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Top ten security tips for using a laptop away from home

Summary

These are my top security tips for using a laptop away from home. Whether at a wireless hotspot in a cafe or public space, or when connecting to a customer's network or friend's home network, you can never be too secure!

My top ten tips for maintaining a secure laptop when on the move

  1. Install a good personal firewall
  2. Install a good anti-virus tool
  3. Install a good anti-spyware and anti-malware tool
  4. Use a secure web browser
  5. Make sure your Operating System is fully patched with the latest updates before you leave the house
  6. Use only secure connections when logging into web sites
  7. Disable sharing
  8. Disable bluetooth
  9. Guard your screen! Make sure that no one can see your screen or see you enter a password or other sensitive information.
  10. Use a VM in which to surf from an access point that you are not sure about

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Article date: 1st February 2011

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