Last week we touched on security while managing online savings accounts effectively. And if you’re traveling with a laptop (more so if your laptop is your career), you need to protect your laptop and data against all kinds of perils from hacking, to total systems failure, to loss, theft, and damage.
Protecting Your Laptop
I’ve got custom decals on my laptop to prevent scratches, a rubberized shell for little knocks, a keyboard cover for dust and (very) light spills, and a super-protective case for transporting (which in turn, slips into my theft-deterring daypack).
I may be a wee bit over-the-top, but since my computer is the reason I can travel full-time in a financially sustainable way, I’m going to wrap it in every bit of protection I can find.
I used to say that I would throw myself in front of a bus to save my laptop, save for the fact that without me, my laptop wouldn’t be much good.
So now, I just protect my laptop as best I can.
Protecting Your Data
I’m equally as pedantic about backing up my data as I am about protecting my laptop. I’m not a fan of working solely in the cloud; I don’t know when online access might be stymied (as can happen on the road), and call me a dinosaur – but I’m not comfortable with “everything” being online.
Having said that, pretty much everything I have is stored online…somewhere.
-insert foot into mouth-
I’ve described how and where I back up different kinds of data; I use both online and offline methods.
And in classic Nora-style, I add an extra layer of protection to it all with my little USB stick trick.
But I’m not nearly as effective at protecting my data as Anil Polat of Foxnomad is. I interviewed him (a couple of years ago) in the below post, and his advice inspired my own data protection plan – which continues to work like a charm.
Anil recently released a new edition to his popular Tech Guide for Travelers, which I recommend if you plan on being reliant on a laptop while traveling.
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