We keep thinking about how laptops and smartphones make our business travel easier, and this is true. The problem is that we are doing so much with these devices that we are losing a lot more than just a computer or phone when the devices go missing. A thief can gain access to so much personal information, so it is extremely important to be mindful of those smartphones – especially if you’re doing remote banking, shopping and making other transactions on the mobile Web.
So while you might be careful about keeping the devices out of sight, did you know that your laptop, or for that matter smartphone, can pretty much send thieves a signal directly to it? Data security firm Credant Technologies is warning users of laptops to turn off their Wi-Fi signal when the portable computer is not in use. Obviously this isn’t a problem should you power it down, but if you’re leaving it running (for whatever reason, such as to make dash in for a cup of coffee), don’t leave your PC in the trunk of your car or “hidden” in a desk drawer in your hotel.
This is because if it is receiving a Wi-Fi signal it can be tracked. According to the security firm, thieves have been using low-cost pocket sized Wi-Fi detectors to detect the presence of an out of sight laptop or other device that uses Wi-Fi. Thus the PC can be tracked, and if unguarded snatched quite easily.
The firm recommends using encryption to protect your data, and I’ll add that with a laptop even a cheap cable lock is enough to deter someone from making a snatch and grab while the maid is doing a room cleaning. Anything that can slow down a would-be thief is a great idea. But merely killing the Wi-Fi is an excellent tip as well.
T-Mobile Launches Futbol Promotion
For a couple of years T-Mobile in Europe had been a sponsor of a professional cycling team, which regularly took part in the epic Tour de France, as well as other notable races in the world of professional cycling. Now the company is looking towards football (futbol) mania as a promotion for the launch of its latest handset. The 2010 Chances to Win promotion with T-Mobile will see retail locations offering a chance for fans to meet soccer legends. Plus the carrier will be making available FIFA-themed mobile content and services, which include ringtones, wallpapers, games, accessories and apps.
And for those who are seriously into the game of football the way it is played throughout the world (soccer to many Americans), you should take notice of this T-Mobile campaign (www.tmobilefutbol.com), which is offering a chance to win one of 10 all-expense-paid trips for two to South Africa this June. Additionally, all customers who purchase the new Nokia 5230 Nuron smartphone will be given a special edition soccer ball beginning March 17.
New Apps for Travelers
This week also saw a couple of note worthy apps being announced that should make it just a bit easier for the weary road warrior. The Travelers Company released its first mobile applications, “Auto Accident Help,” available now for the iPhone and “Quick Connect” for the BlackBerry. These mobile tools offer immediate assistance to users at a time when it probably comes in very handy. This includes the ability to start an auto claim directly the iPhone app or via a mobile Web site.