Today’s tip to improve your security: Secure your laptop/tablet when travelling

The holiday season is coming and many of us will travel to the dear ones or in vacation.

Even if I don’t recommend to take such devices with you, some of us have to.


Here are some tips to make sure you and your devices get to the destination safe:

  • Secure your laptop/tablet when unattended

Fix the laptop with a security cable to something immovable or to a heavy piece of furniture when it is unattended.

  • Don’t store your password with your laptop.

Don’t write it on the back of the device please 🙂

  • Don’t leave your laptop in your car

Many will break the window to get the laptop. Probably replacing the glass costs more than the laptop.



  • Don’t store your laptop/tablet in checked luggage

Checked luggage will be treated rough. Your device will definitely get damaged.

  • Keep track of your laptop/tablet when you go through airport screening

Hold onto your laptop until the person in front of you has gone through the metal detector, and watch for your laptop/tablet to emerge from the screening equipment.

If you’re not sure, check the back of the laptop or start it briefly to make sure it is really yours.

  • Use tracking software

Consider use of commercial software that reports the location of a stolen laptop once it’s connected to the Internet.

Tablets have this built in, but you need to activate it.

  • Backup your files.

Make a backup of your files before every trip. In the event that your laptop is lost or stolen, you will still have a copy of your data.


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About the Author

Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since 2000 in the IT Security industry and until 2014 for Avira as Product Manager, where he was responsible for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Serving the security needs of so many different users made him think that there are other ways of to help the users: teachning them about security.

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