July 2nd, 2018
Five Easy Tech Travel Tips

What time is it? It is Vacation Time! Travelling soon? For most people, this also means making sure your tech is packed and ready for the adventure. Most of our devices are so light and portable, that you would never think of leaving them behind. Additionally, they can add a ton of value to your experience.

Here are a few tips to consider before you hit the road.

1. Backup to the cloud

While you are travelling the globe, having tons of fun, your tech is at risk at every turn. This might range from accidentally leaving your laptop at a cafe to having it stolen from your bag. But either way the problem is the same - your data is now gone. If you've backed up your devices to the cloud, you'll be able to access your files easily and securely from anywhere.

Hot tip: Scan or save important documents like itineraries and passports to the cloud.

2. Pack the right cables

Begging random strangers for a loaner cable isn't much fun. Planning ahead to bring the cables you need is essential. Most smartphones and tablets use universal plugs, so you can get away with only packing one cable. Many locations now offer powered USB ports which is a convenience you'll appreciate. If you're travelling overseas, remember to pack a plug converter. Depending on your destination, you might even find the voltage is different. It's a good idea to check whether you also need a voltage converter before you try and charge.

3. Download offline data

It's no secret that global roaming can give nasty bill shocks. At home we are all used to easy access data through our wifi, and we enjoy constant connection. While travelling, you might find yourself in a location where data costs a fortune or it's not available at all. Plan ahead and download any files you might need while on the road. Files such as itineraries and bookings.

4. Update and scan

Just like you'd make sure you've got the right vaccinations and travel gear, make sure your tech is ready to travel too. Set aside a few minutes to run updates for your operating systems and apps, as well as your anti-virus. Go one step further and run a manual anti-virus scan too. The last thing you want to deal with one your trip is a cyber attack! Turn on password protection for all devices so that only you can unlock them.

Tip: Use a complex password that is hard for thieves to guess.

5. Mark your territory

Almost exactly the way it sounds, let everyone know this tech belongs to you. Write your cell number on portable devices in case you get separated. Whoever finds it can give you a quick call and save the day. Don't want to use permanent marker on your shiny tech? Grab some sticky labels you can peel off when you get home.

Bluetooth tracking devices can be purchased to stick to your gear. If you ever lose something you can chase it down easily with these devices. You might also like to consider enabling the 'find my feature on Apple devices. This feature also allows you to disable your device remotely. This is an excellent security option if a device has been stolen.
 
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Diva Care for Mac!



Did you know that  Diva Care for Mac is now available?

After what must have seemed like a long wait for some of my loyal Mac users, you can now enjoy the peace of mind that the Diva Care service has brought to all of my Windows users.

Diva Care For Mac

Diva Care for Mac is automated maintenance and monitoring that includes the following:

  • 24/7 monitoring of your system.  Alert notifications, and automatic remediation of the issue
  • macOS Update Management
  • Third Party software update management
  • AntiVirus Software/Monitoring
  • Weekly TuneUP's
  • Options for adding Diva Backup

Pricing


You will enjoy the same affordable pricing as Diva Care for Windows:

  • Diva Care Lite - $18/Month/Computer.  You will get a 10% discount on any remote work that you request, outside of the above services.
  • Diva Care Pro - $33/Month/Computer.  Remote maintenance services are included in this monthly fee.

What are current Diva Care Users saying?


"Thank goodness for my Diva Care service!  It is nice to know that someone is looking out for my computer."  Donna

"I love knowing that my computer is being maintained, and if I need extra help, it is only a phone call away."  Amy

One Month Free

Sign up for Diva Care Lite or Diva Care Pro, and get one month for free!  I will apply the free month to your second month of service.


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