Taking your tech devices with you on a trip can be a little nerve-wracking it is expensive. There’s the worry of it getting lost or stolen, being hacked, being broken or of getting in trouble with the law for using it. The following are a few things to keep in mind before you take your devices on the go that can help ease your mind:
Buy a Good Protective Case
A good protective case for your device can make a big difference in preventing it from being broken on your trip. Shop around for something that feels comfortable for your hand but is sturdy with a protective edge that can absorb the shock of a drop. Depending on where you are going, it might be worth it to find a case that is waterproof too. Protect the screen of your device with a screen protector to prevent scratches.
Everyone has been distracted by their mobile devices to some degree while driving, whether it is to answer a call, change a song, use the GPS or look at an incoming text message. And it isn’t just teenagers that get into accidents because of this. Adults crash too. The number of people between the ages of 25-69 that use their devices while driving is increasing. In fact, the number of people in this age group that have been seen using a mobile device and driving has doubled.
The Legal Consequences Can Be Costly
Many states have instituted laws against using mobile devices behind the wheel, and people who drive while using a mobile device can face steep fines. Furthermore, some states have instituted a hands-free ordinance because of car accidents. If you are traveling between states, you’ll want to make sure you know what the laws are for each state regarding using mobile devices so you don’t break any laws by accident.
Protect Yourself From Cyber-Threats
While it is safe to use mobile devices anytime that you’re not driving, it’s important to be aware of cyber-security threats that are associated with connecting to a public network. In order to make sure that your mobile device remains secure, it’s essential to make sure that the network you’re connecting to is from the business that it claims to be from. Also, it’s important to make sure that you have an effective antivirus program installed on your mobile device.
It’s important to be familiar with how to safely use technology on the go, and it’s dangerous and often illegal to use mobile devices behind the wheel. If you aren’t familiar with your state’s laws on using a mobile device where you are traveling, you can find more information on your DMV’s website.