5 Tips for Traveling with Technology

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Although Billings just got 7 inches of snow, spring is here.  That means that spring breaks and summer vacations are coming up quickly.  With our cameras built into our phones, and laptops that just weigh a couple of pounds, most people today are traveling with their tech.  And most people aren’t taking the necessary preparations to ensure that their tech arrives safely.

5 tips for traveling with technology

Here at iDoctor our goal is that you are able to enjoy your technology with minimal issues.  That means keeping your tech safe from physical damage, software damage, and hackers.  Here are our top 5 tips for traveling with technology.

Ensure the Proper Protection

Your phone, tablet, or computer won’t do you much good if it’s cracked and broken when you get to your destination.  Packing your device the right way is essential, but ensuring it has the proper carrying case even more so.

Don’t just shove your laptop into a bag, spend a little extra and get a laptop carrying case.  These cases have additional padding and springy straps to avoid hard knocks, dings, and other damage.  Keep in mind that when you go through TSA you have to pull the computer to be scanned, so keep it accessible.

Get a quality case for your phone and tablet.  You can always take the case off when you’re sitting in the hotel, but during transportation, a rugged case can mean the difference between an enjoyable trip and a disaster.  Here at iDoctor we have UAG cases in stock, they’re some of the best on the market.

Don’t Get Locked Out of your Device

At home many of us have a list of passwords that sits in a drawer near the computer.  But you don’t want to carry that around when you’re traveling.  A stolen bag or a misplaced paper would mean a thief could easily get into every account you have.  Besides that, having a printed password list is never a good idea anyway.

Before you travel, sign up with a password manager service.  There are some that are free, like LastPass, or you can spring for the premium version (LastPass is just $24 for an entire year).  It’s well worth it, even if you cancel when your trip is over.  But chances are, you won’t want to cancel.

Don’t Let Others into your Device

Locking your phone or computer is annoying.  You know the risks, but putting that passcode on, and having to type it in every time you turn on the display slows you down by a couple of seconds.  It might be fine to leave it unlocked when you’re at home and in your comfortable setting, but turn it on while you travel.

If your device allows it, enable two factor authentication.  This can be as simple as requiring your password and then security question, or a little more complicated like requiring a text message access code.

Remember, you can always make it easier to access when you get home; just make it hard to access in case of theft or loss.

Safety when using Public WiFi

Of course you have your trusted networks at home, and they’re locked down so nobody else can get on.  But when you’re out and about, you want to be able to hop online and not drain your data (traveling overseas and that data plan may not even be an option).  So you are forced to use public WiFi, or go without internet for your trip (maybe not such a bad thing).

Here’s the biggest tip when using a public WiFi signal: don’t access anything that requires a password.  Of course that means no Facebook, so more steps are generally needed.  Head over to this Lifehacker article to see how you can lock down your computer as securely as possible so when using public WiFi your data doesn’t become public.

Avoid a Dead Battery

You’re out exploring all day, snapping pictures of famous monuments and landmarks.  By the time the afternoon rolls around your phone battery is less than 10%.  We’ve all had it happen, we stumble across bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, and suddenly our phone dies and we miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot!  There’s a way to avoid that.

Before traveling, invest in a portable power bank.  These can be tiny, the size of a lipstick container, and offer a single charge; or they can be larger and offer many charges.  You can pick one up for as little as $12, so there’s really no excuse to not have one with you.  If you’re going overseas, check to find out which power adapter you need when you’re outside of North America, otherwise it’s going to be hard to recharge your computer, phone, or tablet.


Bring Your Device to iDoctor After the Trip

So you’re done traveling with technology, and you’ve had a mishap, come on in to iDoctor.  Our technicians can repair just about any damage that you may have incurred.  From water damage, to cracked screens, to virus removal, we are your source for repairs in Billings.  With two convenient locations, one on the West End and one in the Heights, there’s really no excuse to keep using that damaged phone, laptop, or tablet any longer.