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Traveling With Your Laptop? Take Advantage of These Tips.

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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, laptops are a great tool for communicating with others, working remotely, or taking notes at a meeting, convention or tradeshow. But with increased travel comes increased risks.  While there is no foolproof method to ensure the safety of your technology, here are some tips for making security a priority when traveling.

Backup your data before leaving.  The only thing worse than losing your laptop is losing the information you have stored on it.  Perform a backup of all critical or sensitive data before departing.

Be wary of public Wi-Fi. While connected via Wi-Fi, you must assume that every website you visit, everyone you message and any emails you send or receive could be viewed by someone else in that unsecured area.

Keep anti-virus and anti-malware programs up-to-date. It’s a good idea to make sure your antivirus software is up to date and active before you leave home. A virus is a virus, no matter where you get it.

Keep your computer locked up. Laptops are hot-ticket items for thieves. Never leave your laptop or mobile device unattended, especially in public locations such as airports or cafés. If you must leave your laptop in your hotel room, make use of an in-room safe, or use a cable lock.

Disable file sharing. When you travel with a Mac laptop, it’s important to turn off your File Sharing.  File sharing leaves your files open for a hacker to see your data, copy it or steal it.  Click here for step-by-step directions on how to turn it off.

Cyber insurance is quickly becoming “must have” coverage for a growing number of U.S. businesses, both large and small.  Hortica agents are here to help you choose the best Cyber coverage for your company no matter what your needs may be.

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