Traveling with a laptop can represent a significant security risk to your business. This is because the data it contains is far more vulnerable when you are on the move than when you use a laptop in the relative safety of your office or home environment. It doesn't have to be stolen because it takes just seconds for a hacker to slip a USB stick into a laptop when it is unattended to install malicious software or steal data.
How much do you know about laptop security?
1. You just had to update your laptop password since you forgot the current one. What should you do next?
A. Write it on a sticky note and stick it on the screen so you don’t forget again.
B. Keep the password in your laptop case securely in a pocket so you always have it with you.
C. Set the password to something you will not forget and don’t write it down
D. Write the password in a notes app on your phone for future reference
2. You are getting ready to leave town for vacation and you know your laptop will be coming with you. What security tip below is false?
A. Use a virtual private network (VPN)
B. Find a traveling Buddy to help you look after your laptop
C. Encrypt your hard drive
D. Make sure your operating systems and all security software is updated
3. When you leave the hotel room for dinner, what should you do with the laptop?
A. Stow the laptop under the bed so it’s hidden.
B. Hang up your “do not disturb” sign on your door so no one bothers your room.
C. Place it inside your suitcase, and keep your suitcase in the closet.
D. Place it in your room hotel safe, or if there isn’t one, just take it with you.
4. While traveling you decide to rent a car and do some sightseeing. Your laptop is in the car with you, what do you do with it when the car is unattended?
A. Lock your doors and it will be fine
B. Stow it in the truck
C. Bring it with you when you leave the car
D. Hide it under the driver’s seat
5. You are doing some work from a coffee shop while on vacation and your scone and coffee are ready. What should you do with your laptop?
A. Take the laptop with you
B. Ask another customer to watch it while you run up to the counter
C. Leave it in your suitcase on your table
D. Shut the computer off and remove your power cables
How well did you do? Some of these answers may seem silly but if you follow simple laptop security tips you will find that you are protected for the majority of situations and can balance protection with the convenience of using a your laptop on the go. Keep your laptop with you at all times, a security breach is the last thing you want to deal with while on vacation.