There are numerous software programs and manual techniques you can use to secure your computer, but when it comes to physically securing your laptop while you’re travelling, here are some tips.

1. Don’t use a computer bag. Buy a padded laptop cover and carry your computer in a small carry-on suitcase.

2. Encrypt your data. With Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 you can choose to encrypt files and folders.

3. Buy a lock. These aren’t very expensive, and there are even programs that can report the location of your laptop if it’s stolen. They work when the laptop connects to the Internet.

4. Use a screen guard.

5. Use the “Do Not Disturb” sign if you leave your laptop in your hotel room. Ideally, you should bring your laptop with you everywhere — but this is not always possible.

If you find that your computer security efforts have failed you, there are usually ways to restore data and repair your computer. For experts in Boston computer repair, visit A+ Mobile PC Doctors on the web. Or call us today at 1-617-723-1986 to speak with one of our technicians.