The excitement of going away can be overshadowed by the number of tasks that need to be done before you go. Making sure that your computer is safe is no exception. Festive season computer safety should be taken very seriously.
What you can’t see won’t hurt you does not apply when it comes to festive season computer safety. Be prepared for every eventuality including theft, fire, lightning, power surges, or water damage.
Back up your data. Sometimes the importance of this is underestimated, but once you have lost your valuable documents, e-mails, photos and other memories due to theft, fire or corruption, there is no way to get it back. It is advisable to keep your backups off-site; by using an external hard drive, flash drive or set of disks. Online “Cloud-based” backups are also very convenient. Backing up to the Cloud simply means your data is stored securely on a server somewhere on the internet. The benefits are numerous besides being easy and convenient; they also offer added security; time and money savings; hassle-free up-to-date backups; reliability; easy accessibility; flexibility and scalability. We recommend Soteria – get a free 30-day trial today.
Unplug and switch off your computer and all other cables and devices including your modem, telephone, printer and scanner. The biggest mistake that is made is forgetting to unplug the modem. If there is an electrical storm, it will almost always result in the modem being damaged.
Store your laptop in a safe place such as a locked cupboard or somewhere else that is equally secure and non-visible.
If you are taking your laptop with you, it is advisable to carry it in something other than a laptop bag so as not to draw too much attention to it. Some ideas include a briefcase, suitcase, tog bag, or backpack. Some companies even make laptop bags that look like big brown envelopes.
Enjoy your travels with peace of mind that your computer and peripherals will be safe for your return.