Did you know that you're most vulnerable to identity theft while on vacation? However, a portable lock can secure your laptop, hotel room, or car. Information that could ruin your credit can often be found in any of those locations.
When I planned a recent trip, I wanted a way to keep my laptop safe. Of course, I realize that an excellent thief could probably pick a lock, but I figure most thefts are opportunistic. A lock offers protection and makes robbing someone more difficult, if not impossible.
I researched different kinds of locks that could be used for my laptop and on my hotel room door. At night, every noise wakes me up and makes me wonder if someone is breaking into my hotel room. With a portable lock, I now have better peace of mind.
This article shares the research I did and will hopefully help you plan for safety during your next trip:
1. Laptop Lock: The one I like best offers a heavy-duty kevlar-coated steel wire that lets your secure your laptop to a table or another heavy piece of furniture.
2. Portable Door Lock: Made small - yet strong - for travel, this lock offers an easy way to secure your hotel room door. Be sure to look for one that does not require tools for installation. Before you go on your trip, practice installing the new lock and make sure you can do it. If it's too complicated, return it and get another. You don't want to find out you can't do it when you're on the road.
3. USB Lock: I'd never heard of these until I researched the above locks. A USB lock secures your USB drive from nosy people and unfriendly eyes with a password. The ones I like best let you set your own password, so you can come up with a series of numbers that's easy to remember.
Remember to keep your valuables with you on your trip at all times and make photocopies of important papers to leave with a trusted friend at home. If your information gets stolen, it'll help to have someone at home with copies of your important documents.
Hopefully, a travel-sized lock will bring you peace of mind so you can fully relax and enjoy your next trip.
Deborah Nelson writes about portable locks and offers ideas on staying safe at home and on the road. Visit her site to learn about USB locks, notebook locks , and more.