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Safe Computing on the Road, Part 2

Editor's note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on keeping your information safe while traveling. Click here for Part 1.

Last time, I gave you five good tips to help make your computing safe and productive during business travels. So now let's look at five more precautions you can take to make sure you don't bring back spyware or a virus from your business trip.

If keeping connected while on the road is essential for your job, there are some steps you need to follow if you're going to be using your laptop or mobile device at the airport or in coffee shops, hotels or other public places.

Step Six: Up to Date

Always keep your operating system current with new patches released by the vendor. This goes for your operating system, as well as software updates to your applications and hardware drivers.

If you have a company-supplied laptop, your company's network probably downloads those updates to your machine automatically. If not, you'll need to do it yourself.

Most software or operating system vendors provide the ability to update your unit from the Web, either automatically or by downloading a critical patch file. Either way, be sure you're all up-to-date before you head out the door.

To view Russell Vines' video take of today's segment, click here .

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