Essential tips for IT travelling–Part 2

Blog Author: Aaron Smith | February 26th, 2014

This post is courtesy of Correct Field Technician Derek Tse

 

We have previously covered backups, power and sound. Let’s have a look at connectivity and security in this part.

Tip 4. Connectivity

It is always nice to have mobile/internet access while traveling to make voice calls or checking Google maps. Mobile data and voice calls while traveling domestically won’t incur extra charges but traveling internationally will.

Connect with these suggestions:

· For international travel, always use an unlocked mobile, as this will allow you to purchase a pre-paid SIM and save on roaming charges. Local mobile providers will always have better deals than you regular mobile provider.

· Many coffee shops, hotels and airports will have free Wi-Fi internet access. If you are desperate, try and find a McDonald’s restaurant as they are an international corporation and are usually a consistent provider of free Wi-Fi in all locations.

· Travel router is a great device that will share one connection to multiple devices – great for places that charge by per device.

Tip 5. Security

It is a fact that public Wi-Fi are insecure. Therefore it pays to be vigilant not just physically but virtually, as you may be surprised by the many iTunes shared library accounts you can see on a public Wi-Fi.

Toughen up with these security tips:

· Ensure you have passcode/passphrase setup for ALL your devices – don’t make it easy for the thief.

· Setup security software for your devices. Full suite software makes it easier as it will protect you from viruses, malware and websites for your laptop.

· Ensure you also setup location tracker setting/app on your mobile devices in case of misplaced device.

 

By following these tips, you will keep yourself prepared and ready for your trip. From the crew and myself, I wish you a safe and productive trip and thank you for reading the travel essential guide. Now sit back, relax and have a nice day.

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