If you have decided to head abroad on a travelling adventure, your safety and security will probably be one of your main concerns (and your mum’s!). Whilst you do need to think carefully about how to travel without being mugged or attacked, how to eat food which won’t kill you or turn you inside-out and so on, you also need to think about the safety of your computer. It’s more than likely that your laptop holds all of the personal information necessary for someone to steal your identity and live your life better than you.
Buy some antivirus software
You can pick up free antivirus software online, which will simply download to your computer and help protect it against most serious viruses and forms of malware that could harm your computer or steal your information. However, if you want to feel a little more secure, you should look into buying antivirus software and choose a popular brand that has plenty of good reviews. It is definitely worth the money and will give you extra peace of mind.
Know how to hide your laptop
Laptops and smartphones are prime targets for thieves because they are worth a lot of money and are easy to steal and get away with quickly. You can use all of the antivirus software you want, and have the strongest passwords in the world, but if your laptop and smartphone are in full view, you are asking for them to be stolen. It is best not to have your laptop in a standard laptop bag, instead opting for something that works as a laptop bag but is somewhat less conspicuous.
Sign out of everything
There is no point in purchasing antivirus software online and then leaving your computer logged into your various social networks and other websites. Whilst you are away, try to get into the habit of logging out of everything when you are finished, and then locking your computer with a password until the next time you want to use it. This is doubly important if you use public computers whilst you are away.