Reduce Your Risk: How to Travel with Tech
No matter where you’re traveling this summer, it’s likely that your tech is coming along with you. Whether you have constantly got your smartphone at your fingertips or you need to use your laptop or tablet on the road, making sure that you and your tech are safe is an absolute must for easy travel.
You can reduce risk by planning ahead, getting the right accessories and staying smart while you’re traveling. Whether you’re going across the state or around the globe, these tips can help.
Use Your Phone without Fear with a Travel Calling Plan
Far too many travelers have gotten back from a trip only to discover that using their cell phone or device cost more than they expected. If you plan on using your smartphone, you need to understand how your phone’s roaming charges work before you travel. See if you can get a special plan or option if you’re traveling internationally. Some carriers have international data plans and calling plans that will allow you to use your phone without penalties. Either way, read the fine print before you leave your house so you know exactly what is covered and what you’ll be charged for.
Check out Wireless Hotspots Before You Login
Wireless hotspots may be okay to use once in a while, but not all of them are secure. If you need to do any banking or personal business on the road, be sure that the hotspot you are using is trustworthy. Public Wi-Fi networks can be full of identity thieves and hackers who are just waiting to grab your personal information. Don’t logon unless you’re at a designated wireless hotspot location or one that has been authenticated. For example, if you’re at the airport, look for a Wi-Fi connection with a major carrier’s name and not the generic “airport hotspot.” You can use an app like Wi-Fi finder – but always rely on your common sense. When in doubt, don’t connect!
Protect Your Tech with the Right Gear
Chances are your smartphone, laptop or tablet is going to get bumped and jolted in the midst of traveling. Protecting it from travel damage is as simple as finding the right bag, travel wallet or travel holster. Using a travel wallet will not only protect your cell phone, but it can also be carried in your front pocket, away from possible thieves. The same goes for a travel holster, which is worn underneath your clothes. Select a bag or wallet that will be lightweight enough for you to carry with enough padding to protect your device. Before you leave, be sure your device won’t move around while you’re traveling. This means if you’ve switched laptops in the last few years, you’ll need a bag to fit the new one.
Get Updates to Stay Safe and Avoid Theft
The iPatrol Travel Advice app was created by two ex-patriots who wanted to reduce risk for their fellow travels. With this app, you can check into your future destination and get the latest updates on scams, frauds and other threats. If a particular area seems too risky, you can skip it long before you get there.
Technology can make traveling easier – but you also need to make some provisions to keep your gear safe. By following these tips you’ll lower your costs, prevent theft and have as stress-free of a vacation as possible.
Scott Quarterman is the owner of eHolster.com, provider of unique travel wallets and travel holsters designed to keep your valuables protected no matter where your luxury travel takes you. (Image: gailjadehamilton/Flickr)