keep backing up. Cloud-based services are great for the UK, and you should still continue to use them abroad. However, keep in mind that some countries will have less reliable internet connections. If you canâ€™t connect, you canâ€™t sync data to a cloud-based service, so bring along a small zip drive in case you canâ€™t send to the cloud.
- Take Advantage of GPS Apps
Several apps now exist that can locate your laptop using GPS technology, then lock it down, take a screenshot of what the laptop is currently being used for, and even use the webcam to see who has taken it. Make sure you install one of these programs before you set off on your travels.