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1. Physical security, i.e., keeping it from getting lifted from the room when one isn't present. Any clever tricks? Locking it in a big suitcase might slow down a casual opportunist, I suppose, but wouldn't really deter a serious thief.
2. Network security. Normally, my notebook hides behind my router and I feel fairly secure. If I connect to a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network in a hotel or other public location, though, it seems like I'm far more open to hackers, both inside the network and perhaps outside if their network security is lax. Is a software firewall like Norton a good enough solution?
1) Physical security: I do lock the laptop inside of a suitcase, but I carry a steel cable bicycle lock that I wrap around the suit case and something like the leg of a bed or other hard to move object.
2) Network security: The first thing I do before leaving is turn off file and print sharing and disable any shared drives or folders.
I'm sure the travel pro's have some better suggestions then this and I'm listening with open ears.
What kind of case do you use? Most suitcases/briefcases have cheesy locks (one-key-fits-all) and even combination ones aren't all that sturdy. I suppose a Zero Halliburton or similar might deter easy cracking. The weakest link?
Don't turn around in the airport, either.