Some people want nothing more than to be home for the holidays — but that ain’t you. You are eagerly looking forward to your upcoming holiday vacation, whether it be to the warm, sunny tropics or mystical and frigid northern climes. However, before you pack your bags and head to the airport, you need to consider how your trip is going to affect your tech.
Most modern travelers bring along their mobile technology — i.e. their smartphones and tablets — when they set off on vacation. However, travel isn’t easy on delicate tech, and foreign countries can offer downright dangerous connections. If you want your holiday trip to be merry and bright, you need to read over the following tips and tricks for keeping your tech safe and secure.
Back up Your Data Now
Before you head for the airport, you need to back up the data that currently exists on your devices. When data only lives in one place, it is always in danger; device theft, an encounter with malware or even just a bad fall or spill could cause you to lose that data permanently. When you are on vacation, there are more opportunities for you to lose your data because you are in an unfamiliar place. Thus, it’s wise to take the time to back up your data on an external hard drive or the cloud right now. In fact, you should schedule your backups, so you never need to worry about having just one copy of your data.
Prepare Your Security
Most blogs on this topic will tell you to avoid connecting to Wi-Fi while you are away from home — and they’re right. Public Wi-Fi and even private Wi-Fi with a large network, like from your hotel, are exceedingly dangerous because they give anyone connected to the signal some access to your device.
However, this advice isn’t helpful. These days, it’s naïve to believe that anyone will go anywhere without wanting to connect to the web. Thus, instead of eschewing all Wi-Fi connections on your trip, you should instead equip your devices with tools that fend off various forms of attack. Maximum security software should include antivirus protections, firewalls, browser kits and more to help you navigate the internet safely and thwart malicious hackers. You should research your security options and install suites on all the devices you plan to take with you for the holidays.
Invest in Protective Cases
As mentioned above, a tumble can wreck your devices as well as your data, and so can excessive moisture. When you are on a holiday vacation — whether you go skiing in the Rockies or sunbathing in the Caribbean — there are more opportunities than usual for your devices to encounter dangerous situations. Thus, you should wrap them up in protective cases. Various websites list the most durable tech cases; you should do your research and invest in the solution that fits your style, budget and tech.
Acquire an Extra Battery
When you go on vacation, you usually are out and about more than usual. What’s more, you could be using your devices to check directions, make reservations, take pictures, upload to social media and more. This will drain their batteries quick — so unless you want to wait around an hour or more for them to charge, you should carry around an extra battery. Portable power banks are affordable and travel-friendly, so you can tuck one into your travel bag today.
Leave Your Tech Behind
The best way to keep your tech safe while you travel is to leave it safe and secure at home. Though this advice isn’t popular, it will allow you to return to devices and data that are utterly unharmed from the sand or snow you encountered on your trip. If you can’t stand the thought of ditching all your devices during the holidays, you might consider leaving your laptop and phone in your hotel room (or other accommodations), so they won’t get lost or damaged while you explore your destination.
A surprisingly major bonus to this tech safety strategy is disconnecting from tech on your vacation. This gives your mind, your eyes and your thumbs a break from your devices, helping them destress and recover to full strength during the days of your trip. Then, when you return home after the holidays, you can feel renewed and ready to reengage with your devices, which have remained holly, jolly and devoid of damage that travel often brings.