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Keep electronics safe during your business trip

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 11:31:50 AM

For today's business traveler, having electronics on hand is a must. Whether it's a smartphone or laptop, keeping your valuables safe is essential not only so you can make that all-important presentation, but also to protect your identity.

"When people travel, they are in an unfamiliar environment, get distracted and are often in a rush," George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, told USA Today. "Crooks know this and target travelers. Also, travelers tend to travel with expensive gadgets such as laptops, extra money, gifts and other valuables, making them easy and tempting targets.

A business traveler should never leave his or her electronics in an airport car rental. Instead, keep them locked in the hotel room or bring them into every meeting.

At the airport, be vigilant and don't set down your laptop as you make your way through security until it's absolutely necessary. On the plane, keep valuables on your person or under your seat. If you fall asleep, it's all too easy for someone to sneak your smartphone from your carry-on stowed in the overhead compartment.

While it's possible to keep electronics safe, it's important to be aware of where they are at all times so you can have a productive business trip.

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