These days, for most of us, the idea of traveling anywhere without at least one internet enabled device can be a strange one. In a lot of cases, having a cellphone with you can be a very important way to gain information in your new location and make sure your travel arrangements run smoothly, so traveling without your devices could actually be less safe than traveling with them. For other people, especially those traveling on business or people who are planning to write and post about their travels while they are away, having a laptop with them can be non-negotiable, too.
Of course, this means taking expensive equipment through places where you may not be as certain it is safe as you would in your own home, or keeping it on your person at times when you are going to go through areas where you may have been warned that pickpockets and thieves operate. You may also worry about how secure things like public Wi-Fi you may have to use are for your data.
Here are some tips for keeping your devices, and your data, as secure as possible when you travel:
Have Specific ‘Gadget’ Insurance
Check that your travel insurance covers your devices to a standard you are satisfied with, and if it doesn’t, buy separate insurance policies designed specifically for things like computers, phones and cameras. This will make sure that if your tech gets stolen or broken, you’ll have no issues replacing it. Of course, depending on where you are going, and whether you need your device for work or just to do things like check social media and get directions from Google Maps, you may decide to leave your premium smartphone or high-end computer at home and take an old handset or a cheap netbook instead.
Consider Your Back-up and Recovery Plan Before You Go
Making sure you have a good back-up service that stores what you need on the cloud and knowing what to do if you need to retrieve it from another device will mean that, should your device be stolen or damaged, you will not lose your important data. You can find out more about good practices for this at Secure Data Recovery.
For your privacy, you should also consider using a VPN service whenever you connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, for example in hotels or cafes.
Set All Protective Measures on Your Devices
A lot of people don’t use some of the security features on their devices because it can be a bit of a pain to have to do things like enter a code every time you want to look at your phone, but when you are taking your device away with you, it is best to enable every security feature your device has, for instance locking the SIM card and home screen of your phone, and activating any services designed to disable or trace your phone in the event of theft.
These are all good ways to help you feel a little more secure about taking your devices away on a trip with you.