How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly

Posted on May 24, 2017. Filed under: Security | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post: In this guide, learn about current regulations and how to deal with theft, insurance problems and hardware damage.

Source: How to protect your laptop in cargo when you fly | ZDNet

Basically, any device larger than a smartphone has to be in checked luggage, at least if coming from certain countries.

Also, if you enter/leave the country, you may be required to give your password and have all your data downloaded from any device for any country, not necessarily just overseas.

You might consider a “burner” phone for short term use (such as a pay-as-you-use service phone, available from several sources). If you do not use an app for your online storage, but have to log into it via a browser, then you can limit the access by clearing your browser history and leaving no trace even if you have to give up a disposable password.

A cheap tablet may not be as useful or fast as usual, but if stolen/damaged, using it only with all your data on a USB drive leaves you carrying only the USB drive more securely in a pocket. USB flash “stick” drives are not restricted at this time.

The reasoning for this is discussed in another ZDNet article.

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Erase Cell Phone Data with ReCellular’s Data Eraser

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Phones, Security | Tags: , , , , , |

We all seem to be getting new cell phones every so often, so we need to get our personal data off the old phones before we recycle them.

Cell phone recycler Recellular can email instructions for your model phone so you can Erase Cell Phone Data with ReCellular’s Data Eraser.

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BitPim accesses your smartphone

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: backups, Freeware/Shareware, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

BitPim “allows you to view and manipulate data on many CDMA phones from LG, Samsung, Sanyo and other manufacturers. This includes the PhoneBook, Calendar, WallPapers, RingTones (functionality varies by phone) and the Filesystem for most Qualcomm CDMA chipset based phones.”

Recommended by Kim Kommando, this is free open source software.

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Hints For Protecting Online Privacy

Posted on April 13, 2009. Filed under: Security | Tags: , , , |

Popular Mechanics has Hints For Protecting Online Privacy.

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Glide for uploading and managing data by computer or phone

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Files, Linux, Macintosh, Online Software, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Glide lets you upload and manage your data, as well as use online software. “Glide Welcomes PC, Mac, Linux, RIM BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone Users.” Up to 2GB free, more with monthly or annual billing.

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