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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Lenovo says Superfish not a ‘security concern’, own advisory marks it highly severe

Posted on February 20, 2015. Filed under: Malware, Security | Tags: , , , , |

ZDnet has a post on Lenovo says Superfish not a ‘security concern’, own advisory marks it highly severe.

This is for Lenovo laptops that had Lenovo pre-install “Superfish” (adware) software:

The advisory also revealed the model numbers for notebooks that suffered from having Superfish preloaded:

  • E-Series: E10-30
  • Flex-Series: Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14 (BTM), Flex2 15 (BTM), Flex 10
  • G-Series: G410, G510, G40-70, G40-30, G40-45, G50-70, G50-30, G50-45
  • M-Series: Miix2 – 8, Miix2 – 10, Miix2 – 11
  • S-Series: S310, S410, S415; S415 Touch, S20-30, S20-30 Touch, S40-70
  • U-Series: U330P, U430P, U330Touch, U430Touch, U540Touch
  • Y-Series: Y430P, Y40-70, Y50-70
  • Yoga-Series: Yoga2-11BTM, Yoga2-11HSW, Yoga2-13, Yoga2Pro-13
  • Z-Series: Z40-70, Z40-75, Z50-70, Z50-75

This makes the laptop vulnerable to being hacked by others.  This post explains what it is and what it might cause.

A link to removing it is included here.

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10 things to look for in a laptop

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Buying, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

Just in case you’re in the market to buy one, TechRepublic has advice on 10 things to look for in a laptop.

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Inside my laptop

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Hardware, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Inside my laptop is a site that covers the insides of various brands, using photos and instructions.

Looking to upgrade your memory?  Change to a faster hard drive?  Replace a part?  You might find the information you need here.

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Optimize Your Windows with a SSD

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Hardware, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Maximum PC has a post on How-To: Optimize Your Windows Profile and Media Storage with a SSD.

“We’re going to show you how to set up your Windows install like a Linux setup—with the OS and primary apps on the SSD [solid state drive], and your user profile and space-hogging games on a traditional hard disk. This gives us the best of both worlds—the folders we write to most frequently are on a traditional disk, while our boot and app load times can benefit greatly from the fast read speed and low random-access time of an SSD. Best of all, you can use even a tiny 64GB SSD without having to constantly manage disk space—picking and choosing which apps and media will be stored on the small drive.”

Many laptops have multiple hard drives (a 320 GB hard drive is often really two — cheaper — 160 GB drives, for example) so by using the solid state drive, which is less vulnerable to damage and sometimes faster, combined with a larger standard hard drive for data, you can have the advantages of both: durability/speed and large storage.

Be sure to check your warranty before modifying your laptop.

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Laptop: no spin, minimum drain

Posted on May 16, 2008. Filed under: Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Spinning the hard drive on your laptop is one of the things that runs down your battery.

So, if you load files, movies, etc., onto a solid state device — such as a USB Flash drive — you’re not spinning anything, and cut your battery drain by that much.  Just moving electrons through the wires isn’t as much work for your laptop!

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Buying a laptop? Check it out with these sites

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: Buying | Tags: , , , , , , |

CNET has a Laptop Buying Guide to help you select the right kind of laptop and find reviews of the available brands and models.

My Product Advisor helps you find information on laptops, tablets, cars, cell phones, televisions and digital cameras.

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Hardware the second time around with SecondRotation

Posted on December 3, 2007. Filed under: Hardware, recycling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SecondRotation will buy and recycle your old cell phones, laptops, gamestations/consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, MP3 players, and GPS locators.

Get an estimate, send it free (inside the U.S.), and get paid. Recommended by C/Net Best of Web.

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Buymytronics wants your old stuff

Posted on December 3, 2007. Filed under: Hardware, Phones, recycling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Buymytronics wants “your used, new or broken Electronics today! We offer a fast, simple, and eco-friendly way for you to get money for your iPod, iPhone, Nintendo, Microsoft, Zune, Sony or PSP Game Console. We accept iPod Classic, Touch, Video, Photo, Nano, Mini, 4th to 1st Generation iPods, iPhone, Zune 2 and 1, Wii, DS Lite, Game Cube, Playstation 3, 2 and 1, X-Box, X-Box 360, PSP game consoles. We don’t care about the condition of your electronics. We will accept a Bricked iPhone, a Sad Faced Hard Drive iPod, a New PS3, an X-Box with a Disk Read Error or an old Wii. We will pay you top dollar for your unwanted electronic devices – guaranteed! Keep your eWaste out of the landfill and get some quick cash in return!”

Also cell phones, PDAs, laptops, camcorders and digital cameras.

They will send a quote on what you want to sell. This might be a good way to recycle your old equipment. Suggested by Coolsites newsletter.

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Refurbished computers from Dell

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Buying, Hardware | Tags: , , , , , , |

UA Fort Smith presently uses a lot of Dell desktop and laptop computers.  While this is not an endorsement, it indicates one possible brand available.

You don’t have to get one brand new, however.  A refurbished computer may (check carefully!) have the same warranty, and actually be doublechecked because it came back once.

Dell’s TKO Education recertified used computers from Dell.

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NetSwitcher for laptop use many places

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Techniques, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

NetSwitcher is NOT freeware; it is shareware with a 30-day trial.

It saves your network settings for a particular place. Save your laptop settings for home, for the campus, for the internet cafe, and use whichever one you need when you need it, without having to go through all the setup every time.

Recommended by PC Annoyances

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