Keep your stuff safe when you travel

Hotel News - 01/06/2009

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In the modern age of technology, several of us regularly take our laptops with us when we travel. For many, it’s hard to imagine waiting at the airport without being able to spend the time surfing the net.

However, one of the biggest worries for a large number of travellers is how to make sure that their data stays safe. According to technology experts, people who regularly make use of Wi-Fi access points might be putting their computers at risk.

"It's a shared medium, and if you can connect to it, someone else can connect to it and monitor your traffic," Marty Linder, a senior member of the technical staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute CERT/Coordination Center said during a CNN interview. "That has nothing to do with the security of the network. It's just the nature of the beast."

However, by taking a few simple precautions you can ensure your data stays safe. Make sure you log off your computer when you’re not using it, and use an encrypted disk to protect data from being read by casual browsers.

It is also important to turn off Bluetooth connections as; "Those are electronic doorways into your devices. On my BlackBerry, I can sit there and scan for open Wi-Fi peer-to-peer connections. I [can] then gain access to what's in your files you may have stored in there, your contacts."

Above all, avoid storing important information such as bank account details and bills on your laptop.

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